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Obituaries, week of Feb. 20: Tallamy, Darby, Caton, Blackwell, Brann, Connelly, Hutchinson, Morris, Scott

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Bertram “Bert” Fisk Tallamy 

Bertram “Bert” Fisk Tallamy passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 14, 2013. He was born in Williamsville New York, the son of Doris Jane and Bertram D. Tallamy, on September 16, 1930.  After graduating from Williamsville High School, he continued his studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy New York  and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering. While at RPI, Bert played varsity ice hockey and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.  He served as a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy  from 1954-1956.  On the USS Fearless he served as the ship’s Engineering Officer.

Upon his honorable discharge he began a long, successful engineering career. Along with others, Bert ultimately started a consulting Civil Engineering firm, TVGT, headquartered in Orchard Park, New York. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating which prompted him to purchase waterfront property on the Northern Neck.  Later in life he loved to sit and watch the wonders of the water.

Bert will be remembered by his many friends as one who worked hard and played harder which over the years earned him the title “life of the party.”  His warm smile and infectious laughter let everyone know that Bert loved life and above all his family and friends.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Sally Williams Tallamy; three children Deborah T. Poch and her husband Michael of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Linda T. Humbert and her husband Harry of Crownsville,Maryland; Douglas M. Tallamy and his wife Christy of Leesburg, Virginia; seven grandchildren Megan, Karen, Kristen, Justin Poch and Clare, Jackson, Cooper Tallamy. He will be missed by the many lives he touched.

The family will receive friends at Faulkner Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 10:30-11 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.

Memorial donations may be made to Northumberland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 355, Heathsville, Va. 22473

Online remembrances may be made at

Kenneth Darby

Kenneth Darby, son of Carolyn A. Darby and Edward A. Darby, Sr., was born Nov. 14, 1965. He was educated in the Richmond County Public School System.  For many years, Kenny worked in the seafood and farming industries.  He also worked as a self-employed helper if needed for family and friends.

Kenneth was known in the community, especially in the neighborhood where he lived and grew.  He always had an amusing story or joke to share. Anyone who knew Kenny would have an amusing or funny story to tell about Kenny’s antics.   He loved to work on cars, fish and garden.  He was a true a family man. His grandchildren were his passion.  He was a friend to all.

On Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, our beloved Kenny was called home to be with the Lord joining his sister, Mable Darby and brother, Edward A. Darby, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Darby of Warsaw; mother, Carolyn A. Darby of Kilmarnock; father, Edward A. Darby (Willie Mae) of Houma, Louisiana; three stepchildren, Philip and Paul Braxton of Warsaw and Shalanda Braxton of King and Queen; two grandchildren, India and Shania; three sisters,

Shirley (Ralph) Henderson of Lancaster, Carolyn Darby of Burgess and Mary Darby of Warsaw; aunts and uncles, Christine (David) Gray of Heathsville,

Shirley Welford of Washington, DC, Elsie Grimes of Sharps, Judy Coleman of Tabernacle, Harvey (Velma) Whitehurst of Virginia Beach; brothers-in-law,

Mark Braxton of Warsaw, Don Braxton of Richmond, Douglas Coleman (Twanda) of Maryland, Edward Coleman of King and Queen and Jimmy Coleman (Theresa); sisters-in-law,  Tereas Coleman of Richmond and Paula Darby of Hampton, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 30 at the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home with Pastor Samuel Hackett of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Sharps, Eulogist.

Interment services were held privately. Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

Cary Klein Caton

Cary Klein Caton died peacefully of cancer in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 4, 2013.  She had recently celebrated her 70th birthday.  Born in Key West during World War II to a naval officer and his wife, she had a career in national politics and successfully raised three children.

Cosmopolitan Magazine used the headline “Horatio Alger,Step Aside” in profiling her as one of eight leading staff women in the US Congress at a time (1979) when she was one of only a handful of women who were Chiefs of Staff to members of the House and Senate.  That top staff position for Rep. Timothy E. Wirth (D-Colo.) followed senior roles in two Presidential campaigns.

“She was an extraordinary professional and person, who cared as deeply about achieving the right public policy as she did for our staff and her family,” recalled Wirth, recently retired as President of the United Nations Foundation.

She is survived by her brother George Klein of Dallas, Texas; three children, Cary LeAnne Caton of Charlotte, North Carolina, Carol Caton-Aylward Eliaz, and Scott Klein Caton, both of San Marcos, Texas; and nine grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her brother Harry Scott Klein of Hobbs, New Mexico, and her parents, Isabel Scott Klein of Brookneal and Lynchburg, Virginia, and Edward Harry “Dutch” Klein of Hobbs, New Mexico.

Cary grew up in rural Brookneal, Virginia (near Lynchburg), and Hobbs, New Mexico.  She graduated from Hobbs High School where many remember her leading parades twirling, tossing, and catching fire batons.  She attended the University of New Mexico, majoring in English literature.  A tall, blond beauty, she was featured as a pin up queen in the school newspaper as a sophomore.  She was married to Major Jimmy J. Caton (USAF Ret.) of San Antonio, Texas for 11 years, and public health specialist and attorney David K. Aylward of Washington, DC for 37 years.

As a young bride of 1962, she accompanied her Air Force husband to postings in the US, Brazil, and Panama.  She had three children: Cary LeAnne, Carol, and Scott.  For the rest of her life, these children were her pride and joy, and her primary interest – until they each created families, and then her attention expanded (some might say shifted somewhat) to her grandchildren.

In 1971, concerned about the war in Vietnam, she joined the Presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern, first as a volunteer in the national headquarters in Washington DC and then as a member of his national campaign staff.  In 1972 she headed McGovern’s primary and then general election campaigns in her home state of New Mexico.  Her performance in that insurgent effort impressed the political powers in the state.  Veteran New Mexico Senator Joseph Montoya hired her as a Legislative Assistant on his staff in Washington following the election.  The next year he agreed with State Democratic Party officials that she should take a leave of absence to direct the combined Democratic candidates’ and New Mexico State Democratic Party voter registration and get out the vote (GOTV) efforts in the fall of 1974.

Her success led to being hired to run GOTV in the special election that elected John Durkin to the US Senate from New Hampshire in 1975.  She became Durkin’s first Senate Legislative Director.  In early 1976, US Rep. Morris Udall (D-Ariz.) asked her to be the Director of Field Operations in his 1976 Presidential Campaign.  Cary led the grassroots organizational efforts in primary elections across the country for Udall that produced a series of very close, but second place, finishes to Governor Jimmy Carter.  She served Carter in his winning general election campaign that fall, running GOTV in Maryland.

Rep. Tim Wirth of Colorado survived that 1976 election to win a second term by less than 2000 votes.  He searched for a new Chief of Staff who understood campaign politics as well as national policy development.  He hired Cary in January of 1977 to run his Washington and Colorado staffs, beginning an 8 1/2 year professional partnership and lifelong close friendship between the two, which quickly expanded to include Tim’s wife Wren Wirth.  Every two years, Cary left the federal payroll for several months and moved to Colorado to manage Wirth’s re-election campaigns: four difficult, expensive, but successful efforts in a highly competitive congressional district.

In managing Representative Wirth’s staff (doubled in size to 40, and more than that in complexity when he became Chairman of the House of Representative’s Telecommunications and Finance Subcommittee in 1981), she trained scores of young people who went on to have successful independent careers.  “Momma Caton” was beloved, and viewed with trepidation by some at the same time.  To the end of her life many of those people stayed in touch with the woman who gave them their first chance, and taught them how to combine values, hard work, and excellence in public service and politics.

After she left Wirth’s staff in 1985, she never lost her interest in politics, but devoted the rest of her life to caring for her family and community.  In 1990, she fell in love with an island on the south bank of the Potomac River in Heathsville, Northumberland County, Virginia, and designed and built a house there.  She loved to walk the beach on her “Island” with her dogs charging into the river, inspecting innumerable bird houses she had erected.  She served as President of the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship, the primary environmental group in the Northern Neck of Virginia, lobbying state and local governments on a variety of issues.  She was a leading fundraiser and contributor for the Northumberland County Volunteer Rescue Squad and other local charities, and a columnist for the local newspaper.  She was a life coach, big sister, and role model to a large number of women in the community.  She interrupted her personal interests repeatedly to be the primary caregiver for seriously ill family members, including her mother-in-law and father-in-law in the last portions of their lives.

In 2005 she moved to Charlotte to be close to two of her children and two grandchildren, and she visited the others in Texas as often as possible.  Nothing gave her greater pleasure than holding a grandchild on her lap.

She will be buried in the Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon, New York, a town where she and her children spent many happy summer and winter vacations, next to her beloved father-in-law, Robert Aylward.  At her request, in lieu of flowers, contributions should be made in her name to one of her favorite charitable organizations: Habitat for Humanity Charlotte. Contributions honoring Cary will help build a home for a family of four Montagnard refugees from Vietnam.  Habitat for Humanity Charlotte, 3815 Latrobe Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211.

Jane Hubbard Blackwell

Jane Hubbard Blackwell, 90, died at her home in Heathsville, on Friday, February 15, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late Clifford Wilson Hubbard and Jane Emerson Hubbard and the widow of Woodley Jennings Blackwell.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Priscilla Hubbard Barnes, and two brothers, Clifford Wilson Hubbard, Jr. and Samuel Hildreth Hubbard, II.

Mrs. Blackwell served as Registrar of Voters for Northumberland County until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church and was an active volunteer in the community, including Reading Partners and the American Red Cross, where she taught swimming lessons and chaired the Blood Drive.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane Blackwell Wrightson, her son-in-law, Charles Wesley Wrightson and grandson, Benjamin Ellis Wrightson, all of Heathsville.

A funeral service in celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at O.A. Brinkley Hall of First Baptist Church, 3585 Courthouse Road, Heathsville, the transitional home of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. Her burial will follow at the family cemetery. The family will receive friends at their home in Heathsville following the burial.

Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 609, Heathsville, VA 22473 or the Northumberland County Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, VA  22473.

Online remembrances may be made at

Florence H. Brann

Florence H. Brann, 102, of Village, passed away February 15, 2013. She attended Gibeon Baptist Church, Village.

Mrs. Brann was a native of Ozark, Alabama, and attended college and taught elementary school there. Most of her married life, she lived in Heathsville, where her husband worked at the School Board Office as Superintendent of Lancaster and Northumberland County Schools for 23 years. While residing in Heathsville, Mrs. Brann served as Chapter Chairman of the Northumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross. During her term as chapter chairman, a blood drive program was started in the county for the first time.

Mrs. Brann was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Brann, Sr.

She is survived by two sons, Raymond E. Brann, Jr. of Arlington and William Perry Brann of Callao, and sister, Betty Traweek of Pace, Florida. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Sara Brann, Ray Brann III, Lee Brann, Jeff Brann, and Elizabeth Brann, and two great-grandchildren, Chloe Brann, and Jake Brann.

The family received friends on February 18, 2013 at Gibeon Baptist Church, Village. A funeral service followed at noon. Interment was held in the church cemetery. Jones-Ash Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Gibeon Baptist Church, P.O. Box 23,Village, Virginia 22570.

Online remembrances may be made at

Neal Hampton Connelly

Neal Hampton Connelly, 72, of Warsaw, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at his home. He was a member of Welcome Grove Baptist Church and a retired truck driver for Edwards Grain.

He is survived by his wife, Viola B. Connelly; daughter, Karen C. Gallagher of Warsaw; step-son, Larry Davis of Woodbridge; sister, Darlene Trippet of Fredericksburg; grandchildren, Ben Jenkins and Emily Jenkins, and great-grandchildren, Christopher Belfield, Kyle Belfield and Lilly Belfield.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 13 at Welcome Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Willard Bowen and Rev. Jason Patrick officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Butch Saunders, Jim Hall, Charles Sanford, Norman Schools, Bobby Schools and Bobby Balderson. Donald Hall and Pete Coates served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Neal Hampton Connelly Fund, c/o Welch Funeral Home, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross, Va. 22520. Online condolences may be made at

James Morris Hutchison

James Morris Hutchison, 74, of Warsaw, formerly of Manassas Park, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013. He was a member of Farnham Baptist Church and retired in 1995 from Prince William Service Authority.

Survivors are his wife, Virginia Lee Rock Hutchison; son, Lewis D. Hutchison (Diane); son, James D. Hutchison (Stephanie); daughter, Tammy M.H. Brooks (Warren); granddaughters, April Hutchison, Chrystal Hutchison, Ciara Brooks, and Mikayla Brooks; sister, Janet H. Fallen (Curtis); pet dogs, Coco and Rascal. Preceding him in death were his daughter, Janet Lee Hutchison; his mother, Hilda Coghill Hutchison and his father, Morris Dulaney Hutchison.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with interment in Essex Cemetery. The Reverend Rodney Morrison officiated. Pallbearers were Jennings Dawson, Lewis Dawson, Wayne Mothershead, Brian Mothershead, Joe Hall and Mark Hall. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Ashton, Randy Schuyler and E.C. Bartlett. Memorial contributions may be made to Farnham Baptist Church Building Fund or to Riverside Tappahannock Hospice.

William Allison Jones

William Allison Jones, 85, of Farnham, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013. He was the widower of Mary Elizabeth “Polly” Jones, a retired supervisor for C & P Telephone Company and a member of Cobham Park Baptist Church.

Survivors are his children, two sons, W. Michael Jones of Fair Oaks and Richard A. Jones (Sara) of Centreville; two daughters, Carolyn S. Kassel (Don) of Hardeeville, SC and Diane E. Hume (Don) of Warrenton; a sister, Faye J. Rock (Kirby) of Tappahannock; nine grandchildren, Kathryn Jones, Thomas Brown III, Kevin Jones, Stephanie Jones, Ryan Jones, Allyson Jones, Samantha Jones, Mary Beth Hume, and Garrett Hume; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Cobham Park Baptist Church with interment in Farnham Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Donald Bowen officiated. Pallbearers were Butch Rock, Randy Rock, Freddie Barrack, C.C. Burgess, Tommy Lewis, Tom Brown, and Jack McKenney. Memorial contributions may be made to Farnham Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wayne Mothershead, 250 Bunker Hill Road, Farnham, VA 22460.

Archie Elmo Morris

Archie Elmo Morris was born to the late Dorothy “Virginia” Bowman.Archie was raised in Hanover County and attended Hanover County Public Schools. Archie was united in holy matrimony to Corrina Corbin Morris on May 29,2010. He joined the Ebenezer Baptist Church at an early age.  He was an active member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Male Chorus and a past member of the EBC Usher Board, Sanctuary Choir and the Robinson Memorial Chorus.

He retired from Dominion Virginia Power in 1994 after 20-plus years and Hanover County Public Schools in 2009.

Archie was a hard worker all of his life and took care of his family until his death.  He loved to sing and always told his children that they could not out sing him.  He always made a fashion statement and he was a die-hard Washington Redskins Fan.

On the evening of Jan. 31, 2013, God reached down and took our beloved family member home. He was predeceased by his mother; a great-grandchild, Dominique and two brothers, Richard and Charles T. Archie leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Corrina Corbin Morris; a brother, Joseph Mines; his devoted mother-law of fifty-plus years, Robnet Huff; six devoted children, Archie “Wayne” (Helen), Valerie Derricott (Kevin, Sr.), Donald (Theresa), Rico (Kim), Yancey and Wendy “Natasha” (Craig); one stepson, Cornelius Corbin, Jr. (Tausha); 16 grandchildren, one devoted – Sevon Morris; three great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, and devoted friends, two of which are David Lee Brown and Tilton Holmes, Sr.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 4 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam. Pastor John W. Kinney officiated. Interment services were held at the church cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were David Brown, Everett Morris, Joseph “Bike” Mines, William Mines and Eddie Mines. Pallbearers were EBC Male Chorus and devoted family and friends.  Her floral bearers were devoted family and friends.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

Julia Octavia Scott

Julia Octavia Scott was born Oct. 28, 1928 in Richmond County. She was the daughter of the late Emmett and Alice Gillis Scott.

Julia attended the public schools of Richmond County. She accepted Christ as her Savior joining the membership at Clarksville Baptist Church at an early age. Aside from caring for her parents and children, she managed to do domestic work to assist her husband with providing for the family.  She was truly a dedicated family-oriented jewel.

Julia departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Brenda Scott in Warsaw.  She was predeceased by her husband William Harry Scott; her daughter, Hazel Gaskins Bagby; son, Russell Scott; six brothers, Milton, Jeremiah, Lewis, James, Benjamin and Carter, and two sisters, Elizabeth and Myrteen.

Julia leaves to cherish her memories:  three daughters, Myrteen Grimes of Richmond, Ronda Darlene and friend, Roger of Tappahannock and Brenda of Warsaw; five son, Lloyd and friend Glenda, Harry, all of Warsaw, Reginald and wife, Maxine of Tappahannock, Bruce and friend, Gertrude of Montross and Gregory of Warsaw; 16 grandchildren, Lloyd, Jr. and Denise Scott; Tonya Tunstall, Alfonso, Terry and Dante Gaskins; Troy Scott, Netina Claxton; Rosheema Wright, Lewis, Jr. and Sierra Grimes; Tiwanna Cuffee, Russell Scott, and Tyler Jackson; Salone and Shyneisha Reed; one daughter-in-law, Maxine; two sons-in-law,  James Bagby and Lewis Grimes; a sister-in-law, Rosie Lee Scott; a brother-in-law, Frank Scott; special friends,  Lucille Brooks, Virginia Landon, Dorellis Dunaway and Fannie Johnson, and a host of nieces, nephews family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 2 at the Clarksville Baptist Church in Warsaw with Pastor Michael R. Reed, Sr., officiating.  Interment services were held at the Scott Family Cemetery in Warsaw. Honorary pallbearers were Giles Scott and Lawrence Scott. Pallbearers were Raymond Corbin, Barry Gaines, Kirk Gaines, Walter Gaines, Lawrence Lucas and Ricky Roane and floral bearers were family and friends.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.