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Obituaries, week of Feb. 27: Kelly, Brann, Prescott, Johnson, Thomas, Tubman, Hoge, Kuykendall, Edmonds, Klischer

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Betty Brown Kelly

Betty Brown Kelly, daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, preacher, caregiver and spiritual seeker, peacefully slipped Earth’s surly bonds February 17, 2013, departing from the bedside throng of loving family to the Love awaiting her.  The eldest of three children, Betty was born to Georgia Hamilton Brown and Captain Robert Washington Brown at the Gorgas Army Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone on October 23, 1919.  The military family traveled across the country from post to post, settling in Arlington, Virginia, where Captain Brown became Deputy Judge Advocate of the Army.  She met the love of her life, John Curtis Kelly, at the tender age of 16 while attending a “tea dance” at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; thus beginning a lifetime romance.  Betty graduated from Western High School Washington, D.C. in 1937 and Curt from the Naval Academy the same year.  Betty attended Stuart Art School, worked at Jellif’s and Woody’s as a model and fashion illustrator waiting for the expiration of the two year marriage prohibition that then restricted USNA grads.  In 1939 they married and remained so for 52 years.  “Stay at home” Navy wife is a misnomer when applied to Betty who raised six children while traipsing around the country wondering when Curt would come home from the sea.  She supported his career through squadron, air wing and ship commands, and beamed with pride when they stood on the bridge of the USS Hancock, CVA 19 for a dependents day cruise, but wondering what trouble the children were in!  After Curt’s retirement in 1967, they moved to Reedville where they lived for 20 years.  Betty enjoyed the natural beauty and peace of Northumberland County, but moved to Norfolk when Curt’s failing health necessitated proximity to Veterans medical facilities. Betty enjoyed many friendships in the Reedville area, especially Miriam Haynie with whom she was very close. Betty lived the admonition to love the neighbor as one’s self. Once the children were grown she put her energy into volunteer service, officiating on numerous Boards and service organizations.  Betty’s artistic training and appreciation of beauty were expressed in her every day.  She lived the line:  truth is beauty, beauty truth.  Betty was predeceased by her parents Brigadier General and Mrs. Robert W. Brown;  her husband, Captain John Curtis Kelly USN;  her beloved daughter, Kathleen Kelly Hall and her brother. Robert Hamilton Brown.  She is survived by her brother. Ray Winton Brown;  her children, Michael and Peggy Kelly (Chestertown, Md.),  Robert and Marie Kelly( Norfolk, Va.), Jerry and Ellen Kelly (Fairfax, Va.), Tom and Jude Kelly(Virginia Beach, Va./Reedville),  Tish and Malcom Butler (McLean, Va.) and her 30 grand and great-grandchildren.  A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on March 1, 2013 at St Luke’s Catholic Church in McLean Va. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.

James “Jimmy” Marvin Brann

James “Jimmy” Marvin Brann, 78, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013. He was the widower of Marjorie Morris Brann, a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and a retired farmer. Jimmy loved his Lord, his church, Richmond County Volunteer Fire Dept. Farnham Division, farming, working and living in his community. He worked at Dawson’s Service Center in Farnham for 50 years. He was instrumental in getting the Farnham Fire Dept. going and served as Captain for 25 years. Jimmy loved gospel music and started a singing group named “Jimmy’s Good Time Singers.” They traveled all over Virginia singing. After retiring from farming, he worked for Kermit Thomas Jr. and Tasha Thomas of Port Royal. He drove a black Kenworth, that he affectionately named “Black Beauty,” for years until the first stroke hit in 2009.

He is survived by his devoted daughter, Elaine B. Bryant (Frank Mullin) of Emmerton; his loving and devoted grandson, James Matthew Bryant of Farnham; a sister, Laura B. Barrett of Warsaw; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends; and by his loving, caring family at The Orchard.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Calvary United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Reverend Fred Marvel officiated. Pallbearers were J.D. Dawson, Jr., Gary Hayes, Wayne Mothershead, Fred Wayne Mothershead, Brian Mothershead, and Randy Passagaluppi. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Self, Joe Hall, Mark Hall, and Lee Fisher. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond County Fire Department, Farnham Station, P.O. Box 247, Farnham, VA 22460.

Evelying Clark Prescott

Evelying Clark Prescott, 88, of Warsaw, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2013. She was the widow of William Wesley Prescott, a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, and a retired seamstress for Levi Strauss.

Survivors are her two sons, Ralph Prescott (Melvene) of Blacksburg and Dickie Clark (Elaine) of Stephen City; two grandchildren, Amy Clark and Sarah Davis (Matt);   one great-grandchild, Conner Liam Davis; and a special niece, Joan Miller Kitch.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with interment in Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Reverend Fred Marvel officiated. Pallbearers were Frankie Clark, Chris Kitch, Brad Schneider, Russell Beadles, Ben Thurston, Michael Smith, Larry Brewer, and Ryan Maddox.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary UMC Cemetery Fund.

Ruby Hall Johnson

Ruby Hall Johnson, 82, of Mt. Holly, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Mrs. Johnson retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of Currioman Baptist Church. She was the daughter of Samuel and Rubie Detrick Hall.

Survivors are her husband, Walter B. Johnson; her son, Walter B. “Benny” Johnson, Jr. (Doris Jean) of Farnham; two grandchildren, Walter “Wally” B. Johnson III (Kristy) and John Trevor Johnson (Brittany); three great grandchildren, Allison, Jacob, and Tyler; a sister, Shirley H. Hogg (Charles) of Waterview; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with burial in Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastor Kenny Park officiated. Pallbearers were Al Withers, C.O. Balderson, Joe Neale, Douglas Sleazk, John Sleazk, Kenny Pitts, Billy Prince, and Roger Rowe. Honorary pallbearers were George Shannon, Fred Hottle, Elix Podpaly, Lynn Kuykendall, and Robert K. Bailey, III.

Audrey Hinton Thomas

Audrey Hinton Thomas, age 85, of Emmerton, widow of Kermit Pierce Thomas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 22, 2013. She was owner and operator of Thomas Store for over forty years and managed her farming operation until her death.

She is survived by her sons, Kermit P. Thomas, Jr. (Audrey) of Port Royal, and Richard E. Thomas (Sinka) of Emmerton; daughters, Lois Anne Gorman (Tim) of Warsaw, Dorothy Mae Schools (Neale) of Warsaw, and Janet Audrey Cockrell (Eddie) of Burgess; sisters and brother, Charlotte Dunaway of Lara, Alice Mae Atkinson, Grace Ann Lewis, Daniel Hinton, all of Mechanicsville, and Edna Faye Lewis of Lara; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Leslie Thomas, her grandson, John M. Jones, Jr., her son-in-law, John M. Jones, and her brother, James Hinton.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2013 at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel. Burial followed in Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastor Neale Schools, Reverend Fred Marvel, and Reverend Rodney Morrison officiated. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Matthew Gorman, Joel Gorman, Andy Schools, Richard Thomas, Jr., and David P. Thomas and great-grandsons, Jonathan Heffren, Jared Sanders, and Colby Lehman Thomas. Rebekah Byrd Haynie was organist.

Memorial contributions may be made to Richmond County Fair Association-Stage Fund, c/o Kelly Liddington, P. O. Box 152, Warsaw, VA 22572, or to the Richmond County Volunteer Fire Dept.-Farnham Division Building Fund, c/o Wayne Mothershead, 250 Bunker Hill Road, Farnham, VA 22460.

Virginia Headley Tubman

Virginia Headley Tubman of Irvington, formerly of Mt. Holly, beloved wife of the late Francis Halley Tubman, passed away February 17, 2013 in Irvington. She was born at Lake, Virginia on July 14, 1915 to Elizabeth Sewell Headley and Andrew Broadus Headley. She was a long-time member of Cople Episcopal Parish.  She is survived by her nieces Mary Priscilla Cowart Cockrell, Louise Headley Tolson, and Elizabeth Jones Cockrell; and by numerous other relatives.

The family received friends at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Sunday, February 24, 2013.  A graveside burial service was held Monday, February 25, 2013 at Yeocomico Episcopal Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Massey Fund of the Cople Episcopal Parish, 72 Coles Point Road, P.O. Box 110, Hague, VA 22469.

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Philip Aylett Hoge

On Friday, Feb.22, 2013, Philip Aylett Hoge, age 77, died peacefully at home.  Beloved husband of Patricia Patten Hoge, he was the son of William Aylett Hoge and Susan Cooke Hoge.  Born in New York City, NY, he was raised in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Proud of his Northern Neck, Virginia roots, he and his family still continue to enjoy weekends and vacations at his boyhood home, Ferry Hill.

His love of the Chesapeake Bay began at an early age in the Northern Neck, as he worked as a ‘waterman’ at age 5, catching and selling soft crabs.  For his fifth birthday, his parents gave him his first sailboat. His love of sailing continued all of his life, and he sailed regularly from age 5 to 65.  An active member of many antique and classic car clubs, he bought, sold and collected cars his entire adult life. Proud of his military service, Philip served eight years in the US Naval Reserves, starting in high school.

An alumnus of Washington and Lee High School, Virginia Episcopal School and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, he came to Delaware in 1957.  Discovering he was a good salesman, he started out selling automobiles and then in 1964 joined the Carroll W. Griffith Real Estate Company, which he eventually purchased.  At the time of his passing, he was Vice President and Partner at Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties.   A well-known and respected real estate broker, he served as President of both the New Castle County and Delaware Associations of Realtors.  Former President of the University and Whist Club, he was an active member of the Wilmington Rotary Club, the Friday Club, Committee of 100, CIRC, and the Piedmont Club.  A member of Trinity Episcopal Parish, he served for ten years as the President of the Old Swedes Foundation.

He loved exploring the world and interacting with people and considered himself fortunate to have visited most of the continents around the earth.  Philip was proud of the fact that he had been able to accomplish and experience just about everything he ever wanted to do.  A lifelong optimist, he could always see the positive in any situation or person.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his two daughters, Elizabeth Hoge Lipford (Michael) and Joan Hoge-North (David) and his two stepchildren, Amy Seward Quinn (Theodor) and William Ross Seward (Mary Kay), and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Hoge Ripol (George), his niece and nephew, and numerous cousins, who have remained close throughout the years.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 1108 N. Adams St, Wilmington, DE 19801, on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.  A celebration of his life will be held at the family home in VA on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to the Old Swede’s Foundation, 806 Church St., Wilmington, DE 19801 or Westmoreland County Museum, P.O.Box 247, Montross, VA 22520.

Sara Mae Hurd Kuykendall

Mrs. Sara Mae Hurd Kuykendall, 91, of Warsaw, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013. She was a retired bookkeeper for A & P Grocery.

Survivors are her husband, Hubert Kuykendall of Warsaw; her daughter, Janice E. Frye (Samuel) of Heathsville; three grandchildren, Rochelle, Jason, and Darren Frye; and a great-grandchild, Jaiden White.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Cobham Park Baptist Church with burial Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 1 p.m. in Mount Carmel Pauxent Cemetery, Brookeville, MD

Arthur Leo Edmonds

Arthur Leo Edmonds, 93, of Warsaw, formerly of Tappahannock, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013. He was the widower of Dolores P. Edmonds, a retired carpenter, a member of Faith Baptist Church, and a World War II Army veteran.

Survivors are his two daughters, Nancy Vaughn (Dave) of Emmerton and Janet Mesmer (Pete) of King William; two sisters, Marguerite Burgess and Genevieve Bantrell; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lillian Gallagher, two brothers, Charles and Albert Edmonds, and a sister, Lillian Edmonds.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with interment in the Northern Neck Baptist Church Cemetery.

Edward Charles Klischer

Edward Charles Klischer, 74, of Mt. Holly passed away on Saturday, Feb. 16,

2013. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, Warsaw and a retired construction worker. He was the son of the late Theodore Edward and Marie T. Klischer.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Kathryn Klischer.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Victory Baptist Church,Warsaw with Pastor Todd Brown officiating. Interment was in Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill, Pa. on Friday, Feb. 22.

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