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Obituaries, week of Feb. 6: Bowen, Caldwell, Dameron, Davis, Day, Jansheski, Kennison, Lowe, Taylor, Wilkins, Schneider

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Lois Cockrell Bowen

Lois Cockrell Bowen, 88, of Burgess, Virginia passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013. She grew up and lived on Glebe Point overlooking the Great Wicomico River, enjoying her ospreys and the sailboat races in the summertime. She was an artistic individual, and sold many items that she had painted, such as ducks, and other wildlife in her antique store, “This N That”.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Bowen.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy G. Bowen, and her significant other, Roland Hughes; her son, Robert S. Bowen, and his wife Beth; grandchildren, Bannon Squirewell, and her husband Darrick, Zachary McCluskey, and his wife, Amanda, Reynald Cruz, and Randell Cruz; great-grandchildren, Olive Squirewell, Brooks Squirewell, Caroline McCluskey, and Peyton McCluskey.

The family received friends at Faulkner Family Funeral Home, Burgess. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 a  funeral service was held on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.

Online remembrances may be made at faulknerfamilyfuneralhome. com

Curtis Wade Caldwell

Curtis Wade Caldwell of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Kremlin, VA was received in God’s Heavenly Garden on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the age of 33. He was a Master Chef at Denver’s Vesta and Dipping Grill, a position he had held since his graduation from Johnson & Wales University in Denver. Curtis was also credited as being an accomplished magician, street performer, musician and artist and always attracted much attention and was much enjoyed.

In his younger years he practiced his talents for his family, school friends and church gatherings. As his abilities grew, so did his expertise and notoriety. After graduating from Washington & Lee High School in 1997, Curtis developed a desire to entertain and joined forces with The Westmoreland Players for a short while. During this time he also began to work in the restaurant field starting as a waiter at Good Eats Restaurant near Kinsale. He quickly developed a strong bond with the owners and was soon preparing and creating some of the most delicious items, which they featured on their menu. It was at this time he started to create his famous peanut butter cup, which has become a staple at Vestas in Denver and is tremendously enjoyed.

Curtis then decided he needed to see the world and started his journeys throughout the United States with The Renaissance Faire, continuing in developing his talents and honing his cooking skills. From Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and finally Denver, Curtis left his mark and a great impression on all who befriended him.

Curtis moved back home for a short time, but felt the need to explore what was outside of Virginia again. It was during this move and final stop in Denver that Curtis decided to call Denver his home and registered and was accepted at Johnson & Wales University where he graduated in 2007 Summa Cum Laude in the top 10 of his class. Curtis was also a visionary and enjoyed life to its fullest – never complaining, but making the best of whatever was offered – creativity was a key word in his vocabulary.

Curtis leaves to cherish his memory and accomplishments his mother, Annie Caldwell of Kremlin; father Charles Caldwell of Warsaw; a step-brother, Casey Caldwell of Richmond; grandmother, Iva Howell of Kremlin; along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends here, in Denver and throughout the United States. Curtis also leaves two very close friends in Denver, Joe Davis and Adam McLain, who will also cherish his memory and friendship.

Viewing was Thursday, January 31 at the Welch Marks Chapel, Warsaw. The funeral service was held Friday, February 1, 2013 at Welch Marks Chapel at 11 a.m. with Pastor Don Zampogna officiating. Songs of inspiration and comfort were performed by Ricky Wilkins and commemoratives and readings were given by family and friends. Interment followed in the Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery at Lyells. Pallbearers were Bliss Coates, Johnny Jones, Billy Joe Montgomery, Paul Israel, Merile Jones and Robert Gillions. Repast followed in the Beulah Baptist Church Hall with refreshments and meal prepared by the Beulah Baptist Women. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us through this time with their prayers, concerns and encouragement. Bless you all.

Captain Charles Wesley Dameron Sr.

Captain Charles Wesley Dameron Sr., 92, of Reedville,  passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013. He was a retired Captain with Omega Protein, and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. Mr. Dameron was a member of the Reedville Masonic Lodge #321 A.F. & A.M., a member of the ACCA Shrine, and a member of the Northern Neck Shrine Club; he was also a member of New Friendship Baptist Church, Heathsville.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Leah Headley Dameron; his parents, John Wesley Dameron and Ellie Pauline West; sister, Marian Lucille Dameron Jefferson; and brother, Clifford Owen Dameron.

He is survived by two sons C. Wesley Dameron Jr., and his wife, Joy of Reedville; Carl Dale Dameron, and his wife, Gayle, of Reedville; four grandchildren, Kristi McCook, and her husband Steve of Leesburg, Georgia, Sheri Bryant and her husband Mike, of Reedville, Kevin Dameron, and his wife Lynn, of Fredericksburg, and Michael Dameron, and his wife Kara, of Abbeville, Louisiana; eight great-grandchildren, Lauren Dameron, Daniel McCook, Leah McCook, Kerrigan Mire, Andrew Dameron, Kendrick Bryant, Shane Bryant, and Carter Bryant.

The family received friends at New Friendship Baptist Church, Heathsville, on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. A funeral service followed at the church. Interment was at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.

Memorial donations may be made to Northumberland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 355, Heathsville, VA, or to New Friendship Baptist Church, P.O. Box 154, Burgess, VA.

Online remembrances may be made at

Kenneth Latane “Toto” Davis

Kenneth Latane ”Toto” Davis, 64, of Warsaw formerly of Tappahannock passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Bradley Davis; one son, Don Davis of Warsaw; three daughters, Christine Lynch of Orange, Michelle Brown of Warsaw, and Jennifer Davis of Tappahannock; one sister Phyllis Davis of Millers Tavern; and seven grandchildren.    Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Trinity United Methodist Church, Millers Tavern with the Reverends Mina Sumpter and Jimy Edwards officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers were Jack Brewer, Joe Lynch, Bobby Brown, Kevin Davis, Jonah Langford and Louie Altrie.

Margaret Gillions Day

Margaret Gillions Day, 90, of Lake Ridge, Virginia, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013. Mrs. Day, originally from Lodge, is survived by her son, Mr. Charles Day, daughter-in-law, Mrs. Felicia Day, of Arlington and her daughter, Barbara Day, of Arlington. “Maggie,” as she was known to family and friends, was married to Charles Gladstone Day for 50 years prior to Mr. Day’s death in June of 1999. They lived in a home in Falls Church for over 40 years where they raised their children and were active in the local community. Mr. and Mrs. Day moved to the Westminster at Lake Ridge Retirement Home in 1999.

Mrs. Day, a graduate of Callao High School, received a scholarship to attend Strayer Business School which is now known as Strayer University. She completed a two-year degree and got her first job at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. She worked intermittently over the years as a secretary for a number of employers including the American Association of Railroads. She took time off to focus on raising her children, then worked part-time while her daughter was in high school. Mrs. Day retired from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration in the early 1980s.

A memorial service was held at Westminster at Lake Ridge Retirement Home at 12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge on Sunday, February 3, 2013. A service of interment was held at Melrose United Methodist Church, 1317 Lewisetta Road, Lottsburg, VA, on February 4, 2013 The family respectfully requests that donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Maggie was very much loved and will be greatly missed.

William “Bill” A. Jansheski

William “Bill” A. Jansheski, 89, of the Newland area of Warsaw, died suddenly on December 24, 2013.  He was born April 14, 1923 to Simon R. and Bonitanee Hieat Jansheski of Piqua, OH.

After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Army during WWII, spending most of his time in France.  His three brothers were active duty at the same time.

He married Mary Jane Piper (who preceded him in death two days prior to him), and to this union were born two sons, William C. Jansheski (Susan) of Newark, OH; Terrance Jansheski of Vermilion, OH; and a daughter, Susan J. Piper of Philadelphia, PA.

Bill worked in marketing during the early growth years of Blue Cross of Northeast Ohio for 34 1/2 years, reaching the level of District and Regional Manager.

During the latter part of these years he was also an Ericson Yacht dealer in Vermilion, OH on Lake Erie where he had grown up and developed a passion for sailing.  Bill also loved to work on and race his Austin Healey.  In addition, he spent some years as a professional portrait photographer.

Upon retirement from Blue Cross, he sailed from Lake Erie to the Bahamas but after three months became bored and returned to the U. S. settling in Annapolis, MD where he had often shown Ericsons in the famous Fall Boat Shows.  He remarried and worked 17 years part-time for Kraft Foods, sailing nearly daily on on the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2005 he retired a second time and moved with his wife from Bowie, MD to the Northern Neck, continuing to single-hand sail his beloved 1981 Ericson 36 “Interim” until his death.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 24 years, Beverly; his children; three grandsons and two great-grandsons; step-daughters, April Brady (MJ) and five children of Clear Spring, MD and Heidi Smith (Jeffrey) and three children of Poolesvile, MD; his brother, Dr. John Jansheski (Andree) of San Rafael, CA, a niece and four nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at Carter Memorial SDA Church, Warsaw.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare (NCPSSM)

Mrs. Frances Dunaway Kennison

Mrs. Frances Dunaway Kennison, 84, of Warsaw, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Roy “Vic” Kennison; two daughters, Vivian H. Callaway and Jean H. Edwards; three brothers; four sisters; five grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, in Historyland Memorial Park, King George with Reverend Willard Bowen.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Totuskey Baptist Church.

Arthur Corvin Lowe

Arthur Corvin Lowe also known as “Gruddy” died Jan. 18, 2013. He was born May 2, 1957 in Westmoreland County to Myrtle “Polly” and the late William “Skip” Lowe.

He was raised in Washington, D.C. and went on to graduate from Cardozo High School in the mid 1970’s. He worked as a medical assistant in various hospitals throughout his life.

Gruddy leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Brandy Lowe of Washington, D.C. and LaTonya Carter of Capitol Heights, Md.; two sons, Arthur Carter of Capitol Heights, Md. and Kyle Wilkins of Landover, Md.; two stepsons, Pierre Carter and Anthony Carter of Suitland, Md.; mother, Myrtle “Polly” Lowe of Capitol Heights, Md.; grandmother, Gertrude Lowe of Hague; two brothers, William Virginia and George of N.C.; two sisters, Carolyn of Maryland and Patty of Kansas; two grandsons, Tyrese and Jaylen; longtime friend, Ada Carter; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 26 at Zion Baptist Church, Kinsale. Pastor Don R. Hall officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.

Norman Coleman “Zook” Taylor

Norman Coleman “Zook” Taylor died Jan. 24, 2013. He was born in Montross on Dec. 13, 1933 to Johnny Taylor and Eliza Coleman Taylor.

His parents, seven brothers and two sisters predeceased him. Zook was educated in the Westmoreland County Public Schools. He was an active member of Galilee Baptist Church, Montross. Zook served his country in the Armed Forces, Army Branch. He worked for F. H. Tubman & Company as a plumber from 1957 until his retirement.

He leaves to cherish his memory his son, George Larry Johnson (Helen); grandson, George Larry Johnson Jr.; granddaughter, ShaLinda Johnson; brother, Harvey S. Taylor; two nieces, Sharon Ashton Carey and Gayle R. Ashton; one great-nephew, Brian R. Ashton Sr.; two great-nieces, Trinette C. Carey and Cherill R. Ashton; other nieces and nephews, Winifred, Gretchen, James Jr., Karen, Darlene, Webster and Avery; double cousins, Waymond, Herbert, Louise and Dorothy, a cousin, friend and care-provider, Neil Roy.

Funeral services were held  Feb. 2 at Galilee Baptist Church, Pastor Joseph Hayden officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lynn Johnson, Paul Redmond, Timothy Redmond, Lawrence Johnson, William Redmond and James Tate.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.

Nancy S. Wilkins

Nancy S. Wilkins, 60, of Montross, passed away on Jan. 30, 2013. She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church. Nancy had retired as a R.N. from Riverside Tappahannock Hospital where she had worked 20 plus years in the E.R.

Nancy is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Minor (Charles) of Nomini Grove and Angela Jones (Donnie) of Montross and son John Wilkins of Fredericksburg. Johnny Wilkins was a lifelong love and soul mate. She is also survived by grandchildren, Rick Rose, Grace Minor, Trey Wilkins, Devany Jones, D.J. Jones; a sister, Ruth S. Packett (Stanley) of Montross; nephew, James Packett (Theresa) of Montross, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Collins and Katie Sanford.

Funeral services were held  Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Providence United Methodist Church. Rev. John Ward and Pastor Wade Wilkins officiated.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Rick Rose, Mike Rose, Trey Wilkins, Jimmy Packett, Wayne Bryan and Donnie Jones.

Memorial contributions may be made to Providence United Methodist Cemetery Fund, PO Box 913, Montross, Va. 22520. Online condolences may be made at

Frank Martin Schneider

Frank Martin Schneider, 96, of Farnham, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013. He was the widower of Mary Luttrell Schneider, a farmer and a member of Farnham Baptist Church.

Survivors are his three grandchildren, David Schneider of Farnham, Keith Schneider of Charlottesville, and Rhonda Powell of Kentucky; three great grandchildren, Travis Schneider, Madison Schneider, and James Webb; and his cousin, Florence Mothershead.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Farnham Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The Reverend Rodney Morrison officiated. Pallbearers were Ladell Pierson, Danny Pierson, David Pierson, Oren Pierson, Fred Wayne Mothershead, and J.D. Dawson, Jr.  Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation serving Virginia – Regional Office, 1622 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228-2328.