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Obituaries, week of Jan. 2: Bauer, Bronner, Davis

Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

John “Jack” Lawrence Bauer III

John “Jack” Lawrence Bauer III, 37,of Bethesda, MD, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home this past Friday morning of a massive heart attack.  Known for his larger-than-life personality, Jack spread joy and happiness to all he met.  Jack was an avid and exceptional fly fisherman, whitewater kayaker, mountaineer, skier, golfer, waterfowl hunter, and music aficionado.  Countless friends of all ages would tell you that Jack’s biggest love was being husband to Lauren Block Bauer and dad to his two-year-old son, John Lawrence Bauer IV.

In his role as Senior Vice President of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, Jack served as co-manager of the Washington DC office originating over $3 billion in multifamily financing over his career.  As a top-producing member of numerous industry associations, Jack was often chosen as a speaker or panelist on multifamily finance.  Jack was widely known and respected as one of the country’s most successful experts in his field.

A man of confidence and sure of his values, Jack could often be found gathering with friends & neighbors, packing for a hunting or fishing trip, planning the next big travel adventure, attending a concert, or just enjoying time with his close-knit family.  Colleagues appreciated Jack’s problem solving skills, business savvy, and his unique way of building consensus.  Jack had a much-appreciated ability to connect and communicate with people from all walks of life.

In all he did, Jack sought constantly to encourage and help others.  Always a kid at heart, Jack made everyone around him smile and laugh.  One always left Jack’s company feeling better and more at ease.

A graduate of Washington & Lee University, Jack is survived by his wife Lauren Block Bauer; his son John Lawrence Bauer, IV; his parents, Mr. & Mrs. John L. Bauer, Jr. of Warrenton, VA & Vero Beach, FL; his sister Elizabeth Bauer Henrickson; David Henrickson; his much-loved niece and nephew, Libby & Andrew Henrickson of Warrenton, VA; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. George Cunningham of Vero Beach, FL.  Jack will be deeply missed by his extended family and legions of friends.

Lauren Block Bauer grew up in the Northern Neck and is the daughter of Mr. & Mr. William T. Carden.

A celebration of Jack’s life was held on Friday, December 28, at 2pm at Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandra, VA.  The family requests that contributions be made to The Chesapeake Bay Foundation or American Whitewater.

Charlotte Lowery Bronner

Charlotte Lowery Bronner, 90, passed away at her home in Warsaw on Sunday, December 23, 2012. She was a retired teller for Northern Neck State Bank, a member of Warsaw Baptist Church and a U.S. Army WAC Veteran, serving in WW II.  She was an avid sports enthusiast throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Murphy Bronner.  She is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Bronner Packett and husband Randall W. Packett, Jr., Warsaw, Susan Bronner Shockley, Midlothian, and Martha Bronner Blankenship and husband Randy L. Blankenship, Richmond;  one sister Pauline Lowery Morgan, Hilton Head, SC and one brother Warren C. Lowery and wife Kathleen, Callao.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, Douglas Weymouth Packett and wife Leigh Carter Packett, Murphy Bronner Packett, Mary Shockley Rogalski and husband Ben, and Samantha Brooks Shockley and a great-granddaughter, Carter Ann Packett.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Warsaw Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The Reverend J. Michael Robertson officiated. Pallbearers were Randy Blankenship, Murphy Packett, Douglas Packett, Walt Lowery, Chris Burgess, and Dennis Lowery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Richmond County Emergency Services,  P.O. Box  1000, Warsaw, VA 22572. Online condolences may be made at

Franklin E. Davis

Franklin E. Davis, 78, died Friday, December 21, 2012. Mr. Davis was a retired self-employed logger, and husband of Margaret O. Davis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Davis is survived by sons, Franklin E. Davis, Jr. (Sandy) and Thomas M. Davis, Sr. (Brenda); daughters, Shirley D. Jenkins (Donald) and Tanena D. Clarke (John); 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Kate Clark, Mary Anna Clark and Betty Cunningham; and brother, Bill Clark.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 23 at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel, 10300 Richmond Road, Warsaw. The Reverend David McEntire officiated. Pallbearers were Billy Clark, Brian Clarke, Chris Clark, Timmy Davis, Thomas Davis Jr., Frankie Lee Davis, Jonathan Clarke and Paulin Sanchez. Memorial contributions may be made to the Callao Volunteer Rescue Squadd