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Obituaries, week of July 10: Lewis, Carver, Kent, Fones, Kelly, Sydnor, Balderson, Selfe, Bush, Clark, Tutt

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Catherine R. “Kitty” Lewis 


Catherine R. “Kitty” Lewis passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Beloved wife of Vernon L. Lewis, Sr., she is survived by sons, Vern Lewis, Jr. of Weston, FL and John Lewis and wife Susan of Silver Spring, MD; grandson, Michael J. Lewis and wife Alexandra of Miami, FL; nephew, Joey Lynch; niece, Linda Evans of Maryland and other loved ones.

Kitty was born February 12, 1924, grew up in Bethesda, MD and raised her family in Sandy Spring, MD. She moved to enjoy retirement lifestyle with family and friends in Heathsville.

She loved her flower garden and hummingbird visits.

The family received friends Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Jones-Ash Funeral Home. Funeral service at Oakland United Methodist Church, Farnham, Wednesday July 10, 2013 at 11 a.m., followed by a brief social gathering at the Church Hall for tea and coffee.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Virginia.

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Lois Pritchard Carver


Lois Pritchard Carver, 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Montross, surrounded by her family and caregivers on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Arthur E. Carver, Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Gwendolyn C. O’Dell and husband Karl, Rebecca J. Carver, and Nancy C. Weakley and husband Rhys, and a son, Arthur E. Carver, III and wife Joanne, as well as her eight grandchildren, Jennifer O. Doran and husband Dennis, Amy O. Renn and husband Dustin, Lindsay O. Saksa and husband Rob, Rebecca O. Cobble and husband Jay, Anne Carver Weakley, Sarah C. Weakley, Arthur E. Carver, IV, R. Andrew M. Carver, and six great-grandchildren, Chloe and Connor Doran, Wesley, Margaret and Nolan Renn, and Riley Saksa.

Lois was the youngest of the eight children of Joseph A. and Sophia B. Pritchard of Norfolk. She graduated from Maury High School and went on to study Home Economics at Madison College. In 1943, she returned home to work at the Norfolk Navy Yard where she met her soon-to-be husband, Lt. Carver.

Lois was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother as well as an accomplished homemaker, seamstress, gardener, and an able culinary master of wholesome, delicious food.

She was a member of Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church in Montross, where a celebration of her life took place on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11 a.m.

The family received friends at Welch Funeral Home in Montross on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Because Lois determinedly fought Alzheimer’s, with the help of dedicated caregivers, for over ten years and received commendable care from the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad and Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to any of the following organizations: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 103, Glen Allen, VA 23060; Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad, P O Box 1174, Montross, VA 22520; Tappahannock Riverside Hospice, 618 Hospital Rd, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Pallbearers included Tommy Newton, Jimmy Jones, Joseph Newton, David Steed, Jimmy Morris, and Sonny Bowyer. The Reverend Shayne Estes officiated.

The family wished to acknowledge the love and commendable care that was given our Mother and Grandmother, Lois, by her faithful caregivers, Pearl Carey, Gwen Henry, Laura Carey, Valerie Peace, and Annie Campbell.


Hudnall R. Kent


Hudnall R. Kent, 77, of Wicomico Church, Virginia, passed away on June 25, 2013. He was a retired Certified Machinist with Reynolds Metals Company for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth K. Gill, and his brother, Stewart Kent.

He is survived by his daughters, Kathy K. Mitchener, and her husband Louis, of Chesterfield, Virginia, and Tammy K. Newman and her husband Tim, of Chesterfield, Virginia; one son, Garland R. Kent; grandchildren, Austin D. Mitchener, Hunter S. Mitchener, Knox D. Mitchener, Madison G. Newman, and Maddox K. Newman; his sisters, Anna Kent, of Portland, Oregon, and Lois K. Merkle, of Ohio; his brother, Talmadge Kent and his wife Mary, of Wicomico Church, Virginia.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 1, 2013 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Faulkner Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Burgess, Virginia. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Wicomico Baptist Church, Wicomico Church, Virginia.

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Roger “Buck” Fones


Roger “Buck” Fones, 63, of Montross, passed away Monday, July 2, 2013.  He was the retired owner of Buck’s Body Shop in Fredericksburg and a member of Nomini Baptist Church.  He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Marcum and husband, Jason and grandson, Colton Matthew Marcum, all of Fredericksburg.  He is also survived by his mother, Hilda Fones of Montross; brothers, Howard Fones (Sue) of Lottsburg, Ron Fones (Penny) of Port Royal, Clarence Fones (Patsy) of Colonial Beach and Hampton Fones, Jr. (Tish) of Louisiana; sisters, Gladys Foley (Pete) of King George, Linda King (Robert) of Village, Mary Ann Jones (Jimmy), Betty Burnette of Stafford, Rita Balderson (Calvin) and Diane Kilmon, all of Montross and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 at Nomini Baptist Church, Templemans.  Rev. Jessica Williams, Rev. Darren Williams and Pastor Wade Wilkins officiated.  Interment was in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers were Calvin Balderson, Jr., Gill Fones, Michael King, Billy Fones, Jason Clarke, Ricky Fones and Dillan Fones.  Honorary pallbearers were Billy Tolson, Curtis Clark, Juice McKenney, Howard Thompson, Johnny Wilkins, Frogie McKenney and C. W. Clark.

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Lorelle McKenney Kelly


Lorelle McKenney Kelly, 76, of Montross passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013. She retired as eligibility worker with Westmoreland Social Services and was a member of Coles Point United Methodist Church.

She was the widow of Harvey Allen McKenney and Daniel B. Kelly.  She is survived by daughters, Vicki Nash (Jimmy), Sheri Smith (Donnie) and grandson, Jamie Douglas.  Also surviving are brothers, Gilbert Oliff (Lois) of Warsaw and George H. Oliff of Montross; sister, Elois Hundley of Tidwells; stepgrandson, Christopher Smith (Christine); great-granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Smith, all of Montross,  and loving companions, Terry Sandy and Nissie Kelly.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel.  Rev. Willard Bowen and Pastor Wade Wilkins officiated.  Interment was in Carmel United Methodist Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Johnny Wilkins, Ernie Harding, Warren Shorter, Kennon Morris, J. C. Horton, Matt Beard, Jimmy Packett and Tommy Brown.  Honorary pallbearers were John Hutt, George Daiger, Mann Sanders, Brian Oliff, Gary Kilmon, Les Sisson, Mike Mahan, Motley Norris, Tony Oliff and Bob King.

Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Welfare League PO Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578 or Riverside Hospice Services, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560.


Florence  Louise Sydnor


Florence  Louise Sydnor, 87, of Hague passed away Monday, July 08, 2013 July 1, 2013.  She retired from BB&T after 52 years of banking service.  She was a lifelong member of Cople Parish where she served on the Altar Guild and Episcopal Church Women.  She was a member of Carmel United Methodist Women and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

She is survived by sisters, Hester S. Sanford of Hague,  Emma S. Phillips (Bob) Hague, Ann S. Howell (Larry) of Mechanicsville and Janet S. Williamson (Colin) of Mechanicsville and brothers, John M. Sydnor (Joyce) of Kinsale, James E. Sydnor (Dora) of Mechanicsville and William O. Sydnor (Catherine) of Hague.  She resided with her niece Elizabeth Sisson (George).  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Otha L. Sydnor Jr. and sisters, Margaret C. Sydnor, Thelma S. Sanders and Effie S. Manly.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill.  Interment was in the church cemetery followed by a reception at Ameslee Hall.  Pallbearers were David Sisson, Donald Gawen, Gregory Sydnor, Gregory Williamson, Andrew Sanders, Douglas Sydnor, Joshua Sisson, Corey Proffitt, Robert H. Gawen, Anthony Williamson, Stephen A. Sanders, Michael Sydnor, Randy Boom, and Edward Sydnor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cople Parish, PO Box 110, Hague, VA 22469 or Carmel United Methodist Women, PO Box 114, Hague, VA 22469.

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David Lee Balderson


David Lee Balderson died Tuesday morning, July 2, 2013 at his home in Farnham. He was born December 4, 1939 at Walnut Point, Northumberland County, the son of the late Bernard Lee Balderson and Essie Caroline Newsome Balderson.

David’s career began with his service in the United States Marine Corps from September 15, 1958 to December 14, 1962.

David served with the Marine Corps Aircraft Station in Cherry Point, N.C. David reported to NSWC (formerly the Naval Weapons Laboratory), Dahlgren in April 1963 and was Supply Management Officer, the position from which he retired on May 17, 1991 after completing 28 years with the federal government.

David was Worshipful Master of Heathsville Masonic Lodge #109 in 1977. He was the 100th Worshipful Master of the Lodge for the lodge established in 1877.

On October 19, 1981, he married Dinah Shifflett Balderson, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, David Lee Balderson, II (Buddy) and his wife Linda of Sandston, Russell Kelly Balderson “Rusty” and his wife Shelley of Gloucester; two stepsons, Eric Channing Brown of San Francisco, Ca. and Mark Vernon Brown of Fredericksburg; six grandchildren, Aaron L. Balderson, Casey L. Balderson, David Lee Balderson, III “Lee,” Josh Morgan, Melissa Wilson and Olivia Setliff; two nephews, Kenneth D. Gordon of Florida and Curtis R. Gordon of Farnham.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Ann Gordon.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with interment following in Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The Reverend Rodney Morrison officiated. Pallbearers were David L. Balderson II, Russell Kelly Balderson, 2nd Lt. Aaron Lee Balderson, David Lee Balderson III, Eric Channing Brown, and Mark Vernon Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond County Fire Department, Farnham Division, P.O. Box 247, Farnham, VA 22460.


Gwendolyn Jewell Callis Selfe


Gwendolyn Jewell Callis Selfe, 43, of Clearwater, FL, formerly of Montross, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013.  She is the daughter of Roger Kenneth Callis of Montross, and the late Pauline Bowman Callis.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth George Devers of Las Vegas, NV and daughter, Brittni Nicole Devers of Texas.

She is also survived by her sister, Carrie Beth Callis Gregory (David) of Warsaw and grandmother, Mrs. Virginia Bowman Richards of Acorn.  Gwen was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

She is loved and missed by her family and friends and is now with her mother after a ten year battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Currioman Baptist Church.  Pastor V. Wade Wilkins officiated.  Interment was in Currioman Baptist Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Association, c/o Hilda Bronner, PO  Box 65, Haynesville, VA 22472.

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Dorothy “Dottie” or “Dot Lee” Haynie Bush


Dorothy “Dottie” or “Dot Lee” Haynie Bush, 75, formerly of Camillus, NY passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on June 29, 2013 with her family by her side on the Eastern Shore of MD where she had been living for the past five years. Originally from Tabitha and Reedville, VA, Dottie was the daughter of Edward “Capt. Spider” Haynie and Dorothy Deihl Haynie.

She graduated from Reedville High School in 1955 as Class Valedictorian. In high school she was an active athlete playing basketball, softball and field hockey. She attended the College of William & Mary and graduated with high honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959. During college she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and member of the varsity field hockey team.

She served as the secretary for B.L. Bush and Sons Funeral Homes for over 40 years. She was a Board Member and active volunteer of several organizations in the Central New York area including Syracuse Symphony, Landmark Association of Central New York, Syracuse Stage Guild, Everson Museum, Onondaga County Republican Citizen’s Committee, Camillus Women’s Republican Club, Town of Camillus Republican Committee, Camillus Historical Society where she also worked on the preservation and restoration of the Octagon House, Onondaga County City Youth Board, Town of Camillus March of Dimes Campaign and the Recipient of the Camillus Mrs. Republican Award. She was also a member of Fairmount Community Church, United Church of Christ. She loved being around the water, gardening, reading, playing bridge and restoring older homes and was an avid follower of CNBC. She savored a great meal and was a fabulous cook. In later years she especially enjoyed being surrounded and entertained by her children and grandchildren. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Syracuse Basketball and enjoyed the 2003 championship run. She had a generous and positive “can do” spirit that inspired everyone around her.

She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, William E. “Bill” Bush in 2001 and her daughter-in-law Connie Walker Bush in 2011.

She is survived by her five children; Barbara (Doug) Cooper of McLean, VA and St. Michael’s, MD, Bart (Cathy) Bush of Reston, Jane (Tim) Scanlon of Cazenovia, NY, Rebecca Merlino of Atlanta, GA, and Brian (Sharon) Bush of Camillus, NY; two brothers, Bill (Shirley) Haynie of Mechanicsville, VA and John (Susan) Haynie of Reedville; 11 grandchildren; Sophie Cooper; Billy, Robert, Teddy, Bart and Ben Bush; Hannah and Nash Scanlon and Jeffrey, Andrew and Amanda Bush. Three dogs, Shug, Daisy and Bailey.

Calling hours will be Friday, July 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at B.L. Bush & Sons Funeral Home, 10 Genesee (Main) St., Village of Camillus. Services and burial will be private.

The family wishes to thank all of the health care providers especially Dr. Mary DeShields in Easton, MD and Dr. Jeffrey Kirshner in Syracuse, NY whose efforts extended her time with us.


Lois Balderson Clark


Lois Balderson Clark, 59, of Warsaw, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2013. She was the widow of Dennis D. Clark, retired from Carquest, and a member of Newland Church of Christ.

Survivors are her daughter, Kendall Clark Marx (Jon) of Bellevue, NE; her parents, Bristow and Indianola Balderson; brother, Clifton Balderson (Kim); sisters, Debbie B. Harper (Billy), Dee B. Davis (Brian), Judy G. Sydnor (Roy); three grandchildren, Robyn L. VanMeter, Cristiano Marx, and Joey Marx; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Newland Church of Christ with interment in the church cemetery. Pastor Gary Foster officiated. Pallbearers were Evan Povar, Bob Cralle, C.J. Balderson, Jonathan Sydnor, Mark France, and Al France.  Memorial contributions may be made to Richmond County, Company 3 Auxiliary, P.O. Box 1232, Warsaw, VA 22572.


D. Lucille Tutt


D. Lucille Tutt passed away quietly on Sunday, June 30th; she was 91.

Lucille Tutt was born on July 11, 1921, the eldest of three children to James and Lillian Humes. Lucille was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. At the age of 19, Lucille married her high school sweetheart, Billie Tutt. They celebrated over 64 years of marriage prior to his death in 2004. Lucille is survived by one son, William C. Tutt and Patsy, who reside in Millenbeck and two grandsons, William Tutt Jr., of California, Maryland and Ryan Tutt and his wife Michelle of Naples, FL and three great-grandchildren, Kara, Shelly, and Ryan.

Lucille had an amazing career spending much of her time working as a secretary in the White House during the Administration of four presidents – Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson. After leaving the White House she finished her career at the Federal Deposit Insurance Company working as the secretary to several of the Governors.

Lucille and Billy retired to Sunnybank in Reedville about 40 years ago where she lived until she moved to Heatherfield in Kilmarnock in 2009. She was a long time and very active member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Reedville before moving to Kilmarnock where she joined Kilmarnock United Methodist Church. Lucille was involved in numerous community groups – the garden club and United Methodist Women to name a few. She was also a long time member of the “Y” where several of her photos grace the entry.

She was much loved in the community and was known for her beautiful smile and friendly greeting. Lucille never met a stranger!

The family received friends at Faulkner Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Burgess on Friday, July 5, 2013 from 9:30-11 a.m.

Funeral services were held in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m., with burial in Roseland Cemetery, Reedville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your charity of choice.

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