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Obituaries, week of March 6: Bullock, Smith, Cowart, Bryant, Reid, Dunton

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

James L. Bullock

James L. Bullock passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 at his home on the banks of the Chesapeake, the place that he loved.  Jim lived life to its fullest and very much on his own terms.  Death, much as life, adhered to Jim’s ideal:  with his daughter Catherine by his side, a fire burning, birds at the feeder, and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay out his window Jim slipped peacefully away.  He is survived by his two sisters, Mollie Lovejoy and Elizabeth Holleman; his daughter, Catherine and her husband Dan, who ensured his well being to the end; his son, Michael and his wife Anna Clayton, of whom he was so proud, and his loved daughter Glenn Tinsley Bowles and her husband Charles.  He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, each of whom filled him with pride.

Jim lived a life most of us could only dream about, taking big risks and celebrating amazing rewards.  He worked hard and played hard with an incredible ability to hit the reset button.  He was a dreamer and a doer and accomplished many great things with the love of his life Elizabeth who sadly predeceased him in 2001.  Beginning with The Library in Nashville, an aptly named bar for Vanderbilt students, he moved on to mining for gold, a yacht charter business, shrimp boating, expeditions to Haiti, and a brief stint as an agent for a blue grass band among other pursuits.

At times overcoming obstacles with great vision and optimism, Jim and Elizabeth accidentally founded what came to be the first Assisted Living Facility in Virginia and grew it into what was at one time the largest senior living chain in the state.  Always with an eye towards the future, Jim opened one of the first senior living apartments 30 years before the idea became popular.  He went on to found one of the first home care agencies; that company has since grown to become one of the largest in the state.  Jim and his family have created thousands of jobs and provided outstanding care to thousands more, a legacy for which he would be proud to be remembered.

Jim could be stubborn at times and sometimes impossible to live with, but these characteristics contributed to his memorable personality.  As a visionary he rarely took no for an answer.  He was impatient and his timing was not always the best.  Jim deplored dealing with the details and didn’t suffer boredom easily.  These characteristics, which some might consider flaws, made Jim’s life the adventure it was and led him to surround himself with people who cared, who could handle the details, and who appreciated sharing the journey.

Jim became an avid yachtsman and traveler and visited places most of us will only dream of, from Maine to the Caribbean.  He will be particularly missed by George Brewer and Ron Brunk who accompanied him on many of these adventures and became close lifelong friends.

Without apology and unlike so many, Jim truly lived life and died with few regrets.  He leaves a big footprint and a lasting legacy that will make the world a better place for those who examine his life.  Despite his shortcomings, and also because of them, Jim’s life serves as a reminder that even a long life is short and should not be lived with regret or wondering what might have been.  A service to celebrate his life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013 when he will be laid to rest next to Elizabeth at Cedar Point, in Callao, Virginia, the place they both loved.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a kind donation be made in Jim’s name to The University of Virginia, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Attn: Admin Director, PO Box 800716, Charlottesville, VA 22908.

James “Tony” Anthony Smith

James “Tony” Anthony Smith, 50, of Callao, passed away  Sunday, March 3, 2013.  Tony was a self-employed HVAC technician and a member of Callao Moose Lodge.

Survivors are his wife, Michele White Smith; his daughter, Jessica Smith; his son, Dustin Smith; his step-daughter, Kirsten Harvey; his father, James “Butch “ Smith; his mother, Christine Smith; brother, Tracy Smith; uncle, Glenn Pickard; niece, Summer Smith; father-in-law, Arnold White; and mother-in-law, Jean White

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013,  at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with burial in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Tony Smith Memorial Fund, c/o Welch Funeral Home, 10300 Richmond Road, Warsaw, VA 22572.

Pauline Sarah Zilla Cox Cowart

Pauline Sarah Zilla Cox Cowart, of Lottsburg died peacefully March 2, 2013 after a long illness.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. (ret) William Slater Cowart, Jr.; two children, Paula and Bryan Cowart, and granddaughter Phyllis Cowart.  She is survived by her brothers, Bryan (Maureen) Cox and Stanley (Beryl) Cox; children, William Cowart III (Marian) and Zilla Forsythe; grandchildren, Michele Toscano, Cynthia Forsythe (Christian), Thomas Cowart (Melissa), Marian Cowart and Zachary Cowart; five great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.

Born in Lincoln, England in 1927 to Charles and Dorothy Cox, she attended school and college before marrying her husband in 1944.  A military wife, she raised her family and supported her husband’s career moving to various states.  Throughout her life, she was active in numerous clubs and service organizations and was an avid bridge player and reader. In 1988, she and her husband retired to the Northern Neck of Virginia.

The family will receive friends at the Jones-Ash Funeral Home on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Northumberland County Public Library, Heathsville, Virginia.

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Clarence Wilbur Bryant Jr.

Clarence Wilbur Bryant Jr., 83 of Heathsville passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013. He was retired from VDOT and was a member of Heathsville United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Wilbur Bryant Sr. and Eva N. Bryant. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ethel O. Bryant; one son, Wallace G. Bryant and wife Lee of Rainswood and one sister, Elizabeth M. Headley of Heathsville.

A service was held Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Heathsville United Methodist Church. The family received visitation one hour prior to service.  Burial will be private at a later date.  Donations may be made to Heathsville United Methodist Church Building Fund or Mid County Rescue.

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Margaret W. Reid

Margaret W. Reid, 93, of Spotsylvania County, Va. passed away peacefully holding the hands of her daughter and granddaughter in her home on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

She was born Dec. 2, 1919 in Lyells, Va., she later moved to Washington, D. C. where she worked for the Southern Railway Company.

After leaving there she became a housewife and loving mother.  She was a religious gentle woman that was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas B. Reid, Jr. and a daughter, Anne Marie Anthony.

She is survived by a daughter, Vonnie Vokaty and her husband, Raymond Vokaty of Richmond; a granddaughter Heather Mancuso and her fiancé, Adam Woods of Spotsylvania; as well as two nieces; Margaret Rice of Lancaster, Va. and Shirley Taylor of Hayes, Va.; also, a sister-in-law, Denise Webb of Alexandria, Va.

Her funeral service was held Monday, March 4, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, Va.  Interment followed at Culpeper National Cemetery.The family received friends on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at the funeral home.

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Katharine Macwithey Dunton

Katharine Macwithey Dunton, 70, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at her home, “Verville,” in Merry Point, Virginia, surrounded by family.  She fought a courageous battle with ovarian cancer for nearly five years.

Katharine, known as Kathy, was born in West Orange, New Jersey, on April 12, 1942, the eldest daughter of James Linen Macwithey and Katharine Dickinson Macwithey.  After graduating from the Beard School and Bennett College, she worked with Life Magazine in New York City, where she met her future husband, Ammon G. Dunton, Jr.  Returning to Ammon’s roots, they moved from New York to Virginia in 1967 after discovering an eighteenth century historic landmark, “Verville,” soon to be known as home.

Kathy had an infectious love of life and found great happiness in simple things. She enjoyed the country life and could often be found in her garden, tending to her sheep, or walking with her golden retriever. She treasured the view of the sun setting over the Corrotoman River.  A gifted and spirited athlete, Kathy played competitive tennis for many years at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club.  She grew up spending her summers on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains, where she enthusiastically returned every summer with her own family.  She and her husband, often accompanied by their children, also enjoyed travel to Europe and more distant places like Australia, New Zealand and Africa. These family trips helped establish close bonds of love, learning and respect, which have endured to this day.

Kathy was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and served on the boards of several local organizations including the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury, the Center for the Arts, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and Lancaster Community Library.  She was also a member of the Junior League of Richmond, Daughters of the American Revolution and The Garden Club of the Northern Neck.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents.  She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Ammon; her three daughters and their husbands, Katharine Dunton Moore and P. William Moore III of Staunton, Mary Blair Dunton Zakaib and Charles A. Zakaib of Charlottesville, Elizabeth Dickinson Dunton Faison and Lane E. Faison of Charlotte; her son, James Linen Dunton of Charlottesville; and her sister, Linda Macwithey Baldwin of Diggs. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Katharine Holt Moore, Anna Caperton Moore, Gabriel Dunton Zakaib, Isabella Blair Zakaib, Lane Elias Faison, Jr. and Blair Winters Faison.  Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, she will be deeply missed by us all.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, followed by a private interment at “Verville.”  The family will receive friends at Currie Funeral Home from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday.  A celebration of her life will be held at “Verville” in the spring, for which the date and time will be announced.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Grace Trust, c/o Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482.