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Obituaries, week of Oct. 30: Taliaferro, Ball

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Taliaferro


Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Taliaferro (May 27, 1918 – October 22, 2013) was born in Suitland, Maryland. She was the oldest of six children. She attended college at Meredith College and later the University of Maryland, graduating in 1938 with a degree in Home Economics.  After teaching Home Economics for one year in Maryland, she moved to Essex County, Virginia in 1939, where she served as a home demonstration agent.

In Essex she met Oscar Bryan Taliaferro, and they married on April 22, 1942. After World War II, she and her husband and first son moved to Center Cross, Virginia and began a grain farming business in 1946. They raised six children. In 1966 the Taliaferro family was designated as a Master Farm Family, an award of the Progressive Farmer magazine in cooperation with the Extension Service.

Mary’s husband passed away in 1980. Since 1976 she has served as corporate secretary of Montague Farms, Inc.

She has been involved in many church, school, community and agricultural organizations.  At Glebe Landing Baptist Church she taught Sunday school and served as organist and choir director.  At Beale Memorial she continued to teach Sunday school and served on the church council and steering committee for building a new church. She coordinated the weekly church suppers for many years.  She also served as deacon of Beale Memorial Baptist Church.

Mary also participated in many school activities. She was a former president of the PTA. She taught sewing to two generations through the 4-H Club, as well as teaching knitting and tailoring in community education courses.

Mary was a member of the Essex County Women’s Club for more than 50 years and has twice served as its president. For 25 years, she performed the duties of treasurer for Granny’s Attic in Warsaw, Virginia, a thrift store for a clothing ministry of local churches. Her other organizations include community chorus, the High Rollers (an investment club), a hospital advisory committee, and Farm Bureau and Farm Credit activities.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, playing games such as Scrabble and Canasta, and traveling. Some countries she visited are Austria, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, and Panama.  When she was 90, she traveled to Israel and visited Jerusalem and Sea of Galilee and other locations.

Mary envisioned and directed the building of her home on the river. For many years she welcomed   family and community members to her beach, often serving as hostess to large family, business and community gatherings.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Sue Jenkins; six children, four daughters-in- law and one son-in law, William Lloyd Taliaferro (Linda), Oscar Bryan Taliaferro, Jr.(Nancy), David Andrew Taliaferro (Margaret), Trent Clifford Taliaferro (Karen), all of Essex County, and two daughters, Marguerite Taliaferro Garrison of Azalea, Oregon,  and Mary Beth Taliaferro Huneke (Peter) of Richmond; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held  2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Beale Memorial Church with the Reverend David Donahue, Dr. Robert McKinley and Reverend Hyung Moon officiating.  Interment followed in Essex Cemetery.  Pallbearers were William Lloyd Taliaferro, Jr., Thomas Ryland Taliaferro, Allen Matthew Taliaferro, John David Taliaferro, Philip Andrew Taliaferro, David Tobey Taliaferro, James Bryan  Taliaferro, Trent Daniel Taliaferro, Stephen Bruce Taliaferro and Mark Chapman Taliaferro.  Memorial contributions may be made to Beale Memorial Baptist Church, P O Box 816, Tappahannock, VA 22560.  Arrangements by Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock.


Mr. Roger Angus Ball


Mr. Roger Angus Ball, age 86 of Stuart, VA, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at his home. He was born in Downings, Virginia on April 5, 1927 to James and Cecil Johnson Ball. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ball was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Via Ball; two brothers and eight sisters. He attended Richmond County Public Schools and served in the United States Army during World War II. He enjoyed working in maintenance at Horizon Temple in Philadelphia, PA for approximately 30 years. Upon retirement, he relocated to Stuart where he obtained employment with Pocahontas Baptist Church in Basset and worked there for approximately 15 – 20 years. He also became affiliated with Iron Belt Christian Church. He loved fishing, and especially enjoyed visiting and talking with friends and family as much as possible.

Mr. Ball is survived by one brother, Walter Stuart Ball (Maxine) of Warsaw; three sisters-in-law, Christine McAlister and Pauline Moore (James) of Stuart and Rose Ball of Pennsylvania; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Ball were held Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Rev. William Henry Hairston officiating. Burial followed in the Iron Belt Christian Church Cemetery. Viewing was one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. If desired, memorials may be made to Iron Belt Christian Church, 336 Iron Belt Lane, Stuart, Virginia 24171. Online condolences may be sent by visiting