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Obituaries, week of Sept. 11: Cullen, Randolph Thomas Jones, Sr., Insko, Lane, Thelma Elizabeth Jones, Bruneault,

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Abigail “Abby” Randi-Mae Cullen


Abigail “Abby” Randi-Mae Cullen, 8, of Warsaw, earned her wings on Tuesday, August, 27, 2013. Our beautiful butterfly has fluttered to heaven. When you see a butterfly, think of Abby.  Abby was a member of Rappahannock Church of Christ and the Richmond County Little League. She was an active, beautiful child who was a joy to all.

Survivors are her father, Michael Thomas Cullen II; her mother, Shannon D. Cullen; her brother, Michael “Bubba” Thomas Cullen III; her grandparents, Doug and Debbie Harris; great-grandparents, Wesley and Mildred Simpson and Inez Eakes; aunts, Jamie Eakes and Breanna Eakes; uncle, Erik Milau; and many extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Randy and Julie Eakes.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. at Rappahannock Church of Christ on Thursday, September 5, 2013 with interment following in Cobham Park Baptist Church Cemetery.  Walker Gaulding, Jim Ward, Kent Childers and Karen Davis officiated. Pallbearers were Kameron Gamble, Ray Sullivan, Keith Whelan, Wes Simpson, Forrest Williams and Tres Parker. Please make donations to  The Michael Cullen III Educational, Medical & Living Expense Fund at any Union 1st Market Bank or to the Cullen Family Fund, PO Box 1040, Callao, VA 22435 being handled by EVB


 Randolph Thomas Jones Sr.


Randolph Thomas Jones Sr., 77, of Montross, left us on Sept. 4, 2013 from Riverside Hospital to reunite with his wife of 57 years, Thelma E. Jones. She preceded him in death on Aug. 20, 2013.

He was born and raised in Westmoreland County and has since been a resident there.  Throughout his life he was a construction contractor, a farmer and he worked at George Washington¹s Birthplace.  He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by two sons, Randolph Jones Jr. and Larry Jones; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren as well as other loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Pope¹s Creek Baptist Church, Baynesville with Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Rodney Jones, Jimmy Jones, Donnie Jones, Jeffrey Jones, Merle Jones and Jimmy Nash.

Memorial donations may be made to the Randolph Jones Sr. Memorial Fund, Welch Funeral Home, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross, Va. 22520.


Cheryl A. Evans Insko


Cheryl A. Evans Insko of Reedville passed away suddenly on Monday, September 2, 2013 as a result of complications of lung cancer.

The funeral service was held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. The Rev. Lynn Holland officiated. Private burial services will be held at a later date.

Cheryl was born in New York City, NY on July 9, 1944. She graduated from Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Md. and attended Montgomery County Community College. She was married to Donald Insko on August 18, 1979; they were married for 33 years.

Cheryl worked as a mortgage banker for 40 years. She enjoyed reading, bridge, travel, and being on or near the water. She was president of the Women’s Club of Northumberland County and also volunteered at the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Donald; children, Elizabeth Allen, Richard Buscher, Jade Insko and Joi Kilby; grandchildren, Taylor and Andrew Allen, Thomas and Robert Insko and Graham Kilby.

Memorial gifts may be given to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509 or the American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606.


Mary Jessie Johnson Lane


God in His infinite wisdom, called home to eternal rest, His beloved daughter, Mary Jessie Johnson Lane on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at Bon Secours Regional Memorial Hospital in Mechanicsville. Mary Jessie was born Aug. 1, 1930 in Washington’s Birthplace, Westmoreland County, Virginia to Willie Johnson Sr. and Mary Streets Johnson.

Mary Jessie confessed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined Little Zion Baptist Church in Oak Grove at an early age.

On Aug. 12, 1950, she married Walter Madison Lane. Two beautiful daughters were born of this union, Glenda Patricia (deceased, survived by her husband, Elwood Carey) and Iris Arlene Lane.

Mary Jessie love God, her family, church and community. After marrying Walter and joining Salem Baptist Church in Mount Holly, she became an active participant in a number of ministries including President of the Nursing Ministry, Vice-President of the Senior Missionary, member of the Scholarship Ministry and the Salem Baptist Senior Choir. She was active in the community through her memberships in the A. T.

Johnson Alumni Association, Virginia Twin Rivers Watermen’s Association, Westmoreland County Rescue Squad Auxiliary and Vice-President of the Northern Neck Association of Church Nurses to name a few.

Mary Jessie graduated from A. T. Johnson High School in 1948. She obtained many continuing education units in school nutrition, and classes related to her chosen occupations and community service.

Mary Jessie took her mother, Mary, into her home for the years prior to her death after her mother’s stroke did not allow her to live alone. She looked after her brother, Garrison, a diabetic, until he passed. Mary Jessie took care of her husband and daughter, during their illnesses. Being such a special lady with a heart of gold, Mary Jessie always put others before herself. Her favorite Bible verse reflects her integrity and character, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. Mary Jessie was a pillar of the community and a true role model for Christian caring, generosity and support. Until her health began to fail, she visited anyone who was sick and provided some token of love. It did not matter if you were young, old, rich, or poor. If she knew of your illness, she would stop by to check on you. Every year she actively participated in the annual crab feast for Virginia Twin Rivers Watermen’s Association.

She was known by most of the children who grew up in this community as “MissMaryJessie,” pronounced as one word, and by others as “Mama Lane.”  She had great servant leadership skills. One of Mary Jessie’s favorite quotes was “You cannot lead where you cannot follow.” She was a doer, a worker and ultimately a leader. Plus, as an independent woman who believed in receiving direction from God on His plan for her life, she would not ask anyone to do what she could do herself strengthened through Christ Jesus.

Mary Jessie was employed by Westmoreland County Public Schools for over 41 years as a school bus driver and Montross Elementary School Food Service Manager, retiring in August 1992. Of course, she held other jobs throughout her lifetime. Mary Jessie was passionate about her professional, charitable and faithful work. Her life was a true summation of one who bears the “Fruits of the Spirit.”

Mary Jessie was a great cook at home and work and loved sharing with family members and friends. She also loved to travel and in her younger years attended a number of World Fairs, conferences, and activities in and outside of Virginia.

Mary Jessie will always live on through cherished memories of her daughter, Iris A. Lane of Mount Holly; grandson, Kevin L. Carey (Belinda Alicea) of Fairfax; granddaughter, Kristy Carey Peyton (Jimmy) of Colonial Beach; three great-grandchildren, Taylor and Sydney Carey of Fairfax and Jordan Peyton of Colonial Beach; one brother, Willie Johnson Sr. of Colonial Beach; sister, Rachel (Lewis) Saunders of Columbia, Md.; sisters-in-law, Margaret Pringle, Pearl Henry, Ruth Savage, Dorothy Freeman, Ianthe “Pat” Lane and Queen Lane, all of Philadelphia, Pa.; special friend James J.C. Johnson of Severn, Md.; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Mary Jessie is predeceased by her loving husband, Walter Madison Lane; daughter, Glenda Lane Carey; brothers, Herman, Garrison and Louis Johnson; sisters, Margaret Johnson and a twin sister that died at birth.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 9 at Salem Baptist Church. Rev.

William I. Curry officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Warren Mahoney, William Edward Wright, Sylvester Hackett, Mitchell Hackett, Conrad Kelly and Walter Levon Hackett.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Thelma Elizabeth Jones


Thelma Elizabeth Jones, 74, of Montross, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 at Mary Washington Hospital.

She was a loving and caring family member and friend to all, as well as a faithful member of Popes Creek Baptist Church.  She will be greatly missed. Faith and family were very important to her.

She is survived by her husband, Randolph Jones Sr.; two sons, Randolph Jones Jr. and Larry Jones; two sisters, Janie Sanford and Audrey Dunn; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at Popes Creek Baptist Church, Baynesville with Rev. Richard Headley officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers were Rodney Jones, Jimmy Nash, Donnie Jones, Ricky Balderson, Earl Balderson Jr., and Junior Bowen.

Donations may be made to the Thelma Jones Memorial Fund, Welch Funeral Home,

17546 Kings Highway, Montross, Va. 22520.


Betty Bruneault


Betty Bruneault, 83, of Reedville passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. She was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Fleeton. Betty was so happy in her Reedville dream home and made many new friends. She was at total peace with her life and her Reedville family will continue to do everything to honor her memory. She will be greatly missed by everyone she has touched. Her patron saint is St. Therese and we pray that Betty is with the “Little Flower” now.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Roger Bruneault; daughters, Ann B. Wood and her husband Brian of Reedville, and Sheryll Ann Bruneault of Ohio; sons, Paul Cybulski and his wife, Brenda, of West Virginia; three grandchildren, Katherine Bruneault, Jennifer Hutchinson and Joseph Cybulski; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Sunday, September 8, 2013 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Reedville.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 278, Reedville, Va. 22539.

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