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Obituaries, week of Sept. 4: Knight, Davis, Jacobsen, Cardova, Newsome

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Mary Knight


Mary Knight of Baynesville, VA died on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Mary was born on May 11, 1924 at Chisford, VA. She was the daughter of Henry Osbourne Doleman and Virginia Dare Conroy Doleman.

She is predeceased by Fletcher Estall “Jigger” Knight, who died in August 2008. He was her devoted husband for almost sixty-five years. Jigger and Mary lost an infant daughter, Jacqueline Gay Knight, in 1952 due to an allergic reaction.

Mary is survived by four children: Michael C. Knight and his wife Molly of Charlottesville, Suzanne K. Tolson and her husband Billy of Montross, Hope K. Bunch and her husband Billy of Warsaw, and Peggy K. Beasley of Callao and her fiancée Michael Smith. Mary had nine grandchildren: Michael C. Knight, II, Kathleen K. Barrett, Robert F. Knight, Tena T. Haydon, Rebecca T. Swann, Jill B. Indugula, Justin L. Bunch, T. Jeffrey Beasley, Jr. and Jacqueline E. Beasley. There are twenty great grandchildren: Scott, Traver, Luke, Faith, Molly, Corinna, Bryn, Jackson, Stuart, Andrew, Johnathan, Sophia, Austin, Megan, Chantz, Niam, Myan, Carter, Wyatt, and Bailee.

Mary is also preceded in death by her brother James Henry Doleman and her sister Helen Doleman Bryant.

Mary was a member of Pope’s Creek Baptist Church of Baynesville. She loved to sing in the choir and she was involved in several church activities. Mary and Jigger were also part of a traveling religious quartet. “Daddy sang bass and Mama sang tenor!”

Mary graduated from Madison College and she taught school in Westmoreland County for close to thirty years. During her career, she coached track, softball and basketball. She led the lady “Tigers” of Washington and Lee High School to several district championships. She was known as a strict but fair teacher who demanded the best from her students. In her retirement years, Mary enjoyed tutoring several local students without charge. She just loved teaching.

Mary was known for her great cooking. The doors of her home were open to family and friends every Christmas Eve for a celebration of food and fellowship. Mary really loved to shop and she had a gift for everyone at Christmas. She raised blackberries and made the most delicious jellies and jams. Anyone who visited in her home had to take a jar of jelly with them.

Mary helped organize the Ladies Auxiliary of the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad. She catered many weddings and receptions to raise start-up funds for this organization. Mary was a founding member of the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad. She and her husband, Jigger, were trained Cardiac Technicians. They spent ten years of their retirement running calls throughout the Montross area.

The funeral was held on August 21 at Popes Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Headley presiding. Her grandson, Michael Knight, II paid tribute to her by speaking of his many fond memories of both his Grandmother Mary and Grandfather Jigger.  Serving as pall bearers were her grandsons Jackson Barrett, Stuart Barrett, Virgil Haydon, Jeff Swann, Chantz Swann, Raj Indugula, Justin Bunch and T. Jeffrey Beasley, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 1174, Montross, VA, 22520 or the Popes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Elizabeth Nash, P. O. Box 592, Montross, VA   22520.

Mary was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a generous heart. She will be sorely missed by those who loved her.


Jeanne Doerer Davis


Jeanne Doerer Davis, 71 of Farmville passed away peacefully on August 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas A. Doerer and Marguerite Omohundro Doerer of Warsaw; a sister, Barbara Garland of Warsaw and a brother, William Doerer of New Orleans, LA. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charles M. Davis; a daughter, Deborah Hoffmaster of La Plata, MD; a son, Wade Davis of Marianna, FL; grandson, Brennan and granddaughter, Dianne.

Jeanne was a horse lover and an active member of the Appaloosa Horse Club. She was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Farmville.

A graveside service was held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Hague. The Reverend Jonathan Goertz officiated. Pallbearers were Jimmy Davis, Russell Davis, Brennan Davis, Tracy White, Bob Dowling, and Scotty Gagnon.



Mary Nancy Marsh Jacobsen


Mary Nancy Marsh Jacobsen died on August 28, 2013. She was the widow of Neil Christian Jacobsen. Mrs. Jacobsen retired from teaching after 43 years of dedicated service in the Lancaster County school system.

She is survived by a daughter; three sisters, Ruth Dillingham, Leah Cockrell and Esther Joyner and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Jacobsen was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. William B. Marsh; her sister, Elizabeth Brown, her brothers, William T. Marsh, Graham Marsh, Robin Marsh and Warren Marsh and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mr.  & Mrs. Samuel Jacobsen.

She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and a mentor to many.

A graveside service was held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, 5730 Courthouse Road, Heathsville.

Memorial gifts may be made to Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 176, Lively, VA 22507 or St. Labre Indian School of Montana, Mission Road, Ashland, Montana 59003.


Judith Mae Cardova


Mrs. Judith Mae Cardova, 70, of Warsaw, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013. She was a retired CNA at Warsaw Health Care and a member of Warsaw Baptist Church.

Survivors are her husband, John L. Cardova; son, Richard A. Barnes of Richmond; daughters, Wendy Barnes Hinton (Val) of Warsaw and Dolores Barnes Harris (Clyde) of Richmond; step sons, John L. Cardova, Jr of Mechanicsville, MD and James Cardova of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; step daughters, Carol Padgett of Waldorf, MD and Joy Cardova of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; grandchild, Donte Owens; special uncle, Jim Coates (Dorothy) and aunt, Madeline Coates of Lancaster. She was preceded in death by a son, Perry A. Barnes.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Warsaw Baptist Church.


Zelda Williams Newsome


Mrs. Zelda Williams Newsome, 84, of Warsaw, passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. She was the widow of Randolph M. Newsome, Sr. and a member of Bethany Baptist Church.

Survivors are her son, Rev. Dr. Randy M. Newsome, Jr. (Beth) of Corbin; her daughter, Diane Crist of Harrisonburg; brothers, Buddy William (Sara Jo) of Richmond, Wayne Williams (Shirley) of High Point NC, and Lannie Williams (Peggy) of Warsaw; two grandchildren, Robyn Hamilton and Kristy Ellis; four great grandchildren; one great, great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce Wheeler.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Northern Neck Memorial Gardens, Callao. Her son, Rev. Dr. Randy M. Newsome, Jr. officiated.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Round Oak Baptist Church, P.O. Box 129, Corbin, VA 22446.