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Monday, 24 June 2019 11:38

Rebecca Settle Peebles

Rebecca Settle Peebles, passed away peacefully at her home in Williamsburg, Virginia on Saturday, June 22 after visiting over many days with her family and friends. She was 91 years old. Rebecca “Becky” Settle was born on June 8, 1928 in Alberta, Virginia, the second daughter of William Paul and Ruby Settle. She graduated from Alberta High School in 1945, then attended Madison College (now James Madison University). At Madison, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and chairman of the Panhellenic Council. After graduating in 1949, she taught elementary school in Richmond, Virginia. At the end of her first day teaching, her principal admonished her, “Rebecca, these kids will attend school this year, next year and for many years to come. You don’t need to teach them everything there is to know in a single day.” After relocating to northern Virginia with her young family, Rebecca taught American history and English in the 1970s at Langley High School, McLean, Virginia. While teaching, she returned to graduate school at George Washington University for master’s degrees in guidance and counseling. A few years after a 24-year marriage to Dr. Arthur McKinley Reynolds, Jr., Rebecca married William S. Peebles, III of Lawrenceville, Virginia in 1980. Until Mr. Peebles’s passing in 1994, they lived happily together in Lawrenceville, Virginia Beach and Naples, Florida. When they weren’t traveling the world or entertaining their grandchildren with exciting trips and games of Scrabble, Rummikub and Kings in the Corner, they enjoyed tennis, boating, extended-family vacations at Sea Island and visiting Peebles department stores. A lifelong lover of American history, Rebecca served as a docent for 20-plus years at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, as well as at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg and the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. Rebecca was a Masterspoints-caliber bridge player. She played joyfully with friends at Williamsburg Landing, with her family and on numerous duplicate-bridge cruises, where she was frequently among the leading scorers. Rebecca is survived by two children, Mack Reynolds, III (Mary) and Beverly Reynolds Raudabaugh (Joe); four stepchildren, Billy Peebles, IV (Penny), Palmer Peebles Garson (Doug), John Peebles (Susie) and Mary Peyton Peebles; 12 grandchildren, Mack Reynolds, IV (Aimee), Megan Reynolds, Molly Reynolds Osborne (Patrick), Joe Raudabaugh, Rebecca Raudabaugh, Chris Garson (Evyn), Sara Peebles, Elizabeth Garson Koteles (Ari), Heather Garson Welch (Michael), Will Garson, John Peebles, Jr., Bill Peebles; and, five great grandchildren. A woman of deep and abiding faith, Rebecca was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church and an active parishioner at North Naples Church, Naples, Fl. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill Peebles and her sister Christine Settle Pitts. There will be two services celebrating Rebecca’s life on Friday, June 28. The first will be at the Williamsburg Landing auditorium (5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive) at 10:30 am. The second will be at Oakwood Cemetery, 610 W. Fifth Ave., Lawrenceville, Virginia at 3:30 pm. At Rebecca’s request, the recessional at both services will be Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” Williams Funeral Home of Lawrenceville, Virginia will be handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to Boys Home of Virginia, 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, VA 24426.
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 11:20

John Robert Marston, III

John Robert Marston, III, age 85, of McKenney, VA passed away June 8, 2019. He is the son of the late John and Irene Marston. He is preceded in death by his wife, Bernice M. Marston. He is survived by his daughters, Rita M. Townsend and husband Claude of McKenney, VA and Loretta M. Booth and husband Alvin of McKenney; his son, John R. Marston IV; his grandchildren, Lisa T. McCall of McKenney, Laura M. Walsh of Amelia, Jason and Joshua Booth of McKenney and Jeremy Townsend of McKenney; eight great grandchildren; his brother, Jerry Marston; his sisters, Sally Lewis, Patricia Lancaster, and Betty Lou Harmon; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2019 at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s at www.stjude.org.
Thursday, 06 June 2019 14:52

Linda Diane Lewis Lepow

Linda Diane Lewis Lepow, age 69, of Virginia Beach, VA passed away June 4, 2019. Linda is the daughter of the late William and Lucy Lewis. She is survived by her husband, Steven James Lepow; her son, William James Lepow and wife Terri; her daughter, Shannon Lynn Lepow Barger and husband Dustin; and her grandchildren, Steven Alexander Lepow, Cora Nichole Barger and Mahala Snow Barger. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 at the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 760 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 201, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:31

Calvin Ray Edmonds

Calvin Edmonds, age 60, of South Hill, VA passed away June 3, 2019. Calvin was a master printer and the Vice President of Edmonds Printing in Lawrenceville, VA. He was a member of James Square Baptist Church where he was Chairman of the Cemetery Committee and former Chairman of the Deacons. Calvin was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and mechanic who loved motorcycle drag racing. Woodworking was also a passion of his along with music and playing the drums. He is preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Ferguson Edmonds and his brother and sister-in-law Kerry Wayne and Corrine Edmonds. He is survived by his father, Aubrey B. Edmonds; his wife Sylvia Clary; his brother Donnie Edmonds and wife Darlene; his step-daughter, Samantha Moody (Anthony); his step grandchildren, Harper and Will; his nieces and nephews, Jason Sweitzer, Michelle S. Lea, Danielle E. Bianchinotti and Benjamin Edmonds; his great nieces and nephew, Abby, Madalyn and AJ Sweitzer and Isabella, Gemma and Jordan Bianchinotti; and his faithful, always by his side companion, Peanut, who went to work with him every day. Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Friday at James Square Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to James Square Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 643, Lawrenceville, VA 23868.
Thursday, 30 May 2019 11:24

Cynthia Lynn Morefield Seward

Cynthia Lynn Morefield Seward, age 57, of South Hill, VA passed away May 28, 2019. She is survived by her mother, Patsy Webster Morefield; her son, Joe L. Seward, IV (Anita); her grandchildren, Maxamillion Seward, Jacob King, Madison King, Morgan King and Bradley Brown; her brothers and sisters, Wayne Morefield, Melissa Ibrahim, Rodney Morefield (Mary Ann) and Theresa Morefield; and her nieces and nephews, David Morefield, Brad Morefield, Susanna Alexander, Corey Morefield, Quinten Finch and Darren Morefield. She is preceded in death by her father, Darrell Morefield; her husband Joe Luther Seward, III; and her granddaughter, Courtney Seward. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick County Cancer Association, P.O Box 522, Lawrenceville, VA 23868 or the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 311, Chase City, VA 23924.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 15:17

Cora Clem Hancock

Cora Clem Hancock, age 79, of Danieltown, VA passed away May 28, 2019. She is the daughter of the late Henry and Mattie Russell Clem and is preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, John Clem, Jr., George Clem, Nelson Clem, Ann Monroe and Charlotte Mugler. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James W. “Jimmie” Hancock; her son, James “JJ” Hancock, Jr. and wife Holly of Greenbelt, MD; her daughter, Leanne Hancock of Danieltown, VA; her brother, Wayne Clem of Dundas; and her beloved cat, Percy. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Christian Church, Danieltown. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at New Hope Christian Church, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Christian Church, c/o Brenda Webb, 28979 Christanna Hwy., Alberta, VA 23821.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:03

Cathy Mayton Watson

Cathy Mayton Watson, 65, a life-long resident of Brunswick County, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019 in her Lawrenceville, Virginia home. Cathy was born on November 18, 1953 to Arthur & Lottie Mayton, also of Lawrenceville. Cathy was the heart and soul of her family and of her community. From her years at Peebles Department Stores, managing the company’s flagship location in downtown Lawrenceville, to her work in the bookstore and cashier’s office at Southside Virginia Community College, she thrived when she was surrounded by people. She is survived by her husband, Topper Watson, children Rob Watson of Clifton, New Jersey and Jennifer Watson of Emporia and her grandson Jayden Watson, also of Emporia. Visitation is planned for Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Williams Funeral Home. Cathy wanted to be cremated and no graveside service is planned. Flowers can be sent to Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, VA.
Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:03

Francis Earl Abernathy

Francis Earl Abernathy, age 83, of Dolphin, VA passed away May 25, 2019. He is the son of the late Charles Hubert and Jane Fleshood Abernathy. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Catherine Weller Abernathy; his sisters, Estelle Murray, Edith House, Rachel Pearson and Susie Jones; and his brothers, Harry, Heartwell, Alwyn and Cloud Abernathy. He is survived by his children, Kathryn A. Whitlow and husband Michael, Jacqueline A. Waldron, Francis-James H. “Abbie” Abernathy and wife Sarah, John-Scott H. Abernathy and wife Cheryl and Zane-Merle Abernathy; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday, May 31, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Williams Funeral Home with interment at Liberty Church Cemetery, Dolphin, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dorothy Lucy, 6062 Liberty Rd., Dolphin, VA 23843 or the Dolphin Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 67, Dolphin, VA 23843.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:18

Bobby Williams Archer

Bobby Williams Archer, age 79, of Warfield, VA passed away May 20, 2019. He is the son of the late George and Nora Archer and is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Summer Archer. He is survived by his wife, Doris Archer; his three children, Patsy McClenny and husband Brad, Teresa Harris and husband Davie and Robert Archer; his grandchildren and their families, Tiffany Kanipe and husband Patrick and their children, Amelia, Austin and Cale, Amanda Koufoudakis and husband Lambros and their daughter Alexia and Chris Greene and wife Emily; and his sisters, Joyce Wallace and Sadie Arnold. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Warfield Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Warfield Baptist Church, 7318 Flat Rock Road, Warfield, VA 23889. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:11

Dorothy Mae Chavis Hayes

Dorothy Mae Chavis Hayes, age 86, of DeWitt, VA passed away May 15, 2019. She is the daughter of the late Ira and Ida Chavis. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Dennis Hayes; her brothers, Joseph Chavis and Dudley Chavis; and her grandsons, Fred Neville and Robert Hayes, Jr. She is survived by her children, Juanita H. Thompson, Donald W. Hayes, Michael D. Hayes (Charlene), Joseph W. Hayes (Donna), Robert E. Hayes (Tammy), Sharon H. Martin (Carter), Alfred T. Hayes and Cynthia H. Neville (Stephen); sixteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; her sisters, Jane Powell, Shirley Ottinger, Margaret Newsome and Laura Prince; and her Loving Caretaker, Martha Stout. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Cut Banks Baptist Church Cemetery, McKenney, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crater Community Hospice, Inc., 3916 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805.