Sara “Sally” Esther Andre, 97, formerly of Chalfont, Pennsylvania, passed into eternal rest on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Sara was the daughter of the late Moses Chambers Permar and Florence Crouthamel Permar. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Ernest J. Andre; also brothers, Robert, Kenneth, Ralph Permar; and a sister, Carol Nyce. Sara is survived by a sister, Florence Miller of Fountainville; a daughter, Angela Fillman, her husband, Mark of Powhatan; a son, Anthony Andre of New Hope; two grandsons, Lucas Fillman (Sara) and Zachary Fillman (Crystal); six great-grandchildren, whose Sunday visits she looked forward to and enjoyed; and her personal caregiver, Gloria Melgar Castro. Sara was a former school teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. She loved reading, flowers, cooking and baking. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend to all who knew her. Those who knew her from Pleasantville Church will smile and chuckle as they share stories of Sara and Ernie. Donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Joseph Bruce “Joe” Baker, 76, of Powhatan, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy and Sherman Lincus of Pound; brother, Norman, Otis; sisters, Elma, Brenda; son, Joseph Brian “BB”; and granddaughter, Heather. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Elva; children, Pam, Randy; siblings, Bob, James, Arnold (Ann), Carol (Bruce); grandchildren, Kimberly, Monica, Randy Jr., Cayley, Isaac Lincus; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Madelynn. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, and where services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 7. Interment Dale Memorial Park. Joe was a retired foreman for Bass Construction and was of the Baptist faith. He grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia on Bold Camp in Bowser Hollow and then moved to Richmond after graduating from Pound High School. Joe then resided for more than 36 years the remainder of this life in Powhatan.
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Joseph L. Clayton Sr., 71, of Powhatan, widower of Anita O. Clayton, died on Friday, March 31, 2017. He is survived by his son, Joseph L. Clayton Jr. (Melissa) of Powhatan; two brothers, J.T. Clayton (Mary) of Goochland, James Clayton (Brenda) of Powhatan; one sister, Ruby Stout (Butch) of Powhatan; one granddaughter, Ashdin Clayton; and his cousin, Tommy Clayton. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2 in Grove Cemetery, Cumberland.
Vivian “Anne” Mitchell Cox, 82, born in Emporia, left us on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 to join in Heaven her loving husband of 58 years, James W. Cox, and her only son, Stephen James Cox. She is now free from the clutches of Alzheimer’s and will have all of the beautiful memories of her life again. Vivian was dedicated to raising her four children and also worked for C&P Telephone Company. She ran the kitchen at FOA Cancer camp for many years and was a founding member of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. She is survived by her three daughters, Valarie Ayers (Jack) of Powhatan, Veanne Cox of New York and Vanita Mattson (Rick) of Tampa. She also leaves behind the grandchildren who she loved, Brandon Ayers (Mary), Travis Ayers (Lauren), Langley Mattson, Orlea Mattson and Waverly Mattson; and one great-grandchild, Julianne Ayers. She was a generous Christian and a vibrant light in our world. Her service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at May Memorial Baptist Church in the village of Powhatan. A family graveside service will be held at a later date in Emporia. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Mrs. Margaret B. Gill, 88, of Brodnax, died on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Margaret was the daughter of Jefferson Orr and Minerva Demaris Brown and the widow of Charles Melvin Gill. She is survived by her children, Charles William “Billy” Gill of Brodnax and Cynthia G. Smith (Thomas) of Powhatan; four grandchildren, Charles Jason Gill, Jonathan William Gill, Christy Smith Urban (Michael), Thomas Carter Smith (Kristine); and four great-grandchildren, Kennedy Demaris Urban, Sydney Marie Urban, Charlotte Ashby Smith and Thomas Edward Smith. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Carter Threet Gill (Dena); many nieces, nephews, cousins; and her fur babies, Maggie and Suzy. Margaret was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an avid VT fan. If VT was not playing, then her allegiance went to Virginia or Carolina. She retired from Kenston Forest School, where she was a friend and mentor to many students. A graveside service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at Crestview Memorial Park. The family received friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. before the service at Farrar Funeral Home. Memorial considerations may be directed to Kenston Forest School, Blackstone.
Robert “Bobby” Hawkes, 87, of Powhatan, formerly of Amelia, passed from this life on Sunday, April 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Adell Lampman Hawkes. He is survived by his daughters, Regina S. Mahoney of Kansas, Dale Lynn Hawkes of Williamsburg and Cheryl Anne Hawkes of Powhatan, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 at the Hillsman-Hix Funeral Home, 16409 Court St. in Amelia, with private interment. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at the funeral home.
John W. Lewis, 94, a proud patriot and member of the Greatest Generation, died on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Chestnut Corner, a caregiving home in Powhatan. A longtime resident of Ginter Park and in recent years a resident of Imperial Plaza, John was born in Aydlett, North Carolina, the son of Charles F. Lewis and Lucille Wright Lewis. John was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Lewis of Dillwyn, and his nephew, David Lewis. Surviving are a niece, Linda Craft of Morehead, Kentucky, and four first cousins from the Carolinas, Nancy Wilburn, Mary Lou Prongay, Ray Wilson and, “more like a sister than a cousin,” Joy Lewis Henderson. John served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater on the Western Front, including service at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years as a photographer with top-secret clearance for photography over much of the Middle East, South Asia and in the Philippines, including missions in Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan. After retirement from the Air Force (TSGT), he worked for 15 years as a photographer for the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, photographing sites across the state as well as events and personages at the Governor’s Mansion. In retirement he enjoyed gardening, with a yard featured on local garden club tours and a vegetable garden, providing many with beautiful produce. He also was a dedicated volunteer at Sheltering Arms Hospital for more than a decade. In his later years, John found support and affection from local friends and neighbors, including Barbara and Randy Fitzgerald, Mark Hodges, Meredith Strange-Boston, Vicky Krabill, Butch and Gus Robey, Joel and Carroll Jamison, Cackie and Patrick McCarty, and Roland Westbrook. John will be cremated and his ashes buried at Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial gathering, details to be determined, will be held on his 95th birthday, Monday, April 24. Meanwhile, his friends are invited to remember him with kind thoughts and good deeds for others, perhaps with a nice slice of pie, and with the joy that comes from the gift of life.
Barbara Jean Meador, 66, passed away quietly in her sleep early Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Acute Care Hospice Center at University of Virginia’s (UVA) Northridge Medical Center in Charlottesville, after a courageous battle of more than seven years with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Barbara was born December 9, 1950, in Bethesda, Maryland, to her parents, Ralph and Delphine VanReypen, now deceased. She was a woman extraordinaire: a mother, a wife, a professional, a friend, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother.” She leaves so many fond memories of their 18 years together to her loving and devoted husband, Bruce; plus her Boxers, Daisy and Kody. She also is survived by her adopted sons, William Moreno of Piney Flats, Tenn. and David Moreno of Glen Allen; stepsons, Jason Meador of Powhatan and Travis Meador of Bremen, Germany; stepdaughter, Jodi Madison of Providence Forge; grandchildren, Braeden, Caedence, Camden; and two sisters, Mary Copeland of Dayton, Ohio and Susan Reynolds of Henrico County; along with other cherished relatives. Many thanks to UVA’s neurology Dr. Erin Foff, NP Tanya Prachar, and staff Melanie and Pam; Dr. John Siedlecki, and staff; Dr. Ashley Epperly and staff; Dr. Francis Collins for his invaluable help; The Circle Center; all staff and “chefs” of the Holly Inn Memory Care Unit at Brandermill Woods Health Care Center, plus Carolyn and Shari and the receptionists, who were so kind to the Boxers when coming to see Mommy; to Walgreens and Sam’s Pharmacies (Sonya, Matt and Tony); to UVA’s ER staff, the terrific doctors and staff (especially Dr. Powers) of 3E (Geriatrics-Palliative Care); and to the wonderful and loving staff of Piedmont Hospice, at UVA’s Northridge, who were exceptional in caring for Barbara. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 10 at Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Road, Bon Air, VA 23235. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable contribution in Barbara’s memory to the DBC-Butterflies, c/o Derbyshire Baptist Church, Attn: Julie Hoffman, 8800 Derbyshire Rd., Henrico, VA 23229.
Anita Wood Wittsell, 86, of Powhatan, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017. She is survived by three children, Sandy Silver (Tony) of Powhatan, Michael S. Brunk of New Mexico, Ann Palmore (Winfree) of Powhatan; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7 in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens.