Agencies and Members, if you have information with regard to any of our VAVRS Family and Friends Please send information to:
Glen Kimball - LifeCare Medical Transport
Glenn Kimball passed away at home surrounded by his family on Sunday morning. He had retired from LifeCare and was fighting a terrible disease.
Funeral will be on Monday at Found and Son Funeral Home in Fredericksburg (Rt. 208 in Spotsylvania County).
Family visitation will be from noon until 1pm.
Funeral service will be at 1pm.
He will receive full military honors, as he was a Korean War Veteran and a Vietnam Veteran.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to his family at--
Alice Kimball (wife)
11041 Jackson Court
Locust Grove, VA 22508
Submitted by Kevin Dillard 09-19-18
Marie McKinney - Danville Life Saving Crew
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Marie McKinney, John's wife. Marie passed away early this morning.
Visitation will be Monday evening, September 17th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Westover Chapel in Danville and funeral services on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
also at the Westover Chapel in Danville.
Please keep John and the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Cards may be sent to:
623 Lansburg Dr.
Danville, VA 24540
posted per Mike Smoot District 5 VP
Willie Mae Knott (Billie) Cope, Mecklenburg Co Life Saving and
Willie Mae Knott “Billie” Cope of Clarksville died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
She was 74 at the time of her death.
She was born Feb. 9, 1944, in Raleigh, N.C., and was married to
Kenneth Roger Cope, who survives. She was a former elementary school
teacher, and substitute high school teacher. She was a Girl Scout leader for more than 45 years. She was the first female member of the Clarksville Fire Department where she was a life member, and was the first female advance
ife support member of the Mecklenburg
Rescue Squad, where she was also a life member. She served as Sunday
school teacher for many years and hosted many exchange students over the years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Willie Doster
Knott, two brothers, Lindsey Knott and Michael Knott, and a sister,
Betsy Knott Blalock, all of Raleigh, N.C., two sons, Kenneth Roger Cope Jr.,
of Maryland, and Michael Cope, and his wife Angela, of Clarksville, nine grandchildren, Walter Daevid (Tripp) Conner III, James Robert Lindsey
Conner, Zachary Iaian Neal Conner, all of South Boston, Jacob Roe,
Rebecca Cope, Nicholas Cope, Phillip Cope, Lucas Cope and Daniel Cope,
all of Clarksville, and her son-in-law W. David Conner II, of South Boston.
She was predeceased by her father, Alvis Lindsey Knott, and daughter,
Elizabeth Lindsey Cope Conner.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at St. Paschal
Baylon Catholic Church. The family will receive friends after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider the charity of your choice.
103 Willow Oak Dr
Clarksville VA 23927
Joan & Mike Smoot - Campbell Co
Joan and Mike Smoot's
Great Grandson William Matthew Bruce who was born premature
has passed away
William Matthew Bruce, son of Matthew and Grace Bruce of Leland, NC, grandson of Michael and Cheryle Smoot of Lubbock, Texas and
great-grandson of Mike and Joan Smoot.
There will be no service, we however ask you to keep them in
your thoughts and prayers
Joan and Mike Smoot
1476 Ashbourne Dr
Lynchburg VA 24501
Charlotte Mattison - West Hanover
For those of you who know Charlotte, she was involved in crash on Tuesday avoiding a collision. She is doing well and her spirits are good. She is in Henrico Doctors Hospital Forest Room 433 She will be having surgery for shoulder replacement soon
Please keep her in your prayers
The contact information we have is:
17316 Beaverdam Rd
Beaverdam VA 23015
posted 9 7 2018
Corba Wilkes - June Wilkes Mother
Corba is at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She will be having surgery
tomorrow for a mass on her colon.
Please keep Corba and June in your prayers
Cards maybe sent to:
1002 Morgan Ave
Roanoke VA 24013
posted per Dreama Chandler
Robert "Bobby" Varner update 9/4/2018
Bobby is at home doing well; he appreciates everyone's prayers and
Robert "Bobby" Varner - District 1 Treasurer and member of Falling Springs Rescue Squad
Patrick Scott recieved word yesterday that Robert "Bobby" Varner suffered cardiac, he was resuscitated and flown to Carillion in Roanoke.
Robert W Varner
726 E Morris Hill Rd
Covington VA 24426
Robert "Reg" Greene, VAVRS Life Member and member of Manchester Vol Rescue Squad
Reg is in the hospital being treated for an infection. He is doing well it is projected he will be there another week or more. Please Keep Reg in your prayers.
Robert "Reg" Greene
14111 Beach Road
Chesterfield VA 23838
L. E. "Buddy" Phillips - VAVRS Life Member, Hall of Fame and Past President of VAVRS and Life Member of Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad
Buddy has had Alzheimer's for years. His wife, Dot, has let me know that he is now in hospice care. Dot and Buddy are 89 years old. I know she would appreciate cards at this time.
L. E. and Dot Phillips
7015 Carnation Street #414
Richmond, VA 23225
J. C. and Fran Phillips, Forest View Rescue Squad
Robert W. Rohr - Staunton Augusta Rescue &
Staunton Fire Department
Robert William Rohr, 94, husband of Ferne (Driver) Rohr,
of 1410 A North Augusta Street, died Thursday, August 9, 2018, at his residence.
He was born October 1, 1923, in Staunton, a son of the late
William James “W.J.” and Lelia (Jordan) Rohr.
Mr. Rohr was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served from
1942 – 45, during World War II. Prior to retirement, he was employed by
C & P Telephone Company.
He was a very active member of the Staunton Church of the Brethren.
He was an Active Member of the Staunton Fire Department for over 60 years,
a Life Member of the Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad, the C & P Pioneers,
and a leader for Boy Scouts Troop 126.
In addition to his wife, whom he married June 20, 1946, family members
include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Stephen William and
Debbie (Masincup) Rohr of Churchville and Douglas Wayne Rohr of Verona
and his fiancé`, Valerie Locklear; a brother, Richard B. Rohr of
San Jose, California; grandchildren, Curtis William Rohr and
his wife, Rebecca; and a great grandchild, Lola James Rohr;
and two foster grandchildren, JR and Victoria Warrington.
He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Betty Jo (Landes) Rohr;
and a sister, Catherine Rohr Campbell.
A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2018,
in the Staunton Church of the Brethren by the Rev. Scott Duffey.
Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, August 23, 2018 at Oak Lawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens.
Active pallbearers will be George Folks, Donnie Fauber, Bruce Stanley,
Davy Jordan, Alonzo Taylor, David and Jeff Driver.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Staunton Fire Department,
members of the Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad, and members of the
Staunton Church of the Brethren Senior Group.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday,
August 12, 2018, at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Staunton Church of
the Brethren, 1615 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401, to the
Staunton Fire Department, 500 North Augusta Street,
Staunton, VA 24401, or to the Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad,
1601 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401.
Charles "Charlie" Kerns - Millwood Station VF&R
Charles (Bake) Edward Kerns, 76, of Pall Mall, TN, formerly of Winchester, VA,
was called to Heaven Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
He was born March 31, 1942, in Winchester, the son of Russell Irvin and
Alma Perry Kerns. He was married to Georgia Anna Coffelt Kerns,
the Love of his Life, for 53 years until her passing on February 27, 2017.
Charles received his Life’s Calling to the Fire and Rescue Service at the age of 13
with the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Department. He held many responsibilities
within the station, excelling to the rank of Fire Chief. He was extremely proud
of the station’s many achievements. In 1974, he was employed by the
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, serving the McLean and
Chantilly VA. area. While serving in Fairfax from 1978-1997, he attained
the rank of Station Officer. His achievements include the Silver Medal
Public Safety Valor Award and a Lifetime Membership to Fairfax City
Volunteer Fire and Rescue. He continued his faithful stewardship to
his calling, as a member of the Winchester Rescue Squad, which later
became the Millwood Fire and Rescue Department.
Additionally, he served our country for 29 years. He was in the Stonewall Brigade,
116th Infantry Division of the Army National Guard as a Medical Specialist.
He also served with the Martinsburg Air National Guard as an Assistant Fire
Chief of Operations retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant.
Following his “Retirement”, Charlie moved his family to Pall Mall, TN.
He volunteered with the Fentress County Fire Department and
Government. for 20 years. He served as a Fire Instructor at the
Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy, and was a lead
instructor for the State of Tennessee and the surrounding counties
of Fentress. He served at the rank of Captain of Pall Mall Volunteer
Fire Department. He lead efforts to provide over 2 million dollars
worth of fire equipment, apparatus, and training for Fentress and surrounding
counties. Charlie was recognized by a House Resolution for these actions
by the State of Tennessee House of Representatives and Governor.
Charlie, who was forever humble, would always reply, “I did not do this;
The Lord let us do this”.
Charlie will be dearly missed. His unshakable leadership and
unselfishness to help, protect, and provide for others will forever remain with us.
He is survived by his sons, Russell "Tater" Kerns, and Brandon Kerns;
his daughters, Kristle Kerns and Pamela Baker; sisters, Alma "Sis" Gaunt,
and Maxine "Mackie" Kerns; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren
and many nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as, his “Brothers” Charles Brown, Terry Braithwaite and members of the Fire and Rescue Brotherhood, and his four- legged pals, Turdypye and Grumman.
Visitation will be Wed 6- 9 pm at Shawnee Vol Fire & Rescue Dept 2210 Valor Drive.
A service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Shawnee Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department 2210 Valor Drive Winchester .
Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, White Post.
Casket Bearers will be his brothers of the Shawnee Fire and Rescue.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 6-9:00 p.m. in the fire station.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network at: www.FSN.net
Following the burial, a reception will be held at Shawnee Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
Charles E. Kerns, 76, of Pall Mall, Tenn., formerly of Winchester, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at his residence.
Arrangements are by Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service, Winchester.
He was a life member of Millwood Station CO 21. (Also Shawnee Fire &
This info is just for the memorial service, but once my niece gets me his obituary info, I will forward that & include a little write up since as his sister, I am very proud of his devotion to EMS.
Linwood "Lin" Matthews - VAVRS Life Member/Hall of Fame,
Life Member Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad
Service Clarification regarding for Saturday August 18,2018
There will be a Memorial Service starting at 2:00 pm
at Bennett’s Funeral Home
Followed by visitation and reception at the same location
Linwood S. Matthews passed on August 7, 2018 to enjoy the serenity of the sandy, calming beaches in Heaven.
He was a retired Captain of the Chesterfield County Police Department,
a Life Member of Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad, as well as a
Life Member and Member of Virginia Life Saving and
Rescue Hall of Fame of the Virginia Association of Rescue Squads.
He was truly blessed with a loving family:
wife Judy, two daughters Shari Caston (Dan) and Christy Koogler,
as well as the sunshine in his life, granddaughters Lindsay
and Madison Koogler and Mallory Caston.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to
Chesterfield County Police Foundation,
P.O. Box 1684,
Chesterfield, Va, 23832.
A memorial service will be held on August 18, 2018, from 2-4 p.m.
at Bennett Funeral Home in Chesterfield.
Bennett Funeral Home
14301 Ashbrook Pkwy,
Chesterfield, VA 23832
(enter funeral home off Ashbrook Parkway – the funeral home sits next to
Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad on Winterpock Road)
The family is requesting no visits and no phone calls at this time, cards are always welcome.
Cards may be mailed to the family at:
14111 Puritan Road
Chesterfield VA 23832
Vince Suthard, LifeCare Medical Transports
Vince Suthard, age 38, full time night dispatcher at LifeCare passed away on Monday at Mary Washington Hospital.
He leaves behind not only his EMS family, but also his wife Stephanie and his daughter Cheyenne.
The family will recieve friends Friday, August 10th from 6 to 8pm at Covenant Funderal Service in Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, August 11th at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Ramoth Baptist Church Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to his wife at
6903 Castleton Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
posted 8/9 per Kevin Dillard
Robert Rohr, Life Member Staunton Augusta
Robert Rohr, Life Member Staunton Augusta, passed away today at the age
of 94. At this time arreangment's are being made. We will post arrangements when we have them to share. Please keep his family in your thoughts.
No address or contact information available at this time
posted 8/9 per Patrick Scott
Gerry Staples (Concord Rescue)
Brenda Stratton w/Concord called and advised that
Gerry Staples is in Lynchburg General Hospital.
Please keep Gerry in your prayers.
Cards may be sent to:
229#1 Riviera Dr
Concord VA 24538
Micky Grodski, son, Travis Grodski (Bensley Bermuda)
Micky's son Travis Grodski, 38, of Matoaca Va, passed away on Thursday,
July 26, 2018. Born in Richmond, Va., he was preceded in death by his
grandfathers, Henry Grodski Sr. and James R. Gray Sr. Travis was a 1998 graduate of Thomas Dale High School and a 2002 graduate of VCU, where he received his bachelor's degree. Travis was currently employed
by Capital One in the security department. He had achieved the rank of
Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. He was an avid Formula 1 racing
fan and enjoyed staying busy with physical activities. He is survived
by his father, Hank Grodski Jr. of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his mother,
Micky Grodski of Chester, Va.; a half-sister, Corinne Grodski of Raleigh,
N.C.; his maternal grandmother, Jenny Mitterer and husband, Otho of Mechanicsville, Va.; paternal grandmother, Louise Grodski of
Southampton, N.Y.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral
service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the
Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. Interment will be
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday,
July 31, 2018, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Chesterfield Professional Firefighter's Charitable Foundation,
P.O. Box 812, Chesterfield, Va. 23832
Bensley Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad,
P.O. Box 3360, Chester, Va. 23831,
in memory of Travis Grodski.
Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.
Please keep Micky in your prayers.
10914 Drayton Rd
Chester VA 23831
804 754 6701
June Wikes, mother, Corba Wilkes (Carilion)
Corba is at Berkshire & Rehabilitation Center in Roanoke
recovering from medical event
Please sent cards & colored pictures done by children to her if you would
it would brighten her day!
1002 Morgan Ave
Roanoke VA 24013
Shirley Orndoff - Greater Manassas RS Auxiliary
From: Randy Cusick, GMVRS Vice President and Membership Chair:
We have been advised by the Orndoff Family that the Services planned for Shirley will be held at Pierce Funeral Home on Center Street, the same
location as the Thursday Viewing. The Funeral Service time remains the
Service arrangements have been finalized for Shirley Orndoff, who passed
on Sunday morning.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 26th, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the
Pierce Funeral Home, located at 9606 Center Street, Manassas, VA, 20110,
just south of the Squad.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 27th, at 10:00 AM, at the
Buckhall United Methodist Church, 10251 Moore Drive, Manassas, VA
Interment will follow the Funeral Service. Shirley will rest at
Stonewall Memory Gardens, 12004 Lee Highway, Manassas, VA , 20109
Immediately following interment the family will host a reception at the
Rescue Squad in Hutton Hall.
If you wish to remember Shirley, the family has asked, in lieu of flowers,
that donations be made either to Shirley's Church home,
Buckhall United Methodist (above), or the Greater Manassas
Volunteer Rescue Squad, where Shirley has been a member
of the Auxiliary for almost 40 years.
Also, please continue to remember Shirley and the entire
Orndoff Family in your prayers.
Randy Cusick, NREMT-B
GMVRS Vice President
& Membership Chair
Please keep Eddie Ann, Gary and Nancy Orndoff in you thoughts
cards can be sent to her Husband Richard Orndoff
7055 Yates Ford Rd., Manassas, VA 20111
Submitted by Marie Householder
Walter "Johnson" Reynolds - Longshop McCoy/Past VAVRS Chaplain
Walter “Johnson” Reynolds, age 85, of Whitethorne, Va.,
died Saturday, July 21, 2018.
He was born in Henry County, Va. on October 23, 1932 to
the late Ruben S. Reynolds and Alice B. Reynolds.
He was preceded in death by sister Mary Virginia Quinn and
her husband Robert C. Quinn and niece Anita Quinn,
and by his son Richard M. Reynolds. He was a charter
member of the Longshop-McCoy Volunteer Fire and Rescue
and Past Chaplain of VAVRS.
He was a longtime member of Shiloh Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Verna W. Reynolds;
sons, David J. Reynolds and special friend Pat Akers,
Robert K. Reynolds, wife Leanne R.P. Reynolds; daughter,
Ann Marie Paulson, husband W. Martin Paulson; daughter-in-law,
Melonie Reynolds; grandchildren, Alice R. Duty and husband Aaron,
Chelsea R. Saville-Reynolds, Carly L. Dove and husband Brandon,
S. Logan Saville-Reynolds and wife Brianna, Brigitta C. Paulson,
Marta M. Paulson, Louisa M. Paulson, and Sarah Reynolds;
great-grandchild, Wyatt D. Saville-Reynolds;
nephew Thomas R. Quinn and wife Caroline and their
sons Daniel and David; special care givers, Alisha Caldwell,
Amber Koch, Sarah Atkinson.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 25, 2018
at 11:00 am in the Shiloh Lutheran Church with
Pastor Richard Bansemer officiating.
Interment will follow in the Harless Cemetery, Longshop.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday
evening at McCoy Funeral Home.
Sandra G Tatum - Madison Co RS Auxiliary
Sandra Gayle Tatum, 67 of Twymans Mill, Va. passed away on Friday,
July 06, 2018 in Charlottesville, Va. She was born in Washington, D. C.
on October 25, 1950 to the late Walter Byrd Gore. She was also preceded
in death by her brother, Tommy Gore.
She is survived by her mother, Lois Betty Woodward Gore of Culpeper;
her husband, John William Tatum, Jr. of Twymans Mill; three daughters,
Amy Kidd, Jennifer Lee and husband Jesse, and Kelly Tatum,
all of Madison; brother, Ronnie Gore and wife Susan of Culpeper;
sister-in-law, Becky Gore of Madison; grandchildren, Alexis Kidd,
David Kidd, Jr., and Alania Kidd, all of Madison.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 9, 2018 at
Walker’s United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Grendahl and
Rev. Alan Follett officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
A family visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday,
July 8, 2018 at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Madison
County Rescue Squad Auxiliary, P. O. Box 868, Madison, Va. 22727.
Gerry Elks - LifeCare Medical Transport
Gerry Elks passed away this afternoon. He was a former LifeCare
employee and current AMR employee.
Cards can be sent to his wife, Robin.
3212 Lancaster Ring Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Subitted by Kevin Dillard
Dick Smith - Lake of the Woods RS
Dick Smith, past Captain and Life Member of Lake of the Woods
Rescue Squad passed away just a few minutes ago.
Dick was a WWII and Korean War veteran and was very active in
he Lake of the Woods Rescue Squad in District 10.
Cards can be sent to his wife Doris at-
105 Carriage Court
Locust Grove, VA 22508
Submitted by Kevin Dillard
Marjorie H. Lamar - Madison Co RS
Marjorie Hodges Lamar, 87 of Madison, went to be with the Lord on
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Charlottesville, Va. She was born on
May 21, 1931 in Nathalie, Va. to the late Lewis “Brantley” Hodges and
Malinda Elizabeth Murphy Hodges. She was also preceded in death by
two brothers, Lewis Hodges and Alvin Hodges and five sisters, Elaine
Younger, Geraldine Jackson, Josephine Fisher, Archie Wood, and
Marjorie was a member of Beth Car Baptist Church and a founding
charter and active member of the Madison Co. Rescue Squad from
1963 to 2018. Marjorie served as Madison governor for the Virginia
ssociation of Volunteer Rescue Squads for 15 years. She was also
a member of the Virginia Pharmacist Association Auxiliary.
Marjorie retired as owner/manager of Madison Drug Company.
She leaves behind her husband of almost 67 years, James Perry Lamar;
daughter, Daphne Lamar Sturgill and husband Donnie, two sons,
James “Perry” Lamar, Jr. and wife Jennifer, and William “Willie” Lamar
and wife Jane; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 8, 2018
at Beth Car Baptist Church in Madison. Interment will be private.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service
at the Madison Volunteer Fire Company, North Main Street,
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
Madison Co. Rescue Squad Building Fund, P. O. Box 868,
Madison, Va. 22727, Beth Car Baptist Church, P. O. Box 444,
Madison, Va. 22727, Rapidan Baptist Church,
Attn: Mrs. Kay Nichols,188 Edgewood School Lane,
Madison, Va. 22727,
Madison Co. Vol. Fire Co., P. O. Box 255, Madison, Va. 22727
or charity of choice.
Banch Loan Officer
Curtis Mason Sr - King William Fire and Rescue
Funeral arrangements for Curtis S. Mason Sr. will be as follows:
The service will be held at King William County High School in the
gymnasium Monday 7/9/2018 at 2:00pm. Graveside service will be
at Epworth United Methodist church. Reception will be held at King
William Volunteer Fire and Rescue 7936 Richmond-Tappahannock
'Highway, Aylett VA, 23009. We would like to thank everyone for
their support during this difficult time.
Justin Howard - Southside Virignia Emergency Crew
Justin's visitation will be this Sunday, July 8 from 4 pm-8 pm at Storke Funeral Home,
111 S Main St, Bowling Green, VA 22427. The funeral is Monday, July 9 at Wright's
Chapel United Methodist Church, 8063 Ladysmith Road Ruther Glen, Virginia 22546.
Funeral starts at 10:am
Justin Howard a member of Southside Emergency Crew passed away unexpectantly yesterday.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the Crew at Southside.
We wish them peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in their hearts.
We will post funeral arrangements once they are complete.
Pat Gray - Chancellor VF&R / LifeCare MT
Pat Gray (life member with Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue and
employee at LifeCare) was in the hospital from June 16-July 2n. She is
presently at home.
She has been fighting a courageous battle with cancer and
would appreciate any cards.
Cards can be sent to—
5109 Tara Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Submitted by Kevin Dillard, LifeCare Medical Transports
Robert Hall Braithwaite, III - Virginia Beach VRS-Rescue 14
Virginia - Robert "Rob" Hall Braithwaite III, 60 of Virginia Beach
passed way on Monday, June 11, 2018, unexpectedly.
Rob was born August 10, 1957, in Norfolk, VA, to Nancy Freeman
and the late Robert Hall Braithwaite Jr. As a young man Rob started
his life of service by becoming a Boy Scout attaining the rank of Eagle
Scout. Rob was a life member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue
Squad (Rescue 14) and the City of Virginia BeachEMS. Prior to becoming
a member of Rescue 14 he was a volunteer firefighter with Virginia
Beach Companies 3 and 8. Rob's contribution to EMS extended beyond
Virginia Beach, he was a member of a number of volunteer
agencies throughout the Commonwealth, including, but not limited to,
the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad and Orange County Rescue
Squad. Rob's career spanned over 40 years working with Nightingale Air Ambulance, the state Office of EMS, Medical Transport LLC,
UVA-Pegasus Medical Transportation Network (Medic V), AirCare 5,
and most recently as a CCT/Paramedic for American Medical Response.
Rob was a teacher and mentor to all who knew him, he touched
countlless lives throughout the Commonwealth during his long career.
Rob was a gentle giant known for his tender touch to lives and hearts in
both his personal and professional communities. The hole he leaves
behind is felt as acutely by those that knew him intimately as well as
those that were not as lucky.
Rob is survived by his mother Nancy Braithwaite and sister Nancy G.
Braithwaite, both of Virginia Beach, a son Robert H. Braithwaite IV of
St. Louis, MO, and life partner Diane Reid of Virginia Beach and his
beloved fur babies Dickens and Minnie, and countless family and friends.
Rob will be missed but never forgotten.
"Fly High Rob. We've got the Watch"
In lieu of flowers we ask donations in Rob's honor be made to the
Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach or to the rescue squad
of your choice.
Condolences can be left at bwfosterfuneralhome.com.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 24, noon at the Wyndham Oceanfront, 5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA.
Hilda Finch - Life Member-Brunswick Auxiliary
Hilda Finch, life member of Brunswick Auxiliary passed away this morning.
Funeral arrangements incomplete at this time.
Submitted by Ailease Short, AVAVRS President 06-13-18
Here are addresses of Hilda Finch’s 2 daughters to send sympathy cards;
Hilda Finch was Life Member of Brunswick Aux.
Donna Whitby 14109 Tupelo Lane Jarratt, Va 23867
Lois Varner 208 Rocky Knoll Place Dolphin, Va 23843
John "Jack" C. Shelar - Colonial Beach VRS
Colonial Beach Life Member Jack Shelar passed away. Please see the
Card can be sent to the wife, Donna Shelar.
210 3rd St.
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
The Following is the services for Jack:
Thursday May 31, 2018
Storkes Funeral Home
4pm-5pm Viewing Family and CBVRS Members Only
5pm-8pm Other Fire and Ems and Citizens
Friday June 1, 2018
10am Meet at Storkes Funeral Home- We will be lining up there along
with other Fire and EMS Units to give Jack a Ride around the point.
11am Service at the St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
The uniform per Donna's request will be the Blue Polo along with EMS Pants.
Any questions please feel free to contact me. - Rescue Chief Joey Straughan
John "Jack" Campbell Shelar, 61, of Colonial Beach, passed away May 26, 2018
after a short battle with cancer. He was born September 28, 1956 to his parents,
Eugene and Josephine Shelar. He was a cabinet maker for the United States
Senate for 24 years. He was a former member of the Colonial Beach Fire
Department and was currently the lieutenant as well as a life member of the
Colonial Beach Rescue Squad.
He enjoyed fishing and being a member of the Rescue Squad.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Shelar; his brothers, Eugene (Kay) Shelar
and Bill Shelar; his sister, Martha Pope; his father, Eugene Shelar (Victoria);
daughter, Danielle Adair (Jon); stepsons, Fidel Rivera (Kathleen May),
Dominic Rivera; step daughter, Mary Taylor; grandchildren, Kyla, Kamron,
Kwentin, Konnor, Kaligah, Cole, Cruz, Tre, Arianna, Kaylyn, Azahlyn,
Jocelyn, Marissa, Ryan and Sam; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Josephine Shelar.
A visitation will be held at Storke Funeral Home Colonial Beach Chapel on
Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. A funeral service will be
held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach on Friday,
June 1, 2018 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers the family asks that
donations be made to the Colonial Beach Humane Society or the
Colonial Beach Rescue Squad.
Submitted by Kevin Dillard and Joey Straughan - 05-29-18
Sam Henry "Pete" Crawley Jr - Gretna
Gretna……Sam Henry “Pete” Crawley, Jr, age 87 of Gretna died
Friday, May 11, 2018 at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Born March 26, 1931 in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of the
late Sam Henry Crawley, Sr. and Irene Toler Crawley. He was also
predeceased by three brothers, Tommy Crawley, Ray Crawley and
John Crawley; and two sisters, Myrtle Scott and Agatha Shelton.
Pete was a member, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent of
Gretna Christian Church. He was also a former member, Board Chairman
and Sunday School Superintendent of West End Church of Christ.
Mr. Crawley was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and member of
American Legion Gretna Post 232. He was a former employee of
Central Motor Company, Ross Laboratories and Colbert-Moran
Funeral Home. Pete was a Life Member and former Fire Chief of the
Gretna Fire Department. He was also a Life Member and former
Member of the Year of the Gretna Rescue Squad.
Mr. Crawley was an active member of the Masons, Anderson Lodge
258 A.F. and A.M. where he was a 50-year member and past Master.
He was also a past Patron of the Gretna Chapter No. 118 Order
of the Eastern Star. He was a former member of the Gretna
Town Council, the Ramsey Memorial Medical Board and PTA
President. Mr. Crawley was awarded the Distinguished Service
Award from the Chamber of Commerce in 1961.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Hedrick Crawley of Gretna;
one daughter, Melody Cherise Margrave and husband,
Richard of Ridgeway; one grandson, Zachary Allen Margrave
of Ridgeway; two sisters, Katherine Rowland of Gretna and
Ruby Rowland of Florida.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Sunday,
May 13, 2018 at Colbert-Moran Chapel by Lee Ashley Minister.
Burial with Military Honors by American Legion Post 36 and
Gretna Post 232 and Masonic Rites by Anderson Lodge
258 A.F. and A.M. will follow in the Gretna Burial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Colbert-Moran Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials be made to your favorite charity.
Wayne Butler - Memorial Service
I. Wayne Butler, 72 of Mechanicsville was called home on May 4, 2018.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Louise and Ira Butler.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elsie, and daughters Dr. Kelly
Patterson (Phillip) and Tracy Norman (Josh). Five grandsons Mason and Marshall Norman, Jack, William and Phillip Patterson. Wayne was an
active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he served in several capacities. He is past president and Life Member of Henrico VRS and
Past President of the Mechanicsville Businessman Association. Wayne
was the former owner of Emergency Equipment. A memorial service will
be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1100 West Grace St. Richmond,
VA 23220 on May 20th at 12:30.
You are invited to attend a reception in the Fellowship Hall after the
service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethlehem or
Henrico VRS, PO Box 911, Sandston, VA 23150
Cards can be sent to:
Elsie and/or Wayne Butler
7049 Tammy Ct
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
posted per Gloria Smith 5/1/2018
James "Jim" M. Chandler - Executive Director-Tidewater EMS Council
Norfolk - James Mapp "Jim" Chandler, 62, of Norfolk, passed away
Friday, May 4, 2018 after a brief illness.
Born in Onancock, Virginia, he was the son of the late William Hogg Chandler and Cora James Mapp Chandler. From an early age, Jim was
involved in Emergency Medical Services, volunteering as a teenager as
a firefighter and rescue squadsman with the Onancock Volunteer Fire Department.
His passion continued as he attended Virginia Tech, and served on their
rescue squad. He is a Life Member and Past Captain of the squad.
After graduation, Jim worked in the field of Emergency Medical Services,
also volunteering with the Campbell County Rescue Squad and
the Princess Anne Courthouse Rescue Squad. He began his EMS
career as a Field Coordinator for the Eastern Shore Medical Services
Council, then on to the Blue Ridge EMS Council as Executive Director.
He started out at the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council
as a Training Coordinator. He currently serves as the Executive
Director of the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council,
where he has spent most of his career, 36 years. He also proudly
serves as an Administrative and Finance Section Chief for the
Virginia-1 Disaster Assistance Team, DMAT.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ramona Allen Chandler;
daughters, Chelsea Paige Chandler and husband
Derrick Myles Edwards, and Kendall Christine Chandler;
a brother, William H. Chandler, Jr. and wife
Connie Muhle Chandler, as well as nieces, nephews
and extended family.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m.,
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Oman Funeral Home & Crematory,
Chesapeake. Rev. Kevin Tremper from Crossroads
Church will officiate. The interment will be at 3:00 p.m.,
Thursday in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Onancock, VA.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,
Wednesdayat the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Onancock
Volunteer Fire Department or the Tidewater
Emergency Medical Services Council.
Joyce Atkins - Henrico Aux-AVAVRS Life Member/Past President
It is with sadness again that we announce another one of our auxiliary
members has passed away. Joyce Atkins, Henrico Auxiliary Life Member
and AVAVRS Past President and Life Member, passed away last night.
It is a blessing that she is not suffering any longer and has now gone
to be with her late husband George and her son Mark. However, it is
still a shock to our auxiliary which has lost 3 good and faithful members
within the past two weeks. Details on the arrangements for Joyce will
Please keep her son Jeffery and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
He was very faithful to his Mom and will miss her very much as well as
all of us.
Joyce Atkins, Life Member of Henrico is now at
Autumn Care in hospice, please keep Joyce and her family in your
Cards can be sent to:
c/o Jeff Atkins
7986 Willow Avenue
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
posted per Gloria Smith 5/1/2018
Carol Harding - Henrico Aux
Carol Harding – Henrico Aux. passed away on Tuesday
afternoon- April 24, 2018. She was a very active member
of Henrico Auxiliary. Cards may be sent to her daughter
Tammy H. Stevens at 6700 Charles City Road Henrico Va 23231.
Thanks - Ailease Short
HARDING, Carol Childress, age 78, died on Tuesday, April 24, 2018
surrounded by family, friends, and so much love. Carol was predeceased
by her mother and father, Myrtle and Raymond Childress, her husband,
John H. Harding Jr., and her son, John ("Trey") Harding III.
Carol is survived by her daughter and son in law, Tammy and Billy
Stevens, her sister and brother in law, Barbara and Robert Flournoy, her grandchildren,
Mindy Harding, Drew Stevens, and Carsan Stevens, and a host of other
very special family and friends. Carol was retired from Hunton & Williams
where long time friendships were born, was a member of Sandston
Baptist Church where she volunteered regularly, and was a lifetime
member of Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary where she spent
much of her time after retirement volunteering. In lieu of flowers,
Carol requested donations be made in her name to
HVRS 5301 Huntsman Road, Richmond
, VA 23250.
Visitation will be held on Friday April 27, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at
Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.
at Sandston Baptist Church, 100 W. Williamsburg Road. Sandston, V
A 23150 with burial at Washington Memorial Park immediately following.
Online condolences received at nelsenrichmond.com
Please keep Mollie Hodges and Ruth/Jack Swicegood in your thoughts and
prayers. Mollie (Jack and Ruth's daughter) lost her partner recently
and the family could use our support.
Sympathy cards would be appreciated:
- Mollie Hodges 420 Falcon Ridge Rd Rocky Mount, VA 24151
- Ruth & Jack Swicegood 280 Riverview St Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Thanks for uplifting them in prayer, during this time of immense loss ,
Submitted by Maxine Kerns
OBITUARY - Roger Clark Robertson, 75, went home to be with his Lord
and Savior on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
He experienced a peaceful passing at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro.
Roger, son of the late John Lewis and Cora Hatchett Robertson, was
born in Franklin County, VA on February 1, 1943. As one of six children,
he learned to value family and hard work at a very young age. After
school, Roger went to work at DuPont in Martinsville, VA. Drafted
by the United States Army in 1967, Roger attended basic training at
Fort Bragg, NC, before being sent to Fort Huachuca, AZ where he
was trained as a Medical Supply Specialist. After completing Advanced
Individual Training (AIT), he was then assigned to the 23rd Infantry
"Americal" Division in Fort Sam Houston, TX, and deployed to Cam
Ranh Bay, Vietnam. During his service, Roger achieved the rank of
Specialist (E-4) and earned the Army Commendation Medal,
in addition to the Vietnam
Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam
Campaign Medal, and the Army Expert Shooting Badge. He was
proud of his service and continued to uphold the Army values of loyalty,
duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage throughout the remainder
of his life.
Returning to the States in 1969, Roger was honorably discharged from
the United States Army and returned to work in the textile, welding, and
plumbing industries. Roger loved living life to the fullest. He loved music,
including singing and dancing. In 1995, he met his best friend and
partner of 23 years, Mollie Hodges, at a dance club in Danville, VA.
Roger loved traveling and spending time with Mollie, family, and friends.
He was a proud partner, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather,
Roger is survived by the love of his life, Mollie Hodges of the home;
a sister, Shirley Lea Robertson; as well as his four children, Kimberly
Robertson Spearman and her husband, Kim Morris of Gastonia, NC;
Michael Clark Robertson of Gastonia, NC; Sharon Mullen of Martinsville,
VA; and Roger Colby Robertson of Stuart, VA; four grandchildren,
Darby Sadler of Kyle, TX, Hailey Spearman of Gastonia, NC, Westley
and Emily Mullen of Martinsville, VA; and six great-grandchildren,
including twin girls expected in August, also survive him.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucy Robertson Walker
and Catherine Robertson Martin; and two brothers, John Henry
Robertson and William Edward Robertson.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Flora
Funeral Service in Rocky Mount, VA. Roger will be laid to rest
following a service at Forrest Hill Christian Church, with the
Reverend Wayne Keith officiating on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be
made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1264 at 4930
Grandview Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 in honor of
SPC Rodgie C. Robertson, Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army or
donations to Forrest Hill Christian Church in Penhook, VA.
Barry Rose - Life Member VAVRS Distric One - Covington FD,
Covington RS, Clifton Forge RS, Sharon VF&R
May 6, 1951 - March 30, 2018
Barry Estel Rose, 66, of Clifton Forge, died Friday March 30, 2018 at
Lewis Gale Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor.
He was born May 6, 1951 in Alleghany County, the son of the late
Boyd E. Rose and Lois Wells Simmons. Other than his parents, he was
preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Betty Collins Persinger;
a sister-in-law, Melissa Persinger; his beloved dogs, Wahoo and Hershey
and his cat, Radar.
He was a Life Member and Past Captain of the Clifton Forge Rescue
Squad; he was a retired member of Sharon Fire and Rescue;
Honorary member of Covington Rescue Squad; past member of the
Covington Fire Department; served on the Advisory Board for
dministration of Justice Program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community
College; member and past president of the president of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association. While at the Sheriff’s Office he started out as
a dispatcher, became a Deputy and worked his way through the
ranks to become a Lieutenant, the office he held when he retired after
30 years of service. He was involved in Crime Prevention,
DARE, and assisted in organizing and starting the Bike Rodeo.
Barry earned a life membership of the VAVRS; he was awarded
the Virginia DARE Officer of the year in 2002 and the James L. Biggs
Memorial Award in 2005. Surviving are his wife, Joyce Persinger
Rose of Clifton Forge; daughter Stacie Booze and her husband Matt
of Selma; Jonathan Rose and his wife Ryann of Winston-Salem,
NC and Heather Brooks of Frederiksberg; grandchildren, Carson,
Paisley, Tinley and Everly; his father–in-law, Frank Persinger, Sr.
of Clifton Forge; brother-in-law, Frank Persinger, Jr. and his wife
Mary of Clifton Forge; sister-in-law, Debbie Gamer and her husband
Carl of Roanoke Rapids, NC and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated.
The service will be held Saturday April 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM in
the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Marshall officiating.
The interment will follow in Persinger Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive their friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
riday April 6, 2018 at the Arritt Funeral Home.
Memorial donations in Barry’s name may be made to:
Clifton Forge Rescue Squad, 520 Commercial Street,
Clifton Forge, VA 24422; Sharon Fire and Rescue,
3910 Longdale Furnace Rd., Clifton Forge, VA 24422
or the Virginia Crime Prevention Association, 3032 Maplevale
Rd., Chester, VA 23831.
Funeral Home Address:
Arritt Funeral Home
1102 S Highland Ave
Covington VA 24426
Cards may be sent to Stacy or If you wish to send cards to
Joyce Booze please use this address (she is still at MCV in
Critical Care Burn Unit)
P O Box 181
Selma, VA 24474
Janet Weymouth Whitlow - Chesterfield Insurers
Janet Weymouth Whitlow passed away on March 23, 2108.
Janet was President of Chesterfield Insurers and a long time
supporter of the fire and rescue associations.
She was an honorary member of the VAVRS and AVAVRS.
She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to
Journey Christian Fellowship, P.O. Box 768, Quinton, Va.
or to New Missions, P.O. Box 2727, Orlando, Fla. 32802.
If sending flowers, they can be delivered to Journey
Christian Fellowship, 2587 New Kent Hwy., Quinton, Va. 23141.
A celebration of Janet's life will be held at Rockahock Campground,
1428 Outpost Rd., Lanexa, Va. 23089, under the dome on
Friday, April 6, 2018, at 2 p.m.
John Fray - VAVRS Life Member,
Hall of Fame and Madison County RS
John Temple Fray, 79 of Madison, passed away on Wednesday,
March 28, 2018. He was the son of the lat Joseph Brenton Fray
and Mary Temple Hill Fray. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lee
Wash Fray of Madison,
daughters, Cathy Mangiere and husband Richard of Goochland, VA and
Mary Yowell and her husband Edwin of Gordonsville; a son,
John William Clarke, Sr and wife Tiffany of Crozet. VA and a
brother Joseph Jackson Fray and wife
Judy of Madison, and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 3, 2018
at Hebron Lutheran church with interment in the church cemetery.
Family will receive friends at the reception being held at Madison Vol.
Fire Company, Mail Stree Extended, Madison, VA
Hebron Lutheran Church 899 Blankenbaker Rd Madison VA 22724
Madison Vol Fire Do 1223 N Main Street Madison Va 22727
Submitted by William Bazzle 03-28-18 - Madison Co VRS
Karen D. Wagner - VAVRS Life Member, Past President, Hall of Fame and
It is with deep sadness that we report that Karen Wagner died at approx. 6am on Monday, March 19, 2018.
Karen Darnell Wagner, 62, of Woodstock, went home to be with
her Heavenly Father Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Blue Ridge
Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester.
Karen was born January 21, 1956 in Arlington, VA. She was the
daughter of the late Hugh G. Darnell Sr. and Lucille Stinnett Darnell.
Her beloved husband, James D. (Jim) Wagner, whom she married
on April 27, 1991, preceded her in death in 2013. Karen attended
St. John Bosco Catholic Church and was an active member of their
Karen joined the Woodstock Rescue Squad in 1982 and was honored
by the squad as a life member in 1992. She has served in numerous
positions of leadership including Vice President, Secretary, Training
Lieutenant, By-laws Committee, and as the Infectious Disease Officer.
She also served roles in her local government including the Shenandoah
County Emergency Services Task Force as Chair, Secretary of the
Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Association and EMS Safety
She was immensely active in the Virginia Association of Volunteer
Rescue Squads (VAVRS), for over 35 years, where her achievements
are well known, serving the VAVRS as President, Vice President,
Secretary, LIFELINE Editor (the quarterly magazine), as well as
numerous district offices including District Vice President.
She served as State Rescue College Chair and as staff instructor
along with serving as a Virginia EMT Instructor, EVOC instructor,
VAVRS Instructor Trainer, and Infectious Disease Coordinator.
She was honored by the membership of the VAVRS in September 2003
being elected a Life Member of the organization and for all of her
activities and years of service she was inducted into the Virginia Lifesaving and Rescue Hall of Fame in February 2018.
Karen served the Commonwealth of Virginia on the Emergency Medical
Services Advisory Board for eight years and chair of the board for four
years (the first totally volunteer EMS provider to attain that position),
she served as the Chair of the Financial Assistance Review Committee,
and received many EMS awards including the Outstanding Service
Award from Lord Fairfax EMS Council, VAVRS Outstanding Service
Award, and the Governor's Award for Excellence in EMS.
Karen has been the number one person for the VAVRS Infectious
Disease programs since its beginning in 2013 serving as the original
and only coordinator of the program and personally taught over
50 classes statewide.
She is survived by her son, Robert DuBrueler and his wife Susan;
six grandchildren, Milo Holden DuBrueler, Orie Bellatrix DuBrueler,
Brooklyn Nicole Stanger (Colton), Nathan Shank, Matthew Shank,
and Austin Shank; four brothers, Hugh Darnell Jr. (Teri) of
Dunnellon, FL, Patrick Darnell of Charlotte, NC, Michael Darnell
of Winchester, VA and Mark Darnell of Strasburg, VA; and two
sisters, Linda Mock (Roger) of Bluemont, VA and Kathleen
Pritt (Dave) of Millboro, VA.
Karen also leaves behind a host of beloved nieces and nephews
that dearly loved their "Aunt Karen". She also leaves behind
many, many friends who loved and admired her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
to the Outreach Program, St. John Bosco Catholic Church,
315 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA. or to Blue Ridge
Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, #405, Winchester, VA 22601.
The family wishes to express their appreciation for the kind,
compassionate care that she received from the loving staff
at the Blue Ridge Hospice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock.
Charlie Miller - Forest View VRS Life Member
We are sad to inform you of the passing of one of our Life Members,
Charlie Miller, passed away this weekend. Charlie was a former Captain
of Forest View and ran calls in the 60s and early 70s
MILLER, Charles A., 88, of Chesterfield, went to be with his beloved wife
Shirley on Friday, March 16, 2018. He is survived by his daughter,
Dawn A. Bonura; son, Charles A. Miller Jr; grandchildren, Michael Kersey
and Taylor Bonura; great grandchildren, Caleb Kersey, Alexis Carrington
and Braeden Kersey; and son-in-law, Roger Rogerson. Charles “Charlie”
loved being around people and touched the lives of everyone he
encountered. He was drafted at a young age by the Army and served
his country in WWII.
Upon his return, he had a distinguished career of 30 years as a truck
driver for McLean Trucking, while in his free time he and his wife spent
over 35 years as volunteers for the Chesterfield community. He was
1 of the 9 founding members of the Forest View Rescue Squad and
spent those years driving the ambulance on thousands of calls.
He loved telling the stories of his experiences to anyone who would
listen. After retiring from McLean, he took up a new career as head of
security at Chesterfield Town Center, where he spent his days
ensuring the safety of all who visited. Charles had a natural born
gift of craftsmanship and would often be found in his shop creating
wooden sculptures that his wife would paint and craft into works
of art. He was truly, a man of many talents. He spent his life,
supporting his family and enriching the lives of everyone he
encountered, proving that through love, faith and hard work,
a man can leave his mark on this earth that will live forever in
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the
Forest View Rescue Squad,
Charles A. Miller Memorial Fund, 8008 Midlothian Turnpike,
North Chesterfield, VA 23235.
Ionel A. Kahn - Tuckahoe VRS
KAHN, Ionel A., age 89-ish, of Richmond, Va., passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family.
He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Melinda Kahn.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Bernice Kahn;
five children, Michael Kahn (Jacqueline), Alene Kaufman (Ron),
William Kahn, Joseph Kahn, Elliot Kahn; eight grandchildren, Jason Kaufman (Jessica), Adam Kaufman, Pinina Morgan (Jacob), Theodore Kahn (Lila Santos), Eitan Kahn,
Robert Kahn, Christopher Kahn, Noach Kahn; three great-granddaughters, Maya, Lillian, Aria; and other extended family.
Ionel dedicated his life of service to others through his involvement with Temple
and education in both New Jersey and Virginia.
Another passion of his, in Virginia, was the Tuckahoe Volunteer
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
Temple Beth Ahabah, Beth Sholom Lifecare Community, or Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Dan Moses Sr - Luray VRS
With great sadness that I must announce the passing of Dan Moses Sr.
4-25-1929 / 02-15-2018
Dan was a Charter and Life member of the Luray Volunteer Rescue
Squad, Inc. serving in many rolls and elected positions since January 1, 1969.
Dan was also a member of the Luray Fire Department for
approximately the past 74 years. Dan was a devoted family man as
selfless servant to multiple other organizations through his time.
All squad members, firemen, coworkers, and friends are encouraged t
to attend and celebrate Dan's life with his family on Saturday the 24th
and Sunday the 25th.
We request that you please share this announcement with your
respective members agencies and departments.
If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out
to me, as I have been assisting the family and the funeral home in the planning process. email or my cell is best
Steve Davis, Giles Co RS, Member of Hall of Fame and Life Member of VAVRS
It is with a heavy heart that I have to pass on the passing of a
Life Member, Hall of Fame, and Life Member Committee Chair,
W Steve Davis.
Davis Sr. Walter Steven February 27, 1949 February 11, 2018
Walter Steven Davis Sr., 68, of Riverbend Lane, Pembroke, Va.,
departed this life Sunday morning, February 11, 2018, at his home.
Born in Bluefield, W.Va. on February 27, 1949, he was a son of the
late Basil C. and Edith Fields "Brownie" Davis. Steve joined the Giles
County Life Saving and Rescue Squad when he was fifteen years old
and served faithfully for over fifty years. He was a lifetime member
and Hall of Fame member of the VAVRS. As a youth he was baptized
into the Christian faith in Narrows. He leaves to cherish his memory
his wife of 25 years Bonnie Brannock Davis; his sons and
daughters-in-law Steven Davis Jr. and Amy of Pembroke, Scott Davis
and Denise of Pembroke, Stuart Davis and Katie of Pembroke;
his daughters Sara Midkiff of Narrows and Kaitlin Davis of Pembroke;
his brothers Doug Davis and wife Donna of Pembroke and Mark Davis
of El Paso, Texas; his grandchildren Adarah, Lance, Jada, Sunnie, Sloan,
Misty, Michael, Josh, Kayleigh, Lillian (Lilli); his great-grandchildren
Autumn, Shianne, Michael Dale, Madisyn, and McKade; the mother
of his children Steven, Scott, Stuart, and Sara, Karen Hale Davis;
his special brother-in-law Alvin Brannock and several nieces, nephews,
Wanda B. Morehead, Long Shop-McCoy Rescue Squad -
Past President & Life Member of VAVRS
Wanda Bowyer Morehead, age 66, of McCoy died, Tuesday,
February 6, 2018 at her home. She was born in Montgomery County, VA
on March 22, 1951 to the late Marvin Harold and Chlora Keith Bowyer.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Terry Morehead;
and her sister, Brenda Carol Bowyer. She was a lifetime member of
Long Shop-McCoy Rescue Squad, and Wanda
served as president of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue
Squads. Wanda was a member of the Senior Bowling League. She is survived by her son, Keith Morehead; sister-in-law, Bobbi Lynn Yopp;
wo nephews Bill Barnett and James Barnett and their families; and
special friend, Maryann LaRue and her family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the
Long Shop-McCoy Volunteer Rescue Squad,
P.O. Box 489 McCoy, VA 24111.
Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg
Rossie "Robbie" Robertson, Nansemond Suffolk Rescue Squad
Date of Birth : July 24 1936
Date Deceased : February 5th 2018
Place of Death : Windsor, Virginia
Rossie Lee Robertson "Robbie", 81, of Windsor, VA passed away
February 5, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Rossie
Lee Robertson, Sr. and Bessie Hines Robertson; brother, Curtis
Robertson (Lucille); and sister, Katherine Drake (Doc). He is
survived by his devoted wife of 20 years, Joanne Taylor-Robertson,
sons, Dale Robertson (Lisa), and Glen Robertson; daughter,
Kathy Moore (H.B.); grandchildren, Nathan and Mallory Moore;
and several nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his step-children, Lee Burton and Keith Burton
(Shawn), and Cynthia Watts (Brandon); nine step grandchildren;
and two step great grandchildren. Robbie was employed by Thom
McAn Shoes, then proudly served in law enforcement in Chicago, IL
and later in the Nansemond-Suffolk area. He was an insurance agent
for AIG and enjoyed a successful career as a car salesman, most
recently at Duke Automotive.
He served as a Deacon of his beloved church, Colosse Baptist Church,
for several years, and was President of the Senior Adult Class there.
He volunteered for the Nansemond-Suffolk Rescue Squad and was
a Charter Member and Captain of the Windsor Rescue Squad. Robbie
held the offices of Vice-President of District 2 and State Secretary of
the VA Assoc. of Volunteer Rescue Squads.
He was a lifetime member of the Windsor Ruritan Club. Robbie loved
children and coaching little league baseball. A memorial service will
be held at a later.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's
Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
Liz Heinbuch, Greater Manssas Volunteer Rescue Squad
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our
Chaplain, Liz Heinbuch,
Greater Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad on 1 February.
Liz had been district 4 secretary for many years and was a
life member of our squad for over 20 years.
Contributions can be made to The Greater Manassas Volunteer
Theresa Thompson, Greater Manassas VRS 2/2/2018
BETTY CLOWDIS ARTHUR- Auxiliary Member Campbell Co RS
Betty Clowdis Arthur, 81, of Lynchburg passed away Tuesday,
January 30, 2018, at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife
of the late George Onyx Arthur, Jr. Born September 12, 1936, in
Lynchburg, she was the daughter of the late Ennis Neil Clowdis and
the late Evelyn Perrow Clowdis.
Betty was a retired co-owner of Arthur's Industrial Maintenance.
She was also the owner of The Doll House, and worked in the
credit department at Leggett downtown. Betty was a member at
Thomas Road Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was preceded
n death by one granddaughter, Cathy Boling.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Ellen Arthur Boling
(Bobby) of Rustburg, Deborah Arthur White (Robert) of Goode
and Vickie Arthur Claybaugh (Scott) of Lynchburg; eleven
grandchildren, Daniel Boling, Natalie Boling, Amanda Boling,
Neil Davidson White, Evelyn Claybaugh, Eleanor Claybaugh,
Eric Claybaugh, Ethan Claybaugh, Eli Claybaugh, Emma
Claybaugh and Everette Claybaugh; eight grandchildren,
Jaylyn Boling, Makenna Boling, Harlee Boling, Savannah
Boling, Roman Boling, Konnor White, A bel White and Rhylee
Boling; and other loving family members and friends.
BONNIE COGHILL - Prince George EC
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you of the passing this morning of
life member Bonnie Coghill. Bonnie joined the Prince George Emergency
Crew in 1979 and faithfully attended until the discovery of a Left
Temporal Glioma last summer. She is survived by two daughters,
Sharron Grzybowski and Donna Coghill.
1709 Avondale ave, Richmond, Va 23227
Thank you, Brenda Skalsky, Chaplain
LAWRENCE V. "RITA" BRYANT
Notice of Death:
Lawrence V. "Rita" Bryant was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on
August 17, 1939, to Vaughan Thaxton and Hilda Higginbotham
Bryant, who preceded him in death; as well as a brother,
Kenneth Allan Bryant; a son, Glenn Eric Bryant; a great- granddaughter,
Kennedy Drew Anderson; and his mother
and father-in-law, Helen and Tom Mason. He was married
to the love of his life, Carol Mason Bryant for 58 years.
His family was very important to him. His children include
the Dr. Tom (Martha) Bryant of Bedford, Neal C. (Jill) Bryant
of Lynchburg, and a daughter, Joan B. (Greg) Anderson of Ft. Lauderdale
Florida; sister-in-law, Sandra Bryant; and
nephews, Jeff (Julie) and Chris (Deana) Bryant, Bobby
and David Mason, and Yvette Clark; grandchildren include
Tommy Bryant, Taylor (Anthony) Bourn, Kacey Poe,
Jeremy Poe, Michelle Anderson (Cole) Hopper, Drew (Kacie) Anderson,
Hope Anderson, Whitney Gray, Conner
(Maria) Gray, Landon Bryant, Zealan Bryant, Kensi
Wilberger, Josh Wilberger, and Emma Bryant.
He had four great-grandchildren, Avery Bryant, Harper
and Gabriel Bourn, and Parker Anderson. He is also
survived by a number of great-nephews and nieces,
and many wonderful lifelong friends. Rita was a charter
member of The Well Church. In years past, he was a
member of the Lynchburg Life Saving Crew, Mended
Hearts Chapter 16, the Masonic Lodge and
Lynchburg Shrine Club & Clown Unit, Exchange Club,
The Thomas Road Baptist Church choir and served on
the Village Park Court Board.
Lyndell Bowers - wife of Kelcie Bowers, FLoyd Co RS - District 7
Notice of Death:
Lyndell Weddle Bower, 73 of Floyd, went home to be with The Lord on
Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Lyndell was one of the best seamstress’ around. She was lovingly
known as “Nanny”, not only to her own grandchildren and great
grandchildren but also to several children she babysat in which she
referred to them as her babies.
She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years,
Kelcie Waldon Bower, Jr.; children and their spouses, Eddie Bower and Delores, and Donna Toler and Richard; grandchildren, Adam Toler,
Kelsei Barker and Michael, Rachel Toler, Maggie Bower;
great grandchildren, Bradley and Wyatt Barker; sisters and their
spouses, Hilda and Kenneth Belcher, Delphia Sutphin, Janet and
Russell Hylton; several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be
made to Medical Charities of Floyd County, VA. Inc.,
100 East Main Street, Room 108, Floyd, VA 24091. The family would
like to thank The Blue Ridge Cancer Center, Dr. McCoy and Staff,
and The Radford Health and Rehab and Staff for their excellent care.
Address for Kelsie Bowers:
364 Christiansburg Parkway
Floyd, VA 24091
posted per request 1/18/2018 Dist 7 VP Toby Akers
Butch Beasley - Southside Virginia EC-District 3 Life Member
Notice of Death:
It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of one of our friends
and valued members. Butch Beasley, 56, a Life Member of Southside
Virginia Emergency Crew and Life Member of VAVRS District 3,
passed from this life on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
posted at request of District 3 - 01-16-18
Walter Thomas (Tommy) Nichols Jr. - Campbell Co RS
Notice of Death:
Walter Thomas "Tommy" Nichols Jr., 83, of Altavista, passed away on Wednesday,
January 10, 2018, at his residence. Born in Lynchburg on April 9, 1934,
he was the son of the late Walter Thomas Nichols and Maggie Gertrude "Gertie" Smith Nichols.
Tommy proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was
the retired owner and operator of Imported Auto Parts. He was a
life member of the Campbell County Rescue Squad and served his
community for over 53 years. He was also an avid collector and was
a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by
his wife of 60 years, Betty B. Nichols; one daughter, Beverly Nichols
Vaughan and her husband, Phillip, of Altavista; two sons, Gary Wayne
Nichols of Altavista and Steven Thomas Nichols of Lynchburg; six grandchildren, Kevin B. Dalton, Melissa Ann Slayton and husband,
Ryan, Kelly Rae Ashley and husband, John, Katheryn Elizabeth "Katie"
Nichols, Darryl Nichols and Shana Nichols Pierce and husband, Shawn.
He is also survived by a number of great-grandchildren and
many dear friends.
posted at request of Joan Smoot
Beatrice Cobler - wife of Life Member Claude Cobler
Notice of Death:
Beatrice Cobler, 90, of Bassett, died on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
She was born in Patrick County on August 19, 1927 to Mallie and
Brooksie Adams. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents;
brothers, Bernard and Frank Adams; brother-in-law, Henry Sword;
sisters-in-law, Doris and Helen Adams; nephew, Michael Adams;
nieces, Betty Cardwell and Sandra Adams and granddaughter, Ashley
Beatrice is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Claude Cobler;
son, Allen Cobler; daughters, Jeanie McVay and husband, Chris McVay
and Janice Foley and husband, John Foley; grandchildren, Daniel Cassell,
Jason McVay, Kelly Crowe, Ted Crowe, David Crowe, David Foley,
Daniel Foley; their spouses/significant others, Crissa, Ruth, Olivia,
Stephanie, and Ema; great grandchildren, Blaine, Archer and Grace;
sister, Roberta Sword and many nieces and nephews.
Please join us in honoring an amazing woman – independent, strong,
hard-working, helped all in need, fed everyone who came to her home
and unconditionally loved us all!
Mom loved flowers so send if you like or in lieu of flowers a memorial
contribution can be made in her honor to the Bassett Rescue Squad,
1950 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA 24055.
RUTH ANNE STANLEY
Notice of Death:
Ruth A. Stanley, wife of District 9 VP and Glade Spring VLSC Captain
Dwayne Stanley, Glade Spring, Virginia.
Ruth Anne Stanley, age 56, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday,
December 23, 2017, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Ruth was a dedicated
Life Member of 30 years at the GLADE SPRING VOLUNTEER LIFESAVING CREW.
Ruth is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Dwayne Stanley,
Captain of the Glade Spring Volunteer Lifesaving Crew, 35 years.
Three children, and twelve grandchildren.
Ruth had a loving and compassionate heart and would help anyone
she could. Her love for children was what lead her to drive a bus for
People Inc. for many years.
Cards may be sent to: Dwayne Stanley, P. O. Box 59, Glade Spring, Va. 24340
Submitted by Fern Puckett
posted at request Fern Puckett 12-27-17
MARGIE VASSAR, CITIZENS - FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
Margie Pugh Vassar, 62, of 504 Pigeon Run Road, Gladys died
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Lynchburg General Hospital.
She was the wife of Roger Allen Vassar for 43 years.
She was born October 14, 1955 in Altavista, a daughter of the
late Grady Lawrence Pugh and Martha Elliott Pugh. She was a
member of Kedron Baptist Church, a self-employed daycare
provider and an honorary member of the Citizens Emergency
Crew. Margie loved cooking, baking and especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter, Alicia Vassar Fannon and her
husband Larry of Gladys; one brother, Grady W. Pugh and his
wife Bonnie; one sister, Pamela Pugh Hall and her husband
Jeffrey all of Gladys; and three grandchildren, Kaydee Dawn
Fannon, William Allen Fannon and Hank Wyatt Fannon.
She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Allen Vassar, II.
The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials
consider Kedron Baptist Church Cemetery Fund,
P.O. Box 38, Gladys, VA 24554, Citizens Emergency Crew,
P.O. Box 158, Gladys, VA 24554 or Gladys Volunteer Fire
Department, P.O. Box 85, Gladys, VA 24554.
Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Gladys is in charge of arrangements.
posted by VAVRS Office, 12 1 2017
You can send cards to:
504 Pigeon Run Rd
Gladys, VA 24554
posted at request Mike Smoot, District 5 VP 11-30-17
JAMES SYDNOR COOK
James Sydnor Cook, age 66, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away
November 19, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents,
Carl Cook and Lillian Hoover and a sister, Barbara Sayles.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Moseley Cook; his daughter,
Tanya Cook; his son, Jamie Cook; his granddaughter,
Carli Cook; his brother, Harold Cook and wife Joyce;
his sister, Shelby Jewell; and special nieces, Brenda,
Linda and Brittany.
Memorial contributions may be made
to the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department,
400 N Main St., Lawrenceville, VA 23868.
His wife address is 1860 Lawrenceville Plank Road
Lawrenceville VA 23868
posted at request of Ailease Short, AVAVRS President 11-20-17
JAMES CARLTON HUDSON
It is with sadness that we report that James Carlton Hudson, age 89,
of the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad passed away early this morning.
Carlton had just recently been discharged from the hospital and was
recuperating at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Fredericksburg.
It was at HealthSouth where he passed away.
Carlton was a VAVRS Life Member, VAVRS District 10 Life Member,
former VAVRS District 8 Vice President and held just about every
elected office in the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.
He also had worked at LifeCare, where he drove the wheelchair van.
His patients all loved him, just as each of us did also.
Carlton will be remembered as a very dedicated volunteer and
having a passion of helping others.
posted at request Kevin Dillard, VAVRS Life Member 11-07-17
|Agencies and Members, please send information regarding VAVRS members that have passed away between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 to:
(Names are listed in alphabetical order)
Taylor H. Almarode - Stuarts Draft RS
Betty C. Arthur - Campbell Co RS Aux
Joyce S. Atkins - Henrico VRS Aux
Steven A. Bales - Glade Spring VLSC
Randolph "Randy" Barker - Waynesboro FAC
Patricia E. Bates - Founder's Aux-Clifton Forge RS
Wilbert “Butch” Beasley Jr – Southside VA EC
Mary M. Bell - Staunton-Augusta RS Aux
Robert H. "Rob" Braithwaite III - Virginia Beach VRS
Lawrence V. "Rita" Bryant - Lynchburg LSC
I. Wayne Butler - Henrico VRS
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Cannon - Richmond VRS
James M. "Jim" Chandler - VA Tech RS
Rev. Thomas S. Childrey - Brunswick VRS
Gary Lee Clark - Millwood Station VF & R
David M. Claytor Sr. - Waynesboro FAC
Bonnie C. Coghill - Prince George EC
Jack B. Collins Sr - St Charles RS
Patricia U. Connor - Gretna RS
James S. Cook – Brunswick VRS
Sam H. "Pete" Crawley - Gretna RS
Carl E. Crowder - Bassett RS
Dreama Crutchfield - Clifton Forge RS
W. Steven Davis Sr - Giles Co LS & RS
Robin W. DeBord - Stafford RS
Gerald Elks - AMR & LifeCare MT
Hilda C. Finch - Brunswick VRS Aux
John T. Fray - Madison Co RS
Richard N. Graham - Christiansburg RS
Carol C. Harding - Henrico VRS Aux
Robert W. "Buddy" Harper - Southside RS
Mary E. "Liz" Heinbuch - Greater Manassas VRS
A. B. Hoback - Salem RS
Charles R Houchins Jr - Nottoway Co ES
Justin Howard - Southside VA EC
J. Carlton Hudson – Colonial Beach VRS
Arthur C. Hunt Sr. – Madison Co RS
Charles "Charlie" Kerns - Milwood Station VF&R
Charlie W. King - Danville LSC
Vona L. La Claire - Chancellor VF&R
Marjorie H. Lamar - Madison Co RS
Frank E. Lincoln Jr. - Colonial Beach VRS
Banie N. Luck - Forest View VRS Aux.
Curtis Mason Sr - King William F&R
Linwood S. "Lin" Matthews - Forest View VRS
Betty McCraw - Citizens EC
Terrance "Terry" McKinney - Danville LSC
Matthew T. McLeod - Chancellor VF&R
Charles A Miller - Forest View VRS
Wanda B. Morehead - Long Shop-McCoy RS
Fred C Morene - Hopewell EC
Dan Moses Sr - Luray VRS
Della J. Murphy - Pipers Gap RS
Kelly M. Myers - Lebanon LSC
Walter T. “Tommy” Nichols – Campbell Co RS
Shirley Orndoff - Greater Manassas VRS Aux
Joseph L. Powell Sr. – Brunswick VRS
Grady L. Pugh - Citizens EC
Carey M. Ramsey - Madison Co RS Aux
Frank E. Redd - Bassett RS
Dorothy L. Reed - Forest View VRS
John W. Reeves - Pipers Gap RS
Walter "Johnson" Reynolds - Longshop McCoy RS
Robbie Robertson - Nansemond Suffolk RS
Robert Rohr - Staunton-Augusta RS
Barry E. Rose - Clifton Forge RS
John "Jack" C. Shelar - Colonial Beach VRS
Lawrence E. Slough Jr. – Buena Vista VRS
Julian M. Smith – Christiansburg RS
Richard "Dick" Smith - Lake of the Woods RS
Ronald D. Smith - Loudoun Co VRS
Ruth A. Stanley – Glade Spring VLSC
Vince Suthard - LifeCare MT
Glen W. Sutton - Stuarts Draft RS
Sandra G. Tatum - Madison Co RS Aux
James C. Thomas Jr. – Brunswick VRS
Margie P. Vassar – Citizens EC
Karen D. Wagner - Woodstock VRS
Walter P. Warner – Colonial Beach VRS
Al F. "Frankie" Whitesell - Waynesboro FAC
Robert "Bobby" Wilcox - Salem RS