Funerals & Obituaries

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Charles Leland Shumake, Sr., of Bumpass, VA, went to meet his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 18, 2022 at the age of 93. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. Charles was preceded in death by his wife and soul-mate, Dorothy Perry Shumake; his sweet daughter, Anita Shumake Graves; his parents, Lawrence and Bessie Shumake; brothers, Alvin Shumake and Manuel Shumake; and four sisters, Audrey Peetz, Lois Castleberry, Esther Gentry and Mary Vogt. He is survived by his children, Charles Shumake, Jr. (Gayle), Linda Woods (Tony), Arnold Shumake (Sone) and Norman Shumake (Jennifer); 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren that loved and cherished their grandpa; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served our country proudly. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and over the years served in many different positions. His love for the Lord was apparent in his daily life and to all that knew him. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and loved to talk about bulldozers. After he retired, he loved making wood crafts, it was something he and his wife would work on together. They were quite the team and their children and grandchildren have many keepsakes from the crafts that he and his wife worked on so proudly together. A special thank you to the staff at the Elizabeth House for the care and love that was extended to him and his family during his stay there. Charles is now residing in his eternal home in Heaven, reunited with his wife and loved ones; his family knows they have another angel looking over them. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA, with visitation held one hour prior to the service from 10-11am.

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Posted 1 month ago

Geraldine "Jerrie" Kalani Smethurst, 77, entered the gates of Heaven on July 12, 2022. She was born on May 20, 1945 to James and Laverne Cope in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jerrie graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1963. She married Richard Smethurst on January 8, 1965 and they had three daughters, Debbie, Susie and Beckie. Jerrie worked as a talented beautician in her early years and a loving pre-school teacher. She also worked as an Events Manager and Wedding Coordinator for both the Lake Monticello Homeowner’s Association and Prospect Hill Inn, where she later retired. The job she treasured most was being a devoted mother and grandmother to her three girls and nine grandchildren. Jerrie was an avid crafter and expert floral arranger. Her talented designs and creations graced the homes of numerous family members and friends. She also enjoyed spending time in her garden and seasonal decorating. Jerrie was an amazing cook; her homemade carrot cake and chocolate-covered strawberries were always something everyone looked forward to with great anticipation at family celebrations. Jerrie and her sisters were close-knit and she loved their adventures. She enjoyed shopping and her daughters, grandchildren and husband were always the lucky recipients of her bargain finds. Jerrie was the loudest cheerleader at her grandchildren’s games, matches, meets and races. You name it, she was the best football, baseball, softball, volleyball, swim, golf, cross country, track and fishing fan there ever was! She was a loyal supporter and our family’s athletes could always count on her passionate spirit. Her family was her everything! Jerrie is survived by her husband, Richard Smethurst; their three daughters, Debbie, Susie and Beckie; three sons-in-law, Jeff, Chris and Patches; nine grandchildren, Austin, Logan, Aidan, Lauren, Savannah, Landon, Perri, Jules and Lathan; sisters, Arlene (Jose’), Sharlene and Roxene (Howard); sister-in-law, Carol (Tom); and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Darlene; her parents, James and Laverne Cope; and her parents-in-law, Dorothy and Russell Smethurst. Visitation will be held at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA, on Sunday, July 17, 2022 from 4-6pm. Funeral services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Bremo Bluff, VA, on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 11am. Interment will immediately follow the service.

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Posted 1 month ago

Diane Helen Hoefner Alessi, known for her steadfast dedication and unwavering love for family, departed us on Friday, July 8th, 2022, at her Elliston home that she shared with her daughter Denise, grandson Vincent, and many beloved pets. She was surrounded by her children and the love they have for her. Diane was born in Queens, New York on August 18th, in the year of 1935, to William and Helen Hoefner. She was 86 years old. Diane was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Richard Alessi Sr., and two of her sisters Rosemary Hoefner Lefluer and Maureen Hoefner. She is survived by her sister Eleanor Hoefner Roycroft, her 8 children, 23 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Diane was married on June 22, 1957, to Alfred Richard Alessi Sr., and together they had 8 children that she adored. Marie Alessi of Manassas, Virginia, Vincent Alessi of New York City, New York, Denise Alessi Burtick (John) of Elliston, Virginia, Michael Alessi of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Alfred Richard Alessi Jr. of Virginia, Christopher Alessi (Juanita) of Gordonsville, Virginia, Robert Alessi (Amme) of Bristow, Virginia, and Diane Alessi Edmonds (James) of Warrenton, Virginia. Diane was a devoted mother, raising her children early in life, and later was a small business owner. She co-owned the Kents Store General store in Fluvanna, Virginia, and is probably best known for her ownership of Hero Haven in Louisa, Virginia, as her sub sandwiches were as large as her laughter and light. Many knew her as a long-time member of St. Judes Catholic Church additionally. Diane was not only the matriarch of her large family but often the cornerstone. She could always be counted on to extend words of encouragement, wisdom, and understanding. She possessed a no-nonsense type of personality which also provided the occasional no holds barred advice her family grew to know, love, and depend on.  She set the truest example of motherhood that her daughters have drawn from when raising their own families and that her sons have found comfort in innumerable times. Often touted as the “strongest woman around” by her friends and family, Diane also held the title of the most loving. She loved her family deeply, never failing to encourage them to always do their best, and to put their all into whatever passion and path their own lives called for them to follow. Her capacity to be understanding and the discernment she possessed was second only to her fierce devotion. Diane cherished her many animals throughout the years and had a special place in her heart for each of them. From her Weimaraners and Boxers to goats and chickens, Daine never met an animal that she didn’t have a fondness for. Her most recent loyal and loving canine companion, Otis was with her as she took her last breaths, laying with her and bringing her comfort, as he’s done so many times before. Additionally, she loved gardening,  growing both fruits and vegetables, which she would use to make the most delicious meals that her large...

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Posted 1 month ago

Theodore (Ted) A Smith, age 68, passed away on June 24, 2022. Ted was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, but lived most of his life in Richmond, VA.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita T. Smith. Ted is survived by his sister, Cheryl, daughter, Heather, son, Ted Jr., grandchildren; Kristina, Nicholas, Christine, Brandon, Noah, and Zoie, great grandchildren; Taemin, Juanita (Nita), Junior, Theo, Rosie, several cousins, and so many friends. Ted was strong in his faith and shared so much with so many over the years. He was often helping others through teaching, prayer, and music. Ted loved music, and played the guitar since he was 8 years old. He was his happiest when he was playing music and sharing the word of God.  He will be missed by all those he left behind.  The funeral service will be held July 9th @ 2:00 pm.  Chester Presbyterian Church, 3424 West Hundred Rd, Chester VA 23831.

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Clayton, Mary Louise Flynn, 76, of Goochland County, VA, went home to be with our Lord on July 3, 2022. Mary was born in Richmond, Virginia on May 14, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wendell P. B. Flynn and Verna Suydam Flynn. She was married to John T. Clayton for 37 years. She was a loving mother to her children, Michael Gamage, Rachel Hubley (Erik) and Jason Gamage (Michelle); grandmother to grandchildren, Ellen, Adora, Mason and Carter; and sister to Elizabeth Flynn. She also had many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Mary was a graduate of Huguenot Academy in Powhatan, VA. In her younger life, she enjoyed participating in pageants and won the title Miss Goochland in the 1960’s. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Cartersville, VA (where for many years enjoyed involvement in their activities, serving as altar guild and as a Sunday School Teacher) as well as a member of St. John’s Episcopal church in Columbia, VA. She was also a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. She had various jobs during her life at the Bank of Powhatan, State Farm Insurance, Wal-Mart Pharmacy and Markel Corporation, etc. Mary was a country girl at heart, having grown up at Howard’s Neck Farm in Goochland, VA. Following her mother’s footsteps, Mary had a love for anything nature; plants, flowers, wildlife and was a bird enthusiast. She fed the birds daily and could watch them for hours referring to them as her birdies. Predominantly, however, she devoted her life to her family, all of whom she loved dearly. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA from 6 to 7:30 pm. A Funeral service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, VA at 2:00 p.m. on July 7, 2022.   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Goochland Historical Society, The National Audubon Society https://www.audubon.org or St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery Fund, Columbia, VA.

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Carolyn Diane Lindsay Deane of Gordonsville, VA went to be with the Lord peacefully in her sleep on June 22, 2022 in her home. She was born December 27th, 1959 at UVA hospital in Charlottesville, VA. She is predeceased by her parents, Wilbur Paul Lindsay Sr., and Janice Gibson Lindsay Stephens, mother and father-in-law, Henry Hezekiah Deane and Alma Barbee Deane, a younger brother, David E. "Huck" Lindsay, and a special angel baby she lost and dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, John Howard Deane, step-mother Barbara Lindsay, siblings; Janice L. "DeDe" Woodfolk, Wilbur Paul Lindsay Jr., Nancy L. Butler (Bobby), brother and sister in-laws; Ronald Hezekiah Deane (Patsy), Linda Deane Davis, Sarah Deane Sisson, Henry Heath Deane, children; Karen Marie Deane Hart (Daniel "Slade"), of Gumspring, VA, Kelly Ann Deane Shifflett (Monty), of Gordonsville, VA, grandchildren; Hayden Deane Hart, Gavin Slade Hart, Ivy Kaura Hart, Monty Lee Shifflett Jr, Wyatt Cole Shifflett, many loved nieces and nephews, her fur-baby Henry, and special friends; John LeGrand and family who she worked for many years until her retirement in 2021. Friends and family are invited to join us for a Celebration of Life that will be held at the home of her daughter, Karen Hart on July 7 at 5pm at 5587 New Line Road Gumspring, VA. “Burn what is left and scatter my ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses, and all prejudice against my fellow man. Give my sins to the devil; give my soul to God. If by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.”

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Posted 2 months ago

Alexandria Milton Condrey Sr, 84, went to be with the Lord on June 26, 2022. He was born on October 11, 1937. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bobbie Jo Condrey; his daughter, Deborah Condrey Waters; his son, Alex Condrey Jr, (April); his grandchildren, Anthony Condrey (Virginia), Renee Roberts (Tripp), Ashleigh Hughes (Bobby), Alexa Stegner (Chris), Daniel Waters (Hallie), Claire Waters; and his great grandchildren; AJ Condrey, Gracie Condrey, Stephen Roberts, Mackenzie Roberts, Aubrey Hughes, Cassidy Hughes, Lou Lou Waters, Miller Waters, Easton Stegner, and Reece Stegner. He is also survived by his brothers, William Condrey (Louise), Howard Condrey, Alan Condrey (Marie) and 1 sister, Joyce Condrey.  Milton lived his life faithfully believing in the Lord, while faithfully providing for his family. He will be missed. The funeral service will be on Thursday, June 30th at Ragland Baptist Church at 11 am with a 1 hour visitation prior. The reception will follow after the funeral service in the reception hall. The internment will be held at 2 pm at Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

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Clarence Donald Gleason, 78, of Columbia, Virginia, passed away June 18th, 2022. He is predeceased by his parents, Earl and Carry Gleason. He is survived by his loving wife, Christine Gleason, sons; Bob (Linda), Dan (Sharon), Christopher (Joannie), Cliff (Heather), fifteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Clarence had a lifelong career with Ford, working for 35 years at Ford Fairway in Bradford, PA, and 25 years at Parrish Ford in Goochland. A gathering of friends will be held at Norman Funeral Home July 9th from 2-4pm.

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Hugh Klein (HK) Staiger of Palmyra, VA departed this life peacefully on June 9, 2022. He was born October 8, 1922 in Crafton, PA, the first son of Daniel Staiger and Juliana Flora Klein. Hugh frequently commented that in his younger life, during the Great Depression, he didn’t know that the family was poor since everybody was poor. He attended the proverbial one room school, where he ate a lunch made by “Mother”. Surely he must have played marbles and such on the playground. There were no buses then and he walked through the woods along the one-mile long trail no matter the weather. Home life was simple, with a bed to share, crows to shoot, a cow to milk, water to haul, and chickens to pluck. There was the weekly Grit newspaper for news since they had no radio. Electricity and running water came just before he left home, while indoor plumbing and freedom from the outhouse became realities after he left home. His chores served him well, teaching him independence and thankfulness for the “good” life. Hugh was a superior student and in 1940 he graduated from Slippery Rock High School in Slippery Rock, PA. He attended Keystone School in Pittsburgh, PA and worked as a draftsman for Duquesne Light Co. In December 1942, he joined the US Navy as an Aviation Cadet and was commissioned as an Ensign in April 1944. While attached to ZP-15 in Brunswick, GA, he met Addie Lucille Haygood and they were married on March 25, 1945. After the war he remained on active duty with the Navy, where he worked at various duty stations on the east coast, and in Panama and Iceland. Hugh and Lucille bought his current home and farm in Palmyra, VA in late 1963. He retired from the Navy as a Lt. Commander in 1964. Hugh enjoyed his life and counted many friends. He was a good father and did his best to instill in his children a confidence for their potential. His constant example of thrift, honesty and diligence had a lasting positive influence on each of them. He was an excellent cook and will be remembered for his good bread. While in high school, he received a blue ribbon for his homemade cake entry at the county fair. He enjoyed entertaining friends, sharing his home-cooked meals of “Chicken and Almonds” and “Spare Ribs and Sauerkraut”—to name a few. One of his greatest enjoyments in his younger years was fly- fishing. Later, he and Lucille enjoyed many years of square dancing and its close circle of friends. Hugh was noted for his charity to friends and neighbors. One of his most memorable services was the sponsoring of a family of Vietnamese refugees. The success and contributions of this family were, and continue to be, a source of great satisfaction to him. Hugh was an avid woodworker. He built two fine fishing boats, his lovely home, and was noted for his skill in building small boxes. He enjoyed...

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Hewitt, Annie Jewel Boswell "Nanny", 86, passed away peacefully June 16, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis E. Hewitt, Sr.; grandson, Charles Edward Hewitt and parents, Charlie and Lela Boswell. She is survived by her sons, Lewis (Sandy), Wayne (Tammy) and John (Debbie); daughter, Melissa Eubank (Eugene); nine grandchildren, Frances, Melanie, April, Julie, Nikki, Shawn, Chris, Jessica and Brandon; 13 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Nanny never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022 from 6pm to 7:30pm at Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA. Service to be held at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Richmond, VA on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 1pm.

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