Funerals & Obituaries

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After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Virginia Sharon Perkins 66, of Louisa gained her wings on Thursday, January 16th 2020.  She was preceded in death by her father Linwood Earl Richardson.  She is survived by her husband of forty one years, Ronald Perkins, two loving sons, Matthew Payne(Melissa) and Morgan Perkins (Kelley); seven grandchildren, Stephen Payne, Jesse Payne, Asia Donovan, Alyza Perkins, J.J. Perkins, Cooper Thomas, and Dawson Thomas, her mother Nellie Richardson, brothers Buddy Richardson (Cindy) and Hughie Richardson, (Mary Lou); sisters, Charlotte Kidd, and Janice Jones (Al); a host of nieces and nephews; and one special cousin Bryant Edwards, and a long list of caring friends.  In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church.  A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM Sunday January 19, 2020 at Sheridan Funeral Home Kents Store VA.

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  Phillip Lee Langhorne 62,  passed away on December 29th, 2019 in his home in Columbia, VA. Phillip was born December 25th, 1957 in Fluvanna County, VA., to the late Richard and Corrine Langhorne. He was the youngest boy of eight children, and in his youth, was educated in the Fluvanna County School system. Upon his graduation, he joined the US Marine Corps where he traveled the world during his years of service. Phillip returned to Richmond, VA., where he chose to make it his home and became a chef. He loved fishing, hunting, and cooking, until his health started to fail. He leaves to cherish in his memory, his devoted children, Lontae Bell (Tosiasia) of Louisiana, Amy Shelton Walker of Richmond, VA., Phillip Jr. Bagley and Travis Bagley of Richmond, VA. He also leaves eight brothers and sisters: Harry Watkins (Mary) of Goochland, VA., James Gray (Harriet) of Palmyra, VA., Richard Langhorne Jr. (Jackie) of Richmond, VA., Walter Langhorne (Louise) of Goochland, VA., James Langhorne of Baltimore, MD., Mary Brock (Otis) of Louisa, VA., Linda Langhorne of Fluvanna, VA., Doris Miles (Early) of Goochland, VA. Phillip had  10 grandchildren and host of nieces and nephews. Also, two devoted friends, Carol Baskfield and Alvin Anderson.  Memorial Service will be held at 1pm on January 4th, 2020 at Columbia Baptist Church, 116 Rivanna St, Columbia, Virginia 23038

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Barbara Fite Schweikle, 88, of Charlottesville, died peacefully at home on Friday, December 27, 2019. She was the beloved wife of Carl F. “Todd” Schweikle, with whom she shared 52 years of marriage before his death in 2003. ​Born in Allentown, PA she was adaughter of the late Alonzo S. and Mabel Landis Fite. Barbara lived for many years in Reading, PA where she worked in the Wilson High School library.  She and her husband retired to Port Orange, FL before moving to Charlottesville, VA to be close to family.  Giving back to the community was important to Barbara and she volunteered at the UVA Hospital gift shop and the concierge desk at Sentara Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center for many years during her retirement. A wonderful wife, mother, and Nana, she is survived by her two children - Gail Schweikle Bashore and her husband, Dr.Randy Bashore of Fork Union, VA; and, Brett Schweikle and his wife, Kim of Pittsburgh, PA. Two loving granddaughters – Kate Bashore and her husband Efren Caballes; and, Krista Schweikle also survive her.  She was predeceased by her grandson, Luke Bashore. Per Barbara’s request, there will be no funeral service. A private remembrance for immediate family will take place at a later time.  She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the talented caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care as well as the caring support staff and nurses from the Hospice of the Piedmont.  Thanks as well to Dr. Andy Wolf for his care and concern over many years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Virginia Health Services, PO Box 220, New Canton, VA 23123 (attn Luci Meinhard,) or online at www.cvhsinc.org/donate (Barbara F.Schweikle pharmacy fund.)

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Richard Lynn Fraker, Jr., a retired Army Corp of Engineer Major, lost his seven year battle with prostate cancer on December 27, 2019. Lynn is survived by his wife of forty years, Glynn Griggs Fraker; his daughters, Shannon Shelburne (Matthew) and Devon Gatewood (Roger); his grandchildren, Natalie, Molly, and Carl Shelburne, his sister Martha Kersh, several cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. He is predeceased by his mother,Elizabeth Fraker and his father, Richard Fraker, Sr.  Lynn was born in northwestern Ohio on February 8, 1952. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1975 with a degree in Geography. He was immediately commissioned into the Army and later the Pennsylvania Army National Guard serving our country for over 22 years. He also obtained a Masters in Contracts Management from Penn State which he utilized in civilian employment with Scirex (clinical drug trial agency) and Church Housing Corporation (low income housing for the elderly and disabled). After retiring to Virginia three and a half years ago, he found a new passion serving his community as an ambulance driver with the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad.  Lynn was a devoted father, dedicated track and field throwing coach and an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment.  He enjoyed skeet shooting and wandering the “bourbon trail” sampling various varieties of Kentucky’s finest. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. No funeral service will be held. A wake is being planned for early 2020. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory to the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad at 10 Slice Road Palmyra, VA.

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“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”           ~ Psalm 23:1-3 Robert “Sparks” White entered into eternal rest on Monday December 16, 2019, at Adventist Health Care White Oak Medical Center, Silver Spring, MD.  Sparks was the seventh child born to the late Clifton and Susie Scott White on October 22, 1938 in Wilmington, Virginia. He grew up in Wilmington, Virginia and attended the Evergreen Elementary School and graduated from S.C. Abrams High School.  He accepted Christ at an early age, and became a member of the Evergreen Baptist Church in Wilmington.  Sparks utilized his vocal talents as a member of the Junior Choir.  One of his favorite songs was “How Great Thou Art,” and he treasured scripture Psalm 23.     As a teenager, Sparks worked for his Wilmington neighbors providing lawn care and other miscellaneous duties.  After graduating from high school, he relocated to Washington, D.C., where he worked at the Hebrew Home for the Aged from 1959 – 1965.  He was also employed by the Government Services Incorporated (GSI) from 1965 – 1971 and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from 1971 until his retirement in January 2007.  On the weekends, he worked part-time for Maryland and Washington residents who “treated him like family.”   Sparks continued to exercise his vocal talents after relocating to Washington, D.C.  He was a member of the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church Choir and the Park Road Community Church Choraleers.   Sparks had many hobbies, which included cooking, sketching houses, walking, and running errands for his elderly neighbors.  One of his most treasured passions was his love for music that he constantly played during the day after his retirement.  He was always happy with a positive attitude even when he was sick.  His health care provider described him as a wonderful person to provide care and love.   His favorite saying was:  “When I finish my day disturbed, I look toward heaven and it eases my burden, and I can see another day.” Sparks was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Susie Scott White, two brothers, Stewart Conrad and China Lewis White, three sisters, Eleanor White Brice, Virginia White Swangin, Azella White Foster, brothers-in-law, Leslie E. Brice, Arleigh “Heywood” Swangin I, Glen Thomas Foster, nephew, Arleigh Heywood Swangin II, and one great nephew Trey Rondall Houchens. Sparks leaves to cherish his memory, his sister Camelia White, aunt Sarah O. White, a host of nieces and nephews, a devoted niece and caregiver, Charlene B. Dean, several devoted nieces Toni Etchison, Montchell Brice, and Gloria Vest, and devoted nephews William “Perry” White, and Benjamin and Mark Foster.  

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Jane Elizabeth Davis Cobb transitioned peacefully on December 19, 2019 at the age of 90, after a full and active life right up to the very end. Born on May 16, 1929, she was the daughter of Helen Hayman Davis and Allen T. Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband Andrew Winn Cobb, Jr. and her brother Allen T. Davis, Jr. She is survived by her brother Henry Hayman Davis and his two daughters Hope Wood and Deborah Davis; her two sons and their spouses, Jay Allen Cobb and Angelina Dodd Cobb, and Cecil Louis Cobb and Tanya Denckla Cobb and their son Timothy Allen Cobb; her brother Allen T. Davis Jr.’s daughter Leslie Davis Benson; her sister-in-law Charlotte Baker and husband Gene; brother-in-law Ty Cobb and his wife Barbara; her cousins and lifelong friends Grace Bryant and husband William Junius Bryant, and Jessie Davis and her family; and many additional cousins and relatives. Known affectionally in the community as “Miss Jane,” she grew up in Fork Union on the Davis farm, where she got around the village by riding bareback on her horse, while learning to can, weed, and garden. She graduated from Fluvanna County High School and attended nursing school at Virginia Intermont.  She was most proud of being one of the founding members of the Fluvanna County Rescue Squad, and was inducted as a lifetime member. She was most loved for her quick wit and humor. She married and had two children, Jay and Cecil, by Robert “Bob” McQuain, who left to make his mark as an actor on the Andy Griffith Show and later became a realtor in Rogue River, Oregon. She went on to marry Winn, with whom she raised her boys. As a Master Gardener, she was active in the Fluvanna County Garden Club for many years, and one of her favorite lifelong pastimes was spending time in her flower garden. Other favorite activities included playing weekly bridge for decades with her friends and cousins, reading mysteries at a voracious pace, spending time at the tiny family cottage in Nags Head that was built by her grandfather, and later in life taking painting lessons in oils and watercolors. She was an expert seamstress early in life, and made the Fluvanna County cheerleader outfits by hand, as well as numerous wedding dresses, prom dresses, as well as everyday outfits for many of Fluvanna’s residents. Her creative design and beautiful blue eyes will live indefinitely in her legacy of the blue velvet dress that she designed and made to wear to a Richmond gala ball for her date with songwriter Bernie Wayne, who memorialized the evening in the song made famous in the 1960’s by Bobby Vinton, “She Wore Blue Velvet.” Another one of her old beaus, famous Richmond radio personality, Harvey Hudson, who remained her dear friend until his death, would recognize her every year on his radio show on her birthday with the words, “Here’s to Jane Davis, wherever you are.” Miss...

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Henry Lee Southworth died Dec. 13, 2019. He was 80 years old. Henry was born in Scottsville, VA to Mavis Black and Henry Taylor Southworth. At age six, the family moved to Richmond. His maternal grandparents, Mary Lou and Everette Black of Cunningham, were such a joy in his life. He spent all of his childhood summers with them and his high school years of 1957 and 1958 graduating from Fluvanna County High School. As a child Henry Lee was so happy to arrive at the Black’s home that he would run around and around their house and then kiss the ground. Henry was a very strong-willed, independent person and marched to the beat of a different drummer! He learned to repair from his grandfather in the blacksmith shop, so repairs and gunsmithing became his life’s work. In 1940, nine months after Henry Lee was brought to the Greer home in Cunningham to meet newborn Judith Anne, who became his childhood playmate. He pretended to marry her at age 12 in Cunningham Church, dated in high school, and married Dec. 19, 1959. Their two daughters are Laurie Jensen (Jack) and Andrea Southworth (Jason Weiss). Grandchildren are Annie Thompson Gooch (Joshua), William Thompson, Virginia and Vollie Weiss. Henry Lee was a member of the Virginia National Guard for 10 years, where he received outstanding awards and commendations. He was a member of Cunningham United Methodist Church, where he held many offices: teacher, Sunday school superintendent, lay leader, and certified lay speaker. Henry Lee loved music, particularly the big band tunes, gospel and bluegrass. His favorite trip to take was to Daytona Beach, Florida. In his early years, he was very interested in old vehicles and restored a 1948 Chevy pickup. He led a simple life, enjoying feeding the birds, looking after wildflowers and gardening. Henry could fix most anything and bought things that others said were not repairable. They usually got fixed. Services will be held at Cunningham United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The family would be happy to see you one hour prior to the service or afterwards. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Frost and the Rev. Amy Grant. Interment will follow in the church cemetery next to Henry’s beloved grandparents. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cunningham United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 3389 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA 22963. Many thanks to all relatives and friends for prayers, concerns and many acts of kindness. The family appreciates and thanks the staff of both Hospice Asera Care and Cedars Healthcare Center, who were all caring and compassionate.

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Thomas Abram Grooms, 77 of Louisa, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the University of Virginia Medical +Center. Thomas was a resident of Louisa County and was well known in the community. Thomas was born on June 6, 1942 in Louisa County, the son of the late John Edward and Mary Ellen Grooms. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, his son Thomas Asher Clay, his brothers, John F. Grooms, James M. Grooms, and Roy E. Grooms and a sister, Barbara A. Henson. Thomas is survived by a son, Michael Farrow (Tiffany), a daughter, Amanda Boone (Brandon) four grandsons, Jah’miereClay, Camden Clay, Landon Boone, August Boone all of Charlottesville Virginia, four granddaughters, Micah Farrow of Richmond Virginia, Marlee Clay, Richmond, Virginia, Londyn Boone and A’straia Boone of Charlottesville, Virginia, two brothers, Alfred Grooms (Lucy) of Palmyra and Earl Grooms (Merry) of Louisa and three sisters, Alberta Coffey (Harold), Mary Virginia Ragland (MacArthur), Mattie Lee (John) all of Louisa and a host of nieces and nephews and a close and devoted friend of the family James (Dickey) Ragland. Thomas was a member of Galilee Baptist Church and served on the Usher Board for several years there. Thomas graduated from A.G. Richardson High School and attended National Business College in Charlottesville. Thomas was employed by Carriage Cleaners where he retired after 43 years. Thomas loved to cook and share meals with his family. He made sure that every Sunday and holidays were full with food. He enjoyed summer cookouts and entertaining. Thomas had a special and caring relationship with his brothers Alfred and Earl. Their Sundays were routine where they would ride around the county together. They were named the “The Three Stooges (Larry, Curly and Mo)” by their sister Mattie. Thomas had a loving and caring relationship with his sister Mattie and her husband John whom he shared residence with for the last 28 years. Thomas loved giving nicknames to every niece, nephew, and his grandchildren and great nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. Whenever a new baby was born we waited in anticipation of him to give them a nick name. He gave names like Pork Chop, Froy, Rudy, Nicolette, Danny, Chilly Willy, Romeo, Ding, Sweet Pea, Cheese, Cock Roach and Squirrel. Thomas’s family wishes to express great appreciation and thanks to the MJH and UVA Emergency Care Units. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Galilee Baptist Church, Ferncliff Virginia with Pastor Reuben Lewis officiating. The burial will be held in the Grooms Family Cemetery on Grooms Lane, Louisa Va. Sleep on Chef Thomas the Entertainer! We love you! You will be greatly missed. –The Family

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Minnie Lee May McGehee passed away November 21, 2019. She follows her parents: James Franklin May, Sr. and Sarah Jennie Garner May, her siblings Mary Frances Blodgett, Sarah Josephine Marshall, James Franklin May, Jr. and Samuel Stanley May and her husband Henry Corr McGehee. She is survived by her brother John H. May: his wife Mary Beth May;her children: Betty McGehee, Doris Edmund McGehee, WilliamOverton McGehee, his wife Theresa Carroll, granddaughters Mary Garner McGehee and Eva Jane McGehee and four generations of nephews and nieces. Minnie Lee was born on a farm at Carysbrook, February 22, 1924. She attended Judy Creek School and Fluvanna County High School. She earned an associate degree in business atMadison College in Harrisonburg. She married Navy Second-class Petty Officer Henry C. McGehee in March 1945. Their first home was in Franklin, VA. They came home to Fluvanna County in 1946 and joined Palmyra Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and led the MYF at various times. She taught Typing and Shorthand at FCHS in 1946. Minnie Lee was appointed to be the first county-wide voting registrar for Fluvanna. After Virginia eliminated the poll tax in 1966, she had the privilege of registering many people who would vote for the first time. She worked part-time for Fluvanna County Social Services in the 1940s, 1970s and 1980s. In her last tenure there, she was a Medicaid eligibility worker. Minnie Lee began writing about Fluvanna in feature articles during the 1960s, while news correspondent for theCharlottesville Daily Progress. She was a founding member of Fluvanna Historical Society and helped create the Old Stone Jail Museum. Over a period of 57 years, she researched and wrote 35 publications of the Fluvanna Historical Society and edited many others. She particularly enjoyed collaborating with her friends David W. C. Bearr and the late Ellen Miyagawa. While a board member of the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society and active in the James River Batteau Festival, she compiled and edited a collection titled River Boat Echoes: Batteaux in Virginia. In 2003 Minnie Lee wrote Mr. Jefferson’s River: theRivanna, using years of research which she and her friend Dr. William E. Trout, III had done together on the river’s mills and navigation system. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the Rivanna and its well-preserved system of stone navigation locks, she appeared before the Virginia General Assembly and successfully petitioned to designate The Rivanna as the Commonwealth’s first Scenic River. Henry and Minnie Lee enjoyed canoeing on the Rivanna and James Rivers and taking walks in the woods searching for wildflowers, old house sites, and forgotten cemeteries. An avid gardener, Minnie Lee enjoyed visiting English gardens when she traveled to the UK. In recent years she concentrated on writing, enjoying her flower garden, reading and visiting with her granddaughters. ​The family is especially grateful to Jack Bruce, Larry Bruce, Dr. Randolph Lanford and Rose Anderson Scott. The family will receive visitors at Palmyra United Methodist Church 6:00 to 8:30...

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Larry Reardon, 76, passed away in his home in Carysbrook, Virginia on November 21st, 2019. He was born in Washington DC on September 17th, 1943 to Agnes and Harold Reardon. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Snead Reardon; daughter, Michelle and son-in-law, Christopher Graham, daughter, Cheryl Reardon and son, Kent Reardon. Also surviving Larry are his brother, Donald Reardon; grandsons, Tyler Graham, Quintin Christmas, Trey Christmas; and granddaughter, Megan Graham and a host of nieces and nephews and other family. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Beverly Chew, Carol Lee Fulcher and Jacqueline Newell. An accomplished tradesman, he worked most recently with his grandson, Tyler, as an electrician. Larry was an avid sports fan, where he could be seen (and heard) at many local sporting events, particularly Fluvanna, Louisa, and Buckingham County sports. Larry also enjoyed drag racing, outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing, and Western movies. The family will receive friends on Sunday between 4 and 6 pm, at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, Virginia. A graveside service will be conducted on Monday, November 25th at Bethel Baptist Church in Palmyra, Virginia at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local SPCA or Fluvanna County Rescue Squad.

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