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On February 10, 2021, Carl Tippenreiter, 92, quietly passed away in his home in Lake Monticello, Virginia. Carl was born on February 26, 1928 in Nutley, New Jersey to Johannes and Elizabeth Tippenreiter. In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his brother, Helmut, and his sisters, Leisel and Margaret. Carl was the only child born in the United States. Until he entered elementary school, Carl only spoke German. His family moved from Nutley, New Jersey to Elizabeth, New Jersey where Carl spent his childhood. Carl graduated from Hillside High School in 1946 and joined the Navy where he became a metalsmith. After two years at sea, he worked for a short while as a metalsmith in a kitchen cabinet factory where he obtained his first experience in plant safety. With the GI Bill offering, he was able to further his education attending North Carolina State University for two years majoring in forestry. He found forestry not to his liking, so he went into the industrial world. He worked for General Electric and General Motors who sent him to the National Safety Council School in Chicago for safety training. Later he went back to school taking evening classes to earn his bachelor’s degree after 10 years in 1970 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in Psychology on his own. Though until his death, a day did not go by where he did not learn something new. He was also an active member of the Kappa Upsilon fraternity. Carl was employed for 33 years by the Garden State Parkway as a safety engineer. Upon retirement, Carl and his second wife, Joanne, retired to Lake Monticello in Palmyra, Virginia. Carl was married to his first wife, Marie Mazziota, for 16 years who predeceased him. They had three children, two sons, Karl Tippenreiter and his wife, Ruth, their children and his grandchildren, Lydia, Dorothy and Herman; Dennis Tippenreiter and his wife, Barbara, their daughter and his granddaughter, Beth; and his daughter, Karen Ambro, and her husband, Jim. Carl’s grandson, Lucas (Karl’s son) also predeceased him. Carl was married to his second wife, Joanne Richman, for 37 years, who also predeceased him. He was step-father to Susan Pickard, who also predeceased him, and her husband, Richard, and step-grandfather to their children, Diane and Lauren; Debbie Richman Arbogast and her husband, Steven, and step-grandfather to their son, Gregory; and David Richman. Carl was also in a long term relationship with Lena Voesack who predeceased him and considers her daughter, Lisa Cogswell, her husband, John, and their sons, John and Matthew, as part of his family. We would also like to thank Sharon Moore, his caretaker, for her support and steadfastness to his care. Carl attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 74. A memorial mass will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Palmyra, VA at a later date. Carl wished to be remembered that his life motto was “Ich Dien”—...
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Shirley Ann Austin, 74, of Palmyra, Virginia, formerly of Chantilly, Virginia, was ushered peacefully into the presence of her Savior on Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Shirley was born to the late James and Nina Carpenter on October 17, 1946. She grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, where she helped her father with his frozen custard and nut store businesses. She attended Fairfax High School with her future husband before graduating from the Maryland Medical Secretarial School. She later used her medical training as a medical transcriptionist as well as working at various doctor’s offices. Shirley’s main work was in lovingly caring for her family. She became a believer in 1973 and quickly found out that Jesus had given her what she had been looking for all along, “life and having it more abundantly” (John 10:10). She played an important role assisting her husband of 54 ½ years, Steve Austin, in the planting of Chantilly Bible Church (CBC), where she developed a special bond with many. While at CBC, she oversaw the church nursery for many years. Shirley had a tremendous love and burden for children and young moms and invested in both. Her impact will be felt for generations to come. As a woman of faith and quiet humility, Shirley was beloved by her church community, friends and neighbors. Shirley understood and lived the truth that “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 1:16) After some 35 years of ministry, Shirley and Steve moved to family land in Central Virginia. She enjoyed researching family history, as well as trips to the ocean and mountains with family and friends. Shirley’s husband Steve called her his “Sunshine,” and she truly was like a ray of sunshine brightening the lives of so many others. She is dearly missed. Survivors include her loving husband, her two children, John and Jason, her daughter-in-law Erin Austin, and her grandchildren Anna, Alexander and Kenneth Allen; her brother, James Carpenter, her sister-in-law and friend, Helen Carpenter, her nephews Michael Carpenter and Timothy Carpenter; her sister-in-law Sue Austin, her nieces Maili Ramirez and Kristi Brockett, and her mother-in-law, Marilyn Austin. Visitation will be held at Sheridan Funeral Home, 4626 Cedar Lane Rd, Kent Store, VA 23084(phone 434-589-8374) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 followed by a family graveside service. A special memorial service will be held at Chantilly Bible Church, 4390 Pleasant Valley Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151 at 2:30 p.m. on March 7, 2021. Due to Covid-19 protocol CBC has requested that those who would like to attend the memorial service please pre-register at the following web site, so that they can make the required accommodations: onrealm.org/ChantillyBible/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=ZjFmYjkyYTItMTgzNi00MmU3LWJlNjQtYWNkMjAxNDEyMWVk For those who can’t make this service, it will be streamed live shortly before 2:30 p.m. at live.ChantillyBible.org.
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Shelton “Lamar” Brunson, 82, of Louisa, Virginia passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021. He is survived by three children, Gene Brunson (Laurie), Angela Brunson-Bartlett (Brian), and Amanda Tiba (Hakam); five grandchildren; six sisters, Jeanette Brunson, Katherine Brunson, Lucretia Horton, Betty Willemoes, Dean Daniel, and Lucille Johnson; two step-sons, David Reese and John Reese; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife of 34 years, Jean C. Brunson; two sisters, Earline Griffin and Louise Brunson, and one brother, Hollis Brunson. Born in Jackson, Alabama, he left as a young man in the Army, and later settled in Virginia. Lamar was proud of his military service and had fond memories of his travels in Europe after World War II. He was active in his local Masonic lodge. A long-time employee of Virginia Sprinkler before retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, history, attending Byrd Chapel Methodist Church and spending time with his close friends in the ROMEO Club. Always ready with a story, Lamar enjoyed conversing with everyone and connected with so many people in his community. He also enjoyed teaching others about his woodworking craft. An avid NASCAR fan, Lamar also followed his favorite college football team, the University of Alabama, “Roll Tide!” A private service was held on Saturday, February 13, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year. Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA 23084.
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Larry Lee Pfeilsticker, 81, of Culpeper, VA, passed peacefully on February 7, 2021. Larry was born on March 31, 1939 to his late parents, George and Hazel Pfeilsticker. Larry is survived by his two sons, Kevin Pfeilsticker (Catherine) of Culpeper, VA and Thomas Pfeilsticker of Waynesboro, VA; and one brother, William Pfeil. of Frederick, MD. There will not be a visitation due to COVID-19 and a service will be held at a later date in the Spring in Culpeper, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 260, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477, and the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad, 14 Slice Road, Palmyra, VA 22963. Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.
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Ray Lee Proffitt, Sr., 71, of Columbia, VA, went to be with the Heavenly Father on February 8, 2021. Ray was born on November 24, 1949 to his late parents, Linwood Ray Proffitt and Louise Marie Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Virginia Proffitt; 3 sons, Ray Proffitt, Jr. (Shannalyn), Roger Proffitt (Tanya) and Michael Proffitt (Marschia); a daughter, Marcia Shiflett (Mike); 8 grandchildren, Devin Proffitt, Destiny Proffitt, Dylan Proffitt, Tabatha Shiflett, Hunter Proffitt, Samantha Proffitt, Isabella Shiflett and Addison Proffitt; 2 great grandchildren, Waylon Proffitt and Wyatt Proffitt; 2 brothers, Fredrick Johnson (Sandy) and Floyd Proffitt (Judy); 3 sisters, Dorothy Perry, Nancy Johnson and Dale Johnson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.
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Martha Alice Smith Kay, 77, passed away in her Goochland, VA home on February 12, 2021, surrounded by loving family. Wife of the late Buckingham Schools Superintendent, Mercer Weldon Kay, and daughter of Charles Newell Smith and Sallie Sutton Smith of Buckingham, VA, she is survived by daughters, Ellen Hess (and husband, Fluvanna County Sheriff, Eric Hess) and Amy Millican (and husband, CDR Jeffrey Millican); and grandsons, John Cabell Neterer, Charles Ashby Neterer and Lowell Mills Neterer. Martha Alice grew up in Manteo in her family’s historic homeplace with sisters “Baby Sallie" (Sallie Smith Carmichael) and "Sue Belle" (Irene Susie Saunders) and near her first and closest cousin, Roy Turner. She studied English at Farmville’s Longwood College before completing her Master's Degree in Guidance and Library Science at the University of Virginia. From there, she began a teaching career in Buckingham and Fluvanna counties before assuming the post of Scottsville librarian. Self-education, curiosity and social engagement typified Martha Alice's latter, as well as her former years. Her pursuits proved as multifaceted as she, comprising knitting, reading, tap dancing and painting, besides attending lectures, participating in several women’s Bible studies, leading book clubs and voraciously collecting books, yarn and friends. Mrs. Kay’s surviving family remembers her as a loyal patriot, a gifted intellect, an animated conversationalist and the unremitting champion of the underdog. A funeral service will be held for Martha Alice at the Sutton Family Cemetery in Buckingham, VA at 11 A.M. on February 20, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Buckingham County Public Library. Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.
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Erica Analise Rodarte passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, February 6, 2021 with family by her side. She was born on June 19, 1980 in Phoenix, AZ and later moved to Richmond, VA in 2001. Erica is survived by her children, Nathaniel, Justus, Canyon, Analea and Jade; her fiancé, Eli Mason; her siblings, Johnathan Rodarte, Misty Rodarte, Augustus Espinoza and Elias Espinoza; mother, Lisa Espinoza; father, Natividad Rodarte; nieces, Brianna, Amara, Alyssa and Kennedy; nephews, Cash, Gage, Cayman and Lincoln; and lots of loving and caring Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and many friends, both in Virginia and Arizona. Erica was the most kind-hearted, loving person who never judged regardless of the situation or circumstance. She cherished her entire family and loved creating memories we all remember to this day. She loved cooking, singing and dancing. She loved doing projects with her children, making Easter baskets and stringing popcorn for the Christmas tree. Her mother would always say she is, “My brown- eyed, beautiful girl.” Erica will be deeply missed, never forgotten and always in our hearts! There will be a private, intimate service for immediate family. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help with arrangements: https://www.gofundme.com/f/2a28c2xg00?sharetype=teams&member=8662324&utm_medium=social&utm_s ource=instagram&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.
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Betty Holland, 86, faithful believer and servant, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 9, 2021. Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Griffin was born at Oak Grove, Fork Union, VA on July 19, 1934 to the late Thomas Henry and Della Bell Griffin. The family moved to Richmond, VA in 1940. There they ran a boarding house and Morton’s Tea Room at 2 East Franklin Street. Later they moved to Ashland to manage the Henry Clay Inn where they served tea every afternoon. Surviving a fire by the grace of God, and the later support of extended family, the Griffin’s then moved to Wilmington, VA. There they ran the general store and post office where people gathered for friendship as much as for business. By spiritual gift, family heritage and childhood training, hospitality was Betty’s hallmark. She married John Walter Holland on December 31, 1955 at Lyles Baptist Church; they celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2020. She is survived by her three children, Martha Jane Holland Thorson (Larry), Patricia Anne Holland Stouffer (Bruce) and John Michael Holland (Sherrie); eight grandchildren, Kari Thorson Guastella (Ben), Eric Thorson (Priscilla Mullen), Lizzy and A.J. Stouffer, John, Mary, Allen and Christy Holland; two great grandchildren, James and Linnea Guastella; and her brother, Allen Bell Griffin (Edna). Betty Jane graduated from Fluvanna High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education from Longwood College. She began her teaching career teaching Home Economics in Stony Creek, then Home Economics and History in Albemarle where she led the Future Homemakers of America. Later in Fluvanna, she taught sixth grade at Cunningham School, then for 20 years taught fourth grade at Columbia District School where she served as Lead Teacher. Transitioning toward retirement, she taught eight years at Palmyra Elementary as a Reading Interventionist. Betty was known for commitment to family, long lasting friendships and service to church and community. She served as clerk of Lyles Baptist Church for as long as anyone can remember until the time of her death. She belonged to the Women’s Missionary Union for Lyles Baptist Church and in the early years also participated in a circle at Bethel Baptist Church. She was active in the Wilmington Club, cooking meals for years for the Ruritan Club. She participated in the Historical Society and the Women’s Farm Bureau. As a cancer survivor, she supported and participated in the Walk for Life. Betty was a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for more than 50 years, often working to care for and honor veterans. She served as Regent of the Point of Fork DAR Chapter for three years from 2011-2014. She enjoyed travel to all 49 continental United States, Mexico and Canada. Passing the requisite college swimming class with fear and trepidation, many years later she thoroughly enjoyed a white water rafting trip during a trip out west. She knitted sweaters and taught many people how to sew. She loved cats, setting a beautiful table and listening...
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Surrounded by family at home, John Walter Holland, 88, went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2021. John was born on October 5, 1932 in Mooresville, NC to the late Sara and John Wheeler Holland. His childhood was spent at Sunnyside Plantation, Wilmington, VA, Columbia Elementary School and Lyles Baptist Church, but he grew up farming in Middlebrook, VA, attending New Providence Presbyterian Church. Returning to Fluvanna, he lived at Carysbrook Plantation with his sisters where he graduated from Fluvanna County High School. After attending Iowa State College, he served in the U.S. Army, achieving a final rank of Sergeant. John married Betty Jane Griffin on December 31, 1955 at Lyles Baptist Church. He served the community as a Deacon at Lyles Baptist Church, Farm Bureau Board Member and as a member of the Ruritan and Wilmington Clubs. He received the Boy Scouts of America Certificate of Merit for 34 years of service as a volunteer and Charter Representative. John raised beef cattle on White Rock Farm as a producing member of the Red Angus Association. As a member of the International Harvester Collectors Club, VA Chapter 41, he regularly participated in tractor shows and parades throughout Virginia for many years. One of his favorites was the 25 mile Tractor Ride in Floyd County. He also traveled to attend shows out of state. John and Betty enjoyed extensive travel by train to all 49 contiguous states, Canada and Mexico. They recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. John is survived by his wife, Betty Holland; three children, Martha Jane Holland Thorson (Larry), Patricia Anne Holland Stouffer (Bruce) and John Michael Holland (Sherrie); eight grandchildren, Kari Thorson Guastella (Ben), Eric Thorson (Priscilla Mullen), Lizzy and A.J. Stouffer, John, Mary, Allen, and Christy Holland; two great grandchildren, James and Linnea Guastella; sister, Helen Holland Baker; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Rittenhouse. A visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA. A graveside service will be held at 3pm on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Lyles Baptist Church in Palmyra, VA. Memorial donations may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Flowers may be given through Scarlett’s Flowers. For everyone’s health, please remember COVID-19 safety guidelines.
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On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Ruby Lee Tanner, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord at the age of 88. Ruby was preceded in death by her father, John Hampton Loving; her mother, Ethel Cutright Loving Holiday; her son, Steven Tanner; her sister, Mildred Wyatt; and her husband of 62 years, Floyd Ray Tanner. Ruby is survived by her children, Donna Smith (Tommy), Doug Tanner, Cheryl Jordan (Jay) and Joe Tanner (Sally); her grandchildren, Michael Perkins (Rebekah), Timmy Perkins (Kacy), Jason Jordan (Anna), Ashley Goodman (Bobby) and Allison Chisholm (Scott); and her great-grandchildren, Lilly Jordan, Caleb Perkins, Avery Perkins and Liam Goodman. A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church in Kents Store, VA. Arrangements are being handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA.