GIBSON, Charles H., age 83, of Dolphin, VA passed away August 26, 2017.  He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ellen Jean Gibson; his children, David S. Gibson of Gasburg, Jon W. Gibson and wife Kim of Midlothian, and Janet G. Glisson of Richmond; six grandchildren, Joanne Gibson Ivey, Wes Glisson, Woody Glisson, Meridyth Poe, Emily Gibson and Nathan Gibson and three great grandchildren, Samantha Lewis, Kristen Ivey and Madison Poe, which he loved and adored; three sisters, Dorothy G. Crane of Dolphin, Mattie G. Lewis of Emporia and Edna Mae Whitby of Lawrenceville; and two brothers, Leroy Gibson and Ronnie Gibson.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Edgerton United Methodist Church.  Memorial may be made to Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, VA  23868.  Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CRANE, Herman "Pokey" (94) passed away on December 20, 2015 with his girls by his side. After a 3 year battle with cancer, he died while at "Crane's Roost", his home on Lake Gaston. Herman was born and raised in Edgerton, VA, lived in Newport News, VA for many years, and then moved to Lake Gaston in NC. Herman joined the US Navy in 1942 and retired from there after 20 years of service. He then worked as an electrician at NASA at Langley Air Force Base where he worked for 18 years. After his second retirement, he and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Lake Gaston in NC. He was an avid wood worker and loved helping Evelyn make crafts of all kinds. The two of them loved traveling across country with various friends and relatives. Herman was very involved in working with Habitat for Humanity and helped do the electrical work in 14 houses before finally giving it up at 83. 

Another of his passions was the Lions Club where he enjoyed various projects that they did. He loved going to Camp Dogwood with the Lions and also working in the "hushpuppy booth" at the annual seafood festival. Herman was a long time member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newport News; though after moving to NC, he and Evelyn were able to attend the Crane family church, Edgerton United Methodist. Herman was involved in many aspects of the church and helped plan mission trips to FL and SC to help after hurricanes Hugo and Andrew. He was also instrumental in getting the Edgerton Cemetery back into shape and making sure it was kept up for many years. 

Herman is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Michie Crane; his son, Scott Crane; and 3 sisters and one brother. He is survived by his daughters, Skeeter (Johnny) Coleman, and Michie (Bob) Powell; granddaughter, Michele Coleman Nestel (Mark); grandsons, John Coleman IV (Ashley), Cameron Powell, and Jackson Powell; his three great-granddaughters, Maddie Nestel and Leeann and Rebecca Coleman; his younger brother, Melvin "Pecky" Crane; many members of the Crane family; and, of course, his much loved Michie Family members. Herman, also known as Pokey, Chief, Dad, and Gramps, will be sorely missed by all. 

The family would like to thank the ladies from Community Home Care and Hospice for the excellent care they gave Dad. The family will receive friends from 11-12Noon, Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Weymouth Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be conducted at 12Noon, Saturday, December 26, 2015 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Edgerton, VA 23868, or to your local Habitat for Humanity or Lions Club. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.

FLESHOOD, William "ZZ," passed away on December 23, 2015. He is survived by son Travis Lee Fleshood; daughter Lydia Jean Haecker, and her husband, Dustin; grandson Dante Ankney; mother, Louise Fleshood; sister, Martha Tuttle and her husband, Jim; niece, Carrie Harris; cat, Gizmo; and a large circle of great friends. Bill was a gifted mechanic, a Civil War reenactor and a life-long learner. Peace; enjoy your new adventure. Interment will be private.


LAETHEM, Alfred Francis--Feb. 17, 2015, at home. Age 76.Beloved husband of Erma (nee Sipos) for 47 years. Dearest father of Colleen (Eric) Fleshood & the late Brian Patrick Laethem. Loving grandfather of Shelby, Sydney, Dalton, Avery, & Aiden Fleshood. Dear brother of Mary Ann (James) Mason, Ann (Martin) Genuise, Frances (Francis) Breen, Madeline (James) Conover & Paul (Marie) Laethem. He was a loving and generous man who loved his family deeply. Al was born in Detroit, and earned a masters degree in Chemistry from University of Detroit. He was an intelligent man who loved working in the lab, fixing things around the house, growing African Violets, gardening, camping, traveling and cruising. He made intricate Christmas ornaments every year for family and friends. Al enjoyed sneaking table scraps to Brian's dog, Schnaps. He was a nice guy! We love and miss him greatly. Visitation Fri 3-9pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Rosary Fri 7:00pm. Instate Sat 9:30am until 10:00am time of Mass at St. Anne Church 32000 Mound Road (between 13 & 14 Mile). 

Now taking applications for the smartest person alive. The spot just opened up. Wentworth Bagley "W.B." Crane, Jr. (95) of Dolphin passed away on Dec. 4, 2014 at home in the company of family. The oldest son of Wentworth Bagley Crane and Pattie Jane Pittard, he was born into a farming family in Edgerton on June 30, 1919. His father and grandfather taught him carpentry, electrical work, and plumbing. He learned self-discipline from an early age and he strived for excellence in everything. At Lawrenceville High School, he was a honor student and star athlete, lettering in football and baseball. He was awarded a college academic scholarship from the Brunswick County School System and earned a spot on the Virginia Tech football team, though he was unable to attend.

W.B. was working as a carpenter at Bellwood in Richmond (now the Defense General Supply Center) when he was drafted into the Army on Sept.11, 1941. His first three months of duty were spent erecting the new Camp Wheeler in Georgia. After bed check on Dec. 22, he slipped into his car, casually drove off the base, and headed for Brunswick County, where he married his sweetheart Dorothy Gibson on Christmas Eve. He fought with the 37th Infantry Division at Guadalcanal, British Samoa, and Emirau. He was eventually recommended for promotion to First Sergeant when he was honorably discharged.

He came back to Brunswick County where he farmed until he retired. He was a lifelong member of Edgerton United Methodist Church. W.B. is survived by his true love "Dot" with whom he enjoyed nearly 73 years of faithful marriage. He is also survived by his daughter Pixie Fleshood (Paul) of Ashland; his son Donald Lee Crane (Virginia) of Alberta; brother Eddie Granderson "Stokes" Crane of Edgerton; sister Irene C. Barnes of Deltaville; brother Howard B. Crane of Richmond; sister Patsy C. Betz of Baltimore; grandson Eric S. Fleshood of Orlando, Fla.; granddaughter Edie F. Mann of Denver, Colo.; grandson Jason S. Crane of Ashland; grandson Adam H. Crane of Ashland; and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Wilbur C. "Tom" Crane.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Edgerton United Methodist Church. The family received friends Saturday at Williams Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, Va. 23868 or Edgerton United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Judy Doyle 334 Bradley Point Dr. Valentines, VA 23887. Online condolences may be made at


PEARSON, Rachel Abernathy Paulson, age 93, of Lawrenceville, Va., passed away September 18, 2014. Rachel was a public school teacher for Prince Edward, Cumberland and Gloucester counties for 35 years. She enjoyed the companionship of her pets, Bitsy, Patty and Dumpling. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest H. Paulson Sr. (1942 to 1988) and Charlie E. Pearson (2003 to 2010); her son, Ernest "Ernie" Paulson Jr.; her brothers, Heartwell, Harry, Alwyn and Cloud Abernathy; and her sisters, Susie A. Jones and Estelle Murray. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jackie Paulson; her sister, Edith A. House; her brother, Francis Abernathy; sisters-in-law, Jean and Estelle Abernathy; her stepchildren, Morris Pearson (Jan) and sons and Bonnie Pearson and family; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dorothy Lucy, 6062 Liberty Rd., Dolphin, Va. 23843. Online condolences may be made at

BENNETT, Michelle June, age 65, went home to her Lord on May 8, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Michael Bennett; daughter, Amy DuFour and husband, Ryland; stepdaughter, Sherrah Knight and husband, Justin; six grandchildren, Brooke, Lily and Alee Silva, Ben Cumbo, Abigail and Amanda Knight; brother, Michael Keller and wife, Sandi, and their daughters, Lauren and Hilary; and many friends whom she loved as family. We will forever cherish the memories of her loving spirit. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Miller's Tavern, Va. 23115. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church New Cemetery Fund, a project dear to her that she helped initiate, at P.O. Box 157, Miller's Tavern, Va. 23115.

FLESHOOD, William Michael, age 69 of Douglasville, Georgia, passed away September 16, 2013. He was a member of Saint Theresa Catholic Church. Michael retired from the United States Air Force after 23 years of service, then retired from S.I.T.A. He enjoyed photography, lapidary, and golf.

Michael is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol Unger Fleshood; children: Michael & Heather, serving with the Dept. of Defense, Tommy & Bonnie, and Danny & An
gela, both of Wabash, Indiana; grandchildren: Justin, Sammy, Coltyn, Savannah, Little Danny, Serenity, and Jozlin; sisters: Diane Butoz, Susan Brewer, Judith Cargil, Nancy Fox, Beth Exposito, and Sally Bowman; brother Larry Fleshood.

The funeral service to celebrate his life will be graveside at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM with military honors. Rev. Fr. Fernando Molina-Restrepo will officiate.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be offered to the Wounded Warrior Project ( P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Arrangements are entrusted to Davis-Struempf Funeral Home & Crematory, Austell, Georgia. Offer memories and condolences online at 

BAILEY, Linda Flythe passed away on July 24, 2013, with her loving family by her side. Linda was born in Staunton, Virginia, on February 23, 1951, to the late Joan Fleshood Flythe and the late Harry B. "Sonny" Flythe. She was married to James P. Bailey (Phil) and recently they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in June. 

Linda retired after 27 years of service as a Historian with the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant. Linda's military career allowed her to travel the world. She treasured the time she spent in Europe and always spoke about the wonderful memories she made there. Linda's last assignment was at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Throughout her career and life, Linda's contributions were remarkable and distinct. She served in many positions abroad and was the epitome of an ambassador on behalf of the United States, her service and our family. 

From her service in Italy and Greece and here at home, she has tremendously left a monumental mark on not only the wonderful people she served with, but also the citizens of this world that she had the opportunity to spread her kindness the way that only she could. Her ability to participate, lead and guide our current and future men and women in this world has left a mark in life that will be hard to replace. Linda not only served her nation, but also gave everything she had for those that had not a penny to their name. Her heart devoted her to volunteering with medical facilities and providing the same smile and gift of hope with her heart, which is what is most special about her life story. 

As a wife, mother and grandmother, there is no replacement. She has taught, guided, and supported all of us without complaint. Today and forever, she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, niece, friend and patriot of this nation. 

Linda is survived by her loving husband, Phil; her children, son, Major Sean Miller of Twenty-Nine Palms, California, and daughter, Lisa Michele Miller of Raleigh, North Carolina; her step-children, Jennifer Bailey Shelnutt and husband Brian of Woodstock, Georgia, Melissa Bailey Schultz and husband Chris of Hill AFB, Utah, and Matthew Bailey of Woodstock, Georgia; Aunt Joyce Ryder and Uncle Bob Ryder of Fishersville, Virginia; sister, Pamela A. Molz and husband Michael of Coral Gables, Florida; niece Joanna Paige Molz Cressy and husband Adam of Florida; nephew Spencer Molz of Florida; great-nephews, Conner Cressy and Tyler Cressy; and great-niece Stella Cressy. Also surviving Linda are her loving grandchildren, Haley Alicia Schultz, Savanna Mason Shelnutt, Jaylen Michael Schultz, Tyler Brian Shelnutt, Zachary Ryan Schultz, Dylan Christopher Schultz and Asher Phillip Bailey. In addition to her mother and father, Linda was preceded in death by her loving grandparents, Ferdy F. Fleshood and Mildred Spencer Fleshood of Staunton, Virginia; and Uncle Clarence Fleshood of Tampa, Florida. 

A celebration of Linda's life will take place every day by those that she touched. A formal celebration will take place at a later time. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements are by Seymour Funeral Home.

Harold Lee, 70, died July 31, 2012, in Stuart, FL. Born in Shreveport, LA, he moved to Stuart in 2004, coming from Nashville, TN. He retired as Director of Nutrition and Genetics for the State of Tennessee, where he had worked for 28 years. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War era and was stationed at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, CO for three years.

He was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Hobe Sound. He also was active with Al Anon and helped establish the Al Anon Teen Program in Martin County. He was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and received a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry; he received his Master's in Public Administration from Tennessee State University; and earned his Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Roxane Spitzer of Stuart; daughters, Ginna O'Connor of Vero Beach; Suzy Pukys of Georgetown, TX; and Jolin Fleshood of Durango, CO; step-sons, Michael McNamara of Washington; David McNamara of California; step-daughter, Deborah Spitzer of Wisconsin; brother, William Fleshood of Fairfield, CT; four grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lee's memory to First United Methodist Church of Hobe Sound Youth Program, 10100 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.

A eulogy given by Lee's son in-law Brian O'Connor can be read here.

FLESHOOD, James Lee, 63, of Winnetka, CA, passed away on 20 March 2012 after a brief, but valiant, battle with cancer.
Born in Wabash, Indiana on 6 August 1948, Jim was the third of William and Patricia Fleshood’s 9 children: Diane Butzow, Michael Fleshood, Larry Fleshood, Susan Brewer, Judith Cargal, Nancy James, Sally Bowman and Beth King.

Jim enlisted in the US Army in August 1965. A graduate of the Army’s leadership school and Drill Instructor Academy, he served two tours in Vietnam (1966-1967) with the 11th Armored Cavalry and saw heavy fighting during Operations Atlanta and Junction City. Jim served as a tunnel rat, sniper and APC driver and was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, the Combat Infantry Badge, and numerous unit citations. He was honourably discharged as a Sergeant in December 1968 from his final duty station of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

He is a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.

After the army, Jim moved to Las Vegas to become a professional actor and to work in radio, television and films. He ultimately launched a forty-year career in the security industry. From 1970 -1982, Jim worked for the Las Vegas Hilton, providing first-hand security and executive protection to a multitude of entertainers such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ann Margaret, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Liberace and Bill Cosby, who became a lifelong personal friend and professional colleague. In 1982, he opened his own security company, Specialized Security Services, Inc. The successful company was later acquired by CPP/Pinkerton, Inc. Jim became a “Pinkerton” and worked for them in Las Vegas, Chicago and Los Angeles through 2000, winning numerous awards including Regional Vice President of the Year, Most Improved Region of the Year, and the prestigious Thomas W. Wathen International Award for Excellence. After his time at Pinkerton, Jim also worked for Command Security in Lagrangeville, NY and WSA Security, Inc. in Los Angeles.

Over the course of his life, Jim enjoyed golfing, skiing, deep-sea fishing, NASCAR and driving his Corvette, “Sophia.” His love of golf began as child under his father’s instruction and allowed him to develop friendships with many interesting people – from generals far senior to him on Army golf courses to good friends on LA-area courses like Tierra Rejada and Camarillo Springs. He finally achieved that elusive hole-in-one on June 10, 2009. Despite his service-related disabilities, Jim played regularly up until his cancer diagnosis on November 28, 2011.

But Jim’s greatest joy came from his family. Jim is survived by his wife, Mary; stepchildren Marie Elena Oley (Eamonn) and David Robert Polakoski; grandson Ciaran Edward Oley; sister Diane Butzow (Richard); nephew Matthew Butzow and niece Wendey Butzow. While Jim lived a colorful and adventurous life outside of the home, nothing ever topped the happiness of being close with the family he loved. And nothing will ever surpass the happiness they felt in return.

A Mass celebrating Jim’s life will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, 5011 White Oak Avenue, Encino, CA 91316 on Tuesday, April 3rd at 10:00 AM followed by a reception at home. Jim will later be laid to rest by his family in the Los Angeles National Cemetery, alongside his fellow veterans. In lieu of flowers, Jim preferred that people send donations to either:

Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation
7008 Little River Turnpike PO Box 49
Annandale, VA 22003

If sending a check, please write "James Fleshood" in the memo. If donating online, please select one of the memorial donation options and enter "James Fleshood" into the "in memory of" field. Note that the website only allows $50 incremental donations, so for other amounts (any will do), checks are the best method. Proceeds will go to assisting disabled veterans.

11th ACVVC (Eleventh Armored Cavalry Veterans Scholarship Fund)
C/O Treasurer Ollie Pickral
571 Ditchley Road
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

If sending a check, please write "James Fleshood" in the memo. Proceeds will go to scholarships for children and relatives of 11th Armored Cavalry Vietnam Veterans.

, Nancy Vaughan passed away on January 18, 2012 in Richardson, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William Robert Gee, parents Milton Vaughan and Benys Belle Abernathy Vaughan Gilliam, and sister Rose Marie Vaughan Chappell. She is survived by her four children, daughter Melanie Gee, daughter Gennifer Gee Lane and son-in-law Mike Lane, daughter Kathryn Gee, and son William Robert Gee, Jr. and daughter-in-law Cindy Gee, and grandchildren Tristan Gee and Presley Gee. Nancy was born and raised in Virginia. She attended Elon College, Southern Methodist University, and Parsons School of Design in New York. In her early adulthood, she was a successful fashion designer and founded Debut, Inc. which had its showroom on Fifth Avenue. She left the design
business to marry her husband. They moved to Texas to raise their family, where she was a homemaker while her husband was a physician. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at Highland Park United Methodist Church on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to a favorite charity.

CRANE, Menzo Riegel, age 92, of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Edgerton, passed away November 23, 2011. He was retired from the U.S. Navy and the Naval Air Rework facility in Norfolk, VA.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Scott Crane and three sisters, Anita “Nita” Webb, Gladys Keaton, and Hazel “Pete” Woodruff.   He is survived by his daughter Mary Teague and husband Larry Wayne; his granddaughter, Connie Teague; and his brothers, Herman “Pokey” Crane and Melvin “Pecky” Crane. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Monday at Edgerton United Methodist Church, with interment in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Road, Lawrenceville, VA  23868. Online condolences may be made at

LAETHEM, Brian Patrick, 42, passed away on November 8, 2011 in Sterling Heights. He is the beloved son of Alfred and Erma (Sipos Laethem and dear brother of Colleen Fleshood (Eric) of Orlando, Florida. Brian loved being an uncle to Shelby, Sydney, Dalton, Avery, and Aiden Fleshood, taking them to the playground or water park, playing video games, and giving them horseback rides. He loved his German Shepherd Schnaps, and Peaches his cat. Brian was beloved by his many aunts, uncles, and cousins, with whom he maintained close relationships. Brian was an avid World War II history enthusiast and traveled extensively to battle sites in Europe. He loved camping, hunting, nature, and animals. He was a loyal friend and maintained friendships throughout his life. He was oftentimes quiet, but had a quick wit and would give you a good laugh.

LACOUR, Vincent Thomas III [Marian Elaine Fleshood/Vernon Edward/Ferdinand Flournoy/William Joseph], age 59 of Patterson, NY died suddenly on July 1, 2011.

Vinnie was born on December 9, 1951 in Danbury, CT to Vincent Jr. and Marian LaCour. Vinnie graduated from Brewster H.S. in 1970 and nourished his creative side at the School of Visual Arts where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in 1976. He then went on to receive his Masters in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Vinnie married the love of his life Susan (Reilly) LaCour in Stratford CT on August 11, 1984.

Vinnie was a devoted Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 117 attending every meeting, council assemblies and all the camping trips with his son and other members. He shared his passion for fishing with friends and family enjoying many a fresh trout dinner. For over 37 years Vinnie taught art at Green Chimneys School helping to brighten the lives of his students. Those who were fortunate enough to know Vinnie knew his warmth, compassion, great sense of humor and that glint in his eyes when he smiled. He was a loving husband and father and exceptional friend. We will all lovingly remember and sorely miss him.

Vinnie is survived by his beloved wife Susan LaCour, his children Vinnie LaCour IV, Kerri LaCour and Connor LaCour of Patterson, NY. He is also survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Becker and Peter Becker of MA, Marian Levey and Michael Levey of Brewster, NY and Linda Walsh and Larry Walsh of Brewster, NY, and is predeceased by his sister Cheryl LaCour. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A service will be held on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 11:00am at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave. Brewster, NY 845-279-3615 ( Interment will follow at Maple Avenue Cemetery in Patterson, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vincent's children's college fund. Checks may be made payable to: Susan LaCour, PO Box 370, Brewster, NY 10509. An Art Scholarship Fund in Vinnie's name will be set up through Green Chimneys School in Brewster, NY.

RAWLINGS, Jerry Lee [Mar
y Willie Fleshood/Ferdinand Leigh/Frank Fayette/William Joseph], age 67, of Richmond, Va., passed away April 11, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Gray Anderson Rawlings; two daughters, Ashley Rawlings Bagby and husband, Pleasant, of Charlottesville and Jennifer Dodd Rawlings of Los Angeles, Calif.; two grandchildren, Thomas Tillar Bagby and Henley Rawlings Bagby; a brother, Richard Camp Rawlings Jr. and wife, Louise, of Lawrenceville; brother-in-law, Claiborne G. Thomasson of Richmond, Va.; sister-in-law, Ellen A. McCracken of Holden, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Camp and Mary Willie Rawlings; and his sister, Sidney Rawlings Thomasson.

Jerry was a retired U.S. Army veteran, where he was a captain and flew helicopters during two tours in Vietnam. He was retired from Motorola, Inc. and volunteered at the Fan Free Clinic in Richmond, Va. Jerry was a loving and beloved husband, father and grandfather. He grew up in Lawrenceville, Va., attended Old Dominion College, graduated from Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., and was a longtime fan of University of Virginia sports. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, is in charge of arrangements.

FLESHOOD, Hunter B. Sr., 88, of Richmond, passed away February 22, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; and daughter, Anita Mae. He is survived by his son, Hunter B. Fleshood Jr.; two grandchildren, Monica and Eric Fleshood; four great-grandchildren, Chance, Hunter, Ella and Michael. Hunter was a sleight of hand magician and a professional boxer, who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of Tuckahoe Moose Lodge. A graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society .

FLESHOOD, William Lear (William Lear/Ferdinand Flournoy/William Joseph), 89, of Delray Beach, Florida, died Friday, August 6, 2010 at his home. He was born February 16, 1921 in Wabash, Indiana, to William L. and Florence (Enyeart) Fleshood. He was raised by his aunt Bessie Sharpe Duffy and uncle William Sharpe. William married Patricia Donovan in Chicago, Illinois, on January 30, 1943. She died December 10, 2002. He worked for General Tire and Rubber Company 33 years, retiring in 1982. He served in the US Naval Air Corp from 1942-1945, during World War II. His service included participation in a top secret Naval Air Program named Stag 1 SATFOR, in the Philippine Islands and Guadacanal. He resided in Wabash 60 years and Delray Beach 29 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 15, the Wabash County Veterans Council, and the Elks Lodge, all of Wabash.
William loved fishing, boating, golf, traveling, and cooking. He is survived by nine children, Michael (Carol) Fleshood of Atlanta, Georgia, Diane (Richard) Butzow of Fort Wayne, Indiana, James (Mary) Fleshood of Winnetka, California, Larry (Pat) Fleshood of Lebanon, Tennessee, Susan Brewer of Wabash, Judith (Jim) Cargal of Roseville, Michigan, Nancy (John) James of Corydon, Indiana, Sally (Mike) Bowman of Peru, Indiana, and Beth King of Wabash; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m with Pastor Laura Helm officiating. Burial and military graveside honors will be in Falls Cemetery. Friends may call 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Preferred memorial is Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Wabash American Legion Post 15.

Fleshood, Lois Ann [wife of Ferdinand Leigh Fleshood, descendant of William Lear Sr./Ferdinand Flournoy/William Joseph], 84, of rural Marion, Indiana, died at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Marion General Hospital. She was born May 20, 1925 in Wabash County, Indiana, to Philip and Emma (Stouffer) Roser. Lois was a 1943 graduate of Lagro High School. She married F. Leigh Fleshood on November 29, 1946 in Wabash, Indiana; he died December 5, 1997. She is survived by three children, Ronald (Carol) Fleshood of Greenfield, Indiana, Barbara Jane (David) Frey of Macomb, Michigan, and John (Lesley) Fleshood of Elmhurst, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Amy (Matt) Dusing of Franklin, Indiana, Jeffrey Fleshood of Putnamville, Indiana, Sara (Mike) Bruno, Scott Fleshood, and Brent Fleshood, all of Greenfield, Indiana, Douglas Frey of Chicago, Illinois, Kevin Frey of Livonia, Michigan, Christopher (Jessica) Frey of Marine City, Michigan, and Matthew Fleshood of Elmhurst, Illinois; and two great-grandchildren, Will Dusing of Franklin, Indiana, and Natalie Frey of Marine City, Michigan, also surviving are 10 sisters & brothers, Betty McKillip of Wabash, Phoebe (Leon) Ridenour of Roann, Don (Lois) Roser, Helen (Lloyd) Hoppes, Peggy Riggs, Mary Alice (Fred) Reed, Marcella (Tom) Houlihan, Shirley (Harold) Atkinson, and Carolyn (Don) Everest, all of Wabash, and Robert (Marjorie) Roser of Roann. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Verne Roser, James Roser, and Philip H. "Dan" Roser, Jr., and three sisters, Katherine Clupper, Ardith Smith, and Martha Shaffer. Private graveside services at Falls Cemetery in Wabash will be at a later date. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash. In lieu of flowers family asks for a donation of ones time, talents, or treasures to those in need in their local communities. 

THOMASSON, Mary Sidney Rawlings [Mary Willie Fleshood/Ferdinand Leigh/Frank Fayette/William Joseph], 68, of Richmond, Va., died peacefully at home in her sleep surrounded by her friends and family on Sunday, November 8, 2009. She was born August 2, 1941, the daughter of the late Richard Camp Rawlings and Mary Willie Fleshood Rawlings. Sidney was a graduate of Brunswick County High School and the Medical College of Virginia with a degree in Nursing. She practiced as a registered nurse for many years and more recently was hostess of the family businesses of Ruth's Chris Steak House and Bottega Bistro. Sidney was also an active member of The Woman's Club.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Claiborne Goode Thomasson; two daughters, Robin Thomasson Sorensen, husband, Paul Erik Sorensen, Megan Thomasson Stotler, husband, Charles Julian Stotler "C.J."; four grandchildren who affectionately knew her as "Mimi," Kathryn Carson Crisco "Katie," Elizabeth Claiborne Sorensen "Ellie," Brayden Riley Stotler and Blake Vincent Stotler, all of Richmond, Va.; two brothers, Richard Camp Rawlings Jr., wife, Louise Reed Rawlings, of Lawrenceville, Va., Jerry Lee Rawlings, wife, Gray Anderson Rawlings of Richmond, Va.; and best friend of 37 years, Gretchen Sutton Hassell, also of Richmond, Va.

The family will receive friends 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Rd. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. The family expresses heartfelt thanks to Dr. Brian Mitchell, Dr. William Broaddus, Dr. Harold Young, the loving caregivers at Bon Secours Hospice and Brenda Carr, C.N.A., for all of their care, love and support throughout her courageous battle. Memorial contributions may be made to The Hawthorne Cancer Research Center, 1401 Johnston Willis Dr., Richmond, Va. 23235.

HYATT, Bessie Nifong, 92, formerly of David Smith Road, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Abbotts Creek Care & Rehabilitation Center. Bessie was the daughter in-law of Lellia B. Fleshood [Frank Fayette/William Joseph] and Carlos Ford Hyatt.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Missionary Alliance Church, where she was a charter member, by the Revs. Michael Gates, Albert Smith and Don Lyerly. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Hyatt was born Oct. 4, 1916, in Davidson County to Roby Edward Nifong and Nancy Kyle Smith Nifong. She was retired from Norman-Stockton Clothing. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Caswell Ashby Hyatt Sr.; sons, Bobby Hyatt and Kenneth Hyatt; brothers, Robert Clifton "Buck" Nifong, Glenn Nifong, Reid Nifong and Clay Nifong; and a sister, Sue Nifong Cooper.

Surviving are her sons, C.A. Hyatt Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Winston- Salem, Richard Hyatt and his wife, Sheila, of Destin, Fla.; sister, Treva Trivette and her husband, Jack, of Winston-Salem; grandchildren, Craig Hyatt and his wife, Amy, of Winston-Salem, Kevin Hyatt and his wife, Angie, of Welcome, Lisa Chamberlain and her husband, Bobby, of King, Tammy Coe and her husband, Don, of Raleigh, Terri Faulker and her husband, Keith, of Wetumpka, Ala., and Jay Galloway of Lexington; great-grandchildren, Chris Chamberlain of Winston-Salem, Justin Coe and his wife, Javi, of Raleigh, Travis Coe of Raleigh, Catie Hyatt of Winston-Salem, Caroline Hyatt of Winston-Salem, Colby Hyatt of Welcome and Colby Galloway of Lexington; and a great-great-grandchild, Aden Coe of Raleigh.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday at the church and other times at the home of C.A. Hyatt Jr.