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.
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 www.wmsfhva.com.
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 www.wmsfhva.com.
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.
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 seymourfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Seymour Funeral Home.
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.
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.
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 www.wmsfhva.com.
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 (www.beecherfuneralhome.com). 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
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 .
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.
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.