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Georgia Mae Widener (Joyce Noel’s mother), age 84, went to be with the Lord November 9, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and friends.  Ms. Widener attended Beulah Baptist Church of Meadowview, VA.  She loved to tend to her flowers and enjoyed cooking for her family.  She was born August 12, 1932 to the late Dewey and Ruth Turnmire; she is also preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years: Mack Widener.  She is survived by two sons: Don Widener and wife Margie; Rick Widener and wife Tammy; two daughters: Joyce Noel; and Debbie Widener and husband Gregg; one sister: Patty Blevins; ten grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews also survive.  Online condolences may be made to the family at FROST FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE OF ABINGDON IS HONORED TO SERVE THE WIDENER FAMILY.


Tracy Lane Waddell, 51, of Staunton, Virginia, succumbed to kidney cancer at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, 12 November 2016.  In lieu of flowers and memorials may be made to Tammy L. Waddell for their children's college fund.  Please be sure to add a memo, titled, College Fund. Tammy and Tracy opened an account for their children's college fund recently.  Tracy was born 22 June 1965 in Martinsville, Virginia to Kay W. Barbour and Conley E. Waddell. He went to Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.  He graduated on the year of 1985.  He attended Gallaudet University for two years and half.  He was on Gallaudet University's football team.  During his last year at Gallaudet University, he and his team set a new winning record. He represented the uniform number 66 very well.  He married the love of his life, Tammy L. Waddell, on 23 May 1992 in Fieldale, Virginia.  He and his wife had two children and adopted a child.  Tracy worked at his alma mater, VSDB, from 1994 to 2002 and then 2012 to 2016.  He worked at Kansas School for the Deaf from 2004 to 2009.  He worked at Johnson County Mental Health Center in Olathe, Kansas from 2009 to 2012.  He worked at Staunton Post Office from 2014 to 2016.  He enjoyed sports and played on softball and bowling leagues.  Few years ago, he hit a perfect game for bowling. In addition to sports, he loved to hunt and fish, especially with his son, Travis.  Recently, he received a hall of the fame reward for his achievements in football and track during his years at VSDB.  Tracy is survived by his wife, Tammy L. Waddell; two daughters and a son, Trisha L. Waddell, Travis L. Waddell, and Tasha E. Waddell; two brothers, Dennis Waddell, wife Constance, and their children, Ashleigh, Alexis, Hannah, and Hunter; and Tim Burgess; mother and 2nd father, Kay and Don Barbour; his father and 2nd mother, Conley and Janet Waddell; grandmother Katherine M. Seay; and mother-in-law, Donna Keeter.  Tracy is preceded in death by his father-in-law, Gary L. Haden; grandfathers, Henry D. Williams, Paul Waddell, Toney L. Seay, and J.P. Barbour; grandmothers, Nannie Waddell and Marie D. Barbour; and uncle, Jeff Williams.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.  Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting



Holly Rebecca Sanford, 58, of Lynchburg passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Lewis R. Sanford, Jr. Born on October 14, 1958, she was the daughter of Kenneth E. Magginson and the late Margie P. Hammock. She was retired from the United States Postal Service and a member of Living Word Deaf Church. She loved primitive country crafts and décor. In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by an aunt, Hazel P. Steffen and her husband Chuck of Lynchburg; a cousin, Jackie Kolesaric of Ohio; Mother In Law, Arbutus Sanford of Colonial Beach; Sisters in Law, Wendy Huffman and Bonnie Gouvisis both of Colonial Beach. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, October 29, 2016 Living Word Deaf Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Living Word Baptist Church, 4130 Waterlick Road, Lynchburg, VA 24551 or Colonial Beach VFD, 312 Colonial Beach Avenue, Colonial Beach, VA 22443. Arrangements under the direction of Whitten Timberlake Chapel, Lynchburg, VA.


Carie Jo Ter Louw, 55, of Chesterfield, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 26, 2016. She was born to Lee Graney and the late Larry Thompson Sr. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 35 years, Jeremy Ter Louw; and is survived by her stepfather, Donald Graney; sons, Jeremy (Theresa), John (Tami) and Joseph (Mary) Ter Louw; grandchildren, Emily, Azriel, Kayleigh, John, Aiden, Eliana, Kaira; brother, Larry (Jo) Thompson; sisters, Terry (Jim) Eggen and Dawn (Penn) Noell.


Bernard Allen Pillsbury went home to be with the Lord on May 30, 2016. He was born on November 11, 1936 in Norfolk, VA. Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Patricia Pillsbury, his children Dean Pillsbury and his wife Terry and Addie Hamilton; grandchildren, George Pillsbury, Samantha Pillsbury, Melissa Woodie and husband Michael Harlow, Teddie Woodie, Jr., David Woodie, Brent Hamilton and Rylie Hamilton; 2 great granddaughters. Ben had a great passion for life and was a well known and loved carpenter. He worked as a cabinet maker at Karslen Cabinet for many years but he loved to make many more other things. Many people have enjoyed his crafts. He was an amazing craftsman. He was generous, kind and humorous. He truly loved his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.


Deanna Duncan Taylor, 70, of Frederick, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  She was born on October 9, 1945 in Raleigh, NC.  She attended the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, NC and the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, VA.  She was the wife of the late Billy Taylor, Sr.  She was the daughter of the late Virginia Poole Duncan and James Duncan.  She is survived by six children, Karen Taylor;  Billy Taylor, Jr. and wife, Tanya, of Prince George; Lily Mountjoy and husband, Charles, of Hopewell: Hedy Taylor-Wisler and wife, Michelle, of Florida; Ricky Taylor of Frederick; and Gary Taylor of Richmond, and her brothers, William Duncan and wife, Helen, of Richmond; and Sandy Duncan and wife, Virginia (Ginny) of Etters, PA. She has five beautiful grandchildren.  Deanna was a member of Silent Orioles Club of the Deaf, Inc; Interstate Association of the Deaf, Richmond Club of the Deaf, Frederick Deaf Seniors, and Frederick County Association of the Deaf for a very long time.  She was Vice President of the Great Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Association of the Deaf as well as editor of the RCD Newsletter.  She was retired after working as a procurement clerk at the Defense Supply Center for fourteen years.  Deanna enjoyed traveling, watching movies, loved socialize with deaf people at the deaf clubs, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in Deanna's memory to VSDAA, P.O. Box 2069, Staunton, VA 24401 or Alder Springs, P.O. Box 1397, Morganton, NC 28680



Stines J. Crawley, 56, of Henrico, VA., departed this life on May 3, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gibson and Benzina Harrell. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marcia I. Crawley; sister, Patricia H. Walls; father and mother-in-law, Ronald and Brenda Crawley; sisters-in-law, Lisa Crawley-Tyler (Jerry) and Rhonda L. Edwards (Gerald); and a host of caring relatives and friends.


David Sewell Ritchie 55, Fishers, passed away May 16, 2016. He was born December 30, 1960, in Jackson, Kentucky and moved several times before settling in Fishers, Indiana. He was the first child of Martha and John Ritchie, Sr. He worked for the Department of Defense as a Labor Inspector before retiring. Since then he has worked in several part time positions including Fry’s Electronics where he was employed at the time of his death. David Ritchie is survived by his wife, Stephanie; daughters Elsie (Stecker), Hope (Jensen), Leslie; son, Martin (Paves); father, John Ritchie, Sr.; brothers, John Jr., Joey, Thomas, Edward; and sister, Terri (Perez). He is preceded in death by his Mother, Martha Duke (Seth). He was a mischievous child, hyper and full of energy. Once, while a family member was repairing the roof, little David took away the ladder and told him it would cost him a dollar to bring it back. He got his dollar, which he quickly spent on ice cream at the corner store. He grew up in a large family, which is most likely the reason family was so important to him. David always talked about the picnics he experienced as a child—and all of the food. He loved food! Family was his first priority in life. Beyond family, he simply loved helping people. He seemed to be drawn to opportunities to help others. Whether it was changing a stranger’s tire, helping friends move from one house to another, sharing his vast array of fishing knowledge to everyone he met, down to the little random acts of kindness that he performed daily, David had a heart for helping others. He was very much a people person. He was a skilled communicator in both the hearing and Deaf communities. He was able to connect with everyone, regardless of the person’s ability to sign or not.


Ronnie Ely Blaylock, 73, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Falls Church, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016. Mr. Blaylock was retired from the United States Postal Service. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Katherine Hull Blaylock; two children Christine Blaylock and Robbie Blaylock (Amy); four grandchildren Ashlynn Blaylock, Lindsay Baez, Jacob Blaylock and Samantha Blaylock; and brother Richard Blaylock.


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John William Bessette, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, died suddenly in his Chesterfield home Friday, April 8, 2016. Born January 31, 1965, he was the son of Joan Nancy Bessette and the late Edward Donald Bessette. John truly loved God, his family and his friends. He was always seeking new friendships where ever he went. John will always be loved and cherished by all who have known him throughout the deaf and hearing impaired communities. Along with his mother, left to cherish his memory are his sister, Anne Felton (Dean); brothers, Paul Bessette and Edward Bessette (Grace), along with many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


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Mrs. Myrta Thomas Wright, age 85, of Brodnax, died April 7, 2016. She was an employee of La Crosse Sportswear and a lifelong member of Sanford Memorial Baptist Church. Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband of 68 years, A. Earl Wright of Brodnax; her three sons: Leonard Earl Wright and his wife Debbie of Pauline, SC, Michael Ray Wright and his wife Janet of Mechanicsville, VA and Hobson Scott Wright and his wife Janette of Brodnax; her daughter, Gloria Paula Wright and Maria Guerrero of Crofton, MD; daughter in law, Katherine Wright Johnson of Blackstone; two brothers: Jimmie Thomas of Brodnax and Wayne Thomas of Smith Cross Roads; three sisters: Kathleen Moore, Katherine Winstead and Bonnie Jackson all of Brodnax; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Mrs. Wright was predeceased by her son, Alfred Monroe “Butch” Wright.


Leon Wren Bailey, Jr., 83, of Richmond, died February 14, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly S. Bailey. He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Bailey Tutko and her husband, John; son, Bradley Beau Bailey; grandson, Jamie Lee Tutko; and sister, Carolyn Dunlap. Wren attended Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. He was a member of Richmond Division #83, National Fraternal Society of the Deaf since 1960, Greater Richmond Chapter of V.A.D., Deaf Senior Citizens of Richmond, Richmond Club for the Deaf, and Breakfast For Deaf Men's Devotional and Prayer Group. Leon worked 38 years for William Byrd Press and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The family will receive friends Friday, February 19, 2016, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Bliley's-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Rd., where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m.


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Carolyn Eanes was born in Sylvester, Georgia on May 14th, 1938. She spent most of her life and raised her children in Virginia, moving to Melbourne, Florida full time in 2013. She departed this life on November 26th, 2015. She is survived by her husband Doug Eanes, daughter Tammy Battista and her husband Barry, son Cliff Eanes, and grandson Tabias Spencer.

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Nancy Jane Setzer Brown, 72 of Spotsylvania County, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Mary Washington Hospital. Mrs. Brown was a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church of the Fredericksburg Club for the Deaf and the Virginia Association for the Blind. She also was a graduate of Gallaudet University. She is survived by her three children Elmore Frank Brown, Jr., Connie Dee Brown and Bobbie Anne Brown; grandson Sully Reed Brown; brother John Setzer; two sisters Mary Ann Freeman and Eva Hoosier; and several nieces and nephews.

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Harriet Gray Wickline Ropelewski Harriet Gray Wickline Ropelewski  1921- August 30, 2014

Harriet Gray Wickline Ropelewski, departed this life August 30, 2014. Harriet was an interpreter for the deaf her entire life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Bernard Ropelewski. She is survived by her children, Martha Crampton, Frankie Snyder, Cecky, David, Paula and Karl Ropelewski; and eight grandchildren. The death of a legend in the Richmond deaf community


Jimmy Logan  James P. "Jimmy" Logan 1963-July 2, 2014

James P. "Jimmy" Logan 51, of Woodford, died July 2, 2014, at his home. He had graduated from Model Secondary School for the Deaf at Gallaudet University and had been a long-time employee of Kings Dominion. He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed BMX racing. Survivors include his brother, John Logan and his wife, Anne; his niece, Julia Logan; his biological mother, Ginny Nimpfer; and biological brother, Bill Nimpfer. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beryl Anne Logan.


Billy Lee Bowman March 25, 1941 - June 9, 2014 

Billy Lee Bowman, 73, died after a long struggle with heart disease on June 9, 2014 in Powhatan. He was born to Martin Bowman and Carrie Elizabeth Mason Bowman on March 25, 1941. In 1964, he married Janice Sue Christley. Along with her, he leaves to cherish his memory his son, Kevin Martin Bowman and his wife, Helen; son, Terry Lee Bowman and his wife, Lynn; daughter, Mavis Day Pilger and her husband, Andy.


Janet Harris Painter December 2, 1931 - March 28, 2014Janet Harris Painter     December 2, 1931 - March 28, 2014

Janet Harris Painter, 82, of Henrico, went home on March 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Lois Harris; husband, Lee W. Painter; sister, Joyce Ann Super; grandson, Christopher Coulson; son, Patrick Painter.She is survived by her son, Curtis Painter; daughter, Sylvia Post (Fiance Guy Lail); grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, Kelsey, and Brady; great grandchildren, Ellie, and Hannah.






Murray, 11, Dorothea Handy’s beloved service dog, died March 5, 2014.  He was RCD’s mascot who attended most of RCD’s general meetings and events.  He was very loyal to his master and Mike Wine.  He was loved by many people and really will be missed by all of them..




Lee Wickline Painter ? - July 27, 2013
Lee Wickline Painter ? - July 27, 2013

Lee Wickline Painter departed this life on July 27, 2013 as a result of a heart attack. Lee was a well known advocate in the deaf community. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet Harris Painter; son, Curtis Painter of Frederick, Md.; and daughter, Sylvia Post of Richmond; grandchildren, Kelsey and Brady Painter, Jonathan and Jennifer Post; two great-grandchildren; and niece, Reba Jo Poole.


Lila Theresa Hatfield Sipple May 1, 1934 - May 24, 2013Lila Theresa Hatfield Sipple May 1, 1934 - May 24, 2013

Lila Theresa Hatfield Sipple, 79, of Ruther Glen, Va.,
departed this life Friday, May 24, 2013. Born May 1, 1934 in Matewan, W. Va., She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Sipple. She is survived by her son, David Sipple and wife, Kimberly; grandchildren, Amy Kroll, Amber Whiting and Abby Heppert; and three great grandchildren.





Kathryn Grisso Buchanan April 19, 1950 - May 9, 2013

Kathryn Grisso Buchanan, 63, of Midlothian,
passed away May 9, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip W. Buchanan. She is survived by her two daughters, Maggie B. Rice and husband, Jeremy and Tina A. Buchanan; granddaughter, Sydney Claire Rice; her sister, Debra Lowe; and brother, Benjamin Grisso. She graduated from Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and was a member of the Richmond Club of the Deaf.




Richard Allen JusticeRichard Allen Justice December 19, 1938 - May 8, 2013

Richard Allen Justice, 74, of Henrico, Va.,
went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. He is at peace rejoicing with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marlyn Crawford Justice and Ben Loree Rodgers Justice; and three brothers, Jerry, Mark and Julian. He is survived by his wife, Helen Brewer Justice; daughters, Terri Justice Mulvin (Tom) and Sara Justice Durrett (Jeff); grandchildren, Rachel and Andrew Mulvin and Kayley and Zachary Durrett; and a host of nephews and a niece and their children. Allen graduated from Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind located in Staunton, Va. He was very active with organizations for the deaf including VA Baptist Conference of the Deaf. He was active at Oakwood Baptist Church before helping to establish Deaf Mission at First Baptist Church located in Richmond, Va., and then serving as pastor for the deaf at Deaf Baptist Chapel located in Norfolk, Va. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in the chapel on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2 p.m., 2709 Monument Ave., Richmond, Va.


Glenwood SagerGlenwood Sager      ? 1935-November 28, 2012

Glenwood Sager, age 77, a resident of Fredericksburg, VA, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Carriage Hill Health and Rehab Center in Fredericksburg. Survivors include his wife, Carol G. Sager; children, Tim Sager and Dawn Miller; grandchildren, Zachary and Madeline; siblings, Ruth Funkhouser, Bill Sager and Helen Reynolds.



Rosa Goodman Brittingham  February 10, 1930 - January 23, 2014

Rosa Goodman Brittingham, 83, of Petersburg, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Dorsey A. Sr. and Mamie Brown Goodman. Rosa was also preceded in death by: son, Thomas F. Brooks; sister, Madeline Clements (Cecil); three brothers, Raymond Goodman (Amanda), Dorsey A. Goodman Jr., and Jimmy Goodman; grandson, Timothy Brooks; nephew, Jimmy Clements; pets, "Missy" and "Tiger."

She graduated from The School for the Deaf & Blind in Staunton, Va. In spite of her being deaf, she worked a full-time job and raised three boys. She retired from Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. after 35 years.

In her spare time she loved doing crossword puzzles and watching soap operas on TV. She over came so many set backs during her life, now our deaf angel is with God.

She is survived by: two sons, Michael Brittingham and Robert Brooks (Claire); brother, Dick Goodman (Shirley); daughter-in-law, Kim Brooks; grandchildren, Doug Brooks (Jenna), Leslie Myers (Jonathan), and Dana Brooks; great-grandchildren, Andrea, Bella and Kylee; nieces, Annette, Sherry Jean, Kathy, and Kim; and numerous friends.