Herbert G. Whitesell
Herbert G. Whitesell, 80, of Powhatan, died Sunday, September 7, 2003.
Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.
He is survived by three sons, Herb G. Whitesell Jr. of California, Mike Whitesell of Australia, and Mark Whitesell of California; one daughter, Sharon W. Light of Maryland; one brother, Prentis Whitesell of Maryland; one sister, Margaret Whitesell of Gladys; seven grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
He was a trucking company dispatcher.
Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, Powhatan, in charge of services.
Frank P. Dutcher, Jr.
Frank P. Dutcher, Jr., 73, of Goochland died Sunday, November 9, 2003.
A memorial service was held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, 2003 at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.
He was survived by a cousin, Natalie D. Riley.
Mr. Dutcher was preceded in death by his parents, Frank P. Dutcher, Sr. and Thelma W. Dutcher.
He was a retired employee of RF&P Railroad Co. in 1991 after more than 30 years of service. He was also a member of the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church where he was a member of the choir.
Contributions may be made to Patterson Avenue Baptist, 4301 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23221.
Ivy Heyliger, 99, of Richmond, formerly of Powhatan, died Monday, November 17, 2003.
Remains rest at the Robert Mealy Funeral Home, Goochland. Funeral to be announced later.
Robert W. Proffitt
Robert W. Proffitt, of Powhatan and Kilmarnock, died Friday, November 14, 2003.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at the Bliley Funeral Homes’ Chippenham Chapel. Interment Bermuda Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara O. Proffitt; four sons, Tommy Buckley and wife, Beverly, Bill Buckley, Bobby Buckley and wife, Lynn, Scott Buckley and wife, Amy; daughter, Angie Flannery; his mother and father, Wesley S. Proffitt and Elizabeth McLean; a sister, Diane Fetty; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Virginia Goolsby White
Virginia Goolsby White, 80, of Palmyra died Saturday, November 15, 2003.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Sheridan Funeral Home, Kents Store. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at Llyes Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Kenneth C. White and wife, Esther of Columbia; one daughter, Joyce W. Martin and husband, Brian of Greensboro, North Carolina; one brother, Emmett Goolsby of Scottsville; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was born Dec. 7, 1922 in Albermale county, daughter of the late William Llewelyn and Mittie Fitzgerald Goolsby. She was a member of Llyes Baptist Church, and the widow of Andrew B. White.
Ray M. Williams
Ray M. Williams, “Wild Man”, 69, of Powhatan died Monday, November 17, 2003.
The family received friends Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at the Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, Rt. 60, Powhatan, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services private.
He was survived by two sons and their wives, Jo and Vicki Williams, Nicky and Donna Williams, all of Powhatan; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Joanna, Julia, Jobeth, Clinton, and Heather.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his daughter, Beth Keller, and one granddaughter, Bethany Williams.
He is the widower of Mary C. Williams.
Daniel Castalamare, 76, of Powhatan, died Wednesday, December 24, 2003.
A Mass of the Resurrection was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2003 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Interment Powhatan Community Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Olga M. Castalamare; two daughters, Nancy Kozink and husband, Ed and Linda Mayers and husband, Ed, all of Midlothian; brother, Richard Castalamare of Buckeye, Arizona; also five grandchildren, Kimberly, Scott and Daniel Kozink and Kelly and Kevin Mayers.
Mr. Castalamare was a retired employee of Tyco, a 3rd Degree member of the Powhatan Knights of Columbus, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the I.A.C.A. Club. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Walter Howard Johnson
Walter Howard Johnson, of Powhatan, formerly of Moseley, died Sunday, December 21, 2003.
Funeral notice to be announced later.
William Seabolt, “Bill”, 78, of Powhatan, formerly a 43 year resident of Lorton, died Friday, December 19, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon on Monday, December 29, 2003 at Mountcastle Funeral Home, Woodbridge. Interment followed at Quantico National Cemetery.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Katherine Seabolt; daughter, Jane S. Gienger and husband, Chuck of Midlothian; son, Charles William “Chuck” Seabolt of Stafford; four grandchildren, Billy and Kristina Gienger, and Charlie and Casey Seabolt.
Mr. Seabolt was a member of Cranford United Methodist Church, veteran of WWII with 42nd Rainbow Division, Disabled American Veterans, lifelong Honorary Member of the Ruritan and many other civic organizations over the years.
Deacon Garrison Lloyd Wade, Sr.
Deacon Garrison Lloyd Wade, Sr., 90, of Columbia, died Thursday, December 18, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at Pleasant View Baptist Church, Columbia. Rev. Andrew Jackson, Jr., pastor, officiating with intermenty following in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Irene Anderson Wade; four sons, Robert Lee Wade, Garrison Leroy Wade, Jr., John Edward Wade and wife, Minnie and Bennie Roosevelt Wade and wife, Naomi.; three daughters, Virginia Alice Wade, Rebecca Frances Wade and Janie Wade Fannings; 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Rev. Alexander Wade; four sisters-in-law, and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Margaret Henley spearheaded the Historical Society
On January 18, 2004, Margaret Vires Henley, last of the three founding members of the Goochland Historical Society, died.
Mrs. Henley devoted most of her adult life to preservation of the county’s history. She was also a founding member of the Goochland’s Woman’s Club and of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Manakin Fire Department.
Born on Feb. 5, 1913 in Grayson County, the Vires family came to Goochland in 1926 when Mrs. Henley’s father became the farm manager at Dungeness. Later, the family moved to Mt. Bernard when Mr. Vires assumed the position of farm manager at that farm.
“What I remember most about Margaret from that time is the pond that was at Mt. Bernard,” Erminie Haden, a friend of Henley’s during her youth. “Margaret and her sisters would spend almost the entire summer at that pond and we would go down and swim with them.”
When she was in her early 20s, Mrs. Henley went to work in the Goochland County Clerk’s Office. For more than 40 years, Henley assisted in the recording of the county’s history, eventually working her way to the position of deputy clerk of the court under Harry Baldwin.
She continued in that position when Louis Parrish was elected clerk of the court and remained in it until 1981.
“She was a big help,” Parrish said. “She taught me how to probate wills, which was a very important part of the clerk’s job.”
Her initiation into the workings of the clerk’s office began under Peter Miller, clerk of the court. In 1942, his sister, Margaret Miller, was elected as clerk and Mrs. Henley continued working in the clerk’s office.
The Miller family had a long association with the county’s history, beginning in 1791 with William Miller and continuing through Miss Margaret’s tenure, which ended upon her retirement in 1955.
With the exception of a 12-year period between 1900 and 1912, the Millers had served the county.
Within this environment, Mrs. Henley developed her career.
This tradition was one to inspire a love of history in anyone even slightly interested and Mrs. Henley was no exception. Her love of the county’s history evolved and grew over the years.
During the 1940s and 50s, outdated records for which there was no room in the clerk’s office were sent to the old county jail -- a musty, damp, unused stone structure.
There, county documents piled up on any available surfaces and were often scattered across the floor. Realizing that much of the county’s history was being lost, Mrs. Henley began rescuing records that she considered to be in need of preservation.
One of her most valuable finds was a document signed by Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson. The document now hangs in the Goochland Clerk’s Office.
“It was mother’s idea to start a historical society,” Betty Bowman, Henley’s daughter, said. “She had heard of other places having historical societies. She had saved a lot of records from the old jail and brought them home. She wanted to start a historical society but didn’t know how to do it.”
Mrs. Henley contacted county historian Helen Barret Agee and the pair then contacted Elie Weeks.
“The three of them actually started the society,” Bowman said.
On May 1, 1968, the first meeting of the Goochland County Historical Society met, 141 years to the day that Goochland County had been separated from Henrico County.
At that meeting, Eli Weeks was nominated president, Helen Agee became editor of the society’s magazine and Margaret Henley was elected secretary, a position she held until 1972.
That year, she became the historical society librarian and she retained that job until 1992.
She also organized society events, regularly contributed to the Magazine and served on the board and various committees, including sitting as chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee organized in 1988 “to chart the growth and direction of the historical society.”
“Margaret never lost her interest in the society,” Roselle Scales, a charter member of the Historical Society, said. “She was dedicated and loyal through the years. In the early years, when the society was facing financial problems, Margaret worked like mad. She never wavered.”
Her dedication lasted up until her death, despite several personal tragedies. In July, 1993 her husband, Arden Henley, died, followed by the death of her son, Arden, Jr. two weeks later.
Henley lost her vision in 1999, according to Bowman, which “put a damper on her activities.”
Despite this, she was present for the recent 40th anniversary of the founding of the Woman’s Club and at the December meeting of the Historical Society, at which time she donated a trunk, which had belonged to the Miller family, to the organization.
Henley is survived by her daughter, Betty H. Bowman, and her husband, Charles: three granddaughters, Margaret B. White of LeVergne, Tenn., Catherine B. Farmer and her husband Tim of Sterling, Va., Elizabeth B. Meyer and her husband, Steve of Midlothian; one grandson, Charles L. Bowman, II and friend Masumi Hyodo of Richmond: five great-grandchildren, Troy Farmer, Cody Farmer, Haley White, Carly Farmer and Elska Bowman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dover Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Manakin-Sabot, Va. 23103.
Jean Stewart Barnes
Jean Stewart Barnes, 82, of Sandy Hook, died Sunday, February 1, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 in Ragland Memorial Baptist Church, Sandy Hook, with intermenty in the church cemetery.
She is survived by her son, Charles M. Barnes and his wife, Mary Jo of Sandy Hook; her grandson, Charles P. Barnes of Richmond; her granddaughter, Lisa C. Creasey and her husband, Shawn of Maidens; three great-grandchildren, Denver, John and Sarah; her sister-in-law, Rose Stewart; her nephew, Bruce; and nieces, Kathy and Cindy.
Annie Lucille Brown
Annie Lucille Brown, 88, of Powhatan, died on Friday, January 30, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at Second Antioch Baptist Church, Powhatan. Rev. Dawarren Ennis, pastor, officiating, Rev. Ralland Robinson, eulogist. Interment in the church cemetery.
She is survived by five sons, Bobby, Willie, Edward, Earl and James Brown; three daughters, Florence Christian, Lillie Robinson and Elsie Walton; 24 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, four sisters-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jesse Cary, 51, of Sandy Hook, died Saturday, January 31, 2004.
Memorial service notice later.
Robert Mealy Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ada Marie Dabney
Ada Marie Dabney, 88, of Goochland, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at Antioch Baptist Church, Rev. Thomas Barclay, pastor, officiating. Interment church cemetery.
She is survived by her two devoted foster daughters, Katrina Buck of Richmond and Bridgette Kilkenny of Washington, D.C.; two foster grandsons, Dae'Quan and Jae'Qwan Buck of Richmond; a goddaughter, Andrea Abraham of Baltimore, Md.; three sisters-in-law, Rebecca Martin of Goochland, Jean Dabney of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Dorothy Dabney of New Kent; a very devoted nephew, Calvin Hopkins of Goochland; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Dabney was preceded in death by a devoted husband, Thomas L. Dabney.
Robert Mealy Funeral Home, Goochland, in charge of arrangements.