The Rev. Walter A Whitehurst -- January 4, 2020
The Rev. Walter Allen Whitehurst, 86, died January 4, 2020 in Virginia Beach. He was a retired United Methodist pastor. A native of Pungo, he was the son of John Walter and Elsie Mae (Williams) Whitehurst. He attended Creeds Elementary School and Oceana High School, graduating in 1951. He received his B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1955, served as a missionary in Chile for three years and graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1961.
Walt founded the Princess Anne Plaza United Methodist Church while also serving as pastor of Lynnhaven UMC, Virginia Beach, 1961-63. From there he went to Annandale UMC as associate pastor and in 1966, he and his family went to Chile as missionaries. They returned to Virginia in 1971 and he served as pastor of Providence-Whites Charge, Rustburg; Main Street UMC, Bedford; First UMC, Hopewell; Stratford Hills UMC, Richmond and Community UMC, Virginia Beach (Kempsville).
In 1995, Walt became Director of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction, based in Atlanta, GA. He retired from that position in 1999 and he and his wife Betty returned to his beloved Pungo. In retirement, Walt served as associate pastor at his home church, Charity United Methodist, 2001-2006. He was also a consultant for Individual Volunteers with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, 1999-2005.
After retiring from the Individual Volunteer program, Walt and Betty wrote a book, Following God's Call: Individual Volunteers in Mission about the experiences of many of the volunteer missionaries they had helped recruit, train and send. He later wrote five books known as the Pungo Tales series and loved selling his books at the Pungo Strawberry Festival and local venues. Walt served on the Virginia Beach Historic Review Board, where he was a strong advocate for Pungo Village preservation.
Walt is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Campbell Whitehurst, his sons, Rev. David Whitehurst and his wife Cherie of Bedford, VA and Bruce Whitehurst and his wife Genise of Richmond, VA, and his daughter Monica Whitehurst of Chesapeake; five grandchildren: Alison Whitehurst Martin (Alex), Anne Whitehurst Cantrell (Henry), grandson Carson Whitehurst and granddaughters Cameron and Caroline Whitehurst; by two great grandsons, Levi Cantrell and Blake Martin; his sister Elizabeth Whitehurst Bergesen of Virginia Beach and was predeceased by his sister Reba Whitehurst Thompson.
A memorial service will be held at Charity United Methodist Church, 4080 Charity Neck Road, Virginia Beach at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th, with the Rev. David Ryu officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity UMC Memorial Fund, 4080 Charity Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 5, 2020

Bishop R. Kern Eutsler -- January 2, 2020
Retired United Methodist Bishop R. Kern Eutsler died this morning, January 2, 2020.  Bishop Eutsler was the one of the oldest living United Methodist Bishops. He turned 100 years old in August 2019. 
Bishop Eutsler's memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 2 PM at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Rd, Richmond, Virginia 23221. 
Kern Eutsler was born in Bridgewater, Virginia. After graduation from Berea College (B.A.) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (M. Div., cum laude), he received his first appointment in the Virginia Annual Conference and served in that conference until his election to the episcopacy in 1984 by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Berea College named him a Distinguished Alumnus, 1986 
His appointments in Virginia were: Greenville-Mint Spring; Elkton; Luray; South Roanoke); Ginter Park in Richmond; Washington Street in Alexandria; Executive Director, Virginia Methodist Homes, Inc.; District Superintendent, Alexandria District; Reveille in Richmond; and Conference Council Director. 
Kern Eutsler was a delegate to the General Conferences of 1964-84. He served on numerous conference agencies and on the General Board of Global Ministries (1972-76), General Board of Discipleship (1980-88); Chairman, Curriculum Resources Committee (1984-88). 
Bishop Eutsler was assigned to the Holston Area until his retirement in 1988. In retirement he served as Director of Interpretation and Promotion of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in the Southeastern Jurisdiction for seven years. 
His wife Eva Vines died in 2014.  They have two daughters: Rebecca Ann Coulter and Mary Margaret Abramson.

Mrs. Janie Dowdy -- December 28, 2019
From Rev. Roger Dowdy, Kristen Dowdy Seibert, and Matt Seibert:
We write to share that on Saturday, December 28, Janie Dowdy made her final transition from our loving embrace to God’s. We give thanks that she has broken her earthly bonds for an eternal peace and everlasting joy in heaven. Although Janie’s cancer took a sharp and sudden turn this summer, she remained resilient, living life with pure joy and steadfast trust in God. Then, the last week of September, cancer moved in with a different tactic and took her strength, although not her joy. Janie’s faith was strong and all she asked in these past seven years was to live each day to its fullest - and she did. She was still in good humor, directing her care and managing her own needs until the last few days when she slipped into a deep and peaceful sleep. Words cannot adequately express the loss of her as a mother, wife, mentor and friend to so many. Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support that we have received over the past seven years - it is an affirmation of the legacy of grace, abiding faith, and beauty she leaves in each of you. Janie’s obituary will be posted this week at There will be a Celebration of Life, Death, and Resurrection in Richmond at a later date at River Road United Methodist Church, and interment of ashes at the Lake Junaluska Chapel Columbarium at a future time. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers.  In lieu of flowers to the family, Janie has asked that memorial donations be made to the Biblical Garden at Lake Junaluska so that the flowers you give will bloom continuously for years to come. A second contribution designation is the Cedarfield Resident Gardens Fund – Janie and Roger are the Co-Chairs of the Resident Gardens soon to be newly created. 
Contributions should be made payable
(1) to Lake Junaluska Conference Center and clearly designated for the Biblical Garden Fund.
Mail to: Lake Junaluska Development-Advancement Office, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 
Or 2) Made payable to: Community Enrichment Fund - clearly designate for: Memorial Dowdy Garden
Mail to: Cedarfield, Development-Advancement Office, 2300 Cedarfield Pkwy.Richmond, VA 23233

The Rev. Brenda L. Rose, Dec. 12, 2019
The Rev. Brenda Lynne Rose, 63, died Thursday, December 12, 2019. A celebration of life was held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, Greensboro, NC. She began her ministerial career in 2001 as the associate pastor at St. Stephen's UMC, Alexandria District. She went on to serve Mt. Pisgah, Harrisonburg District; Salem, Danville District; as a pastoral counselor at Chrysalis Counseling and Consultation Center, Inc.; and as Pastoral Care Minister at CC Young Memorial Home in Dallas, Texas. She was placed on Clergy Medical Leave in 2017. 

Mrs. Alice W. (Betty) Matthews -- December 12, 2019
Please be in prayer for the family of Alice W. (Betty) Matthews as she claimed the promise of the resurrection on Thursday, December 12, 2019.  She was the wife of the late Rev. Henry Matthews, a former pastor of the Virginia Conference and Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where Betty placed her membership.Visitation for family and friends of Betty will be on Sunday, December 15, from 2:00-5:00 p.m.; and on Monday, December 16t, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Woody’s Funeral Home on Shady Grove Road in Mechanicsville, VA.  A Service of Celebration will take place on Tuesday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, VA with a reception to follow at the church.  Burial will be private.

The Rev. James Robert ‘Bob’ Regan Jr. -- December 9, 2019
The Rev. James Robert ‘Bob’ Regan, Jr., 89, of Culpeper passed away on December 9, 2019 at the University of Virginia  Medical Center, Charlottesville. He was born on June 25, 1930 in Manteo, NC to Rev. James Robert Regan, Sr. and Selma Adelaide Caine.
Rev. Bob Regan was a United Methodist Minister for over 68 years. He graduated from Duke University in 1949 and from Duke Divinity School in 1952. He also did graduate work at American, Yale, George Washington, Wesley Theological, Howard School of Religion, and Episcopal Theological. His father, Rev. Robert Regan, Sr. was also a United Methodist Minister and graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1928. He was Founder and Pastor of United Christian Parish, a union church of United Methodist, United Presbyterians, Disciples of Christ, and United Church of Christ from 1964-1979. He was the Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, McLean (1979-1983), Peakland United Methodist Church, Lynchburg (1983-1985), and Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg (1983-1994). He retired in June of 1994 as a member of the VA Conference, United Methodist Church and then was the Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Stafford County (1994-1995), Hopewell & Richardsonville United Methodist Churches, Lignum and Culpeper County (2000-2001), and Visitation Pastor of Lake of the Woods Community Church, Lake of the Woods (1996-2008).
He was President of the Virginia United Methodist Housing Development Corporation and developed more than twenty affordable housing communities that managed over 1,400 apartments for families, seniors, and the developmentally disadvantaged.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and great-uncle to his family and Pastor to thousands. We all miss him very much.  
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jeanette Leonard Regan of Culpeper; three sons Curtis Randall Regan (Cathy) of Suffolk, Robert Steven Regan of Denver, CO, David Leonard Regan of Schoenenberg, Switzerland; daughter Jennifer Leigh Michalak (Stephen) of Annandale; grandchildren Renée Christine Regan of Washington, DC, Abigale Nicole Regan and her fiancée Joshua Mitchell Jerzy of Chicago, IL, Robert Daniel Regan and his fiancée Hannah Claire Isom of Longmont, CO, Trevor Michalak, and Heather Kathryn Weber (Timothy, Jr.) of Charleston, SC; step-grandchildren Jason & Jennie Pritchard of Virginia Beach and Michelle & Cameron Johnson of Hendersonville, TN; one great-grandchild Timothy Duane Weber; one nephew Herbert Alexander Regan, Jr. of FL; and two nieces Rhonda Jean Regan of NC, and Frances Elizabeth Boulay of VA.    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Herbert Alexander Regan, Sr. and niece Phyllis Gail Dunsmore.    
A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St., Fredericksburg 22401 by Rev. Gina Anderson-Cloud and assisted by Rev. Ed Winkler. The family will receive friends an hour prior at the church and a reception will follow after the service.  A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at Forest Hill Memorial Park, 1307 W Old US Highway 64, Lexington, NC 27295 by Rev. Bill Roth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 308 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or the Virginia United Methodist Housing Development Corporation, 1706 Grandin Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24015, (540) 344-6861.

Mr. Christopher Daniely -- December 9, 2019
Prayers and sympathy are extended to the Rev. Dr. James Daniely, pastor of Roberts Memorial UMC, in Alexandria, on the death of his son, Christopher Daniely, in Richmond on Monday night, December 9.
A memorial service will be held at Mt. Gilead Full Gospel Church, 2501 Mt. Gilead Blvd., Richmond, on Saturday, December 14.  A wake will be held at noon, followed by the funeral service at 1:00pm.
Sympathy cards may be sent to the Rev. Dr. James Daniely, 625 North Armistead St., Alexandria, VA 22312

The Rev. Robert C. Hastings --  December 8, 2019
The Rev. Robert C. Hastings, 86, received his spiritual reward on Sunday, December 8, 2019. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and served as a pastor in the Virginia UMC Conference for 42 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Earl C. and Omea Hastings; and his brother and sister-in-law, Earl C. Jr. and Betty Hastings. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Virginia Derieux Hastings; sons, Mark (Patti), Paul (Jennifer) and John (Ann); and grandchildren, Marianne, Nicholas and Sarah Hastings.
He began his ministeral career in the Virginia Conference in 1958 at E Pittsylvania. He went on to serve Epworth, Richmond District; King William; St Peter’s, Montpelier; St. Mark’s, Richmond District; Covenant; First, Fox Hill; Ginter Park, Richmond District; Ghent; and Great Bridge. He reitred in 1998.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, December 12, at St. Mark's UMC, 11551 Lucks Ln, Midlothian, VA 23114, at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow at the church with interment to follow in Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark's UMC in his memory.

Mr. Ulysses Percy (Pete) Joyner Jr. -- December 7, 2019
Please be in prayer for the Rev. Alex Joyner and family on the death of his father, Dec. 7. Alex is the superintendent of the Eastern Shore District.
ULYSSES PERCY (PETE) JOYNER, JR., 87, attorney and retired clerk of Orange County, VA, departed this life on December 7, 2019 at his home in Orange, VA. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha Barham Joyner, his children: Alexander Barham Joyner (Suzanne) of Parksley, VA; Katherine Joyner Seman (Dennis), of Windermere, FL; and Sara Joyner Haney of Pratts, VA; and six grandchildren: Joel Joyner, Rachel Joyner, Michael Seman, Jacqueline Seman, Colton Haney, and Carson Haney.
The son of the late Ulysses P. Joyner, Sr. and Gertrude Bryant Joyner, he was born in Courtland, VA on November 11, 1932. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency (Korean Conflict). He attended Virginia Tech and received degrees from Richmond College and T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.
Joyner joined the firm of Somerville & Moore in Orange. In 1982, he was appointed Clerk of the Circuit Court of Orange County and served for 16 years. He was the first County Attorney of Orange County and the attorney for the towns of Orange and Gordonsville.
An active civic leader, Joyner served as President of the Orange County (OC) Chamber of Commerce, the OC Jaycees, the OC Lions Club, and the Piedmont Bar Association. He was a former director of the Montpelier Property Council and the James Madison Museum.
Joyner was also Chairman of the Seventh District Republican Committee of Virginia and Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections under three Virginia governors.
He was an accomplished historian and author of six books and other treatises on Orange County and his native Southampton. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Orange where he served in numerous roles.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Orange at 11 AM on Saturday, December 14. Interment will be private. Memorial gifts can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 143 W. Main St., Orange, VA 22960.

The Rev. C. Bailey Jones -- December 5, 2019
JONES, The Rev. C. Bailey, died on December 5, 2019, age 98. He was the son of the late James S. and Beulah Garris Jones of Murfreesboro, N.C.
The Rev. Jones began his ministry with the Virginia Conference in 1965 at Trinity Church, Petersburg. He went on to serve the following United Methodist churches: Community, Arlington; Ginter Park, Richmond; Fredericksburg; Windsor Hills, Roanoke; and St. Mark's, Petersburg, from which he retired in 1991. In 1993, St. Mark's UMC made the Rev. Jones Minister Emeritus. Previously, the Rev. Jones served two Virginia Baptist churches, Sandston and West End Baptist, Suffolk. The Rev. Jones had served on the Baptist Foreign Mission Board for six years, two years as vice president. He was sent on several special assignments for the Board.
In 1958, the Rev. Jones was invited by the Federal Republic of West Germany to participate in a month-long cultural exchange program. This experience produced opportunities to share his findings across Virginia. Kentucky Governor, Happy Chandler, conferred an honorary title of "Kentucky Colonel" for this accomplishment.
The Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church appointed the Rev. Jones to serve on several conference boards, agencies and committees, most especially the Virginia United Methodist Church Credit Union.
The Rev. Jones was married to Virginia Charles Jones for 72 years until her death in 2015. Survivors include two children, Dr. Robert V. Jones of Washington, D.C. and Cynthia D. Jones of Richmond.
A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2019, at Ocran United Methodist Church, Sutherland, Va. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Ahoskie Town Cemetery, Ahoskie, N.C. The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to Ocran United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 309, Sutherland, Va. 23885. Condolences may be registered at

Llewellyn Ray Estep -- December 1, 2019
Please be in prayer for the Rev. Tammy Estep, pastor at Haygood UMC, Virginia Beach (Elizabeth River District), whose mother, Llewellyn Ray Estep, passed away on Sunday, December 1.
Llewellyn Ray Estep, 87, wife of the late Roger W. Estep and a resident of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of Williamsburg, VA, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019. A native of Burnsville, NC, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Troy Ray and the late Winnie Lou Higgins Ray. She was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
She is survived by two children, Tammy L. Estep and her husband, David Outten, of Belle Haven, VA; and Samuel K. Estep and his wife, Tracy, of Virginia Beach; and two grandchildren, Winston Estep and Spencer Estep, both of Virginia Beach. She was predeceased by a sister, Charlotte Derrough and a brother, Ronald Ray.
A memorial service will be conducted at Williamsburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or The Yancey History Association, Rush Wray Museum, 3 Academy St, Burnsville, NC 28714. Condolences: Tammy Estep & David Outten, 4601 Cape Cod Cir, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore, Virginia.

Shirley R. Butler -- November 30, 2019
BUTLER, Shirley Radford, 81, of Midlothian, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at her residence. Born on April 19, 1938, she a native of Squire, West Virginia, and the daughter of the late Byron and Ethel Yates Radford.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, the Rev. Dr. Henry D. Butler; three sons, William G. Newman (Irene) of Goochland, Virginia, Robert L. Newman of Roanoke, Virginia and James G. Newman (Lisa) of Tennessee; stepson, Jeffrey D. Butler (Mary Kay) of Chesterfield, Virginia; one stepdaughter, Cynthia Boswell (Steve) of Chesterfield; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank Radford (Mary Elizabeth) and Donald Radford (June), both of Roanoke, Virginia; and one sister, Velma Campbell (John Milton) of Las Vegas, Nevada.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2019, with a visitation one hour prior to service, in Colonial Christian Church, 295 Dunlop Farms Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. An additional service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019, with a visitation one hour prior to service, in New Life Temple Church, 5745 Airport Road NW, Roanoke, Virginia 24012. Burial to follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Roanoke, Virginia.
Funeral arrangements by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805 or to Colonial Christian Church. Condolences may be registered at

The Rev. Robert Euker Hawkins -- November 28, 2019
The Rev. Robert Euker Hawkins, 85, of Washington, NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at The Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice House.
The eldest of two children born to Thomas Jackson and Edith Euker Hawkins, Robert was educated in the public schools of Winchester and Danville, Virginia. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, Northwestern University and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.
Robert was ordained a deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1967 and an elder in 1971. Prior to that, he served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1958-1962. He enjoyed an illustrious career in the Virginia United Methodist Conference that spanned over three decades. He began his minsiterial career in 1965 at Wrights Chapel in Ladysmith. He went on to serve Gum Spring, Victoria, Blackstone, Clupeper, Pace Memorial and the campus ministry at VCU, St. Matthew's in Richmond, Lawrenceville, St. John's in Staunton, West End in Portsmouth, and Mt. Tabor in the Harrisonburg District. He retired in 1997. Upon retirement, Robert began a second ministry in music. An accomplished flautist, he begin performing in churches in Virginia and North Carolina. His objective was to heighten worshippers’ minds, hearts and spirits to the Presence of the Holy, and play classical flute (and, later, his recorder) within the confines of the worship experience.
In 2003, Robert relocated to Washington, NC, where he lived the rest of his life with his brother, Fred. He particularly enjoyed performing with his jazz band aptly named “Friends.” His rapport and friendship with local musicians was especially important to him, as was the church and congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church where he worshiped and performed regularly. Bob’s last musical performance at Trinity was on October 6, his 85th birthday.
Robert is survived by his son, Thomas Hawkins, of Fishers, Indiana; his daughter, Lillian Stevens (Sam Stevens) of Williamsburg, Virginia; grandchildren, Erin Fryer (Randall Fryer), Sean Kelly, and Rachel Hawkins. He is also survived by a great-granddaughter, Parker Fryer, his brother Frederick F. Hawkins, two nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Chocowinity, North Carolina on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to Trinity Episcopal Church, 182 NC-33, Chocowinity, NC 27817.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting

Alice Lovine Daniel Lord -- November 27, 2019
Please keep the Rev. David Lord and his family in your prayers. His mother, Lovine Lord, died on Nov 27, 2019. David and Cheryl Lord reside in Moneta, VA where he serves Bethlehem UMC in the Lynchburg District.
Alice Lovine Daniel Lord, 90, died peacefully in her sleep at Jane and Bill Warner Center for caring Community Hospice in Fernandina Beach Florida. Wednesday, November 27,  2019. Lovine, named after her grandfather Loveck and her grandmother Vinnie, was born January 9, 1929 to Guy William Daniel and Grace Saully Daniel in Griffin, Georgia.
Lovine grew up in Griffin, Georgia and had a wonderful childhood despite the Depression. Her family welcomed everyone to their table any given day of the week. Lovine met her beloved husband, Bobby E. Lord after he served in the Navy in WWII. They married August 1, 1948 and welcomed their first born Linda, followed by Laura and David. Lovine had taken dance all her life and became interested in opening a studio. She went to New York to train and was inducted into the Dance Educators of America Association. She opened a studio in 1958 in Gainesville, Georgia. The Lord family soon moved to Tifton where they became very active in the community. Lovine was president of the PTO, a Girl Scout leader, and president of her Sunday school class. She was a Bible scholar and taught Bible study classes for over 30 years. She impacted countless lives with her spirit-filled teaching. Lovine opened her second studio where she taught tap, ballet, jazz and ballroom dancing. She also started a Cotillion Club for teens. Bobby and Lovine co-owned a real estate company in Tifton, Georgia. She became interested in the business and got her real estate license and later a broker's license. At age 68, she went back to college and earned her Florida Insurance License. Lovine and Bobby loved their family. Meme, as she was lovingly called by her grand and great-grandchildren, and Bobby never missed a dance recital, graduation or wedding. Meme and Bobby retired to Amelia Island, Florida in 1992, where they welcomed their family to the beach frequently. Meme was a woman of faith, whose life reflected God's love and grace. She will be missed by her friends and family but was joyously welcomed home by her Savior.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Bobby E Lord formerly of Griffin,  sisters, Marion Daniel Watkins and Betty Jane Daniel, and her brother, Guy William Daniel, Jr, all of Atlanta. She is survived by her three children, Linda (David) Lord Wright of Thomaston and Camilla, Ga,  Laura (Paul) Lord Moorefield of New York City, New York, and Reverend David (Cheryl) William Lord of Moneta, Virginia, three granddaughters, Lindsay (Scott) Wright Boatright of Thomaston, Lauren (Tim) Wright Rutland of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, Lanier (Vaiden) Wright Clark of Jackson, Mississippi and one grandson Mitchell (Adriane) David Lord of Billings Montana, and eight great grandchildren, Gracen Emory Boatright, Camryn Leigh Boatright, Perrin Blair Boatright, Emory Bridges Rutland, Wright Hardwick Rutland, Butler Critz Clark, Laura Vaiden Clark and Theo Xavier Lord.
Graveside Services were held on Saturday November 30, 2019 in Crystal Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Thomaston First United Methodist Church at 132 Cherokee Rd. Thomaston GA 30286.

Robert J. Parks, Sr. -- November 26, 2019
Tangier Island - Robert J. Parks, Sr., 92, husband of Katie J. Parks, claimed the promise of resurrection on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at his home on Tangier Island.
A lifelong resident of Tangier, he worked as a waterman until retirement at the age of 83. He was awarded with the "Tangier Island Waterman of the Year" award in 2002.
He was a faithful member of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, the adult Sunday School class and the men's prayer band.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Katie; his children, Lula Belle Haynie, Loretta Parks(Bill), all of Tangier, Rev. Robert Parks, Jr.(Susan) of Amherst, VA, and Beth Parks of Salisbury, MD; his grandchildren, Pam Haynie Crockett, Bill Parks, Jr., Robert Haynie(Lois), Carlton Parks(Glenenise), Emily Wynn(Tyler), and Trey Parks(Kayla); his great-grandchildren, Bradley Parks, Lydia Crockett, CJ Parks, Reagan Haynie, Johnathan Crockett, and Kyle Parks; great-great-grandchild, Brady Parks; the expectant arrival of the seventh great-grandchild, Riley Nicole Parks; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas G. and Ida Belle Parks; son-in-law, Robert W. Haynie; and siblings, Edith Shores, Margaret Dise, Ada Wheatley, Page Parks, and Andrew Parks.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 1 PM at Swain Memorial U. M. Church. The Rev. Nona Allen will officiate and will be assisted by the Rev. Robert J. Parks, Jr. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 6-8 PM at the church.
Interment will follow the funeral service at Sunnyridge Memorial Park in Crisfield, MD.

Sue B. Volskis -- November 25, 2019
Sue B. Volskis, wife of the late Rev. Siegfried “Zig” Volskis, went home Monday, November 25, confident in the Lord and the Hope of Resurrection.  A service of Death and Resurrection will be held  11 AM Friday Dec. 6, at St. John’s UMC (1716 N Augusta St. Staunton VA 24401). The family will receive friends at a reception following the service at the church.

Martha Ellen Bailey Bodie - October 5, 2019
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, Martha Ellen Bailey Bodie, passed away at home in hospice care at age 89. 
Martha Ellen grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, surrounded by her loving parents, Jake and Eloise Bailey, and her three sisters and two brothers. She married Gary Raymond Bodie, Jr. on April 5, 1952. She spent her life as a homemaker and businesswoman in Virginia. As a pastor's wife, Martha Ellen was instrumental in many churches in Virginia, including St. John's United Methodist in Norfolk, Graham Road United Methodist in Falls Church, Annandale United Methodist in Annandale, and Aldersgate United Methodist in Hampton. 
Raymond and Martha Ellen loved ballroom dancing where they delighted in lifelong friendships with fellow dancers. She retired with her husband to Oconee County, Georgia where she was a member of Watkinsville First United Methodist Church. She was an avid bridge player at the Oconee County Senior Center. Above all else, Martha Ellen was enormously proud of her family. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were always thankful for her loving company and delicious cooking at annual family reunions at various beaches. 
She is survived by three children, Cynthia Bodie, Gary Raymond Bodie III, and James Clayton Bodie, 44 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Ellen Bodie Dennard Ellis. She was loved by all who met her, and she will be missed by family and friends. A memorial celebration of her life was held at Watkinsville First United Methodist Church on October 11.


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