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By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 14 2018 08:23PM

Helen Wickline passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, in Tallahassee, Florida at 98 years of age.

Helen Mercedes Schoonover was born on April 11, 1920 in Orange, Virginia, to Robert and Pearl Schoonover. She was the oldest of seven children, one brother who died in infancy, and five sisters.

Because her father worked as a carpentry supervisor who moved between construction projects, Helen spent a great portion of her early life between the areas of Orange County Virginia and Clay County in West Virginia and developed a great love for these states and the people she met there.

At sixteen years old, Helen met and married Russell Chafin in Man, West Virginia and they later moved to Portsmouth, Ohio where they initially operated a general store and a chauffeur service. In Portsmouth, Helen was politically active and became involved in local politics.

In the 1960’s, Helen and Russell were divorced and she moved to Tampa, Florida where she later married Charles Wickline of Huntington, West Virginia.

As a widow in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Helen moved to Sebring, Florida where she met George Dellinger with whom she spent fifteen very happy years.

Helen was a unique individual who had a sharp wit, profound sense of humor, and keen awareness and concern for people and what was happening in their lives. Helen worked many years in retail sales. Her memory was phenomenal ! She carried a dictionary to be able to spell correctly when writing and was a whiz at math.

Helen loved her family and friends. She was generous and compassionate and greatly enjoyed being around other people. Sadly, she missed a lot of that social interaction when she lost most of her vision and hearing in her later years.

She could see the photos on a cell phone well enough, though, to smile and kiss the pictures of her newest Great Grandchildren, Emme (Emelia), 2-1/2 years and Connor, 2 months.

When her five younger sisters passed on far too early, she grieved but kept the memories of them alive with humorous anecdotes and stories from the past. Helen’s sisters were, Jean Hawkins (Ray); Norma Carpenter (Harris); Mary Francis White (Jake); Bobbie Lohr (George); and Virginia Hall (Bill).

Helen is survived by her son, Russell A. Chafin (Patsy), and her daughter Valerie Fitzpatrick (Gary). Grandchildren are Russell J Chafin (deceased), Kellie Chafin, Mike Chafin , Erin Benjamin Fitzpatrick (Shannon), and Kyle Fitzpatrick. Great grandchildren are Melissa and Madeline Chafin and Emelia and Connor Fitzpatrick.

Nieces & Nephews are Rod Hawkins (Teri), Alan Hawkins (deceased), Kim and Jeff Carpenter (both deceased), Sharon Compton, Chris White, Eric White, Richie Hall, Melanie Lacy, Paige Lohr, Connie Warren, Tracy Lohr, Beth Lohr, Perry Lohr (deceased), David Lohr, and Chad Lohr.

Helen will be missed.

Anyone inclined to send flowers, instead please consider contributing to a charity such as “Smile Train” that provides free surgery to children with cleft palates and similar problems correctable with surgery.

Susie Mozolic of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. ( 850-385-2193)

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Helen Wickline please visit our Sympathy Store.

By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 11 2018 06:54PM

George Ross Haney, Jr., 87, formerly of Stanardsville passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Martha Jefferson House, Charlottesville. Born October 3, 1931 in Fincastle, Virginia to the late George Ross Haney, Sr. and Maudie Avonia Powell Haney, George is survived by his wife, whom he married in 1955, Suzanne Page Bickers Haney of Charlottesville; daughter, Gina M. Haney and son-in-law Glenn J. Foulds of Mountain View, California; brother, Daniel C. Haney of Stanardsville; sister, Glenice V. Lawson of Stanardsville; sister-in-law, Jane M. Haney of Richmond; two granddaughters, Ella Suzanne Haney Foulds and Matilda Cilla Haney Foulds of Mountain. View, California. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Davis L. Haney and Harold P. Haney.

Well-known in the surrounding areas and a Real Estate Broker for many years, George served in the United States Army from 1954-1956 where he was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. George also was the former mayor of the Town of Stanardsville, a long-standing member of the Lion’s Club, Grace Episcopal Church vestry, and supporter of Virginia Student Aid Foundation. George played many rounds of golf and avidly followed athletics.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church, Stanardsville with a reception following in the Parish Hall. You may honor the memory of George by making a donation to Hospice of the Piedmont, Charlottesville.

By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 11 2018 06:30PM

Deborah (Debbie) Sadler Jean passed away at her home on 4 Dec 2018. She is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, Joe Jean. She is also survived by her two daughters: Alyson Williams and husband Jarrod Fritsch (grandson Augustus) of Richmond VA; and Deanne Williams and husband John Devlin of Goochland, VA (grandchildren Raina, Ryan, Jackson and Danny). She is also survived by a sister Janice Sadler, brother Donald H. Sadler Jr, sister-in-law Pamela Sadler (nephew Donnie), as well as a host of extended family, honorary family, and her childhood BFF Emma Love. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ruby Sadler and Donald Sadler, Sr.

Debbie took great pleasure in teaching 8th grade Science from 1992, in both the Culpeper and Spotsylvania, VA school systems, ending her career at Floyd T. Binns Middle School in Culpeper. She taught until the day she died. She had a reputation as a funny, sarcastic, and caring teacher who loved her witty, curious, and intelligent middle school students. Debbie graduated from Kempsville High (1975) in Virginia Beach, VA, and East Tennessee State University (1991) in Johnson City, TN, with a degree in Elementary Education. Prior to teaching, she worked in restaurants for many years.

The family will hold a private gathering to honor and celebrate her life on 12 Jan 2019. The Floyd T. Binns family will host a gathering for colleagues, families, & students on 19 Jan 2019 (announcement to come).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Debbie’s name to Floyd T. Binns Middle School, 205 Grandview Dr., Culpeper, VA 22701.

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By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 11 2018 05:31PM

Joyce Ellen Breeden Haney, 72, of Ridgeway Drive Barboursville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 10, 2018, at her residence. Born May 25, 1946 she was the daughter of the late Jesse Lee Breeden and Floid “Lut” Ellen Dickerson Breeden. She was a dedicated member of the Ruckersville Baptist Church and a retired executive secretary with the federal government.

She is survived by her husband Ronald Rea Haney of Barboursville, a large church family, and many special friends. She was born again, grateful, and lived her faith.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at the Ruckersville Baptist Church with fellowship to follow the service. Rev Kyle Clements is officiating. A private burial will be held at a later time. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Preddy Funeral Home of Orange. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Ruckersville Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 104, Ruckersville, Va. 22968 or the All Blessings Flow, 2335 Seminole Lane, Suite 2000 Box3, Charlottesville, Va. 22901. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.

By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 10 2018 07:52PM

Anna McGehee Sorrell, 89 of Rhoadesville passed away on Saturday December 8, 2018 at the Dogwood Village of Orange County. She was born on April 28 1929 in Orange County and was a daughter of the late Eddie J. and Sarah Colvin McGehee. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Archie Ray Sorrell, and two brothers, Ralph A. McGehee, and George Edward McGehee. Anna was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Mrs. Sorrell is survived by a daughter, Shirley Campbell and husband Kenny, of Spotsylvania, two sons, Robert Curtis Sorrell, of Rhoadesville, Leonard Ray Sorrell, of Unionville, a loving sister, Lily M. Smith and husband Ralph, of Rhoadesville, and six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday December 14, 2018 from the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Orange with interment to follow in the McGehee-Wyatt family cemetery. Rev. Cet Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mine Run Fire Company P.O. Box364 Locust Grove Va. 22508, or the Antioch Baptist Church 11484 St. Just Road, Unionville Va. 22567.

Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is in charge of arrangements.

By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 10 2018 07:11PM

Kemper Lee Shifflett, Sr., 75 of Stanardsville, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at his home. He was born on May 9, 1943 to the late Walter Leake Shifflett and Lillie Belle Shifflett. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Journey, and William Onnie Shifflett.

He is survived by his fiancée Tessie Conley; a daughter, Kimberly Shifflett and husband Glen of Madison; Lois Conley (like a daughter) and fiancé, Bo Meadows of Stanardsville, Va., son, Kemper Lee Shifflett, Jr. and wife Misty of Stanardsville, Va. Ronnie Conley (like a son) of Elkton,Va; two sisters, Vernie Shifflett and Pauline Shifflett, both of Stanardsville; grandchildren, Kori Shifflett and fiancé, Sean Varner of Stevens, Pa., Bryan Shifflett of Madison, and Mason Shifflett (like a grandson) of Stanardsville; great-grandchild, Estelle Hope Varner of Stevens, Pa.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison with interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Brother Ronnie Sipe and Brother Frank Chapman will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Dr. William Murray and the staff of Cornell One at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 10 2018 04:08PM

Franklin Downs “Bud” Kidwell died on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Dogwood Village of Orange County Nursing Home. He was born on February 29, 1928 in Brunswick Md., and was a son of the late Dallas Downs and Rebecca May Rice Kidwell, and was also preceded in death by his wife, Anna Louise Brady Kidwell, a son, Martin Downs Kidwell, a sister, Mildred K. Burch, and her husband, Bernard Burch.

“Bud” was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Company, the Orange County Jaycees, and the Boy Scouts of America Pack 14. He was retired from the Virginia Division of Forestry where he proudly portrayed Smokey the Bear for many years.

“Bud” is survived by his son, Richard Jeffrey Kidwell and wife Patricia Mack, of Arlington, a sister, Virginia K. Moates, of Silver Spring Md., and three grandchildren, Catie Kidwell, of Boston Ma., Christopher Kidwell, of Bethesda Md., and Harry Franklin Kidwell, of Cn.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday December 15, 2018 from the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Orange with Inurnment to follow in Graham Cemetery with full military honors. Rev. Josh Munnikhuysen will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Company P.O. Box 367 Orange Va. 22960 or the Boy Scouts of America.

Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is in charge of arrangements.

By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 10 2018 03:24PM

Mary known to her relatives as “Mary Ella” was born in Charlottesville on July 5, 1946 to the late Harrison Edward Fitch and Ella Louise Walker Fitch. She passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1645hrs at Center of Acute Hospice Care (CAHC), Charlottesville, VA., surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was baptized at an early age and later became a member of Union Grove Baptist Church, Keswick, VA. The father of her three children and former husband was the late Thomas E. Bryant, Jr.

Mary was a 1964 graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School. She began working at what was known back then as Sears & Roebuck on Main Street in Charlottesville in the same building that is now called University of Virginia’s Stacy Hall on March 25, 1966. She retired twice, finally leaving in July 2018 due to the return of cancer, after 52 years of service.

When she wasn’t at Sears, she would sometime enjoy being in Keswick (at the house beside the Church) watching Lifetime Movies, her favorite movie ‘Bridges of Madison County’, CNN and cooking. She also had an amazing sense of humor which will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by three brothers; James Mitchell Fitch, Ronald Leon Fitch and Rev. Roland Lee Fitch.

She leaves to cherish memories her daughter, Susan E. Bryant; two Sons, Thomas E. Bryant, III and James E. Bryant. Ten grandchildren; Chelsea A. Ashby, Savedra E. Bryant, DeNeil E. “Nino” Bryant, Brittany N. Seay, Zyahna T. Bryant and twins: Zaneyah V. and Zeniah T. Bryant. Tanashia N. “Nay” Scott, Courtney A. and Whitney R. “Whit” Bryant. Three great-grandchildren; Jazhara E. “Jaz” Bryant, Josiah E. “Jo-Jo” Bryant and Kamryn R. Robinson.

In addition to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Mary is survived by a brother; Harvey Levi Fitch of Charlottesville, VA. sister-in-laws; Priscilla Franklin Fitch of Charlottesville, VA and Deborah Johnson Fitch of Lynchburg, VA., numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

At Mary’s request she will be cremated and there will not be a service. We plan to inurn her cremains at the grave of her mother at Mount Airy Baptist Church, Faber, VA in July 2019.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the American Cancer Society.

Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville is in charge of arrangements.

By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 10 2018 03:08PM

Larry Lee Davis, age 68, of Orange Virginia, passed peacefully in his sleep on December 5, 2018. He is proceeded by his father Ed Davis, mother Violet Dillon, and brothers Charles, Ronald and Timmy.

He is survived by his loving wife Pamela, daughters Tammy Minaya and husband Ed, Diana Gonzalez and husband Rene, Jessica Hoge and husband Eddie and sons Larry Davis, Jr and wife Jessica, Jim Davis. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Larry worked in construction in Chicago and cut timber in West Virginia. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren, playing cards, and collecting coins.

A funeral will be held at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 with interment in Maplewood Cemetery. The wake will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the funeral home.

A light reception after the funeral will be held at 249 Parker Pl., Orange, Va.

By preddyfuner36002353, Dec 10 2018 02:49PM

Patricia Sands Hepler passed away on December 6, 2018. She was born on November 3, 1942, in Narrows, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Pete and Jean Sands of Rocky Gap, Virginia. She is survived by her husband, Bill Hepler, her son, Dave Hepler and wife, Suzanne, her daughter, Anne Marie Winn and husband, John, two granddaughters, Rachael and Veronica, her sister, Susan Blessing and husband, Henry, and several nieces and nephew.

Pat retired after 30 years of teaching Home Economics with Patrick County, Rockbridge County, and Buena Vista City Schools. She was a graduate of Rocky Gap High School, Radford College for Women and the University of Virginia. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed travelling with Bill and her grandchildren.

The visitation will be at Mt. Horeb UMC located at 17447 Mallorys Ford Road, Gordonsville, VA at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12th, with the service following at noon. The service will be performed by the Rev. Jeffrey Smith. The burial will take place behind the church following the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church or Habitat for Humanity.