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By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 5 2019 06:48PM

Margaret Louise Couch Atkins, 73 of Charlottesville went gently into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Thursday morning, April 4, 2019. Born July 7, 1945 in Bristol, VA, she was the daughter of the late William B. Couch and Irene Leonard.

Louise is survived by her husband, Benjamin L. Atkins of Charlottesville, her sister, Mary Lou Sproles and husband Ray of Bristol, TN, a daughter, Virginia Atkins of Crowley, TX, two sons, Bart Atkins and wife Glenda of Charlottesville, Wally Atkins and wife Tamara of Yorktown, VA and six grandchildren, Lauren Atkins, Jason Atkins, Logan Atkins, Dereck Atkins, Heath Atkins and Haley-Joy Atkins.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday April 8, 2019 at Berea Baptist Church Cemetery, 5271 Poindexter Road, Louisa, VA 23093. Pastor Jim Ellwanger will officiate.

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 5 2019 03:19PM

William “Bill” E. Hepler, 79, died April 3, 2019, at Culpeper Hospital in Virginia. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9th, at 11:00 a.m. with the service following at 12:00 p.m. The funeral will be officiated by Rev. Jeffrey Smith at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church located at 17447 Mallorys Ford Road, Gordonsville, VA, followed by internment in the church cemetery.

Bill was born on April 21, 1939, in Charleston, South Carolina, to J. Edwin Hepler and Hildred J. Hepler. He grew up in Allegheny County, VA, graduating from Covington High School. He is Navy veteran, graduate of VPI & SU, and graduate of UVA where he achieved a Masters Degree in Education. He also held a Masters of Divinity from Duke University. He began his career after the military by teaching in Patrick County and later in Rockbridge County. After he received his Masters in Education he started working at the Natural Bridge Learning Center until his retirement from the Virginia Department of Corrections. Bill was a minister with the United Methodist Church for many years in Rockbridge County, Orange County and Louisa County. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 54 years, Patricia S. Hepler. Bill is survived by his children, Dave Hepler and his wife, Suzanne Cable, and his daughter, Anne M. Winn and her husband, John Winn, and grandchildren, Rachael and Veronica Winn.

Bill was an active member of his community everywhere he lived, volunteering his time and effort to many churches and local organizations. He was a lifelong piano aficionado and enjoyed participating in choirs and choruses.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church or to the Orange County Humane Society. Preddy Funeral Home of Gordonsville is handling the arrangements.

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 4 2019 06:58PM

Gary Michael Coppedge, 57 of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Charlottesville. Born August 13, 1961 in Charlottesville, he was the son of the late Cecil Cameron Coppedge and Virginia Wharton Coppedge. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Dale Coppedge.

He is survived by two brothers, Joseph Cameron Coppedge and Floyd Wayne Coppedge and wife, Delores; nieces, Lindsey Karmen Martin and husband, Ryan, Whitney Cameron Wissinger and husband, Corey, and Sara Courtney Coppedge; four great-nephews, Brody Mason Martin, Camdyn Malakai Martin, Jackson Wyatt Wessinger and Lane Alexander Wissinger.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison conducted by Pastor Johnny Hawkins. The family will receive friends one hour before the service from 6:00 pm to 7:00 at the funeral home.

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 4 2019 06:48PM

Thelma Williams Gibson, 81 of Gordonsville, died Tuesday April 2, 2019 at The Laurels in Charlottesville. Born October 8, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Herman Kannie Williams and Lilly Knight Williams. She was the wife of the late James Wilton Gibson. Mrs. Gibson was also preceded in death by a son, Carroll Wayne Gibson and four brothers, Thurman Williams, Norman Williams, Charles Williams and James Williams.

She is survived by three daughters, Glenda G. Etheridge and husband Steven of Ruckersville, Patricia G. Turner and husband Charles of Madison, Karen Piercy and husband Michael of Rochelle, three sons, Bruce Gibson and wife Candace of Ruckersville, Keith Gibson and wife Lynn of Louisa, Shawn Gibson and wife Jennifer of Stanardsville, a daughter-in-law, Karen Gibson of Gordonsville, one sister Mattie Williams of Barboursville, fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 6, 2019 at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville with Pastor Terry Jewell officiating. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening, April 5, at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of The Laurels for their care and support.

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 3 2019 04:31PM

Garner “Dean” Gibson of Mineral, Virginia, passed peacefully in his sleep on his 56th birthday, Sunday, March 24, 2019. He was born March 24, 1963 to the late Katie Gibson Walker and John Woodrow Barnes.

Dean was a 1981 graduate of Louisa County High School and a proud employee of Capital Interior Construction for twenty years. A loved son, brother, and friend, he was a kind and caring soul who found joy in the simple pleasures of life. With most of his days spent outside, Dean loved gardening, hunting, and four-wheeling. At the age of ten, he was adopted by his uncle, the late Paul Bentley, and his aunt, Alice Bentley.

He is survived by his aunt, Alice Bentley; brothers, Kenneth Barnes and Paul “JB” Bentley (Rose); sisters, Cindy Bentley and Ronda Stone (Danny); nieces, Katherine Carter (Josh), Ellen Morrissette (Justin), Amber Baker, Katie Barnes, and Brittny Chum (Chiv); nephews, Billy Joe Bentley and Jeremy Ring (Shelby); great-nieces, Megan Bentley, Ciyanna Okocha, and Naomi Carter; great-nephews, Billy Bentley, Cody Bentley, and Jayden Ring; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, and loved ones.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Thomas “Poppy” Gibson; mother, Katie Gibson Walker; step-father, Thilbert Walker; uncle, Paul Bentley; and brother, John Bentley.

Family, friends, and others whose lives were touched by Dean are invited to Fork Baptist Church, 14357 Jefferson Highway, Bumpass, Virginia 23024, at two o’clock in the afternoon this Friday, April 5, 2019, to reminisce and celebrate the life of Garner Dean Gibson. He will be greatly missed, but this is not goodbye. As he always used to say, “I’ll be talking to you.”

The family has designated Louisa Counseling Center for any memorial contributions. These donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 164, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, or done online at

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 3 2019 04:26PM

Joan Marie Micklem, 65, of Ruckersville, went to be with her lord and savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday April 2, 2019 at her home. Born September 26, 1953 in Louisa County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Keith Bibb, Sr. and Ellen Marie Gammon Bibb. Mrs. Micklem was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Charlottesville.

She is survived by her husband, David Wayne Micklem of Ruckersville, a daughter, Danielle Baber Fincham and husband Tommy of Stanardsville, a son, David Keith Baber, and wife Rhonda of Ivy, one sister, Peggy Kay Yancey and husband Harold of Palmyra, one brother, Buddy Allen Bibb of Scottsville, four grandchildren, Daniel Ryan Fincham and friend, Breanna, Natalie Morgan Fincham, Caleb Keith Baber, Wyatt Allen Baber, a great-granddaughter, Delilah Grace Fincham and a host of nieces, nephews and a special friend, Gene Marrs.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Keith Bibb, Jr. and David Daniel Bibb.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday April 5, 2019 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa. Brother Earl Clarkson and Pastor Bill Templeton will officiate.

The family would like to thank Linda Grimes and all of the staff of Hospice of the Piedmont for their Care and support and the doctors and nurses of Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 3 2019 04:17PM

Joan Frances Abegg Bond, 86, of Ellisville Drive, Louisa died on Monday, April 1, 2019, at her residence. Born November 6, 1932 in East St. Louis, Illinois she was the daughter of the late Edward D. Abegg and Johanna Margaret Ryan Abegg. She was a member of the St. Isidore Catholic Church and worked in the office at Louisa Mfg.

She is survived by her husband Melvin A. Bond Sr. of Louisa; four sons Melvin Andrew Bond Jr. and wife Patricia of Chesnee, SC, Ronald Gene Bond of Spotsylvania County, Richard Edward Bond of Unionville, and Mark Joseph Bond and wife Sharon of Palmyra; six grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Isidore Catholic Church with Father Terry Staples officiating. She will be taken to the Laurel Hill Mausoleum after the funeral mass. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Preddy Funeral Home, 250 West Main Street, Orange, Va. 22960.

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 2 2019 06:10PM

Carroll Davis Jenkins, Jr., 62 of Reva, passed away on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at his home. He was born on August 27, 1956 to the late Carroll Davis Jenkins, Sr. and Geneva Marie Taylor Jenkins. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ronnie Jenkins and Irvin Jenkins and one sister, Joyce Wharton.

He is survived by two brothers, James Jenkins and wife Cindy and Donnie Jenkins and wife Debbie; two sisters, Sharon Jenkins and husband Raymond and Dee Dee Morgan and husband Curtis.

A memorial service will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison conducted by Pastor Charles Clinedinist. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the funeral home. The interment will be private.

By preddyfuner36002353, Apr 1 2019 12:59PM

Albert Thomas Martin, III, 74, died peacefully at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 10th, 1944, in Hampton, Virginia, the eldest son of the late Albert T. Martin, Jr. and Lois Reid Martin and resided in Madison, Virginia for the last 27 years.

Albert retired at age 50, after 33 years of civil service, and was an avid sports writer/racing enthusiast and sports/pleasure photographer for many years. He wrote/worked for many local newspapers such as the Madison Eagle and Culpeper Star Exponent and Dirt Late Model/Late Model magazines and really made a name for himself. He also worked as a part time DJ for the Orange County radio station and talk show host alongside his dear friend, the late Red Shipley. He enjoyed gardening, growing his grapes to make the best wines, along with many other outdoor projects alongside his great friend and neighbor Sydney Rakes (Mary) and with Sydney’s help, kept his property beautiful year-round. The family wants to thank Sydney and Mary for always being there for him when family could not and taking him to many medical appointments/procedures and being the best neighbors that anyone could ask for. The family would also like to thank many other neighbors (especially Mike) nearby that always looked out for him and helped him, helping him with car repairs, firewood or anything else that he needed. He was known to visit friends that were either sick or shut-in, many times, as he did with his late dear friend Bev Gooch (Peggy), keeping them company and always amusing them with his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor, and we know that he will be missed by many other close friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Donald Martin (wife Ann Marie Horcher). He is survived by brother Michael O. Martin (Brenda), Sister Katy Hanson (Mike Hanson), Son Albert T. Martin, IV (Andrea), Daughter Jean C. Moore, Daughter Nicole Jones (Pedro), Grandson Chad Martin (Tara Bowman), Grand Daughters Gabrielle and Tabitha Moore and many nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of life will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at his home, 660 Tryme Road, Reva, Va. 22735. Those who wish to remember Albert in a special way may do so by donating to your local chapters of The Salvation Army. He always enjoyed ringing the bell during each and every Holiday Season at JAGS on Route 29 and many other locations around Madison and Culpeper, Virginia, allowing him to socialize and work with and alongside many more of his closest friends in order to do what was most important to him, which was to help those in need locally.

By preddyfuner36002353, Mar 30 2019 03:35PM

Helen Bennie Crist Stewart, 98, passed away on March 29, 2019 at Dogwood Village Senior Living. She was born in Lahore, VA, on November 5, 1920 to Craig H. and Florence G. Crist. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William (Billy) G. Stewart, and brother, C.H. Crist, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Bina Fears and husband, Doug, of Madison; by her grandchildren, Courtney Johnson and husband, Evan of Richmond, VA; Kendall Fears of Madison, VA; and Whitney Milbourne and husband, Brandon, of Madison. She was a beloved “G” to her great-grandchildren, Blair and Conway Milbourne of Madison, and Paige Johnson of Richmond, VA.

A graduate of Unionville High School, she attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, and Stetson University in Deland, FL.

She worked for many years in Orange at Kentucky Flooring, Ration Board, and Grymes Drug Store.

She was a member of Rhoadesville Baptist Church, VFW Auxiliary, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 6-8 pm at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison, VA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019, at 11:00 am at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison, VA. Interment will follow at North Pamunkey Baptist Church in Orange, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or the Madison Literacy Council, 304 Thrift Road, Madison, VA 22727, if desired.