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By preddyfuner36002353, Sep 1 2020 02:33PM

Donald Lee Elswick, 79, of Culpeper, Va. passed away on September 1, 2020 at UVA Hospital. He was born on April 2, 1941 to the late Byrd Tolbert Elswick and Lou Ella Phillips Elswick. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Rosa L. Elswick; a daughter, Rosa Lenora Elswick; a son, Robert Fitzgerald Elswick; brothers, Lloyd Tolbert Elswick and Perry Elswick; two sisters, Ina Jean Dugger and Opal Bright.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice Mae Burke Woodward Elswick; daughters, Debbie Sue Berry and husband Jesse of Rochelle and Wanda Jeanette Burnett and husband Joseph of Madison; sons, Donald Lee Elswick and wife Temple of Madison, Ronald Jerome Elswick and wife Shannon of Md., Andrew Jackson Elswick-Angus and Ken of Manassas, step-son, John Lee, Jr and Darlene Lee; brothers, Wayne Elswick, Robert Elswick of Elkton; one sister, Wanda Allen of Tx.; grandchildren, Jennifer Berry-Frazier, Joseph Burnett, III, Samantha Burnett, all of Madison, Tiffany Burnett of Stanardsville, Jessica Roach of Luray, Ronald Elswick, Md., and Angela Elswick of Md.; thirteen amazing great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September,4, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison. Interment will be at a later date.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 31 2020 04:30PM

James Edward Whitlock Sr. 69, of Pool Drive, Spotsylvania, died on Friday, August 28, 2020 at his residence. Born January 29, 1951 in Louisa County he was the son of the late Alonzo Edward Whitlock and Pauline Lloyd Whitlock.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Debra Lynn Hall Whitlock of Spotsylvania; two daughters Tracy Rogers and husband Timothy of Spotsylvania, and Doris Toombs and husband Marshall of Mineral; two sons James E. Whitlock Jr. of Louisa, and William Whitlock and wife Natalie of Colonial Beach; eleven grandchildren Tiffany and husband Devon, Tyler, Marty, Corey, Raven, Jasmine, Miranda, Aiden, Dylan, Abigail, and Brennan; two great grandchildren Colten, and Kinley; special dog Sassy Pooh; one brother John Whitlock and wife Shirley of Spotsylvania; and four sisters, twin sister, Phyllis Wilson and husband David of SC, Pauline Wilson and husband Lonnie of SC, Rosemary Kiser of TN, and Bonnie Whitlock of SC.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Craigs Baptist Church Cemetery, Spotsylvania. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 30 2020 02:36PM

Jesse Raymond Davis Jr. 91, of Daisy Drive, Orange died on Friday, August 28, 2020 at the Dogwood Village of Orange. Born July 18, 1929, in Orange County he was the son of the late Jesse Raymond Davis Sr. and Bettie Hester Highlander Davis.

Raymond was a member of the Gordonsville Baptist Church, the produce manager for Safeway of 34 years, and a part time employee at the ABC store for 8 years.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Hazel Delores Davis of Orange; three daughters Sherry Davis Boldridge and husband John of Castleton, Sandra Davis McWilliams and husband John of Gordonsville, and Jackie Davis Harber and husband Tom of Barboursville; two sons Duane Eddy Ryder and wife Susan of Louisa, and Glenn Franklin Ryder and wife April of Orange; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at the Graham Cemetery, Orange at 2:00 P.M. The Rev Carmon Hartsfield will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Ct, Glenn Allen, VA. 23060 or the Gordonsville Baptist Church, P. O. Box 926, Gordonsville, Va. 22942. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 28 2020 07:25PM

John William “Bill” Bradley, 81, of Orange Road, Orange died on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Born June 28, 1939 in North Carolina he was the son of the late Gordon Rance Bradley and Ethel Desimar Turner Bradley.

Bill was a member of the Orange Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge. Bill is survived by his wife Dotty Mae Bradley of Orange; a daughter Lita Marie Justice and husband John of Orange; a son William Frank Herrman and wife Denice of Orange; five grandchildren Zach, Jake, Luke, Nate, and Annie Grace Herrman; and three sisters Kathy Lutz and husband Harry of Winchester, Martha Henry of Herndon, and Sue Whealton of St Petersburg, FL.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020, at 11:00 A. M. at the National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Va. The Rev. Alan Miller will officiate. There will be a drive in memorial service on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at 3:00 P.M. at 730 James Madison Hwy. Orange Baptist Church Park. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 28 2020 05:53PM

Robert Abner Phillips, 90, of Gordonsville, VA died peacefully on Wednesday evening, August 26th, 2020, at his home in Gordonsville, VA with his three children, Valerie, Robert, and Daniel and his daughters-in-law, Kelly, and Stacy, by his side.

Born October 3, 1929 in Ashland, AL, Bob was the son of the late Robert Abner Phillips and Lillian Vernie Martin Phillips. He grew up in Ashland and graduated from Clay County High School where he participated in the “A” Club for football, Future Farmers of America, and yearbook as the sports editor. He attended Marion Institute in Marion, AL before entering the US Naval Academy from which he graduated in June 1952.

Commander Phillips’ 24-year career as a naval aviator included more than 13 years at sea and foreign service to include two tours in Viet Nam as attack squadron VA-23 operations officer, two tours in the Mediterranean as both the Executive and Commanding Officer for VA-72 and, a two-year tour with the Sixth Fleet Staff while stationed in Gaeta, Italy. His final duty station was at the Pentagon as the Naval Training Planning and Program officer. He attended the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, 1963-64 and Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL, 1953. He received numerous commendations including 24 Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Unit Commendation, Viet Nam Service and Campaign medals.

Bob retired from the Navy in 1976 to pursue a second career in the accounting field. He earned an associate degree in Applied Science in Accounting, SUMMA CUM LAUDE, from Northern Virginia Community College before beginning his 18-year career as the Director of Financial and Support Services for the American Health Care Association, AHCA. During his tenure, Bob was largely responsible for the transformation of AHCA from a basic paper-based accounting process relying on typewriters and paper ledgers to a first-class technology based financial management operation.

Bob retired from AHCA in 1996 to help Betty with her real estate business, their growing family with 9 grandchildren and pursue his lifelong dream of finding the perfect place to create his family’s legacy. He and Betty established Winding Brook Farm in Gordonsville, VA in 1997 and moved there a few years later to enjoy nearly 20 years together in retirement while creating a welcoming home for many family gatherings for their growing family.

Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening and small farming, music, and dancing, playing bridge and chess, watching football, Go Navy! Go Tide! He was skilled in many areas including, carpentry and electrical work and his innovative and creative mind always had a new project brewing.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Valerie Phillips Kaiser (Bruce), sons, Robert Abner Phillips, III. (Kelly), Daniel Sanders Phillips (Stacy),sisters Martha Gentry, and Jerri McLain, sisters-in-law Patricia Miller, (Bill), Susan Stygler Johnson, (Lynn), brother-in-law John Boozer, (Carolyn), brother-in-law, Buddy Burdette, ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jane Phillips (nee Boozer).

A private viewing will be held on August 29, 2020 at Preddy’s Funeral Home in Gordonsville, VA followed by a virtual service after Labor Day. He will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 28 2020 04:43PM

Shawn Joseph Herndon, 49, of Dewberry Road, Orange, died on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at his residence. Born January 14, 1971 in Albemarle County he was the son of the late Davis Herndon Sr. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Roger Herndon and Davis (Guy) Herndon, Jr.

He is survived by his mother Nancy Colvin Seale of Orange; a daughter Willa Lancaster of Orange; two sons Caleb Herndon of Orange, and Gabriel Herndon of Gordonsville; his step father Aubrey Seale of Orange; and two brothers Allen Herndon of Locust Grove, and Jerry Herndon of Orange.

A memorial graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at the Graham Cemetery, Orange. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 28 2020 04:05PM

John Barry Digney, IV, May 23, 1997-August 23, 2020. Descended from a distinguished lineage of proud but kind men and fiercely strong yet loving women, John Barry Digney IV has passed from this earth so that he can take up an overwatch position above and scout out the best hunting, fishing and riding terrain in advance of our inevitable reunion. Those who were lucky enough to know him, and those who enjoyed the great gift of loving him and having that love returned, experienced the powerful lifeforce that coursed through him. 160 pounds of sinewy muscle, shaggy hair and pure grit, John exuded confidence, competence and resilience. He could be stubborn and irreverent and would laugh out loud at the things he found absurd or just funny. He could spot phonies and hypocrites from long range and didn’t have much time for either. Yet his heart was tender, and he was quick to form friendships and share his affection. Something within him was deeply moved by nature’s beauty, and he was most at ease on horseback, on a river, or hanging from a 200’ cell phone tower. He will be forever missed by his loving family and friends. Those of us left behind take solace in the happiness and rich experiences that he enjoyed for his 23 years on earth. We take comfort that he will never experience the infirmities of age or the loss and loneliness that are too often life’s unfortunate companions. Instead, he will always be our Johno: youthful, quick to smile, bright blue eyes flashing, ready to help and eager for the next adventure.

On the day of his death, John and his father had returned from an amazing ten days travelling, adventuring, fishing and camping through Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee. The highlight of the trip for John was hiking down into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado and fly fishing in the Gunnison River.

John was born in Charlottesville, VA and graduated from Orange County High School in 2016. He was a certified welder and was employed by Tower Remediation and Aerial Construction (TRAC) as a tower climber/welder working on communication towers.

John is survived by his parents, John B. Digney, III and Whitney Winn Digney, his sister Emily Brent Digney and a large and loving extended family, including his uncles Brent Winn (Tina), Robert Digney, Jed Digney, his aunts Suzanne Digney (Kurt Danielson), Rosemary Fraser (Brian), Megan Hicks (Dave) and many cousins including Desmond Walton (Sue). He is also survived by his beloved pony Dixie, or more fondly known as Greased Lightning when they were together on the polocrosse field, as well as a host of other pets. John was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, John B. and Rosemary Digney and his maternal grandparents C. S. Brent and Eleanor F. Winn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or an organization of your choice. His family is grateful to all of those who have shared memories, stories and pictures with us. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Keep the campfire burning, Buckaroo.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 25 2020 02:55PM

George Phillip Woodward, 55, of Banco, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 at his home. He was born on December 22, 1964 to the late Charles Davis Woodward and Carrie Virginia Woodward. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Davis Chamlin (Champ) Woodward and a sister, Bonnie Lou Woodward.

He is survived by his daughter, Jamie Isom; brothers, Jesse Homer Woodward and wife Brenda, Charles Blane Woodward and wife Barbara, Glen Steven Woodward and wife Sue; sisters, Rose Marie Sutherland and husband Teddy; grandchildren, Austin and Nick Cox, Chloe Payne, and Colton Isom and special friends, Alice McDaniel, Franklin Kidwell and Lynn Maxwell.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison with interment in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastor Ellis Mullins will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour before the service, 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home.

Following the interment, the family will have food and fellowship at Victory Freewill Baptist Church.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 25 2020 12:57PM

Roger Wayne Kidd, 71 of Louisa, VA passed away on August 22, 2020. Roger is preceded in death by his father Willie Dickie Kidd and mother, Patricia Lee Conrad and a sister, Sandra Lee McDonald.

He is survived by his wife Brenda of forty-eight years, brother, David Kidd and wife Cheryl, son, Roger Kidd and wife Shanna and three granddaughters, Ashlyn, Allisyn and Ayla, son, Jesse Kidd and wife Mirela and three grandchildren, Gabriel, Lucas and Julianne.

Roger was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. He was a service-disabled veteran of the United States Army where he served from 10/12/1968 to 1/13/1975. Roger loved plumbing and was the owner of Kiddco Plumbing in Sterling, VA for over thirty years. Once in retirement, Roger enjoyed spending time with his lovely wife in their home and maintaining their property.

Preddy Funeral Home of Gordonsville is assisting the family.

By preddyfuner36002353, Aug 21 2020 08:07PM

Phyllis Ann Rice Woodward, 80, of Rochelle, Va. passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at her home. She was born on September 22, 1939 to the late Watha Caudill Rice and Francis Alma Tate Rice. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Rice; two sisters, Evelyn Schubert and Barbara Sue Woods.

She retired from Comdial in Charlottesville, Va. and was a member of Bethel Chapel in Clendinin, Giles County, Va.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Ross Woodward; daughter, Pamela A. Hess and husband Steve of Ruckersville, Va.; sons, Harold R. Woodward, Jr. and wife Susan and Ronald W. Woodward and wife Honey, all of Madison, Va.; brother, Donald Rice of Peterstown, WV.; sisters, Janice Nancy Thompson and husband Johnny of Homosassa, FL. and Naomi Jean Nuzzo and husband Louie of Sofia, NC.; grandchildren, Patrick James Hess, Paige Lillian Hess, Michael Shane Woodward, Lauren Ashleigh Woodward, Amber Hubbard, Andrew Allee, Ashleigh Rievers, Alyssa Allee, Addison Allee, Abram Allee and Abigail Allee; great-grandchildren, Alexander James Hess, Chloe Hubbard, Kinsley Hubbard, Ada Rievers, Theodore Rievers, and Matthew Foley.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Preddy Funeral Home in Madison with interment in Rochelle Christian Church Cemetery. Rev. Gregory Compton will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, Va. 22911.