, 2015


Lewes W. Fleming
HEATHSVILLE—Lewes Wilson Fleming, 95, passed away March 17 at historical Springfield, his home in Heathsville.

Born in Washington, D.C., Lew Fleming enlisted in the U.S. Army as a soldier, but shortly after basic training was recruited by the Army Air Corps, underwent pilot training and was commissioned as a lieutenant.

Due to his special knowledge and skills acquired during flight training, he served as an instructor of both American and British pilots during World War II and, after the war, as a captain and flight instructor at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

He then retired from active duty. After a long career at the Pentagon with the Office of Naval Intelligence, Mr. Fleming retired once again, established a successful antique business in Northern Virginia, then moved with his first wife, Catherine, to Springfield. Cathy Fleming died in 1995 and Lew later married Peggy, a long-time friend.

Lewes Fleming was a person of many virtues and abilities, a loyal friend to many, a generous soul, an intelligent man gifted with a rather incredible memory to the very end of his life. He was instrumental from the outset in the restoration and rebirth of Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern and Shiloh School, and over the years was affiliated with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA), the Lion’s Club, the Masons, Stratford Hall and other organizations in the Northern Neck.

Lew Fleming is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; his niece, Glenna (Thom) Arsinault; and a host of friends. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online remembrances may be made at faulknerfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to Hospice of Virginia, PO Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560, or Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, PO Box 579, Heathsville, VA 22473.


Hervey B. Harper Jr.
REEDVILLE—On January 6, 2015, Hervey Bates “Sonny” Harper Jr. passed away peacefully in his home in Reedville.

He is survived by his loving wife, Diane V. Harper; his beloved sister, Joann Snyder; his three devoted children, William (Sharon), Andrew (Cynthia) and Laura Pool; and his seven stepchildren and spouses. He also leaves behind 15 cherished grandchildren.

A celebration of Sonny’s life will be held on May 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 454 Main Street, Reedville (casual attire).


Archibald J. Kingsley
WHITE STONE—Archibald Johnston Kingsley died March 17, 2015. Archibald “Arch” Kingsley was born in Bethlehem, Pa., on July 11, 1927, to parents George and Elizabeth Kingsley.

At 7, Arch was enrolled at The Haverford School in Haverford, Pa., the youngest boarding student in its history. Every year during the summer Arch went to camp at Culver Academy on Lake Maxinkuckee Ill., becoming a golden gloves boxer. Arch went on to graduate high school at Governor Dummer Academy in Newbury, Mass.

Arch enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17. After completing his Navy commitment Arch followed the footsteps of both his father and grandfather by joining Kappa Alpha Society at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., graduating with the class of 1950.

A 34-year career as a commercial airline pilot started with Arch flying DC-3s with Capital Airlines. Soon after Arch joined United Airlines and finished his career flying DC-10s on the Chicago to Maui route.

Beginning as a child in Pennsylvania, and later after settling in Middleburg, Arch owned, rode and enjoyed horses. Arch rode throughout the 1960s and 1970s both as an amateur steeplechase jockey and as a Joint MFH for Middleburg Hunt. When Arch retired from riding races he continued his involvement in steeplechase horses as an owner, with horses in the U.K. and U.S.

Later in life, Arch rediscovered his love of the water and moved to Easton, Md. After sailing all over the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Seaboard, Arch eventually took his sailboat, Archrival, from his dock in Easton to Grenada and back. While living in Easton, Arch joined an amateur adult hockey league, playing on the “geriatric line” until his late 60s.

Arch retired to White Stone with Louise “Weezie,” his wife of 35 years. Continuing his love of the water, Arch acquired a trawler, which he took up the Hudson River into Canada and back. In his 80s, Arch received his commercial Captain’s certification, allowing him to pilot vessels over 100 tons.

Arch rode motorcycles all through his life. In order to accommodate his best friend and canine companion Linus, Arch had a sidecar installed on his last motorcycle, a replica Royal Enfield. More recently Arch planned a return to riding to hounds and purchased a vintage airplane in order to commute from White Stone to Middleburg.

He is survived by his wife Louise; brother, George “Skipper” Kingsley; six children, James “Jim” Kingsley of Richmond , Margaret “Peggy” Kuniansky of Atlanta, Ga., George Kingsley of Lincoln, Arch Kingsley Jr. of Camden. S.C., Josephine Kingsley of White Stone and Charles Kingsley of Richmond; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held March 23 at Wicomico Parish, 5192 Jesse Ball duPont Highway, Wicomico Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Northern Neck Humane Society, PO Box 233, Reedville VA 22539 (northernneckhumanesociety.org), or the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck, Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578 (animalwelfareleagueofthenorthernneck.org).

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.


Jennifer S. Miller
ROANOKE—Jennifer Stevens Miller, 40, passed away peacefully at her home in Roanoke on March 3, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Howard and Lola Stevens and James and Virginia Deel; and three aunts, Katherine Schneider, Virginia Walker and Patty Warner.

She is survived by her parents, Emerson and Sandra Stevens of Courtland; her husband, Michael; two daughters, Amanda Miller and Ashley M. Johns; one son, Sean Miller; and one grandson, Michael Duane Johns, all of Roanoke; her sister, Carrie S. Odom of Suffolk; brother, Christopher E. Stevens of North Carolina; two nieces; three nephews; five aunts; three uncles and numerous cousins.

Funeral services were held March 7 at Grandin Court Baptist Church, 2660 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke. The family received friends March 6. Oakey’s Funeral Home of Vinton handled the arrangements.


Gilbert G. Newsome
LOTTSBURG-Gilbert Grayson Newsome, 91, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

He retired as an inspector for the Virginia Department of Transportation. He also served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Newsome was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church in Lottsburg, the VFW in Warsaw and the Callao Ruritan Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola, and his son, James Grayson Newsome.

He is survived by his daughter, Janey N. Litchfield of Glen Allen; sister, Doris Parr; grandchildren, J.C. Newsome, Margaret Newsome and Gil Fones; and great-grandson, Adam Mellot.

A funeral was held March 20 at Melrose UMC. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Melrose UMC, 1317 Lewisetta Road, Lottsburg, VA 22511.


Charles H. Rowell
KILMARNOCK—Charles “Chuck” Harris Rowell, 91, of Kilmarnock died March 22, 2015.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Briana Leigh Rowell and Charles Michael Rowell; their mother, Delora Rowell; niece, Audrey King; sister-in-law, Norah Butler; brother-in-law, Leslie Butler; stepson, Rodney Lewis and his wife, Diane; sisters-in- law, Shirley Edmonston Scarborough and Grace Edmonston.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Edna Mitchell, and their son, Charlie; his second wife, Miriam Edmonston Rowell; sisters, Charlotte, Margaret and Blanche; and brother, Tommy.

He served in the Navy Seabees in World War II. Chuck was a dedicated Mason and was honored by the Smithsonian Museum for his outstanding service.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. A reception will follow the service at the Masonic Lodge in Kilmarnock, followed by interment at New Friendship Baptist Church, Burgess. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Home Outreach Program, P. O. Box 7866, Henrico, VA 23231-0366, or Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity Inc., P. O Box 908, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.