, 2016

John J. Burke Jr.
WILTON, CONN.—John Joseph Burke Jr., 70, lost his brief battle with cancer on July 15, 2016.

John enjoyed more than 25 years as a shipbroker on Wall Street, and then for 15-plus years owned a promotional advertising company.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Ann; two amazing sons, Ross and Austin; his mother, Bertha A. Burke; as well as his four brothers, Peter G. Burke, William J. Burke, Francis A. Burke and Martin T. Burke, and two sisters, Dorothy B. Clark and Catherine B. Withers and their families.

John’s life was centered on his family. As a devoted and loving husband and father, he enjoyed activities with his sons who made him so proud and loved trips to Virginia to visit his mother and siblings. He was full of life, always in good humor and very kind in giving support to those who needed a helping hand.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Virginia where most of his family resides.

The family would appreciate charitable donations in his memory be made to annspace.org, a nonprofit organization that provides comfort, support and resources to people living with cancer and their loved ones. John gave his time and support to this organization for many years.

Bertie A. Crowther
KILMARNOCK—Bertie Anne Crowther died on July 17, 2016, in the Lancashire Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center in Kilmarnock.

She was a graduate of Lively School, Lively.

Surviving is her beloved son, Ricky Crowther and wife Teresa; her brothers, Andy Booth (Carol) and Johnny Booth (Peggy); and sister Mary Ellen Whay.

Bertie was predeceased by her life partner, Garnet Anthony, and her beloved dog, Sassy.

Bertie worked for the Eye Glass Factory in Lively and later at the ABC stores in Northern Virginia and Callao before retiring to care for her life partner and family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock. Interment will be at St. Mary’s White Chapel in Lively. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Jeanne M. Hensler
KILMARNOCK—Jeanne M. Hensler, 94, of Kilmarnock passed away on July 14, 2016. She was born on October 27, 1921, in New York City.

She married Raymond L. Hensler on February 12, 1946. They raised their three children in Rumson, N. J., Stevens Point, Wis., and Midlothian. They retired to Wicomico Church in 1986.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Hensler; two sons, Peter Hensler (Etta) and David Hensler (Robin); five grandchildren, Jeanna, Joe, Lindsey, Travis and Heath Hensler; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond. L. Hensler.

Mrs. Hensler was a member of Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club and a volunteer for Historic Christ Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf and she was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

She dearly loved her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Kilmarnock. Interment will follow the service at Historic Christ Church Burying Ground.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, P.O. Box 1694, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.


George W. Jensen
WHITE STONE—George W. Jensen of White Stone died at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

George was born in Merced, Calif., on September 13, 1931. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy class of 1957. After serving in the Navy, he had a successful professional career in the computer industry.

George enjoyed sailing, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jacqueline; his daughters, Margot Yost (Skip) and Sally Miller (Bob); his brother, Wilmar Jensen (Judy); and his four beloved grandchildren, Katie, Charlie, T.J. and Billy; as well as his many nieces and nephews.

George’s service will be private. Charitable contributions in remembrance of George may be made to The Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck, P.O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.


R. LaMance Joyce
KILMARNOCK—R. LaMance Joyce, 63, passed away at his home in Kilmarnock on June 20, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Church of the Nazarene, White Stone. A gathering of friends will be held one hour prior to the service.


Frederick S. Kelsey
MERRY POINT—Frederick S. Kelsey, 92, of Merry Point passed away on July 14, 2016.

He was born on June 30, 1924, in Pittsburg , Pa., the son of the late Frank W. and Hedwig S. Kelsey.

He is survived by his children, Frederick Kelsey (Katharina) of Plymouth, N.H., Gregory Kelsey (Barbara) of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Maryly Kelsey Skallos (William) of Rockford, Mich; his grandchildren, Anton and Amy Kelsey, Steffen and Sara Kelsey, Whitman Kelsey and fiancé Nikki Nave, Evan Kelsey, Frederick and Jessica Skallos and Benjamin and Patricia (Skallos) Schnepp; and his great-grandchildren, Henry Kelsey and Logan Skallos.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryly S. Kelsey.

He was a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1947 and served until 1949 and made the rank of lieutenant junior grade. Mr. Kelsey was superintendent of Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp, Aliquippa, Pa.

He was president of the school board for Aliquippa, Pa., and for the Hopewell Independence Raccoon District; past commodore for Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club of Kilmarnock and he initiated the Recycling Center for Lancaster County.

Mr. Kelsey was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather who had the ability to make everyone feel special. He also was an avid sailor.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lancaster Community Library, P.O. Box 850, Kilmarnock, VA 22482; or the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, 47 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320-8111.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.


James J. Kouten
RICHMOND—James Joseph Kouten, 92, of Richmond passed away Monday, July 18, 2016.

He retired from the U.S. Army and was a triple veteran, serving in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. James received the following decorations, ESM; MSM w/1 OLC; JSCM; ARCOM w/1 OLC; ACM; EAME; GCMdl; WWIIVM; AOM; NDSM w/1 OLC; AFRM; VSM; MUC; RVNCM; RVNGCUC w/ Palm RVNTSM91stClass.

James attended the University of Maryland where he received his degree in engineering.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve A. Kouten; and daughter, Jennifer A. Kouten.

James is survived by his sons, Joseph A. Kouten, (Lori O.) and James E. Kouten, (Janet B.); grandchildren, Devin A. Fullilove, (Seth), and Ginger M. Kouten; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Lynn Fullilove.

A private service will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at nelsencares.com.


Honore V. O’Brien
WHITE STONE—Honore V. O’Brien, 80, of White Stone died on July 13, 2016.

She was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., the daughter of the late Ovide Gabriel and Honora Kearns de St. Aubin.

Mrs. O’Brien was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

She received a bachelor of arts from the College of New Rochelle in 1958. Mrs. O’Brien was an avid animal enthusiast. She and her daughters operated a horse training facility, “Limerick Morgans” in White Stone for many years.

Surviving are her husband, Richard W. O’Brien; two daughters, Kathleen O’Brien of Burton, Texas, and Corinne O’Brien-Nelson of Kilmarnock; a son, Richard O’Brien III of Blowing Rock, N.C.; a brother, Ovide Edward de St. Aubin of Siler City, N.C.; and a sister, Celeste Schettig of Key West, Fla.

A Requiem Mass was held July 16 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Kilmarnock, with Father Orlowsky officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church Building Fund, 154 E. Church St., Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.

James G. Padgett
KILMARNOCK—James G. “Jim” Padgett, 66, of Kilmarnock passed away on July 16, 2016.

He was the son of the late Willie Elmer Padgett and Gilda G. Huff Padgett. Jim was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his daughter, Helen Nicole Toadvine (Jeff); his son, Fletcher G. Padgett (Carter); his three granddaughters, Rachel, Lauren and Anna Claire Toadvine; his fiancé, G. Geneva Dawson, and her children, that he thought of as his own, Carrington R. Blencowe (Todd) and Kyle Lawton Kilduff.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine F. Padgett; and his sister, Cathy Padgett.

Jim received his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Maryland. He owned and operated James Padgett Dental Inc. in Kilmarnock. Jim donated his time to Mission of Mercy, a dental outreach program that provides dental services to families in need, for many years. He was passionate about helping families in the Northern Neck and the Eastern Shore.

Jim was a loving man and father who always had a kind word and was willing to help everyone he met. He will be missed by his family, friends and especially by his canine companions, Baby and Bentley.

Jim had a passion for smiling, dancing with his favorite partner, Geneva, playing bass guitar, going to the beach and, more than anything, listening to beach music.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578; Mission of Mercy, VDAF, 3460 Mayland Court, Suite 110, Richmond, VA 23233; or the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1295, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

Gerald E. Stiles
KILMARNOCK—Gerald Earl Stiles died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Kilmarnock. He was 81 and lived with his wife, Gail, in Wicomico Church.

Gerry was born in Muscatine, Iowa, on April 19, 1935, the son of Gerald and Rosalie Stiles. He spent his childhood having great adventures in the woods and fields of rural Missouri. He graduated from Chilecothe High School and went on to the University of Missouri where he earned a master’s in 1957.

He began his challenging and rewarding career in pharmaceuticals at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, N.Y., followed by Fisher Diagnostics in Orangeburg, N.Y. While working full time, he earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 1971.

In 1980, he moved to Boston to continue his career with Serono Laboratories, Inc. Serono required extensive travel to Europe and other countries. He served as president of the company until his retirement.

Retirement meant more time on his beloved sailboat, the Hubie-Doo. Through the years, he and his wife enjoyed walks on the beach, hikes in the woods with their dogs and many adventures on the Hubie-Doo.

Gerry is survived by his three children who share fond memories.

Cynthia Stiles Stacey remembers when we sailed out of Woods Hole on our way to Marion Harbor off the coast of Massachusetts through the roughest, yet one of the most beautiful storms I have ever witnessed in my life. You battled those horrendous waves and took my fear away, allowing me to enjoy the storm’s beauty because I knew I was safe in your care. Thank you, Daddy, for always keeping me safe. I will love you always, Your eldest daughter, Cindy.

Brian Stiles says I watched my father, whom I idolized, slowly disappear from Alzheimer’s. He was a great man who accomplished so much in his life. He taught me to love and respect the water from a young age on the Hudson River, Buzzards Bay and the islands. This is something I will always cherish. He lost his battle with this hideous disease on July 6. His entire family hopes his mind is whole again and he is sailing. Love you, Dad.

Valerie Whittier remembers a Dad’s job providing fun never seems to be done and you were no exception. After a long day at work, I would greet you in your bedroom and before you even had a chance to change out of your suit, I was begging to be flipped by my ankles on your bed. Flipping, flipping, flipping. I would say do it again, Daddy, do it again, and you would always say, even after a long day: One more time! Love you, Daddy, for loving me.

He is also survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Gail; his children’s spouses, Frederick Stacey and Kenneth Whittier; grandchildren, Brianna and Katlyn Stiles, Anthony and Rebecca Whittier, Eric Cunningham and his wife, Karen, and their children MacKenzie, Mia, Tyler and Kara.


Herman C. “Sam” Watson Sr.
On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Herman Chaple Watson Sr., affectionately known as “Sam,” went peacefully to join his beloved wife in their heavenly home at the age of 88. He was born December 5, 1927, to Furman Chaple and Mattie Pauline Watson in Charlotte, N.C.

Mr. Watson married the love of his life on July 9, 1957, and moved to Kilmarnock. First coming to the Northern Neck area as a door-to-door salesman, he and his wife established The Shoe Store on West Church Street in 1958. He was also a successful real estate investor.

Mr. Watson was well-known throughout the community for his kindness and generosity, often opening his store on Christmas for someone in need.

He was a member of Kilmarnock Baptist Church for over 56 years, where he served as a deacon.

Until recent years, they enjoyed their winter months at their home in Sun City Center, Fla., where they were members of the Kings Point Country Club.

Mr. Watson was predeceased by his wife, Gladys, and their granddaughter, April Cynthia Watson.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathryn Flowe of Charlotte, N.C.; his sons, Herman C. Watson Jr of Kilmarnock and Michael W. Watson of Troy; his daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie L. and Keefe Coburn of Dumfries and Kristie W. and Adam Duryea of Kilmarnock; his grandchildren, April Tucker and her husband, P.R., of Charlotte, N.C., Samantha Coburn, Katilyn, Cameron, and Connor Duryea, and Autumn Watson; and four great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Landon, Kathlynn, and Olivia Tucker.

He also leaves behind his beloved Jackie Owens Bunns who has lovingly cared for the family many years, Patricia Gaddy, Brenda Loper, Rita Boyd, Dawn Thompsen, and Fran Freeman. Thank you for the loving care that our father received during his final chapter.

The family also is eternally grateful for the numerous caregivers from RW-C at Home Care, and the staff at Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital for their professional care that was given.

A funeral service was held July 17 at Currie Funeral Home, with interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Kilmarnock. Visitation was held one hour prior. The Rev. John H. Farmer officiated the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Irvington Baptist Church’s Youth Fund, P.O. Box 417, Irvington, VA 22480.

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