, 2016

Ann L. Tyler
Ann L. Tyler, 82, of Chester died November 25, 2016.

Surviving are her children, Susan James and John H. Tyler Jr.; grandson, Jonathan Tyler; brother, Aubrey Lindsey (Helen); and nephews, Lee Lindsey (Mindy) and McClintock Lindsey (Elizabeth).
Funeral services will be private.


Ryland C. Gaskins Jr.
KILMARNOCK—Ryland Crittenden Gaskins Jr., 80, of Kilmarnock, died November 25, 2016. Born and raised in Northumberland County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Ryland Crittenden Gaskins Sr., and Gertrude Conley Gaskins.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shelva Jean Lankford Gaskins; his son, Ryland (Ryan) Crittenden Gaskins III, and his daughter, Belinda Jean Gaskins, both of Kilmarnock; his grandsons, Michael Anthony Gaskins and Mark Allen Gaskins, both of Newport News; his sisters, Sue Gaskins Forrester and husband Mitchell Forrester of Kilmarnock, and Roberta (Bobbi) Gaskins Weeks and husband Hassell Weeks of Rocky Mt., NC, and several nieces and nephews.

A retired waterman, Ryland was particularly fond of Tangier Island and her special people.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 28, at Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, at the funeral home. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Whitechapel Episcopal Church in Lively.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kilmarnock-Lancaster Rescue Squad, P O Box 333, Kilmarnock, VA 22482 or Trinity Episcopal Church Scholarship Fund, P O Box 208, Lancaster, VA 22503.


Glenna K. Haynie
Glenna Kilduff Haynie, 69, of Washington D.C., died of cancer on November 29, 2016. 

Preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Ron Haynie, she is survived by her daughter, Michael Katherine Haynie, daughter-in-law, Marissa Haynie, and grandson Grant Haynie. She is also survived by her siblings, Ellen Kilduff Douglas, Steve Lewis, Andy Lewis and their families.

Born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, Glenna moved to Washington in 1967 and became a lifelong resident. She spent 42 years working with students, faculty, and the Watkins Collection at American University in the Art Department, retiring in 2010. Upon her retirement she continued volunteer work at the Palisades Village and the Palisades Community School, as well as enjoying her new role as a grandmother.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at the Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American University in her memory to support the conservation of the Watkins Collection. Donations can be sent to: Watkins Collection Conservation, American University Office of Development, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue N.W, Washington, DC 20016. Checks should be made out to American University with a note in the memo line that it is in honor of Glenna.


Myrtis N. O. Lawyer
MORATTICO—Myrtis Naomi Oliver Lawyer, 92, died peacefully at home in Morattico on Monday, November 21.

She was predeceased by her parents, Jesse Oliver and Beatrice Carter Oliver Doggett; her brother, Gordon Oliver; and her loving husband of 57 years, Harold Evan Lawyer.

Naomi is survived by her three children, Victor Lawyer, Bruce Lawyer and his wife, Margaret, and Valerie Lawyer Hopkins and her husband, Mark. Also surviving are her four grandchildren, Jessica Lawyer Grimwood and her husband, Donovan of Nashville, Gordon Lawyer, Vincent Lawyer and his wife, Julie, and their children, Sarah, Nathan and David of Columbus, Ga., and Wade Lawyer of Lynchburg.

Naomi, as her friends called her, was born on May 5, 1924, at her Mother’s home in Lancaster County. She graduated from Lively High School, attended Richmond Polytechnic Institute. She married her husband, Harold, on December 15, 1945, after a whirlwind courtship.

Anyone who knew her could testify that she was unfailingly kind and generous. One of the many ways she expressed these traits was to give those of her older friends and relatives, who were no longer able to drive, free rides wherever they wanted to go. She was a life-long member of Corrottoman Baptist Church and served as the church’s first woman deacon.

Appropriately, the Gospel reading for the day of Naomi’s death speaks about the poor widow who put her mite into the offering box. “These others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Naomi joyfully made her whole life an offering to God, her church, her family and her friends.

Visitation was held November 26 at Currie Funeral Home and a funeral on Sunday, November 27, at Corrottoman Baptist Church, Ottoman. Burial followed at Corrottoman Church Cemetery.

Richard Rau
LANCASTER—Richard Rau of Lancaster passed away on November 24, 2016. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 7, 1923, he was the youngest of four children to Isabelle Catherine Ely and William Llewllyn Rau.

Richard attended Ohio State University his freshman year of college. Then, following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, he joined the United States Army Air Force where he served as a pilot during World War II. In 1949 he graduated from Case Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After a brief stint in New York, he returned to Ohio to join his family’s construction company until it closed in the 1970s. Deciding it was time to do something different in the future with his life, he attended and obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 1980 from The George Mason School of Law. He then maintained a law office in Fairfax County and later in Lancaster County until he retired at the age of 91.

During his younger days he played pro-am golf and remained an avid fan, not only of golf, but of Ohio State football, pro football, ACC basketball and pro tennis. He was a retired member of Rotary International.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ann; a daughter, Nancy; a nephew, Timothy Kelly (Ginger) of Houston, Texas; stepchildren, Sandra Marshall Cerkez (Tom), John Webster Marshall, Victoria Marshall Nester; a godchild, Annie C. Daly; step-grandchildren, Talena, Vali Ann, Jesse, Tracy, James, Alexis and Christopher, and five step-great-grandchildren.

Richard will long be remembered for his tenacious adherence to what he felt was right and wrong as well as his steadfast support of family and friends.

A private service will be held at a later date. The family asks that any gifts in his memory be made to the Upper Lancaster Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 176, Lively, VA 22507 or to the Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578.

Travis S. Taylor
REEDVILLE—Travis Stuart Taylor of Reedville, passed into God’s hand on Monday, November 21, 2016, at the age of 25.

He is survived by his mother, Cynthia Taylor of Reedville; his siblings, Courtney Scullin of New Hope, Minn., Amanda Hunter Taylor of Williamsburg and Montgomery Taylor of Richmond; his grandparents, Mary and Leicester Cook of Williamsburg; his uncles, Donald Taylor of Pensacola, Fla., and Doug Cook of Williamsburg; his aunt Leslie Wilson of Winchester and his fiancé, Savannah Waters of Independence, Mo.

He is preceded in death by his father, George Arthur Taylor.

Travis was born on December 27, 1990, in Fairfax County. He attended Christchurch School and Northumberland High School. He found his passion in building and creating in the construction field. Travis also enjoyed volunteering his time at the Northumberland County Animal Shelter.

Travis was known to his friends and family as an extremely kind and generous soul who was always up for an adventure. He found comfort in his faith in God and in the love of his family and friends. He will never be forgotten by the people who were lucky enough to cross his path.

A memorial service was held November 26 at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northumberland County Animal Shelter, P. O. Box 305, Heathsville, VA 22473.

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