, 2015


Eugene C. Ashburn
WHITE STONE—Eugene C. Ashburn, 78, of White Stone passed away on April 2, 2015. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving for over 20 years.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Cathy K. Ashburn; his children, Cris Ashburn of Toledo, Ohio, Steven Ashburn of Newport News, Tracy Ford of Wicomico Church, Deanna Reese of Newport News, William Ashburn of Weems, Teresa Sandora-Bradbury of New Jersey, Randy Ashburn of New Jersey, Robert Diller of Smyna, Tenn., and William Diller of Lancaster; a sister, Bessie Evans of Topping; two brothers, Robert Ashburn and Julius Ashburn of Lancaster; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Eugene was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Whay Dalton; his father, Welford Ashburn; and his brothers, William Ashburn and James Ashburn.

A private family service will be held at a later date.


Edward F. Booth Sr.
HENRICO—Edward Franklin “Sonny” Booth, 80, of Henrico, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Elaine Chase Booth; and a son, Mark E. Booth. He also was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Walter E. “Buddy” Booth Jr. and his wife, Charlotte.

Booth is survived by a son, Edward F. Booth Jr. (Lori); a daughter, Elizabeth Booth Miles (Keith); grandchildren, Mark Booth Jr., Thomas Booth, Eric Booth and Keith Miles Jr.; stepgrandson, Josh Allen; a sister, Marion Booth; and many nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.

Sonny had been active in the Lion’s Club and RSCS Association. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and being on the water.

In 1947, his parents, Walter and Anita Booth, purchased the 52-acre Billy Cookman farm on a point of land between the east and west branches of Cod Creek near Heathsville. He had summer jobs at the tomato cannery at Walnut Point and worked for James Lewis who ran the store there. He also worked on the farm of A. Harold and Myrtle Clarke of Clarketown, where plowing the front southern field unearthed bricks from the first home on the Northern Neck, Northumberland House.

After a stint in the U.S. Army he worked for his father’s company, Refrigeration Supply Company, later Booth Supply Company. He married Elaine Chase and they had three children who spent summers and weekends on Cod Creek learning how to fish and crab. They planted a vegetable garden. His four grandsons learned how to fish and crab there.

His sister, Marion “Cooky” Booth lives on Cod Creek.

The family received friends April 7 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond. A graveside service was held April 8 in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lion’s Club.


Shelva J. Davenport
WHITE STONE—Shelva Jean Davenport, 77, of White Stone passed away on April 10, 2015.

She is survived by her children, Debra Jean George of Orange, Larry R. Davenport of Williamsburg and Janet Davenport Hernandez of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three grandchildren, Kelly Ann Davenport, Kyle W. and Nakita L. Hernandez; two great-grandchildren; a very special friend, Debbie West of Newport News; and a brother, George L. Abbott Jr.

Shelva was preceded in death by her husband, William Larry Davenport.

Funeral services were held April 13 at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Interment followed the service at White Stone United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216; or American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Ste. A 102, Newport News, VA 23606.


James D. Lybarger
IRVINGTON—James Donald Lybarger, 85, formerly of Irvington, died March 21, 2015, in Temple, Texas, from complications of pneumonia.

He was born June 21, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo., to Freeman Wilbur Lybarger and Minerva Irene McKinnon.

Jim grew up on a farm in Meadville, Pa., with his four siblings, Ruth, Ruby, Robert and LeRoy (Lee), all who have preceded him in death.  After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War from 1950–1954. Upon returning to Meadville, he married JoAnne Lemon in 1956.

Jim worked as the plant manager at GTI Corporation in Saegertown, Pa. In the mid ‘70s, he purchased and operated Bubba’s Lounge in Meadville, Pa. 

 Jim returned to industry in 1979 and relocated to Rocky Mount, N.C., to accept the position of plant manager for Torpedo Wire & Strip Inc.

In 1981, he married Michelle Miller, also formerly of Meadville, Pa.  After his retirement in 1998, Jim and Michelle relocated to Irvington, where Michelle accepted a position as director of rehabilitation services and sports medicine for Rappahannock General Hospital in Kilmarnock.

Jim moved to Killeen, Texas, in 2005 to live with his daughter, Marlene, and his daughter-in-law, Lora Lee Skinner. 

In addition, other survivors are his daughter, Sandy Holsopple of Cochranton, Pa.; his former wife, Michelle Lybarger, of Irvington; grandchildren, Karrie, Jason and Travis; and several great-grandchildren.

A military burial service was held March 30 at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery, Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home (crawfordbowers.org).


Albert G. Mumma
LANCASTER—Albert Girard Mumma Jr., 86, died at his home, as he wished, April 8, 2015, after a long and valiant struggle to live. He was a talented architect, designer and artist whose works extend over a wide area of the country and beyond.

Mr. Mumma was the son of Rear Adm. Albert G. Mumma and Carmen Braley Mumma of Wesley, Iowa. He was born on July 2, 1928, in Long Beach, Calif., where his father was stationed in the U.S. Navy.

Surviving are his wife, Jan; his daughter, Eugenia Mumma Villagra and her husband, Dr. Victor Villagra, of Noank, Conn.; his son, Peter B. Mumma and his wife, Lisa, of Raleigh, N.C.; six grandchildren, Alejandra Villagra Van Dalen and Julia Villagra, both of New York City, David Villagra of San Francisco, and Karen, Trey and Harrison Mumma, all of Raleigh.

Mr. Mumma was a proud graduate of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where he was first in his class and won the American Institute of Architects Medal for excellence in 1951. His works as architect, developer and planner were acclaimed over a wide area of the East Coast. He also designed trade fairs for the U.S. government in Japan, Finland, Spain, Poland, El Salvador and France (Paris Air Show), and he designed Marriott Hotels at the Newark, N.J., Airport, in Key Biscayne, Fla., Dayton, Ohio, Toronto, Canada, Aneheim, Calif., and at the Houston Medical Center in Texas.

Other major architectural works included the National Arboretum Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Gaulludt College Hearing & Speech Center and Gymnasium, the Municipal Airport and City Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska; schools and churches, apartments and townhouses in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. He won a design award from the Washington Board of Trade for a residential complex in Washington, D.C.

Most of all, Jerry (as he was known) enjoyed contemporary residential work, designing private residences and additions in Washington, Maryland, Virginia and the Northern Neck.

Mr. Mumma was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Scarab Honorary Fraternity, and was a former member of Indian Creek Country Club and the Rappahannock River Yacht Club. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and he was listed in Who’s Who in America.

Next to art and architecture, the thing Jerry loved most was sailing his sailboats, Storm and Dawn, and racing with the RRYC Club, where he proudly won cups in many events on the water. He was an ardent fan of all sports, but most especially of the Washington Redskins. He also loved to paint in oils, acrylics and water colors. His art works are widely scattered among friends, families and collectors.

Mr. Mumma died in the beautiful contemporary home he designed for himself and his wife on the Western Branch of the Corrottoman River—a house full of glass and light with wide views of the water that he loved so much. He was a loyal and greatly beloved husband to his wife, Jan, who adored and admired him equally, and he was a strong presence in the lives of family and friends.

Funeral services were private at his home with 10 members of his immediate family and his wonderful aide and companion, Bessie Jones, there to bid him farewell. His ashes were buried beneath a much loved dogwood tree near the house. A later celebration of his life is planned on the occasion of his birthday, July 2.


Lt. Col. Ted B. Newton
IRVINGTON—Lt. Col. Ted B. Newton, 84, of Irvington passed away on April 12, 2015, in his home due to a long battle with cancer.

Ted was born January 15, 1931, in Shelby, N.C., but lived most of his early life in Fort Mill, S.C., graduating from Fort Mill High School in the class of 1950. He was the son of the late John Lee Newton and Virginia Hames Newton of Fort Mill.

He spent most of his business career in banking and with bank information technology providers to the banking industry. While in high school he joined the S.C. National Guard in Fort Mill, Company H where he earned his commission to second lieutenant. He later moved to Lenoir, N.C,. as a result of his business career and transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with over 30 years service.

Ted is a graduate of Kings College, Charlotte, N.C., the Stonier Graduate School of Banking/Finance at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., while with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Ted was retired and resided in Tampa, Fla., for 15 years and three years in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., before moving to Irvington. There he was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

Ted is predeceased by his son, Scott Hames Newton.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Elaine Newton, of Irvington; sons, Jeffrey Newton and wife Beth of Markham, and Len Newton of Kalispell, Mont.; grandson, Tom Newton; granddaughter, Tricia Newton, both of Kalispell, Mont.; stepson, Craig Miller and wife Lisa of Alexandria; stepdaughter, Lauren McCann Davenport and husband Bill of White Stone; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Resurrection will be said at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Kilmarnock.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside-Walter Reed Hospice, P.O. Box 1130, Gloucester, VA 23061.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.


Wesley L. Simpson
REEDVILLE—Wesley L. Simpson Sr., 85, of Reedville passed away on March 30, 2015. He retired from the Precision Measurement Electronics Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He also served in the National Guard, and was a member of Tibitha Church of God, Reedville.

He was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Abigail Cullen.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mildred A. Simpson; his son, Wesley L. Simpson Jr., and his wife, Teresa, of Reedville; two daughters, Kathy Lynn Colbert and her husband, Christopher, of Virginia Beach, Debbie Sue Harris and her husband, Doug, of Callao; four grandchildren, Marty Dillon, Michael Cullen, Ronnie Dillon and Erik Milau; nine great-grandchildren, Brittany, Zachary, Samantha, Shelby, Nicholas, and Trevor Dillon, Michael Cullen, and Riley and Jayden Milau.

The family received friends April 1 at Tibitha Church of God. A funeral service was held April 2 at the church. Burial followed at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northumberland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Reedville, VA 22539, or to Gideons International, P.O.Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.

Online remembrances may be made at faulknerfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Michael K. Worsham
SUMMERFIELD, FLA.—Michael Kennon Worsham, 76, beloved husband and friend to many, entered into eternal peace on April 6, 2015, at his winter home in Summerfield, Fla. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jacqueline Sue; his sister-in-law, Barbara Dalton and her husband, Dennis; nieces, Amy and Beth Dalton and the Rev. Joy Moss; and loving cousins and godchildren and many dear friends.

Michael grew up in Richmond and was a proud member of Benedictine’s Class of 1957. He was a devoted and loyal supporter of the school.

He retired from Reynolds Metals in Richmond to enjoy his love of the water at his home in Reedville on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. He enjoyed many happy hours fishing and boating and spending time with family and friends.

Michael was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and attended St. Francis de Sales Church in Kilmarnock. He was a dedicated U.S. Marine and a member of the Marine Corps League in Callao.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Avenue, Richmond. Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, 12829 River Road. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary.  Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to a charity of choice.