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Virginia Lee B. Croswell
REEDVILE—Virginia Lee Bray Croswell, 80, of Reedville died at home on January 26, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Lee Bray and Virginia Booth Bray. “Bopeep,” as she was fondly known by her father and friends, was raised by her parents and her aunt and uncle, Elsie and Ennis Bray; brothers married sisters and they shared a home as one big family.

Virginia was the only child of Lee and “Virgie,’ but was raised as the youngest of six. Elsie and Ennis had five older children, Francis Earl, Mary Virginia, Mildred Lee, Robert L. and Elsie “Mickie.”

Virginia graduated from Reedville High School in 1952 and attended Pan-American Business School for Girls in Richmond. Afterwards, she worked as a secretary with Reedville Oil and Guano, later Haynie Products, and with Dr. Robert E. Beatley at Reedville Medical Clinic, later Bay Harbor Medical Center, in Burgess as a medical secretary.

Virginia married Thomas James Croswell in 1954, who was the plant superintendent for Zapata Haynie in Reedville; he died in 2001; she was at his bedside when he passed. They had two sons, Thomas Paul Croswell and David Lee Croswell, both of Reedville.

Virginia was a longtime member of Bethany United Methodist Church, a member of the Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Northumberland County Rescue Squad and Reedville Fisherman’s Museum.

She is survived by her best friend and constant companion, Edwin W. “Bootsie” Rice; sons, Thomas Paul Croswell Sr. and David Lee Croswell; grandsons, whom she raised, Thomas Paul Croswell Jr., Michael James Croswell, Matthew Lee Croswell and Joshua Douglas Croswell; extended family, Vincent and Lydia Haynie and their sons, Emory and Samuel; Warner and Alice Rice and their daughters, Emily, Rachel and Ann; and cousins, Francis Earl Bray and his wife, Iris, and Robert L. Bray and his wife, Clara, both of whom considered “Bopeep” as their fourth sister.

Virginia’s best friend from childhood, Barbara Bowen Forrest, passed in 2010. Virginia missed Barbara and was her eternal friend; Barbara’s husband, Eugene “Speed” remains a true friend. Another close friend, Anne Winters Haynie, called Bopeep “tough” and tough she was. Anne and her husband, Wendell Haynie, were close friends and will be forever appreciated.

The family is very grateful for the care she received from Christina Slavin, F.N.P. and her staff, The Virginia Cancer Institute, and the staff of VCU Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 30, at Bethany United Methodist Church, Reedville. Interment will follow in the family plot at Roseland Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 29, at the church.

Pallbearers will be A. Warner Rice, D. Vincent Haynie Jr., Emory V. Haynie, Samuel E. Haynie, Eugene “Speed” Forrest and Vernon F. Brann. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Tripp, Tommy Beatley and Leslie F. Croswell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 656, Burgess, VA 22432, Mid-County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 355, Heathsville, VA 22473, or Northumberland Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Reedville, VA 22539.

Currie Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.

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Anna V. P. Douglas
SMITHFIELD—Anna Virginia Pitman Douglas, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on January 24, 2015, after an extended illness. Born in Irvington on March 9, 1927, Anna was the daughter of the late Earl and Grace Mitchell Pitman.

A beloved wife, mother, sister, and stepmother, Anna leaves to cherish her memories her husband of 23 years, Edgar F. Douglas; her daughter, Anne Wesley Norris of Richmond; a sister, Nellie Walden of Urbanna; her stepchildren, Paul Douglas, Patricia Stafford, and Lynn Mallonie; five step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by a grandson, John Vernon Swann, and a sister, Marjie Barnett.

Anna will be remembered for her spirit of helping in the time of need and willfulness in act or deed. She was a passionate homemaker and gardener, always keeping busy. She was a member of Irvington Baptist Church.

Family and friends will gather at 7 p.m., Friday, January 30, at Colonial Funeral Home, 1515 South Church Street, Smithfield, for a service celebrating Anna’s life, followed by visitation. The Rev. Tim Phipps will be officiating. At 1 p.m., Saturday, January 31, a graveside funeral service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Kilmarnock.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Christian Outreach Program, P.O. Box 253, Smithfield, VA 23431.

Colonial Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Share remembrances and words of comfort with the Douglas family at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

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Helen V. Goodman
KILMARNOCK—Helen Valentine Goodman, 95, passed peacefully from this life on January 17, 2015. She was born on August 8, 1919, in Valentines to the late Lewis Randolph Valentine and Mattie Moore Kidd.

Helen attended Longwood College and graduated from the Johnston-Willis School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She worked for 30 years with Drs. Lamberth and Goode at the Kilmarnock Clinic, having also served as a nurse in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Helen was predeceased by her husband, James W. Goodman Jr.; and her sister, Charlotte Valentine.

She is survived by her devoted children, Dr. Barbara Goodman, David Goodman, Dr. Ron Goodman (Debbie Donelson) and Brenda Goodman (Dr. Jesse Rabinowitz); her sisters, Margaret V. Lechner and Frances V. Rawlings; her grandchildren, Lisa Goodman Brown (Robert), Josh Goodman (Janette), Dr. Rachael Goodman and Aaron Rabinowitz (Luisa), who knew her as “Val”; her four great-grandchildren, Aidan, Lanie, Tyler and Bria, who affectionately called her “GG”; and her sisters-in-law, Helen Dunn and Alice Goodman. She was also much loved by special family friends, Sue Bopp, Kay and Jay Freeman and Susan Cary.

Helen was a gentle and loving mother and grandmother. She cherished her nursing career and benefitted countless people with her care. She was known by her family and community for her always-positive outlook, warm hugs and fabulous country cooking. Her country-fried steak and lemon tarts were the stuff of legend. She was also a charter member of the Kilmarnock Rescue Squad.

A celebration of her life took place on January 24 at Lakeside United Methodist Church in Richmond. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Kilmarnock Rescue Squad, 61 Harris Road, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

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Betty Jane S. Kerns
IRVINGTON—Betty Jane Sydnor Kerns, 88, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2015, in Irvington surrounded by her family.

She was born and raised in Richmond, to the late Trent Clarke Sydnor and Ruth Slaughter Sydnor. After attending Thomas Jefferson High School, Betty Jane was graduated from Hollins College in 1947 with a bachelor of arts.

Returning to Richmond following her educational years, Betty Jane married the late Trevilian Augustus “T.A.” Kerns Jr. in 1948 and together they raised and nurtured their four children while remaining active participants in their church and community. Betty Jane excelled in her many roles as wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her adoring family. She passed along to all of her children her love of family and entertaining.

Some of her fondest memories were of her two bridge clubs of 50-plus years, the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club and times spent playing the piano. She cherished her many wonderful summers spent with family and friends at their cottage on the Rappahannock River where they eventually retired.

She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Sydnor Kerns of Richmond, Betty Kerns von Zielinski of Vero Beach, Fla.; Anne Kerns Munford of Raleigh, N.C.; her son, Trent Sydnor Kerns, and wife Kate Kittrell Kerns of Richmond; her grandchildren, Virginia von Zielinski Fowler and Theodor von Zielinski of Vero Beach, Fla., Christina von Zielinski Perrin of Charleston, S.C., Bailey Munford Williams and Franklin Randolph Munford of Raleigh, N.C., Clarke Monroe Munford of Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Winslow Kerns and Trent Sydnor Kerns Jr. of Richmond; her great-grandchildren, Harper Anne Williams and Amelia Lee Williams of Raleigh, N.C., and Lila Blake Fowler and Brooklyn Taylor Fowler of Vero Beach, Fla.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the loving staff of Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury and Hospice of Virginia for the wonderful care and support that they provided.

A celebration of Betty Jane’s life was held from 3 to 6 p.m. January 25 at 3907 Sulgrave Road in Richmond. Services were private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900, or by mail to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090.

Bennett Funeral Home of Richmond handled the arrangements.

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Louis H. Sutton
BALTIMORE, MD.—Louis Howard Sutton, 84, of Baltimore, Md., died January 6, 2015.

Mr. Sutton was born in Edwardsville. He was baptized by Shiloh Baptist Church, Reedville, at Taylor’s Beach on the Chesapeake Bay.

In 1951, he was drafted by the U.S. Marine Corps and saw action during the Korean War. During his service, Cpl. Sutton received the Korean Service Medal with Bronze Stars, the National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Medal and Ribbon.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Edwardsville. A few months later, he moved to Baltimore permanently to work for the Martin Company and later for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Sparrows Point. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after working for 42 years and nine months.

He was predeceased by his parents, Berkley Mack Sutton Sr. and Eva Crockett Sutton; son, Mark Sutton; sisters, unnamed girl (stillborn), Julia Ross, Edith Oxford and Mary Toulson; brothers, unnamed boy (stillborn), James Sutton, Berkley Sutton Jr. and Lawrence “Didi” Sutton.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Annie Sutton; daughters, Karen Sutton of Baltimore and Wanda R. S. Camper of Hinesville, Ga.; sons, Don Sutton and Dana Sutton of Baltimore; granddaughter, Tiana Patterson; and great-grandchildren, Tobias, Angelina, Maya and Katherine Patterson, all of Augusta, Ga.; and brother, William S. Sutton, and sister, Ethel S. C. Noel, both of Edwardsville.

A viewing was held January 16 at March Funeral Home West, Baltimore. A funeral was held January 17 at Whitestone Baptist Church, Baltimore. Viewing and visitation were held January 18 at Campbell Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, and burial at Sutton Family Cemetery, Edwardsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, kidney.org/support/, or The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, pdf.org/. Online condolences may be made at MarchFH.com.

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Susan L. Tipton
REEDVILLE—Susan L. Tipton, 67, of Reedville passed away suddenly on January 22, 2015.

She is survived by her sister, Carol and her brother-in-law, Brian O’Donnell of Cold Spring, N.Y.; her nephew, Michael O’Donnell of New Orleans, La., and her cousin, Joan Merriam of Duncan, Ontario.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Cletus and Margaret Lunny and her husband, Robert L. Tipton.

Susan was born in 1947 in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from high school in 1964 where she was active in the ski club and swim team.

She immigrated to the U.S. with her parents and sister in 1965 and settled in San Francisco. She worked for Pacific Telephone and managed the data center where she met her future husband, Bob, the IBM on-site systems support representative. Susan and Bob relocated to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1978 where she began her career with IBM in strategic planning and business development.

After retiring from IBM in 1989, Susan and her husband came to the Northern Neck to follow their dream of operating a bed and breakfast. She was attracted to the area because of its natural beauty, rich history, and access to the water. They owned and operated Cedar Grove Bed and Breakfast in Fleeton for over 10 years.

She quickly found a way to use her organizational and planning talents to contribute to the community she loved. She established an area tourism board, and was active in the state tourism efforts, securing funding for many projects aimed at preserving local history and bringing economic activity to the area.

Susan’s voice was not limited to the business side of the community. She sang enthusiastically in her beautiful alto voice, in the St Mary’s Episcopal Church choir, the Reedville Chorus and the Chesapeake Chorale.

Susan was a longtime active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Fleeton where she served as treasurer for over 15 years, was a member of the choir, and was recently elected senior warden. She contributed her energy and skills wherever they were needed and gave generously of her time at St. Mary’s Thrift Shop.

Susan was deeply involved with the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum serving in many roles over the years focused on long-term strategic growth and fundraising: member of the RFM board of directors, board president, interim director, chairman of the annual “Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek” event and creator of its “signature” boat tour component, publicity chairman, auction chairman, membership committee, archives committee, crew on the Claude W Somers and docent. Susan was a lifelong avid gardener and was instrumental in creating and maintaining the native-plants garden, in cooperation with Bethany Church and Master Gardener.

Susan had a zest for knowledge and thirst for travel. As a fluent French speaker, she took many trips to France, but had traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Susan was continuously expanding her travel horizons, recently adding scuba diving to her list of adventures.

Susan was involved in many other activities including membership in the Garden Club of the Northern Neck, local libraries, and bridge groups, and provided her friends with a perfect shady porch from which to enjoy the annual Reedville Independence Day parade. She will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 1, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Fleeton. Interment will follow at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reedville Fisherman’s Museum, P.O. Box 306, Reedville, VA 22539, or Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.