Walter Harold Gillions of Heathsville passed away on April 7, 2016, one day before his 83rd birthday.
He was the son of the late Walter R. and Anna Winstead Gillions.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan C. Gillions. Also surviving are his children, Marc Gillions, Brian Gillions (Leigh), and Natalie G. Clevinger (Roger); his sister, Marguerite Castle; grandchildren, Cord Gillions, Carson Gillions, Madelyn Clevinger, Cole Gillions and Zach Clevinger; and many cousins.
Walter served 10 years in the United States Air Force. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s from West Virginia University and continued graduate study at William and Mary.
He began his career in education teaching in Fauquier County. He joined York County (Poquoson) Public Schools in 1966 where he served as a guidance counselor, principal and director of plant development.
After moving to the Northern Neck in 1994, he became a member of Kilmarnock United Methodist Church and attended there as well as Heathsville United Methodist Church.
Walter sang with the Northern Neck Bay Tones, the Chesapeake Chorale, and the Reedville Chorus. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic.
He will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Kilmarnock United Methodist Church Choir Fund, Heathsville Methodist Church Stained Glass Fund, or the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic.
A private memorial service will be held for the family.
(The preceding obituary appeared in the April 14 2016 issue of the Rappahannock Record)
Irene Ratcliffe Turpin, 86, of Heathsville, formerly of Radford, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 5, 2015.
She is survived by her daughters, Drema Turpin and Woodrow Minnick of Radford and Debra Diann Turpin of Heathsville; her son, Alvin Michael Turpin of Radford; her nephews, Dickie “Doc” Lyons and wife Patty of Heathsville, and Terry Ratcliffe and wife Sabrina of Christiansburg; five grandchildren, Steve Minnick, Kim Minnick and Scott Minnick of Radford, Jessica Phillips of Dublin and James and Amanda Turpin of Stella, N.C.; five great-grandchildren, Macaylah Phillips, Clayton Phillips and Natalie Phillips of Dublin, Jillynn Turpin and Caleb Turpin of Stella, N.C.; her faithful companion, Toby; and special friends, George and Naomi Guthrie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Minnion Turpin; her parents, James Cameron and Ella Mae Ratcliffe; and her sisters, Dorothy Lyons Viars and Geneva Ratcliffe Robbins.
A very special thanks to Hospice of Virginia, especially Lori Rice and Brenda Hence, and to Dr. James Bryant, Dr. June Daffeh and the nursing staff at Rappahannock General Hospital.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560.
(The preceding obituary appeared on the Currie Funeral Home website.)
Douglas Tilden Hatch, Sr., 71, of Heathsville, Virginia died on Saturday, May 10, 2014 .
He was the son of the late John and Margaret Hatch.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Leslie Emes Hatch; his daughters, Hilary M. Osborne and husband, Scott of Medford, New Jersey, Vita Vygovska and husband, Vitali Beregovoi of Richboro, Pennsylvania; his son, Douglas Tilden Hatch, Jr. of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Quinlan Henry Hatch, Miles James Hatch, Anton Beregovoi and Anna E. Beregovoi and his sister, Barbara Barbuto and husband, David of Laconia, New Hampshire.
Mr. Hatch was born in Orange, New Jersey on April 30, 1943. He grew up in Chatham, New Jersey and attended Wake Forest University. He retired in 1999 as Vice President of Boat Insurance for CIGNA after a long career in the insurance industry.
He was active in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed carving ducks and birds. He also was an avid golfer and stamp collector and his favorite pastimes were fishing, crabbing and barbecuing.
(The preceding obituary appeared on the Currie Funeral Home website.)
Before she passed away, Thursday, May 8, 2014, our neighbor, Brenda Johnson reportedly expressed a desire not to be remembered by a memorial service or obituary. As a result, we have little to go on other than the memory of her on which to base a memorial. For the short time we knew her, Brenda was an avid gardener and served until shortly before her death as chairwoman of the Mallard Bay Landscaping Committee. Brenda was a loving grandmother and a quiet, but enthusiastic member of the community.
She was a very fun person to spend time with and had a wonderful sense of humor. She immigrated here from the UK and following her retirement never considered returning there. She loved her home here in Mallard Bay and often expressed her gratitude for the good neighbors and friends she had made here, and for the help and support they provided to her during her battle with cancer. She was a long-time volunteer at the Kilmarnock Hospital.
(The preceding memorial was the result of comments from various neighbors and friends of Brenda's from the Mallard Bay community.)
H. Carl Lindh, of Heathsville, Virginia, was born in Finland on May 16, 1921, and passed away on May 9, 2013 at Regional Memorial Hospital in Mechanicsville, at almost 92 years old.
He came to America when he was 19 years old. In 1942, he trained in Colorado with the 10th Mountain Ski Division for mountain warfare. They fought in Italy to break through the German defense, and helped to end World War II. He was a life-time member of the 10th Mt. Association, and a great downhill skier. He was a skilled carpenter, who worked for companies doing the interior of churches, and was blessed with good health almost to the end of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Inge H. Lindh; one son, Eric C. Lindh and his wife Lynne, of Goshen, New York; and two grandsons, Chris and Alexander Lindh.
(The preceding obituary appeared on the Jones-Ash Funeral Home website.)
Julaine Elizabeth Cleland, 71, of Heathsville died May 25, 2012 in Richmond at the Lexington Court Rehabilitation Center. She was gamely attempting to recover from complications related to spinal surgery conducted in January 2012.
She was born in Hollywood, California on July 22, 1940, daughter of the late Paul H. Boatman and Muriel M. Boatman. Julaine was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Carroll of Fredericksburg and her parents who then lived in Coral Gables, Florida.
Surviving is her husband of 53 years, Robert D. Cleland, formerly of College Station, Texas.
Julaine was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where her father was the Director of SW Region of the FAA. She graduated from Amon Carter High School in 1957 and attended North Texas State College studying Graphic Art. In June 1959, she married Robert Cleland, a graduate of Texas A & M with a degree in Chemical Engineering and English.
She accompanied her new husband to Charleston, W. Va., where he was employed by Union Carbide in Research and Development. Julaine also gained employment at Union Carbide as a draftsman in their Engineering Department. Later she worked for the West Virginia Department of Highway’s in charge of public communications, including publishing the state’s annual road map. Early activities she enjoyed with her husband included sports car club activities, skeet shooting, hunting and later sailing.
Her artistic talent led her into calligraphy and quilting. Julaine produced many beautiful 14th century style illuminations and presentation pieces in her home calligraphy business. She taught calligraphy arts in West Virginia and later in Nicosia, Cyprus. Julaine enjoyed the patronage of Jay and Sharon Rockefeller, then governor of West Virginia, in creating pieces for their presentations to others. In her quilting, she especially enjoyed the designing and making of patches for children’s quilts. She belonged to the Cutting Edge Quilt Guild and the RFM Quilters here in Virginia. Julaine also did volunteer service at the Northumberland Library.
In 1986, she joined her husband in early retirement, giving time for a long planned voyage on their 36 foot sailboat “Tropic Bird”, to Europe and the Caribbean. This cruise gradually extended to 14 years and covered more than 50,000 miles of sea and ocean, with extended visits to more than 60 countries. In 2000, they returned to the U.S. A. and moved ashore to a new home which they designed and helped build in Mallard Bay, south of Heathsville on the Great Wicomico River.
Julaine had a wonderful sense of humor and a natural affinity for people. She made enduring friendships across the world and was always a great ambassador for her country and her U. S. Flagged vessel. She has been described by her friends as having a razor-sharp wit and great social presence. Her husband describes her as a wonderful wife, companion and a person of great character with a strong sense of values. She will be deeply missed by all.
(The preceding obituary appeared on the Currie Funeral Home website)
Anita Louise Schnorr Turney Perkins, 89, of Wicomico Church, Virginia went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 2, 2012, completing her earthly journey that began January 9, 1923. Anita was most recently attending Coan Baptist Church of Heathsville, Virginia, and formerly a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lockport, New York.
Anita was predeceased by her husbands, Millard Turney, and Joseph Perkins, by a daughter Patricia Crandall and a brother William Schnorr.
She is survived by her daughters, Nanette (David) Schlager and Dorothy (Adolf) Wais. She also is Nana to eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, August (Jean) Schnorr and sister-in-law Delores Schnorr. The funeral was held in New York.
Faulkner Family Funeral Home handled the arrangements locally.
(Mrs. Perkins lived for her last several years at the Mallard Bay home of Dottie and Dolf Wais. An obituary posted on the Faulkner Family Funeral Home website served as the basis for this memorial.)
Our neighbor, friend and MBPOA board member Art Kilpatrick passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2010.
Arthur Lawrence Kilpatrick, CDR., USN (Ret.) of Heathsville, Va. died on June 26, 2010. Commander Kilpatrick, a Naval Aviator, retired from the U.S. Navy in 1988 with 27 years of service. He was a great lover of the skies and sea. He will be missed forever by everyone as a wonderful and fun loving man.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Evelyn Joyce Kilpatrick; a sister, Lois Shelton of Ansonia, Conn. six nieces and nephews; eight great nieces and great nephews.
(The preceding obituary was published on the Curie Funeral Home website.)
Dorothy M. Koontz, 93, of Heathsville, Va., passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury. She was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kilmarnock, Va., which she joined in January, 2004 shortly after moving to the Mallard Bay Community to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Barry Kean. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman C. Koontz, Jr. She is survived by four daughters; Rosemary A. Fornadel and husband J. Steven of Lancaster, Pa., Virginia C. Ulsh and husband Richard of Anglewood, Fl., Kathryn Koontz Kean and husband Barry of Heathsville, Va., Marcia L. Hydrusko and husband Tom of Harnash, Co.; one son; Norman C. Koontz III of Salisbury, Md.; a brother, Ronald Igou and wife Faye of Friedens, Pa.; eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.
(An obituary posted on the Faulkner Family Funeral Home website served as the basis for this memorial.)
John W. Locke, Jr., 68, a three year resident of Mallard Bay, and formerly of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away on Thursday, November 6, 2008 of pancreatic cancer at his home. John was born May 7, 1940 in Washington DC to the late Ruth Thorne Locke and John W. Locke, Sr. He received his B.S. from American University and was a CPA in DC, Maryland and Virginia. For 30 years he had his own accounting practice, 27 years in Annapolis and 3 years in Mallard Bay. He was a master mason and a member of East Gate Lodge No. 34 and Heathsville Lodge No. 109. He enjoyed sailing, flying, earning his private pilot’s license in 1992, and shooting trap and skeet. Survivors include his wife, Jane, of 44 years, one daughter; Karen Phillips and husband Tim of Georgetown, Delaware, one son; John W. Locke, III and wife Molly of Hamilton, Virginia, and two grandsons.
The funeral for John was held at the Heathsville United Methodist Church, and was immediately followed by interment at the Methodist Church of Wicomico Church, Virginia on Monday, November 10, 2008.
(An obituary posted on the Jones-Ash Funeral Home website served as the basis for this memorial.)