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Obituaries, Week of July 31, 2014: Bailey, Davis, Fontaine, Haynes, Hodges, Langford, Lingle, Porter, Reid, Toler and Wade

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:48 am

Jerry W. Bailey, 71, of Ladysmith, departed this life July 25, 2014.  He will be remembered often by his family; Ruth Howell (mother), Mary Bailey (wife), Bonnie Martin (sister), one nephew, five nieces, 14 great-nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. Jerry was well known for his long service with the Va. Dept. of Forestry and his passion for fishing.  Memorial services were held at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green Wednesday, July 30. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorial donations to be made to the Ladysmith Volunteer Rescue Squad or Fire Department. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Frances Mildred Smeeman Davis, was born in Ashland, Jan. 11, 1921 and remained a proud life-long resident until her death July 22, 2014. She was the youngest daughter of Lula Terry and Harry Valentine Smeeman. Affectionately known and loved by many residents as “Auntie,” Mildred was the owner and operator of “Auntie’s Day Care” for over 30 years. The sight of a small child always brought a smile to her face and she touched many young lives. She loved children, her family, her church, flower arranging and Ashland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and childhood sweetheart, Wilson C. Davis and a sister, Dorothy Smeeman Barnes. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Lee Davis of Charlottesville, a son, Wilson Carter Davis, Jr., a niece, Terry Barnes Shaw and a devoted friend, Mildred Lane Morris all of Ashland. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Ashland, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church or the building fund of Independence Christian Church, Ashland.

Margaret “Nell” Fontaine, 79, of Ashland, passed away July 22, 2014. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Fontaine; her son, Wayne Fontaine; and sisters, Beth and Shirley. She is survived by her son, Kenneth Fontaine (Kim). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jennifer, Brandon (April), Eddie and Pete; her great-grandchildren, Carley, Parker, Cody, Sofia and Kyla; three siblings, Edwin, Jimmy and Rosie. Nell was a lifelong member of Mount Hermon United Methodist Church. The family received friends Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland, where services were held at Friday, July 25, 2014. Interment at Mt. Hermon UMC cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Hermon UMC, 12637 Mount Hermon Road, Ashland, VA 23005.

Charlotte Peace Haynes, 70, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after a three year battle with breast cancer. Charlotte was a lifelong resident of Mechanicsville. She was preceded in death by her parents, W. Eugene and Virginia Coleman Peace; and a granddaughter, Montana B. Haynes; and is survived by brother, William Eugene Peace Jr. (Brenda); and sister, Debra P. Fitzgerald (James); daughter, Christine Hall (Gary); son, Michael B. Haynes (Laurie); seven grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members. Charlotte started her career at Best Products, based in Richmond and later went to work for Wheat First Securities, where she worked until they later became Wachovia Securities and later became Wells Fargo Securities, and retired as an assistant vice president at W.F.S. and Wachovia Securities. After her retirement, she started a full time career as “Nana” helping take care of her many grandchildren. She made many friends along the way that will greatly miss her. Charlotte and the family would like to thank the staff of the Virginia Cancer Institute for their service. The family received friends Friday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, July 26, 2014. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.

Mary Louise Critcher Hodges, 82, of Ashland, passed away July 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Hodges; two sons, James A. and Jessie B. Hodges; siblings, James Critcher, Cora Floyd and John Critcher. She is survived by her son, Edward L. Hodges; daughters, Patricia A. Coakley and Mary E. Hodges; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jessie Critcher, Elizabeth Thomas, Callie Stanley and Barbara Stanley. Mary was a member of Winn’s Baptist Church and order of the Eastern Star. The family received friends Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, where services were held Thursday morning, July 31, 2014. Interment in Woodland Cemetery.

Margaret Kirby Langford, 75, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Natherine and Frances Kirby; and her brother, Henry. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gerald “Jerry;” her son, Kenny (Kelley); daughter, Lynn Catlett (Scott); and her beloved grandsons, Michael, Benjamin and Wesley Langford and Steven and Hayden Catlett. She is also survived by her loving brothers and sisters, Mary Virginia, Audrey, Gaynelle (Eugene), Samuel (Patricia), Thomas (Anne), Wilma, Charles Sr., (Linda), Nancy (George), A.K. (Diane), David, Glinda (Jimmy); and many nieces and nephews. Margaret was a devoted follower of her Savior, Jesus Christ and loved her extended family at Church in Restoration. Her most favorite things in life were spending time with her grandsons, reading, walking and tending to her flowers. The family received friends Thursday, July 24 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where Celebration of Life services were held Friday, July 25. Interment followed in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Church in Restoration, P.O. Box 1574, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

Pauline C. Lingle, formerly of Montpelier, passed away Saturday, July 26 at the age of 99, at Chestnut Grove Senior Community in Richmond. She was born Pauline Charlotte Abernethy in Two Harbors, Minn. After a joint career with her husband, racing Thoroughbreds, Pauline taught at Montpelier School, then at Virginia Commonwealth University.  For her leadership of Hanover County’s Spring Cleanin’ program, Pauline was honored for two consecutive years with national awards from Keep America Beautiful. An avid gardener, she served several terms as president of the Newfound River Garden Club. She was also a librarian at Sycamore Tavern and an interpreter at Scotchtown. As a member of Hopeful Baptist Church, she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Pauline was the widow of Joseph M. Lingle and mother of Joseph M. Lingle, Jr. who died in the Vietnam War. She is survived by a daughter, Georgia L. Waldrop of Ashland; three grandchildren: Thomas E. Waldrop Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., Lisa G. Hammerschmidt of Montpelier and Stephen Scott Waldrop who resides in Wake Forest, N.C., and four great-grandchildren: Thomas E. Waldrop III, Trinity Hammerschmidt, Link Hammerschmidt and Scott Thomas Waldrop. The date of a delayed memorial service will be announced.

James Harold Porter, 97, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014. He was born to Walter and Evelyn Porter and raised in Richmond. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He worked as a paperboy for many years. This is where he met his first wife, Minnie. They were married and raised four children. After a brief stint in the U.S. Army, he later worked for Lawyers Title and eventually went to work for Virginia Transit Company. After his first wife’s death, he retired from Virginia Transit Company after 31 years, and married his second wife, Ruby. During their marriage, they traveled around the country. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed piddling in the yard. After his second wife’s death, he married his surviving wife, Marion. They spent several years in Richmond before moving to Westminster Canterbury in 2003, where he remained until his death. He was predeceased by his first wife, Minnie, his second wife, Ruby; and his daughter, Susan. Survivors include his wife, Marion; children, Jay (Viv) and Robert (Linda) and Marylou (Harry). He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to express their gratitude to the nursing staff at Westminster Canterbury, for their compassion and support. The family would also like to thank the staff at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital for their loving care. The family received friends Tuesday, July 29 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Stewart F. Reid, of Ashland, died Friday, July 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and two sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Janet S. Reid; daughter, Laura R. Liebert and her husband Charles; beloved grandsons, Charley and Reid; his nieces, Shirley, Nancy, Joan, Carol, Ginny, Suzanne, Cheri, and Lesa; and his great nieces and nephews. He was founder and president of Reid Funeral Home in Ashland, Virginia and past president of the VA Funeral Directors Association. Stu was an active member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and a proud and generous resident of Ashland, “the center of the universe.” He was a voracious reader and avid gardener but most happy in his role as a fun and loving grandfather or “Dipps” as he was affectionately called. He was a bright light to so many! His charismatic and kind spirit will be missed forever. Our lights may shine a little dimmer here on earth but may we find comfort in knowing heaven will shine even brighter with his presence. The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at the Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at 10 a.m. Private interment. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead St., Ashland, VA 23005.

William Randolph Toler, 45, of Chester, formerly of Ashland, passed away July 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Murray Toler and his sister, Kathy. He is survived by his mother, Virginia Toler; sister, Linda of Oregon; brothers, Murray V. (Sandra) and Robert (Cindy); his sister, Janet of Florida; nephews, John and Paul; niece, Sarah; his Harley Davidson family in Chester; and many friends. Services were held at the Nelsen Funeral Home in Ashland. Online condolences may be made at

Dan Field Wade, Jr., passed peacefully Saturday, July 26, 2014, leaving behind all who loved him. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kitty Lann Wade; and sisters, Mary W. Ramsey and Gladys Oliver. His dearest family includes two special nieces, Carlene R. Harmeling and her husband, Fred “Bucky,” B. Mae Shepherd and her son, Danny, his namesake. He is survived by his sister, Frances Falls Bowles; her sons, Billy, Bucky, Barry and Bruce Falls. Also survived by Gladys’ children, Sharon Bates, Marc Oliver, Judy Coe and Lora Lynch. Left to cherish his memory are great-nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Dan was a devoted Christian and member of the Mundie Bible Class at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. He was a life-long member of Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Dillwyn, Va. Dan was a U.S. Army veteran who served his country proudly. Dan was employed by C. Porter Vaughan Realtors for 40 years as business manager. The family received friends at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Monday, July 28, 2014, where funeral services were held Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Interment followed at Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Dillwyn, Va. The family is grateful for the care received by the Critical Care Unit nurses and doctors at Regional Memorial Hospital, especially Dr. Stanley Tucker and Dr. Drew Jones. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mundie Bible Class of Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 or Rocky Mount United Methodist Church, 236 Rocky Mount Road, Dillwyn, VA 23936.