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AUDREY TODDAudrey DeJong Bass Todd, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Lexington.She was born April 29, 1922, in Nyack, N.Y. Audrey attended the New York City schools and Cornell, Columbia, and George Washington universities. In 1945 she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Nathan W. Bass, an executive at the Brush Beryllium Company, later Brush Wellman Inc.A lifelong member of the Society of Friends, Audrey was active in educational causes. She worked as adult education director at the Girl Scouts and public education director at the American Cancer Society.After Nathan’s death, she married Arthur W. Todd, a retired executive at Lincoln Electric. After the death of her second husband, Audrey moved to Lexington, where she enjoyed the companionship of former VMI engineering professor Samuel W. Dobyns.Audrey was an engaged citizen, doting grandparent and thoughtful friend.She is survived by her half-brother and sister, George DeJong and Kate Geller; her children, Andrew, Barbara and Thomas Bass; her daughters-in-law, Sharon Stieber and Roberta Krueger; her stepchildren, James, Robert, and Ann Todd and Louise Todd-Stoll; and her four grandchildren, Jonathan Bass and Maude, Tristan and Julian Bass-Krueger.A private ceremony will be held in Ithaca, N.Y. Donations in Audrey’s memory can be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
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DOUGLAS HIGGINS JR.Douglas Steele Higgins Jr., 90, passed away with family at his side on Aug. 20, 2014, in Richmond.Doug was the son of Margaret Graham Robinson Higgins and Douglas Steele Higgins of Lexington.He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances S. Higgins; his children, Douglas S. Higgins III and grandchildren Ben and Jack; Margaret H. Clinard, her husband Noel, and grandchildren Elizabeth, Ned, Margaret and Kathryn; James H. Higgins, his wife Tomoko, and grandchildren Emily and Alec; and Christopher R. Higgins and his wife Nancy.He was a World War II veteran who served in the Army in the Pacific. He had a long career as a film news photographer for WDBJ and later as a private photographer. He attended Christ Episcopal Church and helped its Social Club organize dinners for persons with special needs and was active in the Kiwanis Club. A memorial service will be held Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1101 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24016, followed by a graveside service in Lexington, Va. at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, at P.O. Box 980539, Richmond, VA 23298-0539 or the Memorial Fund at Christ Episcopal Church.
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JACK HEMMINGSJohn Buster “Jack” Hemmings of Lexington died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Kendal at Lexington. He was 88. Mr. Hemmings was born in Kanawha County, W.Va. He was the son of William Earl Hemmings and Berneice Buster Hemmings. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Pollok Hemmings, and his two brothers, William Earl Jr. and Haven Hemmings.During World War II, when he was 14, Jack tried to enlist in the Navy, but when his mother and his brothers noticed he was missing they went to the recruiting office and brought him home. Finally at 16 he did enlist in the Navy, and after training at the submarine school in Groton, Conn., he was assigned to the submarine base on Midway Island in the Pacific theater. His job was to repair the submarines as they came in from patrol and fit them to go back to sea.After the war Jack went to the University of Virginia. He graduated from the McIntire School of Business and the University of Virginia Law School. His first year at Virginia, he and his housemates were all seasoned war veterans except for one 17-year-old, who reportedly was thoroughly corrupted by the end of the year. Jack also played football for the university during his first year and remained a loyal fan of UVa sports for the rest of his life.Jack was devoted to the practice of law. Early in his career he practiced with the law firm of Paxson, Marshall, and Smith in Charlottesville, where he was also justice of the peace. He was a founding member of Wesley Memorial Church and chaired numerous civic organizations, and in 1961 was named the Jaycees' Outstanding Young Man of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.Jack spent most of his career as a partner with the Penn Stuart law firm in Abingdon. He used to say he was the only attorney in the firm who was not a litigator, as he specialized in wills, trusts, and estates. His work took him throughout southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee. He chaired the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Highland Festival, and many other civic organizations. He was always respected as a man of great integrity. All who knew him remarked on his handsome, erect bearing, and loved him for his happy disposition and his unfailingly kind and gentle nature.Jack Hemmings is survived by his widow, Caroline Price Hemmings; his sister, Mary Ellen Delzeit of Laguna Woods, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Anne Hansen of Lexington, Sarah Butters of Vernon, Conn., and Caroline Vandervelde of Richmond; and six step-grandchildren.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Grace Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow at Kendal.
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JIM WHITEJames H. “Jim” White died in Virginia Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.He was born in Detroit, Mich., in 1934 and spent much of his youth in Watertown, N.Y., and Oak Park/River Forest, Ill. He attended Swarthmore College. A good student while there, he also excelled in lacrosse and soccer, setting many records which stand today. He will be inducted posthumously into the Swarthmore Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2014.He worked in sales for many years. His love of wood and construction led him to his true vocation and in 1989 he created Old Virginia Log Home Building Company. He and his wife Dottie retired from that business in 2003. A quiet man, Jim enjoyed a good book, a good chocolate bar (Hershey's would do), good sushi and a good joke.He is survived by his wife, Dottie Puffer, two sons, Chad White and Houston White and their families; a sister, Cynthia Smith and her husband David; and three stepdaughters and their families.In thanks for all of the medical aid he received in his life, his body has been donated to science.Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Rockbridge Regional Library and Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity.
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STUART FITZGERALD SR.Stuart Wayne Fitzgerald Sr., 48, of Buena Vista, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.He was born Jan. 19, 1966, in Rockbridge County, a son of Geraldine Layton Fitzgerald Carter and the late Ronald Wayne Fitzgerald. Stuart was employed by Munters Des Champs Products in Buena Vista, and served his country in the United States Navy.In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Donna P. Fitzgerald; one son, Stuart W. Fitzgerald Jr.; two daughters, Brittany F. Burke and husband, Kevin and Kara L. Fitzgerald; one brother, David Fitzgerald and wife Cindy; one sister, Debi Fitzgerald Lynn and husband Bobby; one grandson, Matthew Chase Burke; one granddaughter, Analeigh Paige Burke; four nephews, Brandon Fitzgerald, Bobby Lynn, Jon Lynn, Buck Mohler; five nieces, Ashley Fitzgerald, Sheena Davis, Peggy Sue Mohler, Ashley Potter, Danielle Potter; stepfather, Robert Carter; special close friend, Carnes “Chip” Mason; and by many, many friends and extended family.A funeral service will be conducted Friday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dean Staton officiating. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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HELEN SLOUGHHelen Austin Slough, longtime Buena Vista resident, passed away at her home Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, after a long illness.She was married for over 61 years to Lawrence “Sonny” Slough, and they had one daughter, Sharon Slough Joustra. Born in 1932, Helen lovingly devoted much of her life to her family, church and community.She was born in Rockbridge County to John Gardner Austin and Ruby Johnson Austin. After attending business school, she worked briefly at the Valley Department Store and then at Rockbridge County Cleaners. It was here that she met Lawrence “Sonny” Slough. They were married in 1952 and became very active, as a couple, in the Buena Vista Baptist Church. Helen taught Sunday school and served as the church librarian for many years. Her career at Reeves Brothers Corporation spanned over 35 years.Helen is survived by her husband, Lawrence “Sonny” Slough; daughter, Sharon Slough Joustra; son-in-law, Jim Joustra; grandson, Andrew Joustra; sisters, Ann Austin (Robert) Bennett, Jessie Austin (Doolie) Secrist, Gladys Austin (Wallace) Floyd and Nancy Austin (Brad) Carver; brother, Gerald (Mary) Austin; numerous nephews and nieces, and many devoted friends. Graveside services at Green Hill Cemetery were held Friday, Aug. 22. A memorial tribute followed at noon at the Buena Vista Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice.
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BARBARA CLEMENTSBarbara Camden Clements, 57, of Buena Vista passed away on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at her home with her family by her side. Born in Rockbridge County, she was the daughter of the late David Drumwright Camden Sr. and Virginia Pooley Camden. Mrs. Clements is survived by her husband of 31 years, Mike Clements; her son Mikel Clements; her daughter Holly Clements; a brother, David D. Camden Jr.; sisters Patricia Beard, Gracie Holstein and Wanda Watkins; her special companion, Roxie; and numerous extended family.A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. W. David Bain and the Rev. Bryon LePere. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends today, Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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