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GEORGE HOOLAHAN George Gregory Hoolahan, 90, of Lexington died Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Heritage Hall. Born Dec. 16, 1926, in Bronx, New York, he was the son of the late William Joseph Hoolahan and Lucy Kilgore Hoolahan. Mr. Hoolahan was a member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, and served his country as a Merchant Marine, and was with the United States Army during the Korean War. George retired from Vanity Fair Mills as a sales representative, and was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving are his wife, Doris Artzberger Hoolahan; two daughters, Lori S. Apgar and Kris A. Hoolahan, all of Lexington; four grandchildren, Deirdre Cromie, Grant Cromie and wife Brittany, Jack Apgar, and Eva Apgar; and one great-grandchild, Emmett Webb Cromie. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in loving memory of George to the Special Olympics of Virginia, 3212 Skipworth Road, Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23294. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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PENNY ADAMS Jeanette Pinnell Penny Grainger Adams,2017, of metastasized breast cancer soon after moving from Roanoke to Woodstock, Ga. She met her husband, Tom Adams, in Lexington while he was on leave from an Army tour in the Dominican Republic, and they later married in the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church. Penny's mother, the late Eleanor Grainger, was a former teacher in Rockbridge County, and her father, the late Dr. Inslee Grainger, taught at W&L after retiring from the U.S. Navy. Tom's mother, the late May Davidson Adams, taught at Lexington High School, and his father, the late Dr. Lew Adams, also taught at W&L and for many years was dean of the School of Commerce. The Graingers moved away but always returned to their Jackson Avenue home before retiring to Brandon Oaks, Roanoke. Born in Bethesda Naval Hospital April 29,1944, Penny traveled the world with her father and her husband. Her high school years were mostly in France and Germany, and she earned her bachelor's degree in music at James Madison University and a master's in reading at Towson University, Md. She was an accomplished pianist who studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Classical music was her passion, and she maintained a piano studio wherever she lived. (Everywhere that Penny went, her grand was sure to go.) She was a classroom and music teacher in Petersburg and Dinwiddie County and was a grade school teacher and a reading teacher in underperforming elementary schools for Roanoke City Public Schools. She also was adjunct faculty in the Maryland community college system. Penny was a devoted homemaker known for her outstanding culinary skills. Her cooking was a delightful blend of Americana with an international flare, as she had lived in the North, South, Midwest and Southwest U.S., as well as Morocco, the Philippines, Hawaii, Bavarian Germany, Rhineland Germany, the French part of Belgium, and the South of France. She loved entertaining in style with fine china, crystal and silver and good food and lots of good wine. Penny is survived by her husband of 50 years, Tom Adams of Woodstock; son Mike Adams of Roanoke; daughter Meredith Mimi Hager and her husband Mark Hager of Woodstock. Also surviving are sisters Eleanor Workman of Richmond and Alice Grainger Gasser of Geneva, Switzerland. Penny wanted to be remembered as a loving and loyal wife, mother, teacher, friend who had a wonderful life filled with love, happiness and adventure. She never lost her enthusiasm for learning new things — especially music. As Penny requested, after the autumn leaves have begun to change color, there will be a private burial of her ashes in the Davidson/Adams Family plot in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or the National Breast Cancer Coalition, 1010 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005.
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CLARENCE WOOD JR. Clarence M. Wood Jr., founder of Wood Funeral Home Inc., died in his sleep on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. He was 90. He was born on Nov. 20, 1926, to the late Nannie E. and Clarence M. Wood Sr. in Lexington. He received his early education in the Lexington public school system. Recognizing the limitations of the educational opportunities in Lexington and believing in the value of education as a means to improve one's lot in life, Woods' parents made a decision in his early years that would impact the direction of his life for years to come. They allowed him to leave Lexington in his early teens to begin his high school education at the West Virginia State High School, then located at the West Virginia State College outside of Charleston, W.Va. There, he received educational opportunities that were not available in his hometown. A lover of science, he would later recall how he had learned all he knew about science from a textbook in his school in Lexington, but was introduced to a world of new learning by the microscopes and laboratory experiences to which he was exposed at his high school in West Virginia State. After concluding his school years in West Virginia, Wood matriculated at the West Virginia State College in 1944. His education was interrupted when he was inducted into the United States Army on June 25, 1945. His experiences as a 19-year-old stationed in Paris, France, further opened his eyes to the world around him. When he received his honorable discharge in December 1946, Wood returned to West Virginia State, where he completed his undergraduate education, graduating in 1949, with a bachelor's of science degree. When he migrated to Philadelphia to attend mortuary school, his reaching out to his former classmate, the late Geraldine Bowser Wood, led to a renewal of friendship that ultimately resulted in their marriage on April 5, 1952. They were married for 64 years and two daughters were born to their union, Cynthia and Wanda. In August of 1959, with Geraldine by his side, he opened the Clarence M. Wood Funeral Home on the corner of 56th Street and Girard Avenue. Inspired by two family members who were already funeral directors, Elmer Bullock and Newton S. Bowser, Wood, who was employed as a probation officer, stepped out on faith to establish his new business. In the decades that followed, the business grew exponentially as the Woods earned the respect and repeat business of families in the West Philadelphia area and across the city with their compassion, care and professionalism. Wood often remembered the early years when the business was growing and the family lived at the funeral home. Wood joined Vine Memorial Baptist Church on Dec. 28, 1958, under the pastorate of the late Rev. Leonard G. Carr. Within several years of his joining, Carr recommended him for the position of trustee, a position he gladly accepted and held for more than 40 years until he was elected trustee emeritus in August 2010. Wood gave generously, not only of his time as a trustee, but of his resources and advice on business decisions the church had to make. Wood was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., having pledged in 1949. He was also an avid golfer who took up the sport in 1952. Dignified, both in his personal and professional relationships, his family said in a tribute. As a businessman, he mentored several young adults interested in the mortuary business, who later went on to establish their own successful businesses. As an African-American role model, he set an example for young men to follow that emphasized the value of hard work and dedication to tasks. As a husband and a father, he was all that anyone could ask for and more. A service was held on June 16, followed by burial in Ivy Hill Cemetery.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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JOANNA WEIR Joanna Carswell Callanan Weir, 76, of Lexington passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, while continuing to recover from an illness in Richmond. Born Oct. 10, 1940, in Keeseville, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Francis Joseph Callanan and Prudence Celeste Holcombe Callanan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary-Frances Callanan. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Robert Earl Weir; two daughters, Anne Elizabeth Weir and Mary-Frances Weir Billups; her son-in-law, William Alonzo Billups III; and two grandchildren, Sarah Catherine Billups and William Robert Billups. She loved her flowers, plants and birds - especially hummingbirds - and found great enjoyment and peace in nurturing them at her home. She was gracious and giving, and lived life's banquet to its fullest. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to enjoy her friendship and love. A graveside service will be held at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Keesville, N.Y., at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in loving memory of Joanna to the Rockbridge Regional Library. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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WALLACE SHIELDS Wallace Chesley Shields, 88, of Lexington died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital. The Rev. Canon Shields was born July 20, 1928, at Riverside, a son of the late Orville Edward Shields and Mary Wallace (Collins) Shields. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Edward Shields and his sister, Katie Lou Shields. The Rev. Canon Shields graduated from Fairfield High School, Rockbridge County, in 1945, receiving his bachelor degree from the University of Richmond (Phi Beta Kappa), in 1950. He attended Crozer (Baptist) Seminary in Chester, Pa., then, upon entering the Episcopal Church, finished his theological education at St. Luke's Seminary of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., receiving a master of divinity in 1955. He was ordained to the Diaconate at Robert E. Lee Chapel in 1955 and to the priesthood at St. Mary's Church Bluefield, W.Va., in 1956. After having served Virginia parishes in Bluefield, Pocahontas, Falls Church and Colonial Beach, the Rev. Canon Shields returned to teaching public school, having taught for a year between college and seminary. He continued to work in the ministry part-time while teaching in Waynesboro, Botetourt County and Alleghany County. During this time, he earned a master of arts degree in liberal studies from Hollins University. Additionally, the Rev. Canon Shields served the parishes of St. John's in Glasgow, St. Mark's in Fincastle, and Trinity in Buchanan. After being received into the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States of the Anglican Catholic Church of North America in 1979, he served St. Stephen's Clifton Forge, St. Thomas of Canterbury in Roanoke, St. Michael's, Lewisburg, and various other churches in the diocese. During this period, he was named Canon to the Ordinary by the Rt. Rev. William DeJ. Rutherfoord. He retired from teaching public school in 1986, returning to the ministry full time. He served St. David's, Charlottesville, for four years, then served St. Francis, Blacksburg, for nine years. During that time, he continued to serve St. David's, St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. Peter's, Christiansburg, as well as Good Shepherd, Abingdon. Canon Shields also was senior priest of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States, a member of the Diocesan Commission on Holy Orders as well as teaching Old Testament at the Harry B. Scott School of Theology, the Diocesan Seminary. The Rev. Canon Shields served St. Paul's Church, Lexington, from 2008 until his retirement on All Saints Day, 2016. Surviving are his wife, Alice Crittenden Shields, one son, John C. Shields; one daughter, Mary Ruth Shields; two stepsons, John J. Pickeral III and Charles W. Pickeral; and five grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Saturday, June 17, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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VITÉZ OSV TH-EDUMOND Vitéz Tibor Osváth-Edmond died on June 9, 2017, at his home in Charlottesville. He was born on July 12, 1920, in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Vitéz Osváth Zoltán of Imola and Szerbák Irén. He was a graduate of the Ludovika, 1942. Following World War II, he lived in Germany, where he worked for the U.S. Army, and later for the United Nations until 1950. In that year, the need for trained military to aid in the Korean Police Action opened the doors of the United States for Hungarians, allowing for his immigration. In the United States, he attended and graduated from Oklahoma Central University, magna cum laude, then Central State College, with a degree in physics. He worked for Continental Oil Company, in the Research Department, from 1954 to 1985. He married J. Rose Choquette in 1956. They had two children, Rick and Lenke. After his retirement, he moved to Lexington, where he served as a volunteer at the George C. Marshall Research Library, at the Stonewall Jackson House, at the Rockbridge Historical Society, and at the Stonewall Jackson Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store. He was a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church, where he repeatedly served on the vestry, and he was a member of the Lexington Kiwanis Club, where he served as treasurer for 15 years. He is survived by his widow, by their children Rick and Lenke, their spouses Stephanie Ross Edmond and Rolf Nikolaus Mann, and by their grandchildren, Eric Edmond (wife Jean), Marika Mann (husband Duncan Tarbutton), Erika Megibow (husband Nick) and Jennifer Adams (husband Charles), his great-grandson Jason Edmond. He will be remembered in a service at St. David's Anglican Church in Charlottesville on July 8, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont.
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DEBORAH McCORMICK Deborah Sue Braford McCormick, 62, of Greensboro, N.C., passed away on June 11, 2017. She was born in Rockbridge County to Buford Cleveland Braford and Nellie Virginia King Braford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Craig Christopher McCormick; brother, William Braford; and fur baby, Toto. Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Robin Biles (Scott Sprinkel), and Kristy Reid (Lee); sister, Brenda Spangler (Ray); grandchildren, Christopher, Skyler, Jacob and Alexia; and a host of other family and friends. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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