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Beverly McLaughlin White, C'78, age 45, of Lynchburg, passed away in her sleep at home on Thursday, August 17, 2006. Beverly was born March 31, 1961, in Richmond. She was the daughter of John Forrest and Beverly Adams McLaughlin. She was married to Tom White and they had one daughter, Julia White. Beverly graduated from Seven Hills High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Lynchburg College. She was a Registered Nurse and a Graduate Gemologist. In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by her parents John and Beverly McLaughlin, of Lynchburg; and her in-laws, Tom and Mary P. White, of Lynchburg. Beverly was buried privately in the family lot in Chatham Memorial Park.
Mr. Stanley Bird, teacher, died at his home Sept. 28, 2006. He was born March 17, 1946, in Gainesville, the son of the late Joe E.L. Bird and Nob Smith Bird Mahs. A beloved husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Charlene; his son, Adrian; his sister, Mary Mills; his brother, Eddie Bird; as well as two aunts; an uncle; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Alice Stephen Gifford, teacher, age 85, formerly of Lynchburg, died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at 8:30 p.m. in Life Care Center, Hilton Head Island, S.C., following a long illness. She was the wife of the late Richard Pitman Gifford.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Paton Carlyle Stephen and Genevieve Coseo Stephen.
A graduate of Smith College, Mrs. Gifford was quite active in civic and community endeavors within the Lynchburg community. She taught at Seven Hills School. She was formerly a member of the board of Trustees of Lynchburg College, a member of the Lynchburg Advisory Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank, a member of the Board of Directors of Lynchburg General Hospital, and an Elder and member of First Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Thomas P. (Susan G.) Whitten of Bluffton, S.C., Nancy G. Walter of Vero Beach, Fla., and Julia G. Hamilton of Fresno, Calif.; a brother, John W. Stephen of Pittsburg, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was conducted at First Presbyterian Church by the Rev. John Scholer with words from a friend by the Rev. James J.H. Price. Burial was follow in the Middle Patent Rural Cemetery in Banksville, N.Y.
Sarah Miller Silk, 89, of Forest, died Saturday, May 29, 2010. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 15, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Rose Smith Miller and Francis X. Miller.
Her husband, Edmond J. Silk, and her sister, Rose M. Shields, also preceded her in death.
Sally was a 1942 chemistry graduate from St. Josephs College for Women in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a chemical engineer on the Manhattan Project, she participated in work essential to the production of the atomic bomb. Sally and her husband later settled in Lynchburg, where Ed worked for Babcock and Wilcox. After raising her family, she taught at Seven Hills School, eventually receiving her master's degree in science from Randolph-Macon Women's College in 1972.
A member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, she loved singing in the choir for many years. She also enjoyed traveling, playing golf and bridge with her friends.
Sally is survived by her children, Joan Tichacek and Richard Silk, both of Lynchburg, and Barbara Magaddino and her husband, Joseph, of Santa Ana, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Robert Tichacek Jr., Amanda Tichacek, Catherine (Justin) Sibiski, Peter (Nicole) Magaddino, Katharine (Christopher) Reese, Sarah (Andrew) Kuhlman and Michael Magaddino; one great-granddaughter, Olivia Sibiski; four nieces, Carol Kelly, Rosemary Shields, Janet (James) McCroskery and Marguerite (Randy) Roussine; and two nephews, Charles (Debbie) Shields and Francis (Nancy) Shields.
Mary Anne Celeste "Mimi" Humphrey, 52, of Lenoir City, TN and West Palm Beach, FL, died October 7, 2010 at Park West Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mimi was born November 6, 1957 in Honolulu, HI, daughter of Elizabeth Ryland Humphrey and Frederick Gavin Humphrey. Mimi graduated from Seven Hills School in Lynchburg, VA and attended Mary Baldwin College and East Tennessee State University. She was a world traveler, working as a flight attendant in the private airline industry for her entire career. She lived in Houston, TX and West Palm Beach, FL prior to moving to Lenoir City, TN in 2009 to follow the love of her life Neil Zabo. She and Neil were happily planning their wedding up to the end of her life.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert "Bobby" Ryland Humphrey. She is survived by her fiancÚ, Neil Zabo of Lenoir City, TN; two sisters, Laurie (Edward) Tillett of Danville, VA, Heidi (Nikolas) Larum of Virginia Beach, VA; and her brother, Ted (Lori) Humphrey, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and her two beloved cats, Fred and Heidi-cat.
Patricia Ann Tinsley Wingfield (Cissy) lost her long and courageous battle with cancer, passing away peacefully while in the Lynchburg General Hospital on Wednesday, June 19th 2012, at approximately 4:00 PM. Cissy was a resident of Lynchburg, Virginia her entire life.
Cissy was born on October 28, 1958, in Lynchburg to Robert Edward Tinsley, Sr. and Patricia Osborne Tinsley, their third child and only daughter. Cissy had two older brothers, Robert Edward Tinsley, Jr. of Danville, California and John Sutton Tinsley of Lynchburg. She attended Lynchburg public schools, Seven Hills School, and graduated from E C Glass High School in 1977. She then attended Hollins College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1981. In 1989, Cissy married John Winston Wingfield, also of Lynchburg, and the couple settled there. John and Cissy have two children, Peyton Tinsley Wingfield, 20, and Leah Virginia Wingfield, 17. Cissy was a full time homemaker and mother, as well as a part-time salesperson. She and her family resided happily at 552 Lady Slipper Lane. Cissy was active in her community and was a member of 'Moms in Touch.' Cissy, John, and their daughters are members of St. John's Episcopal Church.
Cissy was preceded in death by her father Robert, (Big Buddy). Cissy is survived by her mother, Pat, her brothers Robert, (Buddy) and John, her husband John, and her daughters Peyton and Leah as well as her nephews Robert E. Tinsley, III, (Rhett), Sutton Tinsley, Stuart Tinsley, and Collin Tinsley, and, her niece Whitney Tinsley.
There will be a family visitation at Tharp Funeral Home from 7:00 until 8:30 PM on Friday June, 22 2012, and a memorial service and reception at 11 AM at St. John's Episcopal Church on Saturday June 23. Please send contributions to St. John's Episcopal Church P.O. Box 3123, Lynchburg, VA 24503, or The American Cancer Society , 2050 Langhorne Road Suite 201, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Cissy especially wanted to thank her many close friends, and those who became close through her battle with cancer, for their prayers, kind thoughts, and deeds. The Wingfield family would also like to express their appreciation for all of the prayers and love from so many throughout this past year. What a wonderful and deserving tribute to Cissy! May God bless you all. Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family. To send condolences, visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com.
Blair Roberts Holston Moseley of Lynchburg, Virginia, passed away on August 3, 2013 at Virginia Baptist Hospital, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Blair was born in Lynchburg on August 13, 1962 to Walter Brown Holston, Jr. and Nell Neubauer Holston. Blair is survived by her husband, Cary Powell Moseley and their daughter, Quinlan Lee Moseley. Also surviving are her sister, Berkley Carter Holston, niece Ashley Grace Gardner, brother, Walter Brown (Chip) Holston, III and his wife Suzanne, nephew Walter Brown Holston, IV and niece Lisa Blair Holston, all of Lynchburg . Also surviving Blair are her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Judie Garrard Moseley and Robert Powell Moseley of Danville, VA, her mother-in-law Judy Smith Moseley of Raleigh, NC, her sister-in-law and and brother-in-law, Meredith Moseley Chisholm and Chad Eric Chisholm of Raleigh, NC, and nephews Connor MacLean Chisholm and Hayes Moseley Chisholm. Blair graduated from Seven Hills School and The University of Virginia. Blair served as the Director of Operations for the Consolidated Shoe Company where she worked for over 25 years. Blair was a life-long member of The First Presbyterian Church and served on the Diaconate. Blair was a dedicated member of the Board of Directors of CASA of Central Virginia from 1998-2005. Blair was the inspiration and driving force for the annual CASA Heart & Sole Shoe Market for 14 years. She was also a tireless volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Virginia where she served on the Board of Directors and was voted "Big Sister of the Year." Blair was an active participant in fundraising events for The James River Day School, Lynchburg Humane Society, an avid supporter of Kids Haven and she also volunteered at The Ellington Fellowship Playhouse. The family would like to express their deep gratitude for special friends and caregivers, Judie Garrard Moseley, Ellen Cooksey, Laura Mason, Mary Horner, Leigh Doyle, Ardene Callen, Daisy Anderson, Mabel Smith, Kate Burton, Louise Mills, Kasey Williams and the staff at the Lynchburg General Hospital Oncology Unit and staff at Virginia Baptist Hospital Skilled Care Unit. Thanks to Dr. Robert Headley and all the staff of the Pearson Cancer Center, as well as Dr. Deborah Bradley, Dr. Cary Robertson and Dr. Howard Levinson, as well as other physicians and staff at Duke University Medical Center. And a very special mention is here reserved for Dori Trone, RN, who was Blair's dedicated and tireless patient advocate at Duke University Medical Center. A funeral service is planned for Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 3 pm at First Presbyterian Church at 1215 VES Road in Lynchburg. Those interested in making a memorial contribution, please consider First Presbyterian Church and the Lynchburg Humane Society. After the service, the family will receive family and friends in the Fellowship Hall and also at the home of Berkley Carter Holston, 2212 Longwood Road, Lynchburg.
Diane Axelrad Burrows passed away peacefully on December 21, 2013 in Newport, Rhode Island at the age of 85. Born August 24, 1928 in Salt Lake City, her father was the founder of Axelrad’s Furniture Store. After graduating Stanford University in 1949, she studied merchandising at Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion in NYC and became the wedding planner at Marshall Field’s Department Store in Chicago. She later earned her MA from Hollins College and a Certificate of Education from Oxford University. Mrs. Burrows moved to Virginia before desegregation and was the first white teacher at Monroe Elementary School. She went on to teach English literature, poetry and drama at schools such as Seven Hills School in Lynchburg, VA; The Winsor School in Boston, MA; and Albany Academy for Girls in Albany, NY. She was a published poet and was also very active in the theater community. She starred in and directed numerous amateur stage productions of the plays of Shakespeare, Faulkner and others with “Albany Civic Theater” (ACT), Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater, and Newport’s “The Incredibly Far Off Broadway Ensemble Theater” (TIFOBET). She served on the Boards of ACT and TIFOBET and was the founder of Theater Voices which aired un-staged radio broadcast performances in the Albany area. One of her most memorable roles was as Claire in a Boston production of Durrenmatt's The Visit. Mrs. Burrows is survived by her husband of 61 years, Prof. Reynold Burrows, and her two sons, Adam and Tristram. Memorial contributions may be made to Endstation Theatre Company of Central Virginia.
Michele Westervelt Graves, 61, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Lexington. Born in Baltimore, MD on May 9, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Shirley Ketler Westervelt and the late Joe Westervelt. Michele was educated and raised in Lynchburg, VA and was a graduate of North Carolina State University. Michele had a lifelong passion for horses. At the age of 13, she won the Equitation Championship at Warrenton, one of the oldest horse shows in the country, and was also a figure in the National Equitation Championship in the late 1970's. She followed this passion for horses and made her living in the thoroughbred business in Lexington, KY. She created and ran one of the most well respected Two Year Old operations in Central KY, while mentoring several current industry leaders today in the process. She later found success in racing and one of her greatest achievements was the purchase of the multiple G1 winning, Commentator, for Tracy Farmer. In addition to her son, Brian Graves, Lexington, KY, Michele is survived by her daughter in law, Leslie Graves; grandchildren, Will, Catherine, and Carson Graves; brother, Joe Westervelt, Tulsa, OK; nieces, Margaret and Emily Westervelt; sister in law, Carolyn Westervelt; aunt, Carol Ott, Seaford, DE; and various cousins. Services will be held at Mt. Horeb Church on Monday, July 6 at 4:30pm. Friends please call afterwards at the home of Brian and Leslie Graves. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Old Friends, a Kentucky Facility for Retired Thoroughbreds, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324 and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, PO Box 13155, Lexington, KY 40583.