Obituaries

Elizabeth Lankford Thomas, 87, of Palmyra, Virginia, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at her home in Palmyra surrounded by her family. Betsy was born and raised in Emporia, Va. and always considered that home. She was a 1949 graduate of Mary Baldwin College followed by jobs at Medical College of Virginia and University of Virginia Hospital. Betsy married E.W. in 1955 and Fluvanna County became her home. Her interests and passions form a long list. Besides her four daughters, the highlights include.... Betsy owned and managed E.W. Thomas Inc. with her husband for many years and continued after he was unable to work. The employees over the years are innumerable and have remained friends years after. She was a lifetime member of Fluvanna County Rescue Squad. She dedicated many hours to our community and her family is grateful to her friends and colleagues who worked with her. Betsy was a devoted member of Palmyra United Methodist Church from Bible schoolteacher to Administrative Council. She was faithful in attendance as long as her health allowed, and loved her church family. She was preceded in death by her parents, E.V. and Ida Lankford; her husband, E.W. Thomas, Jr.; and her brother, Eddie Lankford. She is survived by her four daughters, Beth and husband, Wade Parrish, Linda and husband, Bob Dewar, Lee and husband, Joe Mullen, and Ann and husband, Dane Yonce; 13 grandchildren, Catherine, Haden, Meg, 
McKenzie, Heather, Elizabeth, Trip, Eleanor Gray, Jordan, Haden, Katie, Hannah, and Jake; and one great-granddaughter, Betsy. Betsy’s family invited friends to her home, 429 Main Street, Palmyra, on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 4 until 7 p.m. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Palmyra United Methodist Church, 258 Palmyra Way, conducted by the Rev. George Gorman. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fluvanna Country Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 96, Palmyra, Va. 22963, or the Palmyra United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 151, Palmyra, Va. 22963. Sheridan Funeral Home, Kents Store, Va. is in charge of arrangements.

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Marguerite May (Maggi) S. Sullivan, 94, of Charlottesville, passed away peacefully on Monday June 27, 2016.

She was born on May 22, 1922 to the late Lester G. Scarborough and Florence May Norris Scarborough.  She was the beloved wife of the late Alan P. Sullivan Jr. for 70 years.

Maggi graduated from Mount St. Agnes/Loyola College with a BS/RN.  She worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital after graduation.  During World War II she worked for Eastern Air Lines as an expeditor and staffing representative.  She often remarked that the greatest reward of her work with the airlines was returning soldiers home to their families when their tour of duty was over.

Maggi and Alan settled in New Jersey where they raised their family. She worked for a general practitioner doctor for 15 years.  She also was a licensed real estate agent.  Maggi was a member of the DAR; Colonial Dames; served on the Central Shenandoah Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and volunteered to mentor high school girls while living in North Carolina.   In her later years, Maggi was active in the local chapter of the Red Hats.

Family traditions were very important to Maggi, especially during the holidays, and she was always there for her family and friends. Those who knew her will remember her smile, laugh and quick wit.

Maggi is survived by her son, Alan P. Sullivan, III, daughter, Ann Congdon, two grandchildren, Jim Congdon, and Amy Sharma, and five great-grandchildren.  She also leaves behind many nephews, cousins, and valued friends.

A funeral service was conducted at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Palmyra, Va. on Thursday, June 30, at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont.

Condolences may be offered online at www.teaguefuneralhome.com

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Lois McMillen Salaun of Palmyra, Va. passed away peacefully at home on June 2, 2016 after a hard fought battle with lung cancer. Diagnosed after moving to Virginia to be near her children and grandchildren, she met the challenge with grace and strength, an example to all who knew her.

She is survived by her sister, Margaret Ann Potteiger; daughter, Laura Conklin Howard; son, Matthew Alan Conklin; and three grandchildren, Trey, Madeline and Jonas. She was preceded by her father, Donald Hamilton McMillen and her mother Martha McMillen Wetteroff.

She attended Florida Presbyterian College where she studied English and Spanish and then went on to graduate Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She had a successful career in financial services and legal administration.

She volunteered her time generously serving in leadership positions in several organizations including the Florida Youth Soccer Association, Koi Organization International, The Pilot Club and the Republican Woman’s Club. She was a certified Koi Health Advisor, avid sailor, bridge player, gardener, sports enthusiast and all around DIYer.

Exemplifying her value of service to others, she chose to donate her body to the Virginia State Anatomical Program to benefit education and science. Funeral services have been deferred at her request. Remembrances can be posted on the Remembering Lois group page on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made online to the Wounded Warriors Project. Correspondence may be sent to 11 Timberlake Terrace, Palmyra, VA, 22963.

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Our most beloved and the quite hilarious, Thomas Alan Clifford, age 63, of Palmyra, Virginia passed away in his home on Saturday, June 4th. Tom was a helpful hand, a master prankster, a humorous magician, a Mr. Fix-It, a willing chauffer, an entertaining Sunday school teacher, an expert babysitter, a generous boss, a loyal friend, the kindest soul, a humble and loving husband, doting father, and faithful servant to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He bravely fought to live 12 years after being diagnosed with cancer in 2004. He fought to see his son marry the love of his life, to walk his daughter down the aisle to marry hers, and to hold and cherish his precious grandchildren. He left us just two days after his 42nd wedding anniversary. Tom cherished his family above all else. His home was never a castle, but a shelter of refuge for anyone in need. He naturally and genuinely cared for men, women, and children in ways that no one else seemed to know how. Any one who needed a father, a friend, a smile or joy found it in his company.

He leaves behind his treasured wife June, his son Kris, his daughter Nikki, daughter-in-law Layci, son-in-law Matt, and his three beautiful grandchildren Charli, Livvy, and Judah. Tom founded his own company, Actel Communications, and ran it successfully with the motto: “God first, family second, then work.” Tom also founded the Beautiful Gate Ministry along with his wife in 2012. He travelled to various states and countries on mission trips and doing ministry wherever he went.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Beautiful Gate Ministry so we might continue his legacy of mission and ministry…bringing help, hope and healing to those near and far.

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Capt. Robert G. CarlsonCapt. Robert G. Carlson, USN (Ret.), of 42 Spruce Dr., Palmyra, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016, at Sentara Martha Jefferson after a valiant fight against multiple myeloma. A Christian circle of prayer was held for the family by Chaplin Tammy James, and he will receive a burial at sea with full military honors by the United States Navy.

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