Obituaries

Judy FairisJudith Ann (Orndorff) Fairis, 74, of Lake Monticello, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, at her home.     

She was born on Oct. 1, 1942, in Pekin, Ill., the daughter of the late Franklin Orndorff and Mary Dorsey Orndorff.     

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Brian Fairis; and a brother, Dean Krohn.

Judy was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Palmyra and the Red Hat Group at Lake Monticello. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, taking care of her flowers, and watching the woodland animals and birds around her home.     

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, John Fairis; three daughters, Pamela Lindberg and husband, Douglas of Danville, Ky., Patricia Harris and husband, Scott of Richmond, and Angela Hildreth and husband, Larry of Prince George; a daughter-in-law, Erica of Stephens City; nine grandchildren; a brother, Gary Orndorff and wife, Janice of Delavan, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Shirley Krohn of Delevan; and a number of other extended family members.   

A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Salem United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service for a time of food and remembrance of Judy’s life.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.

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Larry Alonzo Jones was a wonderful husband, father, mentor, friend and a true man of God. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois, his three children, Larry Jr., Kathy, and Ken (Kenny), his brothers Johnny and Jimmy, and his sister Betty.

Prior to suffering from a stroke in 2004, there was no such thing as a stranger to Larry. It never mattered where he was, at work, the mall, a restaurant, anywhere at any time, everyone was fair game to strike up a conversation, and it was rarely one-sided. The lives he touched found his charm and warm heart captivating and endearing.

These traits set the stage for him to share his first love and that was for the Lord. He was very active in the church at Laurel Avenue Church of Christ from the 1950s until 1995 when he and Lois moved from Chesapeake to Charlottesville, Va. They immediately “plugged in” to service at Cherry Ave Christian Church in Charlottesville and ultimately supported Cherry Ave’s efforts to plant a new church near Lake Monticello, Lake Christian Church.

His health started to decline in February 2016 and needed more support than Lois could provide. They moved to an assisted living facility in Dover, Del., to be closer to their son, Kenny, for an extra helping hand. Time took its toll on Larry’s body, and the Lord called him home after a race well run, a job well done and a life well lived.
Services will be private.

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Robert GordonRobert Conley Gordon, 82, of Lake Monticello, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 with his family by his side.   

He was born on March 27, 1935, in Great Falls, Montana, son of the late Wayne and Eileen (Conley) Gordon spending his early years in Montana, Idaho, and Washington.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry and Ken Gordon.  

After high school Bob joined the US Army and served two years in various posts completing his service working on the NIKE missile site in Buckman, Pennsylvania. Bob married Faye Taylor in 1958 in Missoula, Montana and celebrated 58 years of marriage prior to his death.  

Bob and family moved to Virginia in 1962 continuing his career with the US Government taking a position in Washington DC as a Systems Analyst. Bob retired from the US Government after 30 years of service and carpooling. After retirement Bob and Faye moved to Palmyra, and have lived there since 1995.

Bob was active in the community volunteering with the Jaycees in Manassas, Virginia and continuing in retirement with the Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity, and the Environmental Control Commission (ECC) at Lake Monticello. 

Bob enjoyed traveling and camping but his passion was woodworking and he shared that passion through gifts to family and friends with many fine pieces of furniture, rocking horses, and intricate wood carvings.

Survivors include his wife Faye (Taylor) Gordon of Lake Monticello; three children, Matthew Gordon and his wife Lisette of Gainesville, Tracy Schlegel and her husband Jeff of Bristow, and Steven Gordon of Centreville; four grandchildren, Nicholas Schlegel, and Lucas, Evelyn, and Seth Gordon; a sister-in-law, Joan Gordon of Florence, Arizona; a niece, Kelly Gordon Grigsby of Snohomish, Washington and Craig Gordon of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and cousin Patricia Battan of Spokane, Washington.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3:00 until 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home to celebrate Bob's life.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Fluvanna Habitat For Humanity and the Lake Monticello Fire and Rescue Squad.    

Family and friends may share memories and stories at the gathering as well as submit photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.

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Dakota Kyle RigsbyDakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Va., passed away on June 17, 2017, while serving on the USS Fitzgerald. Dakota was born Sept. 12, 1997, in Fort Polk, La., to Lloyd Wayne Rigsby, Jr., and Shawn Harris Rigsby.

Dakota is survived by his parents Wayne and Nikki Rigsby of Palmyra, Va., and Shawn Rigsby of Scottsville, Va., his brother Trey Rigsby and his girlfriend Jessie Kessels of Palmyra, Va., his grandparents Lloyd Rigsby, Sr., and his wife Kelly of Bremo Bluff, Va., and Shirley Irving of Gordonsville, Va., his fiancée Jacqueline L’anglais of Yokosuka, Japan, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends. Dakota was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Judy Harris of Troy, Va., Barbara Rigsby of Scottsville, Va., and Stevean Irving of Gordonsville, Va.

Dakota enjoyed playing sports, playing videogames, listening to all types of music, all things Pokemon, and spending time with his family and friends. Dakota had a tremendous sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and it was unusual to see him without a smile. Dakota loved his family, his friends, his community and his country. Dakota’s heart for service prompted him to join the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department in January 2014 and to make the decision at 17 years old to enlist in the United States Navy where he served proudly as a gunner’s mate until his untimely death. Dakota left for basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Station on Feb. 17, 2016, and he remained at the Great Lakes Naval Station for A school. After completing A school in October 2016, Dakota was assigned to the USS Fitzgerald, Yokosuka, Japan. Dakota was deeply loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Fluvanna County High School. Family visitation will occur at Fluvanna County High School on July 1, 2017, prior to the funeral service, and will begin at 10 a.m. Graveside services will be private and limited to family and active duty military personnel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Dakota’s memory be made to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville Md., 20850 or the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, Va., 22963.

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Donald Minor, 85, of Palmyra, Va., died on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

Born February 21, 1932, in Long Branch, N.J., he was the son of James Minor and Rose Woolley.

He spent 30 years in the USAF and retired as Master Sergeant. Following his military service, he worked for the USPS in Jackson, N.J., for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife, Benita; his son, Gary Minor and his wife, Debbie; his daughter, Sandy Minor McKay, and her husband, Scott; his son, Donald Minor, and his wife, Elizabeth; his daughter, Michelle Burke, and her husband, Steve; stepson, Anton Nelsen, and his wife, Darlene; stepson, Lars Nelsen, and stepson, David Straub. He was the loving grandfather and great-grandfather to 21 children and young adults. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah, and his former wife, Mildred Chvedinich.

He requested no service or memorials and wanted to encourage others to consider donations to the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Inc., 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, Va. 22963, or their favorite charity.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Martha Jefferson Hospital, Cornell 3 for their loving care.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

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