Obituaries

Danny GrayDaniel “Danny” Dennis Gray Jr., 49, of Palmyra, passed away at the University of Virginia hospital on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Danny is survived by his wife of 18 years, Aubrelyn; children Danny; Krystal and her husband Chris; Derik and his wife Emma; Aubreanna; granddaughter Freya; sister Gina and her husband Troy; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and good friends.  Danny was an avid fisherman and hunter. He took great pride in his dogs and spent many days in the woods with his son. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family during this unexpected tragedy.

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Bill HughesBill Hughes, former trustee of Nassau County, N.Y., U.S. Marine corporal, chef and Fluvanna activist, died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the age of 70.

William “Bill” McKenna Hughes was born on Dec. 12, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to William Alexander and Naomi (Jeter) Hughes. His family members described him as a man who acquired the patience and tenacity to win over even the most hardened hearts. Equipped with his mother’s knack for hospitality, Hughes opened his arms to everyone without distinction of status. He exemplified generosity to others – especially those who typically go underserved. Add a comment

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Anthony (Tony) Patrick Conway, 84, of Charlottesville, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Hospice House of the Piedmont. Born in Passaic, New Jersey, to Patrick and Anita (Reynolds) Conway, he lived in New Jersey for many years before moving to Virginia in 1988.

Tony married Anne (Molloy) in 1962 in Clifton, New Jersey. They were happily married for 54 years. He is survived by his wife, Anne; his daughters, Maryanne Conway, Patty Heath, Kathy Zeek, Sue Conway and Jenn Walters; five grandchildren, Katie Heath, Megan Heath, Brian Heath, Bertram Zeek and Rylie Walters; and one great-grandchild, Steven Chaparro.

A memorial service will be held at Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, P.O. Box 937, Verona, VA 24482.

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Hunter Erik Campbell, 21, beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend to many, suddenly departed our world on Dec. 2, 2016. Born on Aug. 23, 1995, at Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Virginia, Hunter was a resident of Lake Monticello, Virginia.

He leaves behind his loving family, including parents Chris and Laura Campbell; sister Harper (along with Tyler Durrer); grandparents Tom and Erika Stuart (aka Nana and Poppie) and Murrell and Alice Campbell; devoted aunt and uncle Will and Andrea Phillips (also known as TT and Uncle Willy); Aunt Ginger Cochran; cousins Riley and Ella Phillips (preceded by Tanner and Jesse Phillips), Mercedes and Chase Collins, and Johnathan Cochran; his extended family, Aunt Maricel, Aunt Lila, Cristina, Maria, Sito, FeFe and Gabe; his devoted best friend, Melanie Feldman; and his pets Sunny, KiKi, Cooper, Noah and Gracie.

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In memory of Donna Lee Powell Watkins (Sept. 3, 1950 – Nov. 11, 2016)
Dr. Jane Goodall: “Forest peace, sharing vision, always optimistic.”

Donna was one to take on many challenges whether she had any knowledge about it or not, such as homeschooling our only child, Benjamin. Starting a business by accident after earning a degree in alternative medicine, since she had health issues that were not getting resolved in the drug approach. She wanted natural foods for less cost than the health food store, so she began a natural foods co-op buying in bulk, securing a small building at a church for delivery and recruiting a few homeschoolers to help with the monthly task.

She took on the challenges of many health problems: allergies (pollen, cat chemical, and 54 foods) for 54 years, asthma for 33 years, underactive thyroid for 40 years, vitiligo for 40 years, rheumatoid arthritis for 40 years) without any pain medications, and many other less demanding issues, but the heart issues trumped them all. If you don’t have a working heart, you can’t make a move without your heart racing and eventually you have no muscle to do anything.

Generally very optimistic and positive, she was full of energy to the lack of eating and sleep, she energized herself to be busy all day. Being unable to do anything but lie in bed was the greatest challenge of her life, but in the last year of the five-year battle with congestive heart failure, enlarged heart and irregular heartbeat, made her realize that life wasn’t about “doing” but “being” and that she had truly missed much of what life is all about. Having traveled the world, thanks to the Nature’s Sunshine business, was a dream come true. Since childhood she wanted to travel and certainly got a lot of it, especially international.

The forests, and especially rainforests (think Costa Rica), were a great love of Donna’s and we were blessed to move to the woods in 1990 and can never imagine life without all the wildlife we attracted by becoming a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. We had no need for entertainment, but to sit in our chaises on the screen porch and watch the amazing things that God created.  Deer, raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, gray foxes, chipmunks, and a tremendous array of bird species.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Effort Baptist Church in Palmyra.  The family will receive friends at their home at Lake Monticello, 27 Fleetwood Drive, Palmyra, Va., 22963, following the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Plant With Purpose at www.plantwithpurpose.org.

Family and friends may share memories and sign the online guestbook by visiting http://www.theherbsplace.com/guestbook.

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