altHeidi Lenn Hooper suddenly died March 20, 2017. She has lived in Palmyra since 2003. She had been employed by Wal-Mart, SPCA, Caring for Creatures and recently as a caregiver.  She was an advocate for animals, mainly cats.  She fostered, adopted, and loved many cats, specializing in the medically fragile.  She was raised in Concord, Calif., graduating from Clayton Valley High School in 1970 where she was on the elite gymnastics team and the Senior Girls Honor Society.  She attended college in southern California.  She was employed by Raytheon for 19 years in California.

She is survived by her mother, Joyce P. Hooper of Hayward, Calif., her sister, Ferol-Jeanne Hooper Brown of Hayward, Calif., and her best friend, Penny Stens of Palmyra, along with many other friends.  She was predeceased in death by her father, Leonard F. Hooper, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Owen W. Parker, and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Brown.

I want to thank Penny, Darlene, Sergeant Aaron Hurd, Lisa, and her next door neighbors (on both sides) for the kindness they showed me (her sister) while I was back in Virginia.  Their kindness cannot be measured.  Also, thank you to Select Cremations for their care of my sister.  If interested in donating in her memory, please consider Caring for Creatures ( or the SPCA.

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LaVere ShultzLaVere A. “Larry” Shultz, 87, of Lake Monticello, Va., passed away after a brief illness at Martha Jefferson Hospital on March 27, 2017.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 55 years, Marjorie M. (Black) Shultz, on September 29, 2011.

Larry was born in Sharon, Conn., but raised in Sturgis, Mich., by his parents Albert and Letha (Grove) Shultz. After high school, he graduated from Coyne Electrical and Radio School in Chicago, Ill. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953. He began his career working for the civil service at Bendix in Indiana and in 1967 moved to Hampton, Va., to work at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station as a quality assurance specialist.

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James Hiddleston, son of James and Mary Hiddleston, was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Glasgow, Scotland, and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, March 24, 2017.
He lived a full life. He married Rena Campbell in 1963 and they moved to South Africa, where they lived for four years. They came back to Scotland in 1967 and lived there for nine years with their three daughters, Karin, Susan and Wendy. In 1978 they moved their family to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and lived there until they moved to Staunton, Va., in 1982.

He worked for American Safety Razor for 35 years, and accepted all the opportunities offered to him to move all over the world. He loved people, and had an amazing zest for life, but his passion was his family, and his eight grandchildren. He loved watching them all play sports, and enjoyed all their time together at the Lake and playing marbles with their Bop. Add a comment


Donald Wesley KiddDonald Wesley Kidd, 65, of Columbia, Va., passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Donald enjoyed playing guitar and visiting casinos. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, Kevin Harvick and the Dallas Cowboys. Those who knew him knew his favorite sayings were “Boy Oh Boy” and “Love U Man.”

Donald was preceded in death by his parents Nash Leroy Kidd, Sr., and Ethel Taggart Kidd; and two brothers, Jeffrey Allen Kidd and William Earl Kidd. Survivors include sons Donald Kidd, Jr., and Shannon Kidd of Cleveland, Ohio; daughter Sonda Silva (John) of Calif.; brothers Nash Leroy Kidd, Jr., (Debra) of Columbia and Jerry Wayne Kidd (Servilla) of Kents Store; and sister Ann Kidd-Catlett of Cartersville. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Shannon and Daniel Kidd, Dakota Sharp (Somer), and Dallas Silva; and 11 nieces and nephews: Angie, Heath, Jessica, Lizzie, Jerry Wayne, Deborah, Tricia, Jennifer, Becca, Alison and Kevin. In addition to his family, Donald leaves behind dear friends Tommy Yancey, Tim and Brett Gentry, Greg Haley, Sharla Ransone and Joe Tanner.

The family would like to thank the staff at Envoy at the Meadows and the University of Virginia Medical Center for their compassion and the care they provided Donald.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia, Va. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Online guest book is available at

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Joe DelmonteJoseph J. Delmonte, a.k.a. “JD Esquire,” 78, of Lake Monticello, passed away at 9:25 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2017, after a long illness.

He was born on March 27, 1938, in Queens, N.Y., a son of the late Joseph John Delmonte and Anne (Gross) Delmonte.

Joe spent most of his career as a sales manager for ABD Food Sales, a food brokerage company in Roslyn, N.Y. After retiring to Lake Monticello, Joe was very active in the community, where he worked at the Lake Monticello Golf Course and enjoyed playing golf. He was an avid New York Giants and New York Yankees fan. He had also coached Little League and football for the Farmingdale Hawks, where he served on the board.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Camille Delmonte; four children, Joseph John Delmonte and  his wife, Cindy, Michell Delmonte-Synnott and her husband, James, Janean Delmonte Jones and her husband, Jon, and Cheryl Anne Delmonte and her fiancée, Brandon Irizzary; seven grandchildren, Monica, Lauren, Victoria, Jaclyn, Janessa, Jon and Joseph; and two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Mackenzie.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Palmyra by the Reverend Gerald Francis Musuubire.

The family will receive friends immediately following the mass in the Saints Peter and Paul Parish Hall.

Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home is serving the family. Family and friends may share memories and photos at

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