Obituaries

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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The Reverend Elisheva C. Clegg passed away unexpectedly in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 6, 2016 at the age of 72.
Elisheva is survived by her husband of 43 years, Thomas Wade Clegg III; her children, Ari Jolly and her husband John Jolly of Jacksonville, FL;Yalda Clegg and her husband Scott York of Alexandria, Va.; Kristine Bechtel and her husband Todd Bechtel of Charlotte, NC; Wade Clegg IV and his wife Jolene Clegg of Los Angeles, CA, and sister in law Judith Clegg of Tupelo, MS. She was also the loving grandmother of Chandler and Jack Jolly, Zachary and Joshua Bechtel and Arthur and Elsa Clegg.
Elisheva C. Clegg was born on January 22, 1944 in Kaiserslautern, Germany and was a war baby survivor of WWII. She met and married her soulmate Thomas Wade Clegg III on June, 25, 1972 while he was stationed with the US Air Force serving at Ramstein AFB in Germany. The entire family moved to the United States when Wade completed active duty with the US Air Force in 1974.
Elisheva was compassionate and found her calling in counseling and helping others in times of need. She received a master’s degree in pastoral counseling and became an ordained interfaith minister. She also attended the University of Virginia medical center chaplaincy program.
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Charles W. Illig, 79, died February 22, 2016 in Ellsworth, ME. He was born on Staten Island, New York, January 8, 1937, the son of Robert W. and Mae (Wilday) Illig.
Charles served in the U.S. Navy for four years on the USS Coral Sea, Norfolk, Va. He worked as an accountant from 1962-1998 in several firms in NJ, NY, and CT. After retirement, he was a school bus driver for 11 years in Fluvanna, Va. He and his wife Bette then moved to Blue Hill, ME in 2012.
He was a volunteer fireman in NJ; he was a member of the Big Brother Association and a soccer coach in CT.
He was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus in Virginia. Charles was also an avid dog lover.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Bette; daughters, Amanda Webster and husband Trevor of Norfolk, Va., and Tammy Illig of Ohio; son, Danny Illig of AZ; granddaughters, Catherine and Brooklyn Webster; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Illig.
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An Appreciation
Former Scottsville Mayor A. Raymon Thacker dies at 106

Former Scottsville Mayor A. Raymon Thacker – the man who saved Scottsville - died Sunday, Feb. 21, at the age of 106.
Thacker,who was born on Oct. 14, 1909,       endured. Like much of Scottsville with which his life is so entwined – the river bend, the occasionally flooded streets and beleaguered architecture, the home, lives, and the economy of the people he worked so diligently to secure, he endured. How can we believe he is gone?
All Scottsville stands as his legacy. As the town continues to change and grow, it will be in large part because of his persistence, acumen, intelligence, and Southern, steely, charm, and on the most obvious results of that persistence, the enhanced town boundaries and the A. Raymon Thacker Levee.
He was a story-teller, a raconteur who first engaged me with the understanding that, in listening to his tales, I was hearing – just second-hand, over a span of almost 150 years – the voices of Scottsville men who’d been in the Civil War. How can we believe he is gone?
The story of his coming to Scottsville always begins the same way: wrapped in blankets, in his mother’s arms, arriving with his family by horse and wagon from Stuart’s Draft in 1911, when he was almost two. The streets in this telling are packed dirt; later he recalls ox-carts, the carbide lamps lit by the policeman each evening from dusk to 11 p.m., the ditches dug for the first public plumbing. His father Arthur had been hired as an expert to operate the new “state-of-the art” steam grist mill in Scottsville. The elder Thacker was in charge of its operations from 1911 to 1918, when he took over C.R. Dorrier’s hardware store.
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