A celebration of life service for Paul R. Holtz will be held Friday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Effort Church in Palmyra. Paul died on Nov. 11, 2016. He had been at Commonwealth Senior Living where he was being taken care of for Alzheimer’s.

Paul was born in Lander, Wyo., on June 25, 1933.  He attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he attained a Bachelor’s of Arts in journalism. 
He married Averill Bishop in 1954. From college he went to Sweet Home, Ore., where he was editor of the local paper. The call of Wyoming drew him back to become editor of the Independent Record in Thermopolis, Wyo. Paul loved writing and said many times that “a newspaper man should never editorialize but write the straight truth.”  Add a comment


Mary Ellen Crane died on Aug. 29, 2016 in Naples, Florida.  She was born in Rochester, New York.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Charles, and a sister, brother, four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Theresa.

Mary Ellen lived at Lake Monticello for many years. She was a true and caring friend to all who knew her. She loved playing bridge.

Her funeral services were held Sept. 10, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Maryland.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Avow Foundation of Naples, Florida. The Avow Foundation is a nonprofit specializing in hospice care.

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Lawrence Lee Creasy, 88, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 after a sudden illness. Add a comment


Floyd Grant West, 70, of Palmyra, passed away on Saturday evening, July 23, 2016 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville with his family by his side.

He was born on January 18, 1946, in Utica, New York, a son of the late Arthur and Elesa (Christiansen) West.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Sonny, George, and Paul; and a sister, Sarah.

Prior to moving to Virginia, Floyd and his wife resided in Marcy, New York. He retired from the Holland Patent Central School District, where he worked as a special education teacher. Upon his retirement, he moved to the Lake Monticello area of Fluvanna County, Virginia. There he became active in the community as a member of Salem United Methodist Church and the Lake Monticello Newcomer's Club.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and his beloved dogs, Maggie, Sadie, and Riley.

Survivors include his wife, Connie West; two sons, Jason West and Kristin of Frankfort, New York and Kevin West and Carin of San Diego, California; a daughter, Erin Goldmann and Sam of Palmyra; a sister, Joan Denny of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Helen West of Port St. John, Florida; a brother-in-law, Phil Davidson of North Carolina; and a number of nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Salem United Methodist Church by the Reverend Mike Pettry.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fluvanna County SPCA, 5239 Union Mills Rd, Troy, Va., 22974; or the Lake Monticello Fire and Rescue, 14 Slice Road, Palmyra, Va., 22963.

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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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