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County sees 46.7 percent voter turnout By Laura McFarland News Editor

Cross country wraps up fall sports season at states, page 6

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UMBERLAND – A little less than half of Cumberland County’s registered voters turned out to cast their ballots on a cold and rainy Election Day last month. About 46.7 percent, or 3,135 of 6,702 registered voters, cast a ballot in the election that chose Virginia’s new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and House of Delegates member for the 61st district, said Marlene Watson, Cumberland’s voter registrar. The turnout on Tuesday, Nov. 7 was higher than the same races in November 2013, which saw 2,908 people cast their ballots, according to the Virginia Department of Elections’ website. “I do feel it was a very good turnout of people voting in the governor’s race,” she said. Cumberland’s switch to paper ballots and optical scanner machines also went well without any significant issues or complaints, she said. The county had to buy seven new voting machines and make the switch to ballots after its old machines were decertified by the Virginia Department of Elections this fall. “Everybody seemed to like the machines. We didn’t have any complaints that I know of. A few didn’t understand why we changed but that is normal for any kind of change. Otherwise I think people were fine with the machines,” Watson said. Stella Chambliss, chief election officer at Precinct 301, said some people asked see ELECTION, pg. 7 

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Veterans and guests participate in the Pledge of Allegiance during the annual Veterans Day Breakfast held by the Cumberland Ruritan Club on Nov. 13 at the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department.

Veterans honored By Laura McFarland News Editor

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UMBERLAND – Cumberland County showed its appreciation for the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces

with several Veterans Day events held throughout the county. Three events were held over Veterans Day weekend by various groups wanting to give thanks to the county’s veterans. The recognition began with the Randolph District Volunteer

Fire Department Auxiliary’s Spaghetti Dinner for Veterans on Friday, Nov. 10 at the fire department. Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad Inc. held its annual Veterans Appreciation Brunch

Bear Creek Lake State Park to hold Lights at the Lake, page 3

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Parade to spread holiday cheer The parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 and feature community and civic organizations, Scouting groups, businesses and more, UMBERLAND – The 2017 annual all wanting to spread a little Christmas cheer, said Cumberland Christmas Parade will bring Barbara Gamage, one of the organizers. its own brand of holiday cheer to the village of People love to see the creatively decorated Cumberland County Courthouse. see PARADE, pg. 2  By Laura McFarland News Editor

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 COMMUNITY: Church members spread Christmas cheer P3  EDUCATION: Elementary school invites delegate for visit P4

Student places 10th at FFA convention, page 5

 SERVICE: Couple honored for helping community P5  CELEBRATION: Residents share Halloween photos P7


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Decorating tree offers night of memories By Laura McFarland News Editor

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hen it comes to Christmas, this editor believes that the whole thing should either be focused on the meaning of the celebration, which is Jesus’ birth, or the spirit of it, which is about selflessness and giving. Yes, I like many of the trappings of the season, including looking at Christmas lights, weird gift exchanges, extra baked goods floating around, and people helpless against getting holiday music stuck in their heads. I also love seeing an increase in food and clothes drives in Cumberland, live nativities telling the story of Jesus’ birth, watching people open their hearts and wallets to give to programs like the Cumberland Christmas Mother, and attending special services. The funny thing is, the only place where all this doesn’t seem to apply is with my Christmas tree. There, it’s all about me, and I am OK with that. Years ago, when I was ready to move out of the house, included among my things was a faded old paper box containing special ornaments from my childhood. The year my parents got married, they bought a Hallmark ornament together to commemorate the occasion. They also bought ones for my sisters, who were from my mom’s previous marriage. The year I was born, they bought a Baby’s First Christmas ornament, and again my two sisters received their own. This tradition continued for several years. “I enjoyed it. I wanted for y’all to have a little bit of heritage and something to look back on,” my mom recently told me. “I have an ornament I still have that was a Santa Claus. I still cherish it. I don’t put it on the tree anymore because I am afraid it will get broken, but I cherish it.” For the first few years of my life, the ornaments were round with illustrations on them along with the year. After a few years, there were other special figures, such as an Eskimo and a wolf in a canoe, a mouse inside an ice cream cone holding a spoon, a bear holding a bell, a kangaroo kicking a soccer ball, and a cardinal

wearing winter gear. When my dad died in 1988, it was a harder tradition for my mom to keep doing for a number of reasons, not the least of which she was a single mom and ornaments for three children could add up. But she did continue it for a few years until I think our interest started waning. Several years ago, I bought a cute little 3-foot artificial tree that could house all of these ornaments from my childhood and filled in the empty spots with pretty teal ornaments and ribbon to make it look full and more festive. But then, year after year, I kept up the tradition of adding a special ornament that meant something to that year, sometimes serious, sometimes funny. There are two ornaments commemorating the years I finished first a half marathon and then a full marathon. There is the ornament shaped like a cowboy boot (Texas girl born and raised) that is so heavy I generally put it under the tree rather than hanging it up. Two drums, one red and one white, are ornaments that once hung on the tree of my mom’s mom, Nana, who died several years ago. Two years ago, friends separately gave me Doctor Who and Harry Potter themed ornaments because we are all fans. There’s a very pretty angel that used to hang on my middle sister’s tree until I talked her out of it. Last year, I got some homemade Minion ornaments at one of the local Christmas events for the fun of it. Unfortunately, one of them fell and broke a little, but I just put him at the back of the tree with his one eye facing out. This year’s ornament hasn’t been decided yet. So, yes, it’s a tree all about me, but I think Christmas trees are that way for many families that embrace the tradition of getting or making new ornaments every year. When I took the ornaments out of their boxes on the night after Thanksgiving and started arranging them on that little tree, I was assailed with the memories of people and places far away but close in my heart that were tied to many of those ornaments. And when that happened, the tree about me became a tree about us and didn’t seem so selfish after all. Laura McFarland may be reached at Lmcfar land@ powhatantoday.com.

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floats, car clubs, different animals, fire engines and ambulances, and local bands performing special music. “We have been doing it for 20 some years and I think it is just something the people look forward to as a start to the Christmas season. It helps get them in the mood for Christmas,” she said. Entries were slow coming in during November and the first of December, but Gamage said she expected several to come in this week to round out the festive event. This year’s theme is “A Cumberland County Christmas – Caring and Sharing,” embracing the idea that Cumberland’s residents know the importance of looking out for each other, she said. This year’s grand marshal is Carolyn Helgeson, who retired in November 2016 as the Clerk of the Cumberland County Combined District Court for 56 years. Helgeson is a life long resident of Cumberland County, where she raised her two children; where she has been active in her church, Payne Memorial United Methodist Church, and has served as organist for several other churches; and where she continues to reside. “We always like to pick someone local who has done a lot for the county. We feel like she has been here quite a while and done a lot of good as the Clerk of the District Court,” Gamage said. Applications are still being accepted for late entries to the parade. Entry forms may be picked up at one of the following places: NAPA in Cumberland, Custom Interiors in Cumberland, Ashby Antiques in Farmville or from Stephany Johnson in the courthouse building. The application is also on the county’s website, http://www.cumberlandcounty.virginia.gov and you may also ask for one to be emailed to you by going to: barbmein@aol.com. There is a $25 entry fee to help with expenses, but churches, school organizations, county officials and civic organizations are exempt from this fee. The Cumberland County Historical Society will also hold an open house at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Cumberland Museum, located inside the Old Clerk’s Office on the grounds of the Cumberland County Courthouse. After Santa Claus finishes his ride in the parade, he will head to the museum to greet children. The museum will be selling items related to the county’s history that make great Christmas gifts. For more information, contact Barbara Gamage at 804-4924803.

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Members of the Fitzgerald Memorial Baptist Church youth group, shown left, put togeter 30 gift boxes for Operation Christian Child through Samaritan’s Purse. The Fitzgerald Women on Missions group, right, put together 100 gift bags for the Cumberland Christmas Mother Program to distribute to seniors.

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The Fitzgerald Women on Missions group put together 100 gift bags for the Cumberland Community Christmas Mother Program to distribute to senior adults in the county during the second week of December. The youth group of Fitzgerald put together more than 30 gift boxes for Operation Christian Child through Samaritan's Purse to be shipped to various children through

the world during the Christmas season. Fitzgerald Memorial Baptist donated $500 to the Cumberland Community Christmas Mother program to assist with purchasing gifts for children and teens in Cumberland County. Fitzgerald will have a Community Dinner at 6:30 p.m. today, Dec. 6 at the church. There will be a Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24.

Bear Creek Lake State Park is hosting its fourth annual Lights at the Lake event on two consecutive weekends. This annual park presentation has become an anticipated community event. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, and 10, and again on Dec. 15, 16, and 17, visitors to the park will drive their car through the park’s campground and beach area to experience a wonderland of lights and popular seasonal figures. New decorations and displays will make the event brighter and better than ever before. Free entry per vehicle with a donation of a new toy to the Cumberland Christmas Mother. On Sunday, Dec. 10, Santa Claus will make a special appearance at Bear Creek Hall during a Pancake Supper. Have a souvenir photograph taken with Santa for $3 per photo. The Pancake Supper will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations are accepted, $2 suggested. The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Bear Creek Lake State Park. On Saturday, Dec. 9

and 16, bring your creativity to the Decoration Station at Bear Creek Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Tables will be available with items to make your own holiday decorations, while supplies last. This program is free. For more event information, call the park office at 804-492-4410. The park is located at 22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Cumberland. Virginia State Parks’ Friend Groups build and maintain trails, manage beautification projects, help staff visitor centers, work on educational outreach programs, and raise funds for park projects and facilities. The awardwinning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK (7275) or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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CES invites delegate for visit

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Virginia “Ginny” Gills was recognized by the Cumberland School Board for being selected to participate in the University of Virginia/Curry School of Education SCOPE 13 program. SCOPE stands for Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence. With the philosophy of “Leading People, Leading Learning” SCOPE 13 is a two-year leadership development program of high potential school administrators through the establishment of a statewide community of educational leaders and practitioners. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

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In recognition of “VSBA Take Your Legislator to School Month,” Cumberland County Public Schools invited Del. Tommy Wright, R-61, to visit Cumberland Elementary School (CES) and to have lunch in the cafeteria. Delegate Wright, who represents the counties of Amelia, Cumberland, Lunenburg (part), Mecklenburg, and Nottoway, visited classrooms and interacted with students. He gave an impromptu lesson to the students in Kateri Layne’s third-grade class on how government operates. During lunch in the CES cafeteria, he discussed educational issues currently being debated in the General Assembly. Shown top left, Wright takes his picture with fourth-graders in Tracy Gilbert’s room. At top right, Kathryn Garrett (assistant principal), Ginny Gills (principal), Wright, and Dr. Chip Jones (assistant superintendent) get ready to tour the elementary school before having lunch in the cafeteria. Shown right, the delegate answers questions about how government operates in Kateri Layne’s third grade room.

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“Backpacks of Love ensures that no child goes hungry. This is especially important in Cumberland County, where food access is limited. Basic needs, such as hunger, must be met before students can be expected to learn. We are thankful that Backpacks of Love assists in filling this void for our students and families.” —Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent, Cumberland County Schools Backpacks of Love is a local nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger for children in Cumberland, Va. The organization works with school staff to identify children in need and discretely places a bag of food in their backpack for the weekend.

During the school year, the Cumberland School Board recognizes students of the month at regular meetings. The following students were recognized at the meeting held on Monday, Nov. 6: Osage Angle, second grade, son of Megan and Geoffrey Angle; Luis Alvarez, eighth grade, son of Guillermo Lorenzo Perez and Adela Alvarez; and Sierra Urban, 10th grade, daughter of Connie Kittrell and Paul Urban.

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The following new staff members and associates were recognized by the Cumberland School Board at the November 2017 meeting: Beverly Hill, Cumberland Elementary School paraprofessional; Sabrina Walker, Cumberland Middle School math teacher, and Schermaly Raymond, the Cortez Math Lab administrator at Cumberland High School.


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equipment, and donations to increase the ability of the Food Pantry to provide food for the citizens of Cumberland. They have also worked with CUCPS to recruit students to assist with the food pantry, which has shown students the importance of service to community.

Student places at FFA convention

Jordan Newman, a 10th-grade Future Farmers of America (FFA) member at Cumberland High School, competed at the National Agriscience Fair at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, from Oct. 25 to 28. Jordan's project was "Does the Sex of the Lamb Affect the Weekly Weight Gain from Week 1 Until Weaning?" He competed in the Animal Systems, Division 3 category. There were 32 entries in his division from across the United States. Jordan was awarded 10th place overall with a silver rating. Participants in the National Agriscience Fair were recognized at a luncheon. More than 63,000 members and guests attended the National Convention this year. During the convention, in addition to competing, FFA members participated in workshops, leadership development activities, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA

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Jerry and Doris Seal were recognized by the Cumberland School Board for their work as coordinators of the Cumberland Mobile Food Pantry.

members from across the United States. Jordan met FFA members from as far away as Alaska, California, and Puerto Rico. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with representatives from Agriculture colleges from across the country and visit at the trade Expo. Jordan said that he enjoyed the competition and that he was already thinking about a project for next year, since he definitely wanted to earn a trip back to the National Convention. He was accompanied on the trip by Alex Parker, a ninth-grade FFA member. The boys participated in convention sessions held at the Bankers Life Field House (home of the Indiana Pacers), attended a Rascal Flatts concert at Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts), attended workshops, and visited the Expo showcasing many, many agriculture related companies and colleges. They also visited the NCAA Hall of Champions, which is near the convention center.

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Cumberland Today Sports Cross country wraps up fall sports season at states By Billy Fellin Sports Editor

Cumberland’s cross country team sent two representatives to the Virginia High School League Class 1A state cross country championship at Great Meadow Park in The Plains. Senior Hunter Cochran and junior Justin Stimpson represented to the Dukes in the year-end meet and both runners performed well. Cochran finished 20th overall in his final race as a Cumberland student, finishing in 17:50. Cochran finished just one second behind 19th place Ashton Reynolds of Altavista. It was Cochran’s third state appearance in his four years running for the Dukes. “We wish him well as Hunter looks to put exclamation marks on the upcoming indoor and outdoor track and soccer seasons,” coach Kenneth Jasey wrote in an email. Stimpson wasn’t too far behind, as he crossed the finish line in 18:28 for 33rd overall. Stimpson has gone three-forthree in qualifying for the state cross country meet. “Stimpson (had) his best effort so far at states with his 33rd place finish,” Jasey wrote. “Justin looks forward to indoor and outdoor track and next season’s final return to make the podium at the VHSL cross country state championships.” Nolan Harris of Auburn High School was the state champion with a 16:03. Both Cochran and Stimpson were named to the

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All-James River District team and the All-Region B team. As the fall seasons completed, the accolades came in for several Dukes athletes across the fall sports teams. On the girls cross country team, Munirah Fulani was an all-district and all-region selection.

VOLLEYBALL In volleyball, Nikki Hurt was named to the first-team All-Region B and to the second team of the All-James River District team. Cumberland’s Nadia Elasha and Autumn Holman were both named second-team AllRegion B. The Dukes volleyball team entered the Region B tournament as the No. 3 seed and faced off against William Campbell on Nov. 4. Cumberland defeated William Campbell 3-1 to advance to the regional semifinals, but the run stopped there as the Dukes were swept by No. 2 Rappahannock. Rappahannock fell to the eventual state champion Mathews in five sets in the state tournament.

FOOTBALL Cumberland football’s season did not go as planned, as the Dukes went 0-11 and fell in the opening game of the playoffs 56-20 to Central Lunenburg on Nov. 10. Despite the winless season, Cumberland kick returner Keyshawn Dimming and offensive lineman Christian Jackson were named first-team

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Cumberland’s cross country contingent at the Virginia High School League Class 1 state cross country meet in The Plains. From left are Kenneth Jasey, Hunter Cochran, Justin Stimpson, Allen Waechter.

All-Region B. Dimming was named second team all-region at the wide receiver position and Ziahir Berry was named second team as an all-purpose player. Daron Ridley was a second team selection at linebacker and Dimming was secondteam as a defensive back. As The Farmville Herald reported, the coach of the Dukes’ football team Ed Knapp resigned from the team prior to the Nov. 10 playoff game. against the Chargers. Knapp was in his third season as the Dukes head coach.

GOLF On the golf team, Tab Bryant was named to the alldistrict and all-region team.

WINTER SPORTS It is now the winter sports teams that will take center stage for Cumberland athletics. The girls and boys basketball teams have already started their seasons for 2017-18, while the Dukes’ indoor track and wrestling teams will both start on Dec. 13. Cumberland’s girls basket-

ball team hosted Monticello on Nov. 28 and fell to the Mustangs 56-17. They traveled to Monticello on Dec. 1 for the second game of the season prior to heading to Prince Edward on Dec. 5 The Dukes are led by six seniors on the team: Jasmine Blanton, A’Mia Booker, Ty’esha Hatcher, Zuzanna Nowak, Olivia Sims and Ruby Yarborough. The boys basketball team lost an incredibly close game on the road at Monticello on the same night as the girls game by a score of 65-64.

The Dukes hosted Prince Edward on Dec. 5 and traveled to Amelia on Dec. 8. Cumberland’s boys basketball team is a seasoned group, with three seniors (Ja’Quan and Joshua Brown, Darius Kyle) leading the way over the rest of the roster, who are all juniors. Cumberland’s wrestling team will head to RandolphHenry for a quad meet with the Statesmen, Bluestone and Goochland to open the season. The track team will compete at Fork Union Military Academy.


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about the old machines when they saw the paper ballots, joking the election was “going back to elementary school,” but they didn’t really have anything negative to say. The paper ballots and optical scanners made the process easier on the poll workers, she added. “The old machines, people would touch the screen and sometimes you had to touch them just right. These, to me, are simpler and it is easier to explain them and more people can vote at one time versus with the touch machines,” she said. Judy Wooten, chief election officer at Precinct 201, agreed the touch screen machines were sometimes harder for people, so the ease of the paper ballots went over well with voters at her location. “There’s only one page. Next time we may have front and back, but this time it’s been very easy,” she said. Aaron Sims of Cumberland said the paper ballots were something new because he was used to voting on the machines but he actually found it an easier process. “I didn’t have to worry about any technical difficulties or malfunctions. Everything was in our own hands,” he said. Sims said it is highly important to him for individuals to

get out and vote so they can express their opinions and have an impact on the community. Andrew Cumbea of Cumberland agreed, saying he recognizes that not every country gives its citizens the ability to come out and elect who they want to see in office. Cumbea said he felt there was more pressure on this election after the recent presidential election. He said he voted straight Republican in this election because he wanted to help lay a foundation in Virginia for generations to come. “Unfortunately, right now in our nation there is a great divide,” he said.

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three grandchildren play sports as well. He will be greatly missed. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 James David Erwin was born in Johnson City, Tennessee Antioch United Methodist Church. Family received friends on June 9, 1940. David and his family moved to the Guinea from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8 at Puckett Funeral Mills area of Cumberland in 1947 after his parents purchased Home. Shady Brook Farm sight unseen after reading an advertisement in the back of a magazine. David loved being outdoors and spent his youth on the farm raising chickens, cattle and hogs. David loved to hunt and trap and collect Civil War artifacts and Barbara L. Webb Gray, 65, of Cumberland, passed away on arrowheads from around the farm. David gained his love for Tuesday, October 31, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. She the outdoors and nature from his parents and was even quoted is survived by her husband of 49 years, Larry Gray; son, Lance in the Farmville Herald as a 17-year-old boy saying, “My father, Gray; daughter, Sonya Gray (Dougie Lang); mother, Elizabeth mother, and I have spent many happy hours strolling through Stone; sisters, Linda Seay of Richmond, Denise Anderson the woods or along a winding brook on our farm. My parents (Carter Timberlake) of Colonial Beach, Jonnie Stone (Eric taught me the names of trees, wildflowers, birds, wild animals Heiberg) of Richmond; grandchildren, Ethan, Bryar, Paisley; and, insects.” As a high-schooler, David was active in 4-H and nephews, Shannon Seay, Alex Webb; and niece, Tina Anderson, FFA and competed on the Forestry Judging Team. David was all of Richmond. She loved her family and friends fiercely and recognized by FFA as one of Virginia’s Top Farm Youths in will be missed by many. The family will receive friends from 2 1957 - 1958. David was one of 32 students that graduated from to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 2 at Bennett & Cumberland High School in 1958. After high school, David Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. continued farming on the family farm and started his own small Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 3 at business, Erwin Logging. David continued in the logging busi- Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia, 10300 Pridesville Road, ness until the mid-1990s, when he then started another small Amelia. business, Dave’s Recycling. David served businesses throughout Central Virginia and their cardboard recycling needs. David affectionately became known throughout Central Virginia as “The Box Man.” David remained an active farmer until the early Frances Danby Hopkins, 100, of Chester, passed away on 2000s. David was a member of Antioch UMC in Cumberland Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Born in Cumberland, she was since 1947. For many years he taught Sunday school, sang in the the daughter of the late Lyle and Fannie Godsey Danby, and church choir and was the caretaker of the church grounds and was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hopkins, and a cemetery. David loved music and learned to play the piano and daughter, Elizabeth Cole. Mrs. Hopkins retired from Lynchburg the accordion by ear. David is survived by his wife of 56 years, City School after 23 years as a teacher, and was a longtime memVirginia; two daughters, Paula Erwin Totten and husband Dale ber of Chester Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her two Totten of Cumberland and Dana Virginia Tharp and husband sisters, Marie Blanton and Jane Crute of Farmville; son-in-law, Kevin Tharp of Glen Allen. David was the proud grandfather of Homer "Mac" Cole; three grandchildren, Edward Cole (Robin), Grace Virginia Tharp, Griffin James Tharp and Ashlyn McGee Brian Cole (Nicole) and Beth Buchanan (Jarrod); and six greatTharp. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who grandchildren, Alec, Erin, Cole, Mason, Morgan and Dylan. loved to watch his two daughters play softball throughout their A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November high school years and a proud grandpa who loved to watch his 21 at Chester Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. Gordon

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Mapes officiating. Interment followed at 2:30 p.m. at Center Presbyterian Church in Cumberland. The family received friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, November 20 at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. Flowers were welcome, or contributions may be made to Chester Presbyterian Church, 3424 W. Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23831 in memory of Mrs. Hopkins.

THEODORE KEITH Theodore J. "Jack" Keith, 85, of Glen Allen, passed on Thursday, November 23, 2017, after a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia Seay (Betty) Keith; sons, Ralph J. Keith, Rohrs S. Keith and Rex L. Keith of Glen Allen; daughter, Robin Keith Roche and son-in-law, Lawrence Roche of Vogelbach, Germany; three grandchildren, Avalon Roche, William Roche and Julia Roche; a nephew, several grandnieces and nephews and cousins. Born in Cartersville and a 1953 graduate of Cumberland High School, he was predeceased by his parents, Theodore Cara Keith and Martha Rohrs Keith; and his sisters, Marguerite Keith Newman (Cecil) and Marty Ann Keith Blanton (Eldridge). Jack served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a service representative for Smith-Corona Marchant (SCM) and Olivetti Corporation. He was happiest smoking his pipe in the woods cutting timber. He liked working in his garden and daylilies patch and tinkering with machines from trucks to lawn mowers. He was a member of the Richmond Area Daylily Society, Saint Andrew's Society of Richmond and the Central Virginia Iris Society. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 27 at Bliley's - Funeral Home, 8510 Staples Mill Road and where services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28. A family graveside interment was held in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at the VA Medical Center and Sitter & Barfoot Nursing Care for their care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a favorite charity of choice. see OBITUARIES, pg. 10 

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 Rotary Club of Farmville meets at noon at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill St. in Farmville.

 The World War II Round Table holds meetings beginning at 7 p.m. at the Father Val Hall of St. John Neumann Catholic Church located 2480 Batterson Road in Powhatan.

SATURDAYS

 Cumberland County Public Library will hold Mother Goose on the Loose, a new story time option for all children from birth to age 3. It meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. The story hour will Incorporate songs, nursery rhymes, lap-sit activities, movement and music and integrate the latest early literacy techniques into the library program.  Cumberland County Public Library will hold Reading with Ellie Mae at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Ellie Mae the Reading Dog visits the library to lend a friendly paw and ear for Preschool Story Time. Pre-school age children and their caregivers are invited to an hour of stories, nursery rhymes, songs and crafts.

THURSDAYS  The Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad holds a Bingo game on the third Saturday of each month. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. Jackpot depends on the number of players. All proceeds benefit the rescue squad. No children under 12 allowed. For more information, call Ann at 804-314-0966.

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TUESDAYS  “Christian Motorcyclists Association Powhatan” chapter Living Wheels meets at 6 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Members of the public are invited to join the members at Company 1 Fire Station at Old Buckingham Road and Mann Road. For more information, call 804-598-1834 or 804-357-6730 or 804512-8835.

MONDAYS  The Cumberland chapter of the NAACP meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Cumberland Public Library. Contact 804-9090049.  A free health screening is offered from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 2294 Cartersville Road in Cartersville (the old Cartersville Medical Building). The screening includes checks for blood pressure, BMI, weight, glucose, height, and cholesterol. No appointment is necessary. Contact 804-375-9850.

 The Powhatan Moose Lodge will host smokefree Bingo with doors opening at 6 p.m. and games starting at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and every third Friday. For more information, call 804-598-2809.  H.O.P.E. – Helping Others Prepare for Eternity is a Ladies Group that meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in the Fellowship Hall at Cartersville Baptist Church. All women are invited to join. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Powhatan Moose Lodge. For more information, call 804-598-2809.  Cumberland Clothes Closet is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The CCC is located in the Community Center Building C-7 (Old Cumberland School building) and has gently used clothing, glassware, shoes and small appliances for sale.

 Backpacks of Love, a nonprofit committed to eliminating hunger in school-age children by providing nourishing food for their weekend, needs help. In addition to the constant need for donated individual-sized food items, adults or students are needed to double bag the plastic bags the group packs in, which will help expedite the packing process. (This job can be done at home if people pick up bags at the pantry office.) The group also needs help breaking down boxes for recycling. This job should be done weekly preferably on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays after packing days. These are great jobs for students looking for community hours. Contact Gloria at 804598-2723.

UPCOMING  Bear Creek Lake State Park, 22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Cumberland, will hold its Lights at the Lake event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Visitors will drive their car through the park to experience a wonderland of lights and popular seasonal figures. This is the fourth year of this event and will feature even more opportunities to marvel. In

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CASEY PAYNE Casey Marie Payne, 23, of Cumberland died on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. She was born July 1, 1994 in Richmond, the daughter of Jennifer Payne Conklin and Phillip Scarborough and the granddaughter of James Griffin, who raised her as his own from birth. Casey was a loving, free spirited young woman who was loved by everyone she met. She was passionate about animals, particularly her dog, Duchess. She often put others before herself. Casey had a big personality and could be feisty and outspoken but in the next minute caring, compassionate, loving, helpful and understanding. Casey was greatly loved and will be missed by those who loved her. She is survived by her husband, William Evan Green; her mother, Jennifer Payne Conklin; her father, Phillip Scarborough; her “Poppy,” James Griffin; paternal grandparents, Phil and Sandi Scarborough; sisters, Lauren Jean Conklin and Lindsey Paige Conklin; brothers, Christopher Grant Wallace and Dustin Shane Bishop; her dog, Duchess, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Casey was preceded in death by a brother, Jacob Ryan Conklin; her maternal

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grandmother, Joyce Griffin; maternal greatgrandparents, Jess and Ruth Griffin and Al and Rose Custalow; paternal great-grandparents, Ray Scarborough, Essie Smith Scarborough and Roy and Myrtle Garrett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made toward funeral expenses.

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David Lindsey Simmons, 77, of Cumberland County passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. He was a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, graduating from Louisiana Tech University, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. David did post graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and began his chemical engineering career at the DuPont Chattanooga Nylon plant. He retired from the DuPont Kevlar division at the Richmond Spruance plant after 40 years of service. David was an active member of the Presbyterian Church as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and choir member and a member of several church and community choirs. David and his wife Susan retired to their farm in Cumberland County, where he enjoyed hunting, raising horses, training his bird dog Gator and sitting on the porch enjoying the

company of friends and family. David is survived by his wife, Susan Spangler Simmons, married 55 years (also from Lake Charles), and three sons, Glenn Matthew Simmons and wife Lyn of Moseley, David (Brad) Simmons and wife Rhonda of Disputana, and Brian Trevor Simmons and wife Katherine of Potomac, Maryland. David was the proud grandpa of five grandchildren, Hannah Simmons Lankford and Russell Braden Simmons of Arizona; and Sara Elizabeth Simmons, David Matthew Simmons, and Amelia Lindsey Simmons of Maryland. He recently welcomed his first greatgrandson, Landon Lankford of Arizona. David is also survived by many cousins in the Lake Charles area. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the John Randolph Fire Department. The Rev. Dale Brown officiated a “celebration of life” service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Farmville. Puckett Funeral Home served the family.

JUANITA URBAN Juanita Mae Urban, 81 of Cartersville, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017 at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals, Richmond due to cancer. She was born in West Virginia to the late Robert and Edna S. Starr on August 4, 1936. She is predeceased by her husband, Billy Joe Urban, and will be laid to rest at his side at the Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico. Her family includes two children, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Juanita Urban was a long- time resident of Cumberland County for over 40 years. She enjoyed all of her different clubs, family and friends. She worked hard for the community. She served two terms on the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors and was a past president of the Cartersville Garden Club, a past president of the Woman's Club of Cumberland GFWC and a past president of the Alice Kyle District. She also served as the chairman of the Cumberland County Library Board of Trustees, was an associate member of the Cartersville Rescue Squad, a member of the Historical Society of Cumberland County and was a member of Cartersville Baptist Church. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 25 in the chapel of Puckett Funeral Home. Family received friends two hours prior to service starting at 9 a.m. at Puckett Funeral Home. Interment at Quantico National Cemetery will be held at a later date. Her family requests memorial contributions may be made to cancer research through the National Cancer Institute, www. cancer.gov.


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lieu of an event fee, participants are asked to bring a new toy to enter the display area for free. The toys will be donated to the Cumberland Christmas Mother. On Sunday, Dec. 10, the Friends of Bear Creek Lake will host a free pancake supper at Bear Creek Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. Monetary donations will be gladly accepted. On Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16, free seasonal craft-making will be offered at Bear Creek Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. This activity time will feature a decoration station. Supplies to make simple holiday and seasonally inspired crafts will be provided. We'll be using lots of natural materials and show how people greened their wintery world in days gone by.See event description at http://tinyurl.com/ybulqba2.  The Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a Brunch with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the fire department, 2145 Cumberland Road, Farmville.  A Benefit Christmas Craft and Vendor Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Cumberland Community Center gym, 71 Community Center Dr., Cumberland. The Christmas Show is to give Cumberland residents a place to shop before Christmas, and to benefit a long time Cumberland employee and her family through upcoming cancer treatments. Lucy Greer's husband John is facing at least eight weeks without being able to work because of treatment. All proceeds from booth rentals as well as some other fundraising planned for that day are going directly to the Greers to help them with bills and travel expenses throughout this time. Donations can be made at C&F Bank. Just ask for it to go to Lucy and John Greer. There will be shopping, food, and maybe a special visitor for pictures! Visit the event’s Facebook page.  The Cumberland Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. Organizers are still looking for entries for the parade. Nonprofit organizations, public officials, churches, civic organizations and school groups may enter at no charge. Others are $10. Deadline to register is Dec. 8. Contact Barbara Gamage at 804-4924803.  The Cumberland County Historical Society will hold an open house at 2 p.m. on Sun-

day, Dec. 10 at the Cumberland Museum, located inside the Old Clerk’s Office on the grounds of the Cumberland County Courthouse. After Santa Claus finishes his ride in the Cumberland Christmas Parade, he will head to the museum to greet children. The museum will be selling items related to the county’s history that make great Christmas gifts.  The Heart of Virginia Community Band will perform a free Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11 in Jarman Auditorium on the Longwood University campus (Building 14 on the campus map). The concert will feature secular and non-secular music of the holidays. Parking available on Griffin Boulevard in the Wheeler lot. Visit www.heartofvacommunityband.org.  Beginner Beekeeping Classes by Heart of Virginia Beekeepers will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Monday, Jan. 29 at the Prince Edward County Extension Office across from Lowe’s in Farmville. A hands-on session will be held on a date to be announced. Cost is $50 per family and pre-registration is required. Grant money is available. For more information and to register, contact Mary Jane Morgan at 434-315-1433 or email at wmorgan476@gmail.com.

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one another. Nobody ever really wants to leave. They are enjoying themselves talking to their friends and Continued from pg. 2  neighbors,” she said. The Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad’s brunch is also a longtime tradition and drew about 100 people on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the rescue squad’s building. Rounding out the weekend was the Cumberland Ruritan Club’s annual to this year’s event, Earlene Canaan, president, said. Veterans Day Breakfast on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Cumberland Canaan said that while the tone of the event is not necessarily festive, “there is this warmth and camaraderie Volunteer Fire Department building. Organizers of all three events said how much it means to them among the men who come. Sometimes this is the only to celebrate the service of Cumberland veterans and let them know time they see each other all year. It is a camaraderie among those who have served. It is just a good feeling.” what they did for their country mattered. The special guest speaker for the brunch was Dr. The spaghetti dinners started about 12 years ago to bring neighJohn E. Booker, a Cartersville native and a a retired bors together to honor their local veterans, said Nancy Pempel, president of the Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department U.S. Navy master chief cryptologist and senior international program manager. He is also the recipient of Auxiliary. This year’s event had at least 34 veterans in attendance and they the Medal of Freedom. “He talked about the honor of service. He talked were all treated to a free meal and recognized by the auxiliary, she PHOTO BY LAURA MCFARLAND said. Other people who attended were asked to make a donation, about the appreciation of service and commitment to which goes toward a fundraiser for the fire department. She esti- country. He talked about the value of those lost,” Canaan Veterans and their guests enjoy the Veterans Day Breakfast hosted on Nov. 13 by the Cumberland Ruritan Club. Guests ate breakfast and were mated more than 110 people total attended and had a good time said. recognized for their service to the nation. This year, the group honored one of its members, sharing a meal together. “It is amazing. The community gets together and they visit with Hazel Urquhart, who is the widow of a veteran and has been a “real mover and shaker” Sigman said he made many long-lasting friendships during through the years and a major force in holding his 30 years in the military, marines he truly considers a “band of the brunch, Canaan said. brothers.” While marines may go on to fill a variety of roles dur“We gave her a certification of appreciation ing their service, they are all linked by the common experience of for her commitment to the veterans of the boot camp, a time in which they not only train but learn about the county. She has been wonderful over the years corps’ long history and impact. and we wanted to acknowledge that,” she said. “I feel connected to the history. I know stories about marines The squad also honored Tommy Tipton, that fought in the Belleau Woods in World War I, I know men who a Cartersville resident and veteran, with an fought at Iwo Jima in World War II and the Chosin Reservoir in award that recognizes Cumberland residents Korea,” he said. who served in the military and, when they Vern Miller of Cartersville served in the U.S. Navy and Army got out, continued to serve their community between 1986 and 2015, joining to seek new opportunities and and their fellow man through their actions, finding himself serving not only across the nation but around the Canaan said. world. Canaan pointed out that because any mon“I got to travel to places that definitely aren’t on anybody’s itinetary donations made to the rescue squad have erary. I got to see the side of countries you don’t see as a tourist. I to be used for medical services, the brunch is actually lived in some of the communities,” he said. possible because of donations from the comHe attended the breakfast to enjoy the camaraderie with other CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS munity. veterans in the area and listen to their stories. “You never know Above, the Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary held its annual About 40 people, roughly 25 of whom were what people have done or where they’ve been,” he added. Spaghetti Dinner for Veterans on Nov. 10 to thank them for their service. Below, veterans, came out to the Cumberland Ruritan Laura McFarland may be reached at Lmcfarland@powhatantoHazel Urquhart, from left, Cecil Austin, Dr. John Booker, Earlene Canaan, Bernie Club’s Veterans Day Breakfast, which featured a day.com. Becker participate in the Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad Inc.’s annual Veterans hot meat, colors presented by the Cumberland Appreciation Brunch on Nov. 11. High School JROTC, recognition of the veterans and music provided by Lauraetta Jones-Yates and Barbara Gamage. The event has been going on for more than 15 years, said Christine Godsey, president of the local Ruritans. “We want to thank the veterans for all their service not only to their country but to all of us. It is more of an appreciation service. Veterans don’t get enough praise, especially during this time when people are protesting the National Anthem,” she said. John Sigman of Cumberland, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1998, PHOTO BY LAURA MCFARLAND attended both the Saturday brunch and Monday breakfast and said he appreciates the Members of the Cumberland Ruritan Club and local volunteers acknowledgment of people honoring veterans. representing the Cumberland County Public Schools serve veterans

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