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Obituaries, Week of June 20: Bowler, Epps, Reed, Smith, Studds

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:00 am

Reva Kay Bowler 

Reva Kay Bowler, 77, of Rollins Fork went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 14, 2012.

Reva was born in Westmoreland County and was a school bus driver for Westmoreland and King George counties for 20 years. She had retired from NSWC Dahlgren after 20 years of service.

She was a member of Good News Baptist Tabernacle, where her loving husband of 62 years, William C. Bowler, is pastor.

In addition to her husband, Reva is survived by two sons, William C. Bowler Jr. and his wife, Patti, and George M. Bowler and his wife, Robin; a daughter, Barbara Bowler Bridges, and her husband, Larry; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on June 19 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, King George. Rev. Sherman Davis, Rev. Dwight Storke Jr. and Rev. Ben Kistler officiated. Interment followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Good News Baptist Tabernacle, 16333 County Line Drive, King George, Va. 22485 or Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.


 Rosalind Cornelia Weldon Epps

Rosalind Cornelia Weldon Epps passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at VCU/Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

Rosalind, one of eight children born to the late Charles and Frances Weldon, was born on Jan. 4, 1957 in Westmoreland County.

Rosalind attended the Westmoreland public schools. She joined the Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Henry C. Lee.

On June 3, 1989, Rosalind was united in Holy matrimony to Ryan Epps. From this union three daughters were born, LaShonda, LaTanya and Tanikqua Epps.

Rosalind spent all her life in this area and worked different jobs.  The last job she worked was at Wal-Mart.

Rosalind was preceded in death by her parents.

Rosalind leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Ryan Epps; her three daughters, LaShonda, LaTanya, and Tanikqua Epps; two sisters, Joeann Weldon and Janice Green (William); five brothers, Rodney Weldon (Jacklyn), Lewis Weldon, Raymond Weldon, Walter Weldon and Lawrence Weldon (Delpheen); mother-in-law, Lunetta Epps, and a host of sisters-in-laws, brothers-in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A Service of Remembrance was held June 18 at Jerusalem Baptist Church. Pastor Darryl Fisher officiated. Interment services were held privately.

Services of Comfort and Trust entrusted to the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.



Judy Lynn Wilson Reed

Judy Lynn Wilson Reed, daughter of Shirley Wilson and the late Hampton Reed was born on Jan. 8, 1976 in Richmond, Va. and entered into eternal rest on June 11, 2012.

She leaves to cherish her memories a daughter, Jalynn Troi Thompson; mother, Shirley A. Wilson; brother, Danny Ray Dunaway; niece, Danielle Price (Leon); newphe, Danny Ray Dunaway Jr. (Sydney); aunts, Frances Kennison, Ruth Dunaway Mahan, Lena Fones, and Corrine Bowen; uncles, Norris Lee Dameron (Carolyn) and William (Boy) Dameron (Betty Carol), Bay Dameron; great-nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and loving friends.

She will join in heaven her father, Hampton Reed; aunts, Katherine Bell, Mary Davis, and Hortense Cundiff.

Judy, a graduate of the Washington and Lee Class of 1995, spent most of her career in the sales field. Her vibrant personality and charm allowed her to excel here. She was known by many for her work with Prime Media, The Northern Neck News, Etrade, and Go Wireless.

Judy was a fun loving person and would do anything to help those she loved. She always had a smile on her face but never one hesitated to give her opinion. We will all miss her laugh, her smile and the way she brightened our day when she was with us.

The memories we have of her will always be dear to us in our hearts. We should not mourn her passing but rejoice for our dearly departed mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and loved one. She devoted her life for her family and friends and has now been called to be among the angels where she can continue to do as she always has..love us.

Funeral services were held on June 16 at Welch-Marks Chapel in Warsaw. Pastor Wade Wilkins and Rev. Lashae Henry, Eulogists. Pallbearers were Michael King, Tony Thompson, Vida Gaskins, Royal Gaskins, Danny Ray Dunaway Jr., Carl Blue, Brian Jackson and Shawn Jackson. Interment followed in the Siloam Baptist Church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made at any Union First Market Bank in care of the Jaylynn Thompson Trust Fund.

Online condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com


Fern Diane Smith

Fern Diane Smith passed away on June 12, 2012 at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. She was born on July 4, 1961 to Carrie L Smith and the late Cassie Smith. She joined Mulberry Baptist Church at an early age.  She graduated from Rappahannock High School in 1980. After graduation, she continued to better herself by attending Job Corp to become a Chef.

She moved in late 1990’s to the Washington DC area. Fern worked as a store clerk for Sunny Shoe Department. She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers.

She leaves a loving memories to be cherished by her three daughters, Tiffany Smith, Nancy Smith and Bianca Smith  her granddaughter, Nakiyah; her mother, Carrie Smith five sisters, Clementine (Sorrell) Thomas, Carrie Lee  (Jerome) Dean, Julia Ali, Juanita LeVere and Florence (John) Thompson; three brothers, Sterling D. Smith, Tony G. Smith and David E. Smith; a half-brother, Carroll Garner; three aunts; two uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held on June 16 at Mulberry Baptist Church. Pastor Gernard Reed officiated. Interment services were held at the church cemetery.

Services of Comfort and Trust entrusted to the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

Harry Murray “John” Studds


“John” Studds, 92, passed away Thursday June 7, 2012 at his residence in Colonial Beach.  He was a World War II Navy Veteran having served from 1942 to 1945 on the USS Franklin.   Following his service in the Navy, he was a bus driver at A.B & W. Transit Company for 29 years.  After retirement, he moved to Colonial Beach in 1969 where he spent his remaining years as a waterman on the Potomac River.  John was a member of the American Legion Post 148 and VFW Post 10574.

Survivors include one sister, Ethel Lavinus of Alexandria; two sons, Harry Studds of Alexandria and John Studds of Edenton, NC; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Carroll Studds in 1928; his first wife, Mildred Studds in 1951; one son, Richard Studds in 1976 and his second wife of 49 years, Eleanor Studds, in 2005.

A memorial service was held to honor and remember John at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home in Colonial Beach, Thursday June 14.  Private committal of ashes will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Donations can be made to VFW Post 10574 PO Box 39 Colonial Beach, Va. 22443