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Obituaries: Week of March 6, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

James L. Bullock

James L. Bullock passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 at his home on the banks of the Chesapeake, the place that he loved.  Jim lived life to its fullest and very much on his own terms.  Death, much as life, adhered to Jim’s ideal:  with his daughter Catherine by his side, a fire burning, birds at the feeder, and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay out his window Jim slipped peacefully away.  He is survived by his two sisters, Mollie Lovejoy and Elizabeth Holleman; his daughter, Catherine and her husband Dan, who ensured his well being to the end; his son, Michael and his wife Anna Clayton, of whom he was so proud, and his loved daughter Glenn Tinsley Bowles and her husband Charles.  He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, each of whom filled him with pride.

Jim lived a life most of us could only dream about, taking big risks and celebrating amazing rewards.  He worked hard and played hard with an incredible ability to hit the reset button.  He was a dreamer and a doer and accomplished many great things with the love of his life Elizabeth who sadly predeceased him in 2001.  Beginning with The Library in Nashville, an aptly named bar for Vanderbilt students, he moved on to mining for gold, a yacht charter business, shrimp boating, expeditions to Haiti, and a brief stint as an agent for a blue grass band among other pursuits.

At times overcoming obstacles with great vision and optimism, Jim and Elizabeth accidentally founded what came to be the first Assisted Living Facility in Virginia and grew it into what was at one time the largest senior living chain in the state.  Always with an eye towards the future, Jim opened one of the first senior living apartments 30 years before the idea became popular.  He went on to found one of the first home care agencies; that company has since grown to become one of the largest in the state.  Jim and his family have created thousands of jobs and provided outstanding care to thousands more, a legacy for which he would be proud to be remembered.

Jim could be stubborn at times and sometimes impossible to live with, but these characteristics contributed to his memorable personality.  As a visionary he rarely took no for an answer.  He was impatient and his timing was not always the best.  Jim deplored dealing with the details and didn’t suffer boredom easily.  These characteristics, which some might consider flaws, made Jim’s life the adventure it was and led him to surround himself with people who cared, who could handle the details, and who appreciated sharing the journey.

Jim became an avid yachtsman and traveler and visited places most of us will only dream of, from Maine to the Caribbean.  He will be particularly missed by George Brewer and Ron Brunk who accompanied him on many of these adventures and became close lifelong friends.

Without apology and unlike so many, Jim truly lived life and died with few regrets.  He leaves a big footprint and a lasting legacy that will make the world a better place for those who examine his life.  Despite his shortcomings, and also because of them, Jim’s life serves as a reminder that even a long life is short and should not be lived with regret or wondering what might have been.  A service to celebrate his life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013 when he will be laid to rest next to Elizabeth at Cedar Point, in Callao, Virginia, the place they both loved.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a kind donation be made in Jim’s name to The University of Virginia, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Attn: Admin Director, PO Box 800716, Charlottesville, VA 22908.


Robin Harrison Estevez

Robin Harrison Estevez, 56, of Colonial Beach passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at home.

Arrangements are incomplete and being held by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.

A memorial service for Robin will be held in the future.


William “Bill” G. Powell

William “Bill” G. Powell, 78, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday. Feb. 26, 2013, at home.

Bill was a retired builder and the widower of Shirley J. Powell.

He is survived by three daughters, Susie Perez of Harrisburg, Pa., Dawn Zimmerman of King George County and Tina Heath of Charlottesville; two brothers, Joe Powell of Colonial Beach and Leonard Powell of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Bill’s family received friends Sunday, March 10, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George with a memorial service officiated by the Rev. Richard Headley. Burial will be private,

Contributions may be made to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Dept., Box 212, Colonial Beach, VA. 22443.

Please sign the online guest book at nashandslawfh .com.


Margaret W. Reid

Margaret W. Reid, 93, of Spotsylvania County, Va. passed away peacefully holding the hands of her daughter and granddaughter in her home on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

She was born Dec. 2, 1919 in Lyells, Va., she later moved to Washington, D. C. where she worked for the Southern Railway Company.

After leaving there she became a housewife and loving mother.  She was a religious gentle woman that was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas B. Reid, Jr. and a daughter, Anne Marie Anthony.

She is survived by a daughter, Vonnie Vokaty and her husband, Raymond Vokaty of Richmond; a granddaughter Heather Mancuso and her fiancé, Adam Woods of Spotsylvania; as well as two nieces; Margaret Rice of Lancaster, Va. and Shirley Taylor of Hayes, Va.; also, a sister-in-law, Denise Webb of Alexandria, Va.

Her funeral service was held Monday, March 4, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, Va.  Interment followed at Culpeper National Cemetery.

The family received friends on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to johnsoncares.com.