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Obituaries, Week of October 24: Lee, Mathias, Morgan

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:00 am

Carolyn Melinda Lee

Carolyn Melinda Lee of Kinsale departed this life on Oct. 11, 2012 at Bon Secours Regional Memorial Hospital with her family by her bedside. She was born Jan. 30, 1954 in Kinsale and remained a servant of her community her entire life. She is the daughter of the late Eliza Johnson Lee and Fred Stephen Lee, and the youngest of five children, two brothers, Calvin S. Lee and Frank A. Lee, and two sisters, Mary L. Fulcher and Catherine L. Conley. Her brothers preceded her in death.

Carolyn was truly the baby of the family and always surrounded lovingly by her two big sisters. The three sisters could always be seen out in the community together doing various things. Carolyn joined Zion Baptist Church at an early age and grew up rooted in God’s word. While there, she joined the choir and remained a faithful member of the church. Growing up as the youngest child, Carolyn was no stranger to mischief but always managed to laugh her way out of trouble. She loved to play the devil’s advocate and always enjoyed a lively conversation.

Carolyn was educated in Westmoreland County Public Schools and went on to further her education at Virginia State University, where she received a B.S. and M.S. in Education. She taught one year in Dinwiddie County and the remaining 33 years at Richmond County Intermediate School. Carolyn loved education and especially Social Studies and Civics. She was passionate about the need for all children to understand the importance of education. She required excellence from her students and was deeply disturbed when they did not perform. She retired from the Richmond County School system in May 2012. In addition to education, Carolyn was a member of several organizations including the local chapters of the NAACP, the Richmond County National Education Association, Past Worthy Matron and member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #207.

Carolyn loved traveling with friends and family. Her favorite traveling group was Sister Sister (Mary Fulcher, Catherine Conley, Viola Brown, Dorothy Conley, Julia Blue, Ann Conley, Erma Wilson). She loved to tour the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court Justice Chambers, and African American Museums. She enjoyed attending Broadway plays and major league baseball games. As an avid sports fan, her favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees.

Carolyn leaves behind two devoted sisters, Mary L. Fulcher (John William Fulcher) and Catherine L. Conley (James H. Conley); nieces, Deborah Lee Parrott, Wanda Kelly, Karen Johnson, Valerie Price, Jovanni M. Robinson; nephews, Calvin S. Lee Jr. and Aurelio Conley. Also, she leaves behind several very special life friends Fannie Wilson (d.), Dorothy Conley, Patsy Vicks, Darlene Wilson Thomas, Sherwin Tate, Valerie Veney, Mae J. Wilson, and Hope Barnes, and a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at Zion Baptist Church, Kinsale. Pastor Paul Jones officiated. Apostle Donn Hall Sr., Eulogist. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Aurelio Conley, Reginald Johnson, Sherwin Tate, Christopher Lee, Julius W. Robinson Jr., William Wilson, James Page and Calvin Lee Jr.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Dr. Joseph Emory Mathias

Dr. Joseph Emory Mathias, age 86, lost his battle with stomach cancer on Monday, October 15, 2012 at his summer residence in Coles Pt., VA. He was born on April 25, 1926 in Clarksburg, West VA, to Joseph Michael and Minnie Shahan Mathias. He graduated with honors from the University of Richmond, and the Medical College of Virginia. Once he completed his urological residency, he moved his family to Lynchburg, VA where he practiced for over thirty years as a partner at Lynchburg Urological Associates, until his retirement.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1944, and retired from the U.S.N.R. as a Lt. Commander after 25 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, VA, and a Freemason for 60 years, and a member of Westmoreland Lodge #212. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Virginia Grigg of Richmond, VA: 3 children, Joseph Emory Jr., (Betsy); Ivy Lynn Stennett, (Reggie); William Edward, (Denie); 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorotha Hartman. He was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Grigg, and a sister, Mary Kathryn Rector.

The family will plan a private graveside service at Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg, VA where he will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Cancer Society. The family would like to thank Hospice of VA in Tappahannock for the wonderful, loving care they provided.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, dedicated surgeon, and the greatest quail hunter that we have ever known.

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com

Doris E. Morgan

Doris Estelle “Kitty” Morgan, 74, of Colonial Beach, widow of James Lloyd Morgan Sr. of 40 years, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. She fought a courageous battle with lung cancer. But in the end, the Lord called her home to be at peace and be without pain and suffering no more.

She leaves to cherish her fond memory three children, Beverly Jean Morgan-Law of Montross; James Lloyd Morgan Jr. and Melody Lane Sleeth (Shannon), both of Colonial Beach; grandchildren David Marks Jr., Ray Sibley, Taylor Haynes, Jazmine Haynes, Damian Sleeth and Brianna Sleeth; sisters and brothers Betty Carter (Neil) of Plano, Texas, Lucille Foster (Wayne) of Plano, Barbara Chaney (Jim) of Lothian, Md., Roland Catterton (Beth) of Lothian, Julia Nelis of Odenton, Md., Linda Smith of Chesapeake Beach, Md., and Michael Catterton of Brandywine, Md.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Herbert and Ida Mae Catterton, along with her brother, James Herbert Catterton Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery, King George, with the Rev. Willard Bowen officiating.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.