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Obituaries, week of Sept. 11: Lane, Randolph Jones, Thelma Jones, Sanford,

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Mary Johnson Lane


God in His infinite wisdom, called home to eternal rest, His beloved daughter, Mary Jessie Johnson Lane on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at Bon Secours Regional Memorial Hospital in Mechanicsville. Mary Jessie was born Aug. 1, 1930 in Washington’s Birthplace, Westmoreland County, Virginia to Willie Johnson Sr. and Mary Streets Johnson.

Mary Jessie confessed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined Little Zion Baptist Church in Oak Grove at an early age.

On Aug. 12, 1950, she married Walter Madison Lane. Two beautiful daughters were born of this union, Glenda Patricia (deceased, survived by her husband, Elwood Carey) and Iris Arlene Lane.

Mary Jessie love God, her family, church and community. After marrying Walter and joining Salem Baptist Church in Mount Holly, she became an active participant in a number of ministries including President of the Nursing Ministry, Vice-President of the Senior Missionary, member of the Scholarship Ministry and the Salem Baptist Senior Choir. She was active in the community through her memberships in the A. T.

Johnson Alumni Association, Virginia Twin Rivers Watermen’s Association, Westmoreland County Rescue Squad Auxiliary and Vice-President of the Northern Neck Association of Church Nurses to name a few.

Mary Jessie graduated from A. T. Johnson High School in 1948. She obtained many continuing education units in school nutrition, and classes related to her chosen occupations and community service.

Mary Jessie took her mother, Mary, into her home for the years prior to her death after her mother’s stroke did not allow her to live alone. She looked after her brother, Garrison, a diabetic, until he passed. Mary Jessie took care of her husband and daughter, during their illnesses. Being such a special lady with a heart of gold, Mary Jessie always put others before herself. Her favorite Bible verse reflects her integrity and character, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. Mary Jessie was a pillar of the community and a true role model for Christian caring, generosity and support. Until her health began to fail, she visited anyone who was sick and provided some token of love. It did not matter if you were young, old, rich, or poor. If she knew of your illness, she would stop by to check on you. Every year she actively participated in the annual crab feast for Virginia Twin Rivers Watermen’s Association.

She was known by most of the children who grew up in this community as “MissMaryJessie,” pronounced as one word, and by others as “Mama Lane.”  She had great servant leadership skills. One of Mary Jessie’s favorite quotes was “You cannot lead where you cannot follow.” She was a doer, a worker and ultimately a leader. Plus, as an independent woman who believed in receiving direction from God on His plan for her life, she would not ask anyone to do what she could do herself strengthened through Christ Jesus.

Mary Jessie was employed by Westmoreland County Public Schools for over 41 years as a school bus driver and Montross Elementary School Food Service Manager, retiring in August 1992. Of course, she held other jobs throughout her lifetime. Mary Jessie was passionate about her professional, charitable and faithful work. Her life was a true summation of one who bears the “Fruits of the Spirit.”

Mary Jessie was a great cook at home and work and loved sharing with family members and friends. She also loved to travel and in her younger years attended a number of World Fairs, conferences, and activities in and outside of Virginia.

Mary Jessie will always live on through cherished memories of her daughter, Iris A. Lane of Mount Holly; grandson, Kevin L. Carey (Belinda Alicea) of Fairfax; granddaughter, Kristy Carey Peyton (Jimmy) of Colonial Beach; three great-grandchildren, Taylor and Sydney Carey of Fairfax and Jordan Peyton of Colonial Beach; one brother, Willie Johnson Sr. of Colonial Beach; sister, Rachel (Lewis) Saunders of Columbia, Md.; sisters-in-law, Margaret Pringle, Pearl Henry, Ruth Savage, Dorothy Freeman, Ianthe “Pat” Lane and Queen Lane, all of Philadelphia, Pa.; special friend James J.C. Johnson of Severn, Md.; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Mary Jessie is predeceased by her loving husband, Walter Madison Lane; daughter, Glenda Lane Carey; brothers, Herman, Garrison and Louis Johnson; sisters, Margaret Johnson and a twin sister that died at birth.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 9 at Salem Baptist Church. Rev.

William I. Curry officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Warren Mahoney, William Edward Wright, Sylvester Hackett, Mitchell Hackett, Conrad Kelly and Walter Levon Hackett.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Randolph Jones


Randolph Thomas Jones, Sr., 77, of Montross, left us on Sept. 4, 2013 from Riverside Hospital to reunite with his wife of 57 years, Thelma E. Jones.

She preceded him in death on Aug. 20, 2013.

He was born and raised in Westmoreland County and has since been a resident there.  Throughout his life, he was a construction contractor, a farmer and he worked at George Washington’s Birthplace.  He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by two sons, Randolph Jones, Jr. and Larry Jones, seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren as well as other loving family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Pope’s Creek Baptist Church, Baynesville with Rev. Richard Headley officiating.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Rodney Jones, Jimmy Jones, Donnie Jones, Jeffrey Jones, Merle Jones and Jimmy Nash.

Memorial donations may be made to Randolph Jones Sr. Memorial Fund, c/o Welch Funeral Home, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross, Va. 22520


Thelma Jones


Thelma Elizabeth Jones, 74, of Montross, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 at Mary Washington Hospital.

She was a loving and caring family member and friend to all, as well as a faithful member of Popes Creek Baptist Church.  She will be greatly missed.

Faith and family were very important to her.

She is survived by her husband, Randolph Jones, Sr.; two sons, Randolph

Jones Jr. and Larry Jones; two sisters, Janie Sanford and Audrey Dunn; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services were on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at Popes Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Headley officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers were Rodney Jones, Jimmy Nash, Donnie Jones, Ricky Balderson, Earl Balderson, Jr., and Junior Bowen.

Donations may be made to The Thelma Jones Memorial Fund, Welch Funeral Home, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross, Va. 22520




Millard Sanford


Millard Hazeltine Sanford of Warsaw, Virginia passed away on September 7, 2013, two weeks before his official hundredth birthday. Born on September 21st, 1913 to James Allen Sanford and Ida Nash Sanford, Sanford claimed days before his passing that he was in fact already one hundred years old. He explained that he was born on his family’s farm on Newland Road and that they did not receive a dated birth certificate until they made the trip to town by horse and buggy weeks later. As such, Sanford’s family celebrated his centennial anniversary during his stay in hospice care at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Millard Sanford is survived by his sister Ida Mae Sanford Sanders, sister-in-law Alice Forrester Sanford, sons Louis Howard Sanford, Joseph Thomas Sanford, James William Sanford, and John Millard Sanford, nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Martha Theissen Sanford, his sisters Catherine Sanford Oliff and Mabel Sanford Harmon, and brother James Edward Sanford, Sr.. Millard Sanford’s parting words of wisdom included advice to not drink too much beer or eat too many animals. He also said that if you wanted to always have a job, you should learn to play the guitar. Millard Sanford retained his curious spirit and sharp mind to the very end, and enjoyed researching Virginia history, paleontology, and horticulture.

Millard Sanford’s graveside funeral was held at Rappahannock Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013.

Online condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com.