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Obituaries

Donald Minor, 85, of Palmyra, Va., died on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

Born February 21, 1932, in Long Branch, N.J., he was the son of James Minor and Rose Woolley.

He spent 30 years in the USAF and retired as Master Sergeant. Following his military service, he worked for the USPS in Jackson, N.J., for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife, Benita; his son, Gary Minor and his wife, Debbie; his daughter, Sandy Minor McKay, and her husband, Scott; his son, Donald Minor, and his wife, Elizabeth; his daughter, Michelle Burke, and her husband, Steve; stepson, Anton Nelsen, and his wife, Darlene; stepson, Lars Nelsen, and stepson, David Straub. He was the loving grandfather and great-grandfather to 21 children and young adults. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah, and his former wife, Mildred Chvedinich.

He requested no service or memorials and wanted to encourage others to consider donations to the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Inc., 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, Va. 22963, or their favorite charity.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Martha Jefferson Hospital, Cornell 3 for their loving care.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

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John Campbell WhiteAugust 9, 1953 – May 30, 2017

John Campbell White passed suddenly on May 30, 2017. Mr. White was the son of Mary Elizabeth Wynegar and Edward White. Born in San Francisco, he grew up in New York City, attended the Browning School and later the Millbrook School for Boys in Millbrook, N.Y. Upon graduation he lived for two years in London, studying law and insurance at Lloyds of London. Upon returning to the States, he worked as an underwriter for Schiff-Tarehune, insuring tankers and cargo ships. He began his own marine insurance business under the name of J.C. White Inc. in New York and later moved his business to Miami, Fla. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, he took over his father’s company in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and retired from insurance in 1995 when he returned to the States, living in Keene, N.H. He worked for Comfort Gear in Brattleboro, Vt. until 2001 when he moved to Lake Monticello, Va.

While living at Lake Monticello, he became involved with various committees, including the Buildings, Roads and Grounds Committee and the Finance Committee, always working to make Lake Monticello Owners’ Association fiscally responsible and accountable. He was a member of both Rivanna Radio Control Flying Club, where he had been secretary and treasurer for many years, and Fluvanna Radio Control Flying Club. He loved sailing, tennis, and most of all building planes from his own designs from scratch – no model kits for him. He was a licensed Cessna pilot since age 16. He owned and operated Helpful Services at Lake Monticello. He is survived by his half-sister Page H. Gifford.

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Dorothy BuswellDorothy A. Buswell “Dottie” died in Charlottesville, Va., on May 18, 2017. She was born on Aug. 27, 1923, in Bluefield, W.Va., to Maurice and Octavia Sameth.

Dottie lived at Lake Monticello for 39 years and previously raised a family in Arlington, Va. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, W. Scott Buswell, who died April 14, 2005. Together they had four children: Scotty Buswell (deceased), Betsy Gunnels, Mary Woolman and Jim Buswell.

Dottie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She also was a volunteer with Red Cross, Fluvanna County Library, and Meals on Wheels. She and Scott were avid bridge and golf players. Dottie is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and her sweet dog, Amos.

The celebration of her life will be held at Lake Christian Church on Friday, May 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served in the church hall after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lake Christian Church, 733 S. Boston Road, Palmyra, Va., 22963.

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Janice HarrisonJanice Melvin Harrison, 71, won the quilter’s dream contest – dying with the most pieces of fabric. She died from complications caused by early onset dementia on May 9, 2017, in her home surrounded by family.

Jan was born in 1946 in Portland, Ore., and attended Oregon State University, graduating with a B.S. and an M.S. in food science. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and Mortar Board. It was at Oregon State that she met her husband of 49 years, Michael Harrison. Jan is survived by her husband and sons Jeff and Tony Harrison.

Jan and Mike were married in 1968 and she followed him in his U.S. Air Force career as a pilot. All during his assignments, Jan was active in military charities and pursued her passion for crafting. It was natural that when Mike left the Air Force after 10 years, Jan opened a successful crafts business in 1981 in Burke, Va., called Glass & Calico. Opening First Impressions, a gift store, followed.

In 2004 Jan retired and moved to Lake Monticello. She loved the Lake, but more importantly, all her new friends. She never missed an opportunity to go out to lunch with “the girls” and was active in several groups, including the Red Hat Ladies, known as the Hats in the Belfry.

Jan decided early that she wanted to be an organ donor to help others. If her organs could not be used, she wanted to be a whole body donor for scientific research. She was registered with the Virginia Anatomical Society that collects and distributes donors to medical and scientific research institutions.

She requested no service or memorials and wanted to encourage others to consider donation. The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Piedmont and Home Instead for their loving care.

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Lauren BaylessLauren Michelle Bayless, 28, died at home in Wilmington, N.C., on Sunday, April 23, 2017, of complications from a congenital illness. Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 3, at Unity of Charlottesville. 

Lauren grew up in Crozet, Va., and was the daughter of Rick Bayless of Lake Monticello and Cynthia Bayless of Wilmington, N.C.  She is survived by her younger brother, Matthew Bayless of Charlottesville, and her older sister, Angel Dahnke of Tampa, Fla. 

Lauren was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 20, 1988. Her family soon moved to Hagerstown, Md., where her father was the executive director of public mental health and addiction services for Washington County, and her mother was director of the Hagerstown Montessori School. Both parents were licensed mental health counselors.

In the summer of 2000 her family moved to Crozet, Va. Lauren attended Mountaintop Montessori School in Charlottesville, where her mother was a member of the Board of Directors. She then attended Henley Middle School and graduated with honors from Western Albemarle High School.

Lauren majored in computer science at Piedmont Virginia Community College and Radford University, and after graduation was employed at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington campus, as an information technology specialist.

She was a cartoonist and a published poet. She spoke multiple languages and played the piano, guitar and African drums. Lauren pursued a lifelong interest and participation in community soccer leagues in Hagerstown, Charlottesville and Wilmington. She also pursued active interests in Asian culture and languages.

Memorial gifts in Lauren’s name may be made to Unity of Charlottesville.

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