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Obituaries

Doris M. Benzinger, age 79, of Lake Monticello, Palmyra, Virginia, was welcomed into eternal peace by our Lord on Thursday, March 27, 2014. She and her husband, Ed, owned and operated the Barracks Rd. 7-Eleven for 17 years. They relocated to the Charlottesville area from Middletown, New Jersey where Doris was busy caring for their two daughters and their home. Born June 13, 1934 in New York City, she graduated from New Dorp High School. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She had a keen interest in home design, decorating, and spending time with her family.
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Adrian Eugene Miller, 75, of Lake Monticello, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Hospice House in Charlottesville. Born on April 2, 1938 in Alexandria, Virginia, he was the son of the late Clancie Hope Hamilton Miller and David M. Miller. He was also predeceased by his brother Richard M. Miller.
After eight years in the National Guard as a Spec4, he worked for 37 years as an insurance agent and manager for Peoples Life Insurance, now Monumental Life. In 2002, he and his wife retired to Lake Monticello after working and raising their family in the Alexandria area. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and belonged to many clubs including the Gold Hounds, of which he was treasurer. Adrian was one of the most involved citizens in local county government, frequently speaking before the Board of Supervisors and expressing his opinions in the Fluvanna Review. He was the treasurer of the Fluvanna County Taxpayers Association.  Adrian had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing poker with his many friends.
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STUARTS DRAFT - Susan (Loughhead) Cullen, 73, wife of David Elliott Cullen, Sr., of 363 Cambridge Court, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at her residence.
She was born March 30, 1940, in Falls Church, a daughter of the late Clifford and Mary Jane (Gilbert) Loughhead.
Prior to retirement, she was employed by Alleghany Regional Hospital and Halifax General Hospital as an RN.
She was a member of Old Providence ARP Church.
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Edwin O. Gooch of Troy, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Born on August 30, 1921, in Troy, Virginia, he was the son of Octavius and Lola Gooch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lucile Fizer; brother, Robert; and sisters, Calais Blevins and Jane Thomas. Jack is survived by his son, Steve and wife, Lissa; daughter, Cheryl and husband, David; and son, John and wife, Ann. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and innumerable nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and in-laws. After serving as a navigator in the Eighth Air Force in World War II, Edwin received a B.S. from the University of Virginia. He also received a PhD. in geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jack strongly believed in community service and helping others. He served for many years on the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, Fluvanna County School Board, and as a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club. Jack was an active member of Beaver Dam Church serving in many capacities including Sunday School Teacher and Deacon. Most of all Jack loved being with his family. A funeral service was held Friday, February 21, 2014, at Beaver Dam Baptist Church with the Reverend Greg Wissinger officiating. Interment was in in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Beaver Dam Baptist Food Pantry, 1794 Richmond Road, Troy, VA 22974; or a charity of your choice. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.hillandwood.com

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Earl William “Bill” Dopp, 87, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2014 at the University of Virginia Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Willie Dopp; five children, Lynn Flinchum and her companion, Charles Maxwell, Don Dopp and his wife, Regina, Elizabeth Dopp and her fiancé, Henry Cummings, Bryant Dopp and his wife, Cindy, and Leslie Lucas and her husband, Ronnie. He also leaves behind six grandchildren; Shannon Meadowcroft and her husband, Carrington, Brennan, Connor, and Christopher Dopp, and Brandon and Cayden Lucas; as well as a great grandson, Michael Meadowcroft.
Bill served his country in the Navy as a radio operator in the Pacific campaign during WWII, participating in five invasions. Afterward, he earned a degree in Physics from Tulane University and subsequently spent most of his career with the Navy Department as an Engineer, developing submarine based missile systems. He was an avid golfer and woodworker who enjoyed most of all spending time with his family.
Bill’s body was cremated and a private memorial ceremony was held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home. Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com

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