The Rev. Doyle Weston Wyatt, February 19, 2020
The Rev. Doyle Weston Wyatt (retired associate member), age 80 of Boones Mill, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. He served on the Roanoke District and the Danville District. A memorial service will be held at Faith Fellowship Church, 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, with Pastor Gary Hoffman and the Rev. Jae Song officiating. His family will receive friends, 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount. 

The Rev. Michael Thomas Davis, February 11, 2020
Arrangements for Michael “Mike” T. Davis: A Celebration of Life for Rev. Michael T. Davis will be held Saturday,   February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church 3701 Conduit Rd, Colonial Heights, Virginia. No dress code. Reception following.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances and donations may be sent to Journey Community Center, P O Box 190, Jetersville, VA 23083.
The Rev. Michael "Mike" Thomas Davis completed his earthly Journey on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 and is now home.  Family members who went before him and guided his path included his parents, Bernard C. Davis and Margaret W. Davis, his sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Herbert Davis, and his niece, Kareen Davis.  Following Mike’s footsteps toward glory are his wife, Betsey Lee Davis, his sons and daughters, Clint and Mandi Davis and Kelly and Scott Turner. He was Papa to his three beloved grandchildren Lily, Laura, and Scott, Jr.  Fellowshipping in the journey are his nephew and family, Jimmy and Laura Davis children, Holly and Morgan, Killian and Janina, and their niece and nephew, Sara and Parker; brother-in-laws Thomas Lee and John Lee with wife Nancy; sister-in-law and family, Brenda and Harvey Riddle, Rianna Riddle, Robert and Sabina Riddle with son Elon, and Ryan and Ashley Riddle; a multitude of cousins and their families. Last but not least he leaves behind his beloved Journey family.
Pastor Mike grew up in Prince George, Virginia, graduating from Prince George High and Virginia Commonwealth University in Music Education, with studies at Duke Divinity School. He was a self-made business entrepreneur, at times in his life balancing three businesses at once. His true passion was as a philatelist, collecting, sorting and selling postage stamps worldwide. His other passions include music, pet birds and fish, cats and dogs, classic cars, clocks and kite flying.  In midlife he surrendered his philatelic passion and followed a call from God into the ministry, serving churches in Dinwiddie County, Colonial Heights and Amelia County, Virginia. Mike served on many district and conference committees and boards within the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church including as President of the Association of Local Pastors and Associate Members. He was the founding pastor of Journey Missional Faith Community, a United Methodist Church, and a founding partner of Journey Community Center, Inc., serving as the Treasurer and restaurant host at Journey Station until his homecoming.  Pastor Mike spread love, peace and joy throughout his earthly journey and is no doubt continuing his mission.
Arrangements for a Celebration of Mike’s Life will be announced at a later date. Cards, remembrances, and donations may be sent to Journey Community Center, P O Box 190, Jetersville, VA 23083.

 Mrs. Janice Moon, January 29, 2020
The service for the Rev. Pete Moon's mother, Janice Moon, will be 2 p.m. on Friday Feb. 7, at the Guild Chapel at Asbury Village. The address is 211 Russell Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 23277.

The Rev. Stephen T. Vineyard, January 22, 2020
Please be in prayer for the family of the Rev. Stephen T. Vineyard as he claimed the promise of the resurrection on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Steve passed away as a result of complications following surgery, last Monday.  He was the senior pastor at Sterling UMC (Arlington District).A service to celebrate his life will be held at Sterling Church, 304 E Church Rd, Sterling, VA 20164, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 25. There will be a reception following the service in the Gallihugh Fellowship Hall. Steve began his ministerial career in 1997 at LaCrosse in the former Petersburg District. He went on to serve Floral Hills-Calvary, Danville District; as the associate at Aldersgate, Alexandria District; Bellamy in the former Rappahannock District; Harmony (Hamilton), Winchester District. He was appointed to Sterling in 2015.
Obituary
Stephen Todd Vineyard, 54, of Sterling, Virginia passed from this earth and went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in Reston, Virginia.
Funeral service will be held at Sterling United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10 am.  The Rev. Jason Duley and the Rev. Marcela Jarman will be officiating.  Reception immediately to follow.  A private burial will be held in Arlington, Virginia.  Adams-Green Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements.
Steve was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 5, 1965.  He graduated from Tabb High School in 1983 and obtained his Masters of Divinity from Duke University.  He was ordained as a United Methodist pastor and as a faithful servant of Christ, served congregations for the past 23 years in the Virginia Conference.  He enjoyed football, reading, and spending time with family and friends, especially at the beach.
Steve is survived by his mother and father, Anna G. and John R. Vineyard; brother Michael A. Vineyard; wife Tamara L. Vineyard; children Lauren E. and Caleb A.  Vineyard; and nephews and niece, Christopher M. Vineyard, Corey Lancaster, and Amelia Lancaster.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) https://www.umcmission.org/umcor/give or to Sterling United Methodist Church.  The family wishes to extend their gratitude to friends, extended family, church members, and Steve’s fellow clergy for their support during this difficult time.
Steve will be remembered for being a deeply spiritual person, gifted and compassionate pastor, devoted son, brother, and uncle, a loving husband and father, and a loyal friend.  He will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Claire James, January 21, 2020
Word has been received that Mrs. Claire James, wife of the Rev. Frank James, passed away on Jan. 21, 2020. The Rev. James is a retired pastor in the Virginia Conference. Funeral information is not available at this time. Please keep the Rev. James in your prayers.

Mrs. Wise Spigner Moon, January 18, 2020
Wise Spigner Moon, 95, died in Roanoke, Virginia, on January 18, 2020.   She was the wife of the late Rev. William A. Moon, Jr., and a daughter of the late Edward Tindal Spigner and Pearle Wise Spigner.  She was born in Denmark, SC, and grew up in Columbia, SC.
Mrs. Moon graduated from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Library Science and a Master of Librarianship at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
She was a Librarian in the public schools of Virginia Beach, Page County, and Fairfax County, Virginia.
She was a former member of the Poplar Forest (Lynchburg, VA) Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a charter member of the Woodbridge, VA, branch of the American Association of University Women, as well as a life member of AAUW and a current member of the Roanoke Valley branch.
At the time of her death, she was a member of Fort Hill United Methodist Church, Lynchburg, VA, and an affiliate member of First United Methodist Church, Salem, VA.
Survivors include a daughter, Margaret W. Moon and her husband, John J. Davies, III; three sons, the Rev. William A. Moon, III, and Ann Moon; Dr. Edward T. Moon and his spouse Joseph G. Gallo; and Charles S. Moon and Nancy Moon; three grandchildren, Emily M. Baxter; William A. Moon, IV; and David A. Moon; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Fort Hill United Methodist Church on January 25, 2020, at 11:30 a.m.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Moon Endowment for Christian Ministers, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA 24088; Fort Hill United Methodist Church, 106 Oakridge Blvd., Lynchburg, VA 24502; or the Samaritan Fund for the Roanoke United Methodist Home, 1009 Old Country Club Rd., Roanoke, VA 24017.

Mrs. Linda C. Messner, January 11, 2020
Mrs. Linda C. Messner, of Garden Spot Village in New Holland, PA, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Henry M. and Margaret Ulrey Chambers. She was the wife of the late Rev. James A. Messner who died in 2016.
A graduate of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, Linda worked as a registered nurse for various hospitals.
Linda is survived by: three sons, Matthew, David (Tina), and Philip (Michele); three granddaughters, Marissa, Lara, and Skylar.
There will be no public service. Please consider a donation in Linda's memory to the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA 17557.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Lawrence Durkovich, January 4, 2020
     Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Lawrence Durkovich of Mathews, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, after a long illness.
     She was born in Portsmouth on Aug. 17, 1933, and was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. John Durkovich, whom she married in 1955. Together, they served in the Ministry of the Virginia United Methodist Church for 50 years, serving in churches all over the state of Virginia.
     Also preceding her in death are her parents, Jesse and Mabel Lawrence from Portsmouth, and her son, John Andrew “Andy” Durkovich of Bangor, Maine.
     She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, granddaughters and families: Mary Anna Durkovich Canter and her husband Glenn Canter and their two daughters, Taylor Nicole and Emily Paige, and Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Zeller and her husband John Zeller and their two daughters, Jessie Alana and Megan Lynn, and their granddaughter, Fynlee, and son Andy’s wife, JoAnne Durkovich and their daughter, Dr. Tracey Durkovich Clark. She also leaves behind a niece, Becky Durkovich Tomlinson and her husband Gene, and her great-niece, Robin Hassler and her husband Todd.
     Betty was trained in classical opera and sang with many groups in the Tidewater area, including the Virginia Opera, before marrying the Rev. Durkovich. While her children were young, she taught preschool for a short time, but she always felt that her main job was to be a homemaker and she took great pride in her position as a “Preacher’s Wife.” She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Diggs. While there, she was a member of the Salem UMC Women’s Club (Lily Hopkins Circle) and member of the choir. She was a past president of the Locust Grove United Methodist Women’s Club at Locust Grove United Methodist Church in Dutton while she and the Rev. Durkovich were serving there. She was the choir director and member of the Mathews Woman’s Club, past chairman of the Mathews County Library Board and member of the Friends of the Library. She was also extremely honored to have served as the Worthy Matron of Oriental Chapter No. 30 OES in Mathews. In addition, she was also a member of the Chesapeake Bay Circle of The King’s Daughters & Sons, and a member of the Peninsula Emmaus.
     A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at Salem United Methodist Church in Diggs on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. Please wear beautiful colors as we are celebrating her life.
     In lieu of flowers, you may send donations honoring her to Salem United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 474, Mathews, Va. 23109.
     The family would like to thank the many people who work at the Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews for the loving care that they gave to our mom/nana, and to the wonderful people in Mathews who welcomed her and our father as members of your town, we thank you. They both loved living there and making it their home for many years.
     Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Mrs. Carrie Potts, January 19, 2020
Mrs. Carrie Potts, the widow of the Rev. Reginald "Reg" Harrell Potts III, passed from life to life everlasting on January 19, 2020. Her service of death and resurrection will be held in the chapel of Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, 23221 at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24. Her full obituary is below.
Carrie White Moore Potts, 90, of Richmond, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020. She married the late Rev. Reginald "Reg" Harrell Potts, III in 1954.Carrie taught business subjects and English for six years in Poquoson, Highland Springs, and Warwick. She worked at Langley Air Force Base teaching military correspondence, worked as a church secretary and severed on Henrico Red Cross Board for three years. She and her late husband conducted tours in the United States and Europe. She was involved in her church choir, United Methodist Women, and Commonwealth Woman's Club.Carrie enjoyed reading and attending music programs.Preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Reginald "Reg" Harrell Potts, III; parents, Carroll and Carrie Moore and sibling, Carroll Lee Moore (Gladys), Carrie is survived by her five children, Reginald H. Potts, IV (Susan), Carroll M. Potts (Jane), James S. Potts (Fiancée, Kathy Scarberry), A. Caroline Chappell (Jay), Eleanor Lee Potts Lockhart (Todd); 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.
A memorial service in Richmond will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 24th at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Rd, Richmond, VA 23221. The family will receive friends in Poquoson 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25th at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, 836 Poquoson Avenue in Poquoson with a graveside service immediately following in Smith Memorial Cemetery in Poquoson.The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at The Hermitage for their compassionate care of Mom for the last few years.

The Rev. Walter A Whitehurst -- January 4, 2020
The Rev. Walter Allen Whitehurst, 86, died January 4, 2020 in Virginia Beach. He was a retired United Methodist pastor. A native of Pungo, he was the son of John Walter and Elsie Mae (Williams) Whitehurst. He attended Creeds Elementary School and Oceana High School, graduating in 1951. He received his B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1955, served as a missionary in Chile for three years and graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1961.
Walt founded the Princess Anne Plaza United Methodist Church while also serving as pastor of Lynnhaven UMC, Virginia Beach, 1961-63. From there he went to Annandale UMC as associate pastor and in 1966, he and his family went to Chile as missionaries. They returned to Virginia in 1971 and he served as pastor of Providence-Whites Charge, Rustburg; Main Street UMC, Bedford; First UMC, Hopewell; Stratford Hills UMC, Richmond and Community UMC, Virginia Beach (Kempsville).
In 1995, Walt became Director of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction, based in Atlanta, GA. He retired from that position in 1999 and he and his wife Betty returned to his beloved Pungo. In retirement, Walt served as associate pastor at his home church, Charity United Methodist, 2001-2006. He was also a consultant for Individual Volunteers with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, 1999-2005.
After retiring from the Individual Volunteer program, Walt and Betty wrote a book, Following God's Call: Individual Volunteers in Mission about the experiences of many of the volunteer missionaries they had helped recruit, train and send. He later wrote five books known as the Pungo Tales series and loved selling his books at the Pungo Strawberry Festival and local venues. Walt served on the Virginia Beach Historic Review Board, where he was a strong advocate for Pungo Village preservation.
Walt is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Campbell Whitehurst, his sons, Rev. David Whitehurst and his wife Cherie of Bedford, VA and Bruce Whitehurst and his wife Genise of Richmond, VA, and his daughter Monica Whitehurst of Chesapeake; five grandchildren: Alison Whitehurst Martin (Alex), Anne Whitehurst Cantrell (Henry), grandson Carson Whitehurst and granddaughters Cameron and Caroline Whitehurst; by two great grandsons, Levi Cantrell and Blake Martin; his sister Elizabeth Whitehurst Bergesen of Virginia Beach and was predeceased by his sister Reba Whitehurst Thompson.
A memorial service will be held at Charity United Methodist Church, 4080 Charity Neck Road, Virginia Beach at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th, with the Rev. David Ryu officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity UMC Memorial Fund, 4080 Charity Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 5, 2020

Bishop R. Kern Eutsler -- January 2, 2020
Retired United Methodist Bishop R. Kern Eutsler died this morning, January 2, 2020.  Bishop Eutsler was the one of the oldest living United Methodist Bishops. He turned 100 years old in August 2019. 
Bishop Eutsler's memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 2 PM at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Rd, Richmond, Virginia 23221. 
Kern Eutsler was born in Bridgewater, Virginia. After graduation from Berea College (B.A.) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (M. Div., cum laude), he received his first appointment in the Virginia Annual Conference and served in that conference until his election to the episcopacy in 1984 by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Berea College named him a Distinguished Alumnus, 1986 
His appointments in Virginia were: Greenville-Mint Spring; Elkton; Luray; South Roanoke); Ginter Park in Richmond; Washington Street in Alexandria; Executive Director, Virginia Methodist Homes, Inc.; District Superintendent, Alexandria District; Reveille in Richmond; and Conference Council Director. 
Kern Eutsler was a delegate to the General Conferences of 1964-84. He served on numerous conference agencies and on the General Board of Global Ministries (1972-76), General Board of Discipleship (1980-88); Chairman, Curriculum Resources Committee (1984-88). 
Bishop Eutsler was assigned to the Holston Area until his retirement in 1988. In retirement he served as Director of Interpretation and Promotion of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in the Southeastern Jurisdiction for seven years. 
His wife Eva Vines died in 2014.  They have two daughters: Rebecca Ann Coulter and Mary Margaret Abramson.

Mrs. Janie Dowdy -- December 28, 2019
From Rev. Roger Dowdy, Kristen Dowdy Seibert, and Matt Seibert:
We write to share that on Saturday, December 28, Janie Dowdy made her final transition from our loving embrace to God’s. We give thanks that she has broken her earthly bonds for an eternal peace and everlasting joy in heaven. Although Janie’s cancer took a sharp and sudden turn this summer, she remained resilient, living life with pure joy and steadfast trust in God. Then, the last week of September, cancer moved in with a different tactic and took her strength, although not her joy. Janie’s faith was strong and all she asked in these past seven years was to live each day to its fullest - and she did. She was still in good humor, directing her care and managing her own needs until the last few days when she slipped into a deep and peaceful sleep. Words cannot adequately express the loss of her as a mother, wife, mentor and friend to so many. Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support that we have received over the past seven years - it is an affirmation of the legacy of grace, abiding faith, and beauty she leaves in each of you. Janie’s obituary will be posted this week at www.dignitymemorial.com. There will be a Celebration of Life, Death, and Resurrection in Richmond at a later date at River Road United Methodist Church, and interment of ashes at the Lake Junaluska Chapel Columbarium at a future time. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers.  In lieu of flowers to the family, Janie has asked that memorial donations be made to the Biblical Garden at Lake Junaluska so that the flowers you give will bloom continuously for years to come. A second contribution designation is the Cedarfield Resident Gardens Fund – Janie and Roger are the Co-Chairs of the Resident Gardens soon to be newly created. 
Contributions should be made payable
(1) to Lake Junaluska Conference Center and clearly designated for the Biblical Garden Fund.
Mail to: Lake Junaluska Development-Advancement Office, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 
Or 2) Made payable to: Community Enrichment Fund - clearly designate for: Memorial Dowdy Garden
Mail to: Cedarfield, Development-Advancement Office, 2300 Cedarfield Pkwy.Richmond, VA 23233

 

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