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Obituaries - April 12, 2017

Nancy Ann Gaskins McGurrin, age 84, died at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The cause was a ruptured aortic aneurysm. She was not in pain nor did she linger.
Born August 28, 1932 in Meadowview, Virginia to Ernest and Ernestine Gaskins, she attended Hopewell High School to 1950 and graduated from Brenau College, Gainesville, Georgia in 1954.
Nancy was a primary school teacher who taught the sons and daughters of American servicemen and women serving overseas and lived in Okinawa and Tokyo, Japan and Epernay and Fontainebleau, France where she met and married a colleague, Robert William McGurrin of Scranton, Pennsylvania in May 1963. She was married in a French ceremony by the Mayor of Fontainebleau. Lastly, from 1969, she taught a RAF Upper Heyford and Croughton, near Oxford. She retired in 1994 and settled in Woodstock, England.
In recognition of her service overseas during the Cold War she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the US Secretary of Defense.
Nancy loved gardening with a passion and getting her hands into the rich soil at her summer farmhouse in Savignac de Duras in the Bordeaux Region of SW France. She was also an avid reader.
For the most part, she lived a full, adventurous and very interesting life. Nancy will be especially remembered for her soft “southern drawl” and her friendly personality, which likened her to all.
Wife, mother and teacher, she excelled in all three.
She is survived by her spouse, Bob and son, Flynn of Woodstock, England her daughter Lynne Wing and grandson Braden of Maple Grove, Minnesota.


Michael Henry Moody, 71 of Disputanta, VA passed away, Sunday, April 9, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Marvin Moody, Jr. and Annie Mae Moody; and father in law, Russell E. Clements. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia Clements Moody; his sons, Michael Vaughan Moody (Angela), Russell "Rusty" James Moody (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Amber Moody Jacob (Jeremy), Michael Blake Moody (Samantha), Taylor Grace Moody, Kaylee Rae Moody, Russell Trent Moody; brother, Jerry Marvin Moody (Carol); mother in law, Vera Downing Clements; niece, Christy Damrath (Ed); great nephew, Evan Wesley Moody; and numerous extended family and friends. He retired from Hercules Inc. as a Machinist with over 29 years of service. Mike was owner and operator of Moody’s Machine Shop & Certified Welding since 1972. Mr. Moody was a lifetime member of Abundant Life Pentecostal Holiness Church. Mike served in several capacities to include; working with the youth, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, and Project Manager of the new Abundant Life Church on Middle Road. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsmen. Mike’s greatest passion was his family, and he loved each one of them unconditionally. The family received friends, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Abundant Life Pentecostal Holiness Church 6500 Middle Rd, Prince George, VA 23875. A funeral service was held, 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the church. Interment followed in Southlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers contributions in honor of Mr. Moody can be made to Abundant Life Pentecostal Holiness Church P.O. Box 596 Hopewell, VA 23860. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.


Paul Christopher Penrod, 63, of Petersburg, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he was the son of the late Clarence E. Penrod and Venita J. Smith Penrod. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Donna C. Nangle; and sister, Pamela Penrod; Paul is survived by three special friends, William Stewart, Joanne Davis, and Joni Humphries. He is also survived by his St. Paul’s Episcopal Church family in Petersburg and his J.E.J. Moore Middle School family. Paul was an ardent educator, artist, and historian. A memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 110 N. Union St., Petersburg, VA 23803. Interment will be held at a later date at Cheshire Cemetery in Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 1108 E. Main St., Suite 1600, Richmond, VA 23219 or to the Public Broadcasting Network, www.pbs.org. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

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