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Obituaries - August 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017, 15:11

Dennis Charles Bickings, 63, of Hopewell, VA, passed away, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 due to health complications at the Medical College of Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles G. Bickings and Lucille Wyatt Bickings. He is survived by his son, Jason Bickings, of Santa Anna, CA; sisters, Kay Bickings, of Hopewell, VA, and Jeanette Stewart and husband Frank, of Spotsylvania, VA; nephew, Charles Stewart, of Fredericksburg, VA; close friends, Buddy Keener, Pat Sharp, and Junie Treaster, and a cousin, David McLauchlin, all of Hopewell, VA; as well as, numerous extended family and friends. The family will receive friends, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 18, 2017 at J. T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home, 820 W. Broadway Hopewell, VA. A funeral service will be held, 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Hopewell Chapel of J.T Morriss & Son Funeral Home. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Kevin Keller of PartnerMD, the staff at VCU-Medical College of Virginia and Advance Care staff members for the compassionate and loving care provided to Dennis over the years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Dennis be made to; MCV Foundation- Note “Spinal Cord Injury Fund” on memo line. Mail to: Eunice Richardson, Fiscal Technician, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation P.O. Box 980677 Richmond, VA 23398. Condolences may be registered at

Josephine Novak, aged 91, peacefully returned to her heavenly home on August 9, 2017 after a life well lived. Jo was born July 31, 1926, in Tupelo, Mississippi, the ninth and youngest child of Raymond and Viola Morgan West. Jo moved from her hometown of Saltillo, Mississippi to the Hopewell, Virginia area as a young woman and in 1960 married Jim Novak of Warsaw, Poland. The two enjoyed a loving marriage of 44 years prior to Jim's passing. Family and friends were Jo's passion and delight. Having run various childcare businesses throughout her life, many children were blessed to have had her as their own surrogate grandmother and affectionately called her "Mammy", as did her family. She loved music, art and theater and frequently shared her talents with those around her. Throughout her life she maintained a fun and joyous demeanor that won the hearts of many. Her signature gifts of laughter, music and joking around, will never be forgotten. Condolences may be registered at

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