The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -


San­dra Karen Shafer, 72, of Prince Ge­orge, VA passed away on Wednes­day, De­cem­ber 26, 2018. Born in Seneca, Ohio she was the daugh­ter of the late Harold An­drew and He­len Kirian Miller; and was also pre­ceded in death by a sis­ter, Sharon Eber­sole.

Ms. Shafer was a United States Army vet­eran and went on to re­tire from Ft. Lee civil ser­vice after 25 plus years of ser­vice. After re­tir­ing from Ft. Lee, she went on to be a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer at John Ran­dolph Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Hopewell, VA. Ms. Shafer was a de­voted mem­ber of the Church of the Sa­cred Heart in Prince Ge­orge.

She is sur­vived by her two daugh­ters, Ch­eryl A. Ca­baniss (David) and Christina M. Ratliff; nine grand­chil­dren, Tyler, Trey, Joshua, Jes­sica, Alexis, Jonathan, Kait­lyn, Morgan and Emily; two sis­ters, Wanda Stein­metz (Melvin) and Linda Molyett (Rob); three brothers, Bruce Miller (Nancy), Rod­ney Miller (Anna) and Dale Miller (Akemi); a broth­erin-law, Evan “Butch” Eber­sole; and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

A memo­rial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednes­day, Jan­uary 2, 2019 at the Church of the Sa­cred Heart, 9300 Com­mu­nity Lane, South Prince Ge­orge, VA 23805, with Fa­ther Joseph Gold­smith, cel­e­brant. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

The fam­ily is be­ing served by J.T. Mor­riss & Son Fu­neral Home of Hopewell. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the char­ity of your choice in mem­ory of San­dra Shafer. Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www.jt­mor­riss. com.


Mr. Arkell Thweatt, 88, of S. Ch­ester­field, Va., de­parted this life Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 27, 2018 at MCV/VCU Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Marie Ke­van Spencer of Peters­burg passed away on Mon­day De­cem­ber 17, 2018. She was 97.

Mrs. Spencer was a life­long res­i­dent of Peters­burg and was born at the Peters­burg Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal on De­cem­ber 8, 1921. She grew up on the 1600 block of Berke­ley Ave in Peters­burg and had fond mem­o­ries of her child­hood in Wal­nut Hill. She would laugh when she told of the de­liv­ery of ice for ice boxes (re­frig­er­a­tors were not com­mon un­til the late 1920s) and the great ex­cite­ment it brought. The lo­cal chil­dren and dogs would chase the ice truck down Berke­ley Ave (great fun Mrs. Spencer would laugh and say.)

Mrs. Spencer at­tended Peters­burg High School and grad­u­ated in 1937. She then at­tended Wil­liam and Mary for one year. She mar­ried Frank Carter Spencer, Jr. in April 1947 at St. Paul’s Church in Peters­burg. The cou­ple then built a house on Crater Road in Wal­nut Hill and raised a fam­ily. The prop­erty would be sold years later to be used for Wal­nut Mall park­ing and the house picked up and moved. Mrs. Spencer was a mem­ber of the Bat­tle­field Park Swim Club for many years and spent many happy sum­mers there talk­ing to friends. She loved read­ing and checked out many a book from the Peters­burg Pub­lic Li­brary.

Mrs. Spencer is sur­vived by her son Frank Carter Spencer III of Peters­burg; grand­chil­dren, Carol Ann Coburn and Wal­ter Gor­don Coburn, both of New­burn, NC; and other fam­ily mem­bers.

Mrs. Spencer was pre­ceded in death by her


Mr. Floyd Dou­glas Talley, Jr., en­tered into eter­nal rest un­ex­pect­edly at South­side Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter on Wednes­day, De­cem­ber 26, 2018. Floyd was born on Novem­ber 3, 1949 in Din­wid­die, VA.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Floyd and Lu­cille Talley; three sib­lings, Ju­lia Birchett, Glo­ria T. Richard­son and An­nie T. Wil­liams; and one sis­ter-in-law, Velma G. Wil­liams Clarke.

He was bap­tized at Rocky Branch Bap­tist Church, Suther­land, VA at an early age. He at­tended South­side High School Class of 1968 in Din­wid­die, and Vir­ginia State Col­lege (Univer­sity). His ca­reer started while work­ing at Brown and Wil­liams To­bacco, Inc., un­til there clo­sure. He re­tired from Pepsi Cola Bot­tling, Rich­mond, VA, in Jan­uary 2018. Floyd was a stel­lar em­ployee of Pepsi Cola and was awarded for Per­fect At­ten­dance for many years un­til his health de­clined.

Floyd is sur­vived by his wife, Brenda Talley; one son, Floyd Talley III; two daugh­ters, Brid­gette Talley and Shonda Talley; four grand­chil­dren, Italia Talley, Justin Green, Deonte Talley, and Caitlin John­son; one great grand­daugh­ter, Car­lei Gor­don; four sis­ters, Doris Tucker, Carolyn Burkhal­ter (Thomas Sr.), Thoma­sine Gil­liam (Robert), and Bev­erly Varner (Adrian); two


Mr. Don­nie L. Waller en­tered eter­nal rest on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22, 2018 at his res­i­dence. He was a life­long na­tive of Peters­burg, VA. He was the son of the late Estella B. Greene and Joseph Cole­man, Jr.

He was also pre­ceded in death by his brother, An­ton Fitzger­ald Waller; grand­par­ents, Ed­ward S. Waller and Emma Vi­vian Jones; un­cles, Lewis Waller, Sr. and Spencer M. Waller, Sr.; aunts, Bar­bara Glenn, Nina Mae Madi­son, Glo­ria Elaine Waller and Eleanora Keys.

Don­nie was al­ways the life of the party. “Disco” was his nick­name. Don­nie never met a stranger. If he didn’t know you, then he knew a friend of yours or one of you cousin-nims.

Those who love him will al­ways cher­ish his mem­o­ries. He leaves be­hind his sis­ter, Cyn­thia R. Jones (Laval); brother, Robin C. Waller; nieces, Chia and Tem­pestt Waller; great nephew, Josiah Waller; great nieces, Ameshia and Ka’lyah Givens, Ja’kira and Gio­vanna Waller; aunts, Vi­vian B. Har­ris and Sheila M. Pettaway (Leon); great aunt, Mag­gie Payne Ed­wards (Nor­man); his faith­ful, lov­ing, and long-time com­pan­ion, Ju­dith Nash; de­voted friends, the God­dette and Crocker fam­i­lies, and the Pin Oaks Crew; along with a GREAT host

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