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The News Advance, Lynchburg, Saturday, April 6, 2 2002 OBITUARIES Ethel Louise Payne Johnson Ethel Louise Payne Johnson, 80, of Bedford, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, April 4, 2002 in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Cancer Center. She was born June 30, 1921 in Blue Ridge, a daughter of the late Orlando F. Payne and Mattie Dooley Payne. She was a member of Bedford Christian Church and was retired from Golden West Foods. Ethel was a very caring and loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hunter Cole Johnson and a son, Dennis Hunter Johnson. She is survived by a son, Philip Page Johnson of Bedford; a daughter, Joyce Ann Johnson Carter of Bedford; three grandchildren, Karen J. Hughes and her husband, Todd of Roanoke, Mark A. Carter of Bedford and Melanie J. Slate and her husband, Roger of Salem; two great-grandchildren, Timothy Calvin Johnson of Salem and T.J.

Hughes of Roanoke and a brother, Eugene Payne and his wife, Susan of Greenville, S.C. Memorial contributions may be made to Bedford Christian Church, 305 N. Bridge Street, Bedford, Va. 24523. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m.

Monday, April 8, 2002 at Carder-Tharp Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John E. Bain officiating. Burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.

today and 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2002 at CarderTharp Funeral Home. To send condolences, please visit www.carder-tharp.com. Arrangements by Carder-Tharp Funeral Home Crematory, Bedford, 586-3443. Nora Mann Mayberry APPOMATTOX Nora Mann Mayberry, 79, she was the widow of E.W.

(Jack) Mayberry, died April 5, 2002 at Appomattox Health Care Center. Born in Appomattox County, Feb. 11, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Emma Jane Mayberry and Lawrence Wiley Mann. She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Barbara Jean and Ralph Mayberry, Appomattox, Vicki and Beverly Franklin, Appomattox; one sister, Annie Mae Forrest, Warsaw, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. Nora was preceded in death by a son, Charlie Evan Mayberry.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2002 in Robinson Funeral Home by the Rev. Donald Martin. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery. The family will receive friends from p.m.

today at the funeral home and other times at the home of Vicki and Beverly Franklin. Catherine E. Morris Morris Catherine E. Morris Morris, 89, of Lynchburg, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at Lynchburg Health other children sustained minor injuries, he said. Patrick Skelley, Green's attorney, said his client never meant to harm the children.

Skelley also said Green and the parents of the other children under her care have reconciled and wish to go on with their lives. Padgett, however, said Green line, Padgett said. the kitchen, lifted slammed her onto the both hands until she Sheriff's Office Hopkins off of C. Krantz said and friends left government's repeated as a "terrorist wanted the gun for officer in 1998 if he wife, and was told as is customary in Aug. 28, 1998 from impending purchase, serveillance of lengths to link the on New York City of America commuin a gated commusurveillance by feder- there of stock- and Rehabilitation Center.

She was the widow of James Halton Morris. Born Nov. 20, 1912 in Amherst County, she was a daughter of the late Eppa Hunter and Eliza Keith Morris. She was a member of Chestnut Hill Baptist Church. Mrs.

Morris is survived by one son, James Halton Morris Jr. and his wife, Linda of Richmond; one daughter, Bonnie Morris Fore and her husband, William of Herndon; two sisters, Oleta Stinson of Lynchburg, Dorothy Tinsley Camden of Madison Heights; four grandchildren, Tracy F. Morgan and her husband, Joseph of Baltimore, Grayson W. Fore of Fairfax, James Halton Morris III and his wife, Jacqueline of Richmond, Carrie Douglas Morris and her Jamie Sarver of Richmond; three great-grandchildren, Kathryn Elizabeth Morgan, Grace C. Morgan both of Baltimore, Kayla Dianne Morris of Richmond and a special friend and companion, Diann Lovelace of Gladys.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church by the Rev. Randy Bower and the Rev. Roger W. Wilshire.

Burial will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Chestnut Hill Baptist Church. Martha Jones Robertson Martha Jones Robertson, 45, died Friday, April 5, 2002. Graveside services 2 p.m. Sunday at Round Pond Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna. Andrew William Wern Andrew William Wern, 93, of Lynchburg, died Thursday, April 4, 2002 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of Virginia S. Wern. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Robert Otis Wern of Madison Heights and John Allen Wern of St.

George, S.C. He was preceded in death by one son, Andrew William Wern Jr. The family will hold a private family graveside service at Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Liberty University Athletic Association, 1971 University Lynchburg, Va. 24502.

Tharp Funeral Home is assisting IN MEMORY Happy Birthday In Loving Memory Of Phil Lee Harris No one knows the silent heartaches; Only those who have loved can tell The grief we bear in silence For one we loved so well. We Love You Sadly Missed By D.D., Tony Your Family In Memory Of Margaret Brooks Taylor Thomas C. Taylor on their birthdays April 5th 7th Dear Parents, so gentle, good kind, Look down from Heaven above And know that the care you tenderly gave Is returned in our deathless love. Sadly Missed By, Son, daughters Family should be made responsible for her negligence. "This is not just a day in the park," he said.

"This is something no rational adult would ever conceive of doing. It was gross negligence on her part." Green is expected to begin serving her sentence next week. when deputies arrived, Hopkins was still choking Perkins. The woman's face was blue and she had lost consciousness, he said. Krantz said Hopkins told police he would kill Perkins and set the place on fire if he were to escape custody.

Dion Richardson, Hopkins' attorney, asked to have a pre report waived. Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike deferred sentencing until April 16. piling machine guns. After the attacks last year, Department of Justice officials ordered lower level prosecutors to bring charges against anyone who might be tied to domestic terrorist groups, Bondurant previously stated. Pierre was convicted of fraud in Colorado in 1993 after prosecutors there tied him to the Al-Fuqra organization, a black Muslim sect that authorities in Canada and the United States have linked to bombings, arson and murder.

Pierre denies that he or the Muslims of America community in Red House are connected to Al-Fuqra. Wearing leg shackles and desert camouflage pants, Pierre addressed the court and asked his wife for forgiveness. "I truly believed I could provide my wife with money for her firearms and training," Pierre said. "Had I not involved myself, perhaps none of these events would have taken place." A third man from Red House will go on trial later this month on charges of illegal poession of weapons and ammunition. Bilal Ben Benu, 27, faces charges that he lied about a felony conviction when purchaing a 9 mm Ruger at the Outpost in January 1999.

Man charged in murders of three family members Norvell Davis of 1818 Langhorne Square Apt. 413, Lynchburg, departed this life Friday, April 5, 2002 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. His remains rest at Community Funeral Home. APPOMATTOX Thelma Morris Dickerson, 86, of 12 Oakleigh died Friday, April 5, 2002 at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of T.

Hunter Dickerson. Born in Appomattox, Feb. 3, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Helen Gregory and Thomas Dillard Morris. Mrs. Dickerson was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, the Women's Missionary Society, the American Legion Auxiliary and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a great nephew, Todd Beasley of Bowling Green and four wonderful caregivers. Mrs. Dickerson was preceded in death by a brother, James Nathaniel Morris and a niece, Shirley Morris Satterwhite. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2002 at Liberty Baptist Church by the Rev.

Daniel Dockery with burial following in Liberty Cemetery. The family will receive friends from p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Those wishing to make memorials please consider the Appomattox Vol. Rescue Squad or the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation.

James Earl Gilbert Jr. Thelma Morris Dickerson James Earl Gilbert 50, of Lynchburg, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 3, 2002 in Hot Springs while on a fishing trip with family. Born Oct. 28, 1951 in Lynchburg, he was the husband of Margaret "Peggy" Gilbert. Mr.

Gilbert was self employed as a painting and roofing contractor. He was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church. He was a former member of the Virginia Army National Guard. In addition to his wife Peggy, he is survived by his mother, Thelma Christian Gilbert; one son, Donald Gilbert of Charleston, S.C. and one daughter, Kelly Gilbert of Roanoke; one brother, Robert K.

Gilbert of Henrico and one grandson, Joshua Paul. He was preceded in death by his father, James Earl Gilbert Sr. and one brother, Kenneth E. Gilbert. A Celebration of Life and Worship Service will be held at 3 p.m.

today at Lakewood Baptist Church by the Rev. Frank Meredith. A private interment will be held prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the residence. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakewood Baptist Church, 2469 Sunburst Road, Evington, Va.

24550. Diuguid Waterlick Chapel is in charge of arrangements, 237-2722. WRECK Continued from Page A-5 the road and went off an embankment. The convertible flipped over and landed on its side, "spilling all the children and Green out," Padgett said. One child, the 7-year-old boy, sustained serious injury to his back and still has back problems.

The GUILTY Continued from Page A-5 the commotion over the open phone Hopkins chased the woman into her off the ground by her throat, kitchen table and choked her with lost consciousness, Padgett said. Deputies with the Bedford County rushed into the building, wrestled Perkins and arrested him. Commonwealth's Attorney Randy GUN Continued from Page A-5 A group of about 10 family members the court room upset at the characterization of their community compound." The couple maintains Upshur protection. Pierre said he asked a probation could negotiate the purchase for his he could. "I did represent her and help her, our faith," Pierre said.

The couple bought the gun Outpost owner John Masserini. ATF agents were aware of the and worked with Masserini to conduct the transaction. Federal authorities went to great couple to America's war on terrorism. Before last year's terrorist attack and Washington, DC, the Muslims nity, composed of 20 families living nity of mobile homes, was under al agents. The ATF suspected some residents Bodies of slain family members FAIRFAX (AP) A man accused of killing his parents and older brother left their bodies in their home for four years before dumping them in the Chesapeake Bay, according to police and court documents.

Police arrested Edward Chen, 26, last week at his apartment in Herndon and charged him with three counts of murder in the August 1995 shootings of his father, Wu-Hung Chen, 53; his mother, Weh-Mei Chen, 52; and his older brother, Raymond, 25. Chen told police he committed the murders, according to a search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court on Thursday. Fairfax police had planned to search a specific area of the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of finding the bodies, but the water was too choppy Thursday and the search was postponed until next week. On Wednesday, homicide detectives obtained a warrant to take a blood sample from Edward Chen for comparison with evidence found in the Chens' former home in Great Falls. On March 19, an informant told police that Chen shot his family in 1995 and left the bodies inside the house "for several years," according to the search warrant.

Fairfax police Lt. Amy Lubas said the bodies were there for four years. She said Chen "made sure that the exterior of the house was maintained and no one went left in house four years into the interior." She noted that the house sits well back from the street, shielded by trees, on a two-acre lot, and neighbors knew that Chen's parents spent most of their time in Taiwan, so the lack of activity did not arouse suspicion. Investigators do not think anyone else participated in the killings, but Chen may have had help disposing of the remains, Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr.

said. In 1998, Edward Chen apparently began using the identity of his older brother, Raymond, who had the parents' power of attorney, police said. Edward Chen obtained a driver's license with his brother's name and then sold homes that had been purchased by the family in the Herndon area, documents show. He sold the Great Falls home in November 1999. Horan said police were investigating Edward Chen's financial assets and looking at the possibility of seizing them because they may have been obtained fraudulently.

"We'll make a judgment based on what we can find out in that regard," Horan said, "because we certainly don't have any evidence of employment by Mr. Chen." Neither Horan nor police would discuss Chen's statement to police. He is in jail without bond and declined to be interviewed. Former Clinton friend gets radio show RICHMOND (AP) Kathleen Willey, who accused former President Clinton of making an unwanted sexual advance toward her in the White House, will be the host of a weekly radio talk show starting Sunday. "I need a job.

It's been hard trying to land one in the last few years when you become controversial," said Willey, who filed for bankruptcy two years ago. Willey, 55, said Friday that she called WRVA-AM and was offered a noon-to-2 p.m. call-in show. Randall Bloomquist, the Richmond station's program director, said he encouraged her to open the show with a discussion of her encounter with Clinton in 1993. "I told her that she shouldn't shy away from that.

You want to build from your base of strength. Certainly one of her strengths is that she is well known for her involvement in the Clinton sex scandals," Bloomquist said. He said Willey has a unique perspective from her experiences in state and national politics. Willey said the president groped and fondled her when she met privately with him to seek a job in November 1993. Clinton said she was lying, but the allegation supported similar charges from other Clinton acquaintances, including Paula Jones.

Clinton was never charged in connection with the Willey encounter. Willey knew Clinton because she was a Democratic Party activist and a White House volunteer. "I know questions will come about the whole Clinton thing. I can certainly try to answer them," Willey said. "I don't want it to be a forum for my experiences." She said she plans to have guests and talk about local and national issues.

Bloomquist and Willey declined to say how much she will be paid. Willey, who lives in Powhatan County, became Kathleen Schwicker after her marriage to longtime friend Bill Schwicker in 1999. On the radio show, she said, she'll use her former name. TUITION Continued from Page A-5 tuition increase was "one of those dent activities. conscious eye on financial aid to necessary evils.

It needs to be done The freeze covered only tuition make sure those who have financial in order to keep the academic and educational fees for in-state need are not forgotten." structure and reputation that the undergraduate students. The school expects to spend at university has." The UVa panel also raised tuition least $500,000 more next year on Tuition and fees include two and fees at the University of financial aid. components: tuition and education- Virginia's College at Wise. In-state Kelly Harris, a senior from al fees, which go toward academic undergraduates will pay $3,844 a Winchester and vice president of expenses, and non-educational fees year, an increase of 10.8 percent UVa's Student Council, said the for such items as athletics and stu- from the current cost of $3,744. CLAIMS Continued from Page A-5 of the cases that would normally fall under the small claims court." the Virginia Supreme Court, said the report has one There were 17,842 civil court cases filed in fatal flaw in its criticism of the state's court system.

Lynchburg General District Court during 2001, accordVirginia's current district court structure, put in ing to Clerk Kristi W. Boley. place in 1973, was designed to give citizens direct That figure includes small claims, wage garnishaccess to the courts, Mays said. ments, warrants in debt and other civil matters. "We would dispute (the report) for that very rea- Court records do not reflect the specific percentage son," Mays said.

"Our general district court is a small of litigants filing their own lawsuits, but Boley said claims court, in that the limits go up to $15,000. The pointed out that the number is high. whole design of the district court system was for peo- "For the most part, that is a lot of our docket," she ple to be able to come in without a lawyer. In other said. states, that might not be the case.

In addition to individuals who bring lawsuits, district courts were designed to be the al businesses, including Schewel Furniture, Grand people's court." Piano and Langley Family Trust, file large numbers of General district courts have exclusive authority to civil suits without the aid of an attorney, Boley said. hear civil cases with claims of $3,000 or less and share Mays said Virginia's Supreme Court is in the midst of authority with the circuit courts to hear cases with reviewing the accessibility of the system for people claims between $3,000 and $15,000. Examples of civil who want to go it alone. cases are landlord and tenant disputes, contract dis- A Pro Se Litigation Planning Committee was formed putes and personal injury actions. in December and is under the direction of Virginia There is a general district court in each city and Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Lacy.

county in Virginia. General district court judges are Pro se is a Latin phrase meaning on one's own elected by the General Assembly for 6 year terms. behalf, and in legal terms means an action filed without One of those is Judge Ed Burnette, who rose to the an attorney. bench i in August after practicing as an attorney in The group will look at technology improvements Lynchburg for 23 years. and substantive changes that would make it easier for Burnette said the ease of access to the general dis- people to understand the legal process.

trict court often causes people with claims to file there "The planning committee was established pursuant instead of small claims court. to the increasing numbers of people who are think it is accessible," Burnette said. "People feel resented," Mays said. "It is also looking at ways the comfortable in the general district court. We take most court system can become more user friendly." D-DAY Continued from Page A-5 from a young age.

McIntosh said during his speech. She was accepted to the College During his remarks, McIntosh to receive the award. of William Mary, but decided to stressed the importance of the sat there and cried," enter its art school, Richmond mous battle fought along McDowell said. "I thought I was Professional Institute, now known Normandy's coast and how it still coming to hear Bob Slaughter talk as Virginia Commonwealth relates to events today. again." University.

When he gives speeches to Slaughter, a local D-Day veteran McDowell has worked as a groups, McIntosh said, he is fre- who came up with the idea for the memorial, was there to speak to the group. But what McDowell didn't know beforehand was that Slaughter was there for her. Slaughter quoted one of McDowell's late friends saying, "Julia is an artist not only for the eye but for the heart as well." At the end of his remarks, Slaughter expressed his personal gratitude. "Thank you, Julia, for a beautiful and meaningful symbol." Architect Byron Dickson said McDowell ranks with the finest artists who possess the ability to convey meaning with simplicity. "We're here to honor an individual who made an outstanding contribution to the foundation," Dickson said.

Julia, in the design of the has managed to say so much with just a few strokes. And that is a true measure of greatness." McDowell has been an artist 6 graphic artist for 44 years and has owned a business for about 10 years. She has designed more than 100 logos locally and several for the state. The D-Day foundation's logo was her first national design. When the foundation was just getting on its feet, members asked McDowell to design the logo.

She submitted three designs. "I liked them all," McDowell said. So the board of directors had to decide and they unanimously voted for the double logo, Slaughter said. McDowell continues working with advertising, graphic design and stained glass. Now, at age 70, she doesn't have any plans to quit.

"I love it," she said. The logo, created by a humble woman in Roanoke, represents the most important battle of World War II, foundation President William quently asked whether D-Day was actually the toughest battle. "It is without question the most complex joint operation ever mounted," he said. "It is most assuredly the most important battle of the war." The Allied Forces were able to get a foothold on the European continent that hadn't existed and made a victory in Europe possible, McIntosh said. It subsequently led to the rapid implementation of the Marshall Plan and the creation of NATO.

The impact was obvious as recently as the days immediately following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 when NATO protected the airspace above the United States, McIntosh said. "Without D-Day none of those things could or would have happened," McIntosh said. "And it's an event that matters today." to.

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