Washington column for May 29

Memorial weekend

Nice weather we had for the Memorial weekend. I hope that everyone had a good time and enjoyed the good food and time with the family. I spent my weekend recuperating from having surgery on May 1. My son Jon and daughter Christie, along with their family, spent the day with me; we had a cookout that afternoon.

Speaking of the surgery, I want to thank everyone for their flowers, cards, phone calls, food and their visits while I was off — including the Harris Hollow lady, Pat Davis, who’s been calling to check on me. Thank you Pat!

One really doesn’t realize how special your coworkers are until something like this happens. My coworkers — Dennis, Walter, Roger and Matt — have really been there for me, calling to check up on me at least once a day. They are the greatest bunch of guys one could have to work with. Thank you, team, for everything you did and continue doing for me until I get back to working full time. (Of course I can’t forget Angel — she has been there for me also.)

From the bottom of my heart guys, thank you all and I really enjoy working with you all.

Transition time for Trinity

Trinity Episcopal Church is in transition mode for Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III’s last year as rector. This will be quite an undertaking, as Jenks has been with Trinity for his entire career. The vestry, as well as all members of the parish, are assisting in documenting what needs to be known once he departs next May 31.

Every year, new members are elected to the vestry. To fulfill the three-year terms for the departing Russ Collins, Judy Segaar and Cady Soukup are Don Clay, Carolyn Emerick and Anne Kerr. Filling the unexpired two-year term being vacated by Marc Felton is Andy McIntyre.

These new vestry members join Linda Brosgol, Mike Mahoney, Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Harold Beebout and Susan Laing. On June 7, they meet with two representatives from the Diocese of Virginia — the retired Rev. Ted Gulick Jr. and Lindsay Ryland, director of the transition ministry — to prepare a plan of action for Jenks’ transition.

In the meantime, Trinity has plenty of activities planned for the summer. Vacation Bible school is June 2-6 at Washington Baptist Church, and many in the parish are eagerly awaiting its beginning. Other June activities include being docents at the June 10 tour and tea at the Inn at Little Washington, attending a picnic for those participators in the small group dinners and a parish retreat at Shrine Mont.

For more information on any of these activities, call the church office at 540-675-3716.


The class of 1964 held its 50th reunion at John Anderson’s home Jessamine Hill Farm on May 17.

The RCHS graduating class of 1964 held its 50-year reunion on May 17.
The RCHS graduating class of 1964 held its 50-year reunion on May 17. Courtesy photo

Class members present were Frank Moffett, Floyd Lilly, Mary Grigsby Magee, Earl Putnam, Betty Williams Lilly, Dottie Davis Jones, Charles Hitt, Segar Jones Kite, Elsie Pullen Wines, Susan Schafer Updike, Roy Atkins, Kaye Johnston Reams, Roger Welch, Dana Snead Adamson, Maybelle Lamb Keyes, Linda Rowzie Hann, John Anderson and the class’ basketball coach and teacher Larry Bolyard.


Birthday wishes go out to Roger Welch, who celebrates his day on Monday (June 2).

Wedding anniversary wishes go out to Steven and Judy Alther, whose special day is tomorrow (Friday, May 30). Other wishes go out to Gary and Michelle Schwartz, whose anniversary is Wednesday (June 4).

Gid Brown homecoming

Don’t forget that Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church has its homecoming from 10 to 3 on Sunday (June 1). The Rochester Family will be singing for the 10 a.m. service; Scott Rochester will be preaching at 11, followed by lunch at noon. For the 1:30 p.m. service, the Rochester Family sings and Scott Matthews preaches. There will be a nursery provided for each service. For more information, call 540-937-4944.