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Frances Faison Bloxom, 94, left this earth to be with the Lord on July 30, 2016.
She was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Dendron, Va., to the late Harriett Davis Faison and Robert Fulton Faison, one of nine children. The family moved from the town of Dendron to Dripping Springs Farm on the Blackwater River, where they resided for many years.
Frances attended Dendron Elementary School and graduated from Dendron High School, where she enjoyed playing basketball. Frances moved to Newport News, Va., and worked as a timekeeper at the shipyard while living with her sister, Mildred Garrett.
Frances met Walter Elmo Bloxom Jr. at Burrell’s Bay in Surry County, and they were married on Aug. 7, 1948, at Dendron Baptist Church, where she was a member. Frances and Walter lived in Blacksburg, Va., until he graduated in 1950 with honors in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech University. They lived in Pensacola, Fla., Camden, S.C., and Richmond, Va.
In 1955 they moved to Chesterfield, Va., where Walter worked for Continental Can Paper Corp. until 1974. They then moved to Augusta, Ga., and resided there until 1985, when they moved to the West Point area. They later retired on the York River. Their 56-year marriage and team career provided the opportunity for Frances to experience farm life and to travel extensively to many interesting and pleasurable destinations.
Frances was a member of First Baptist Church in West Point, Va. She enjoyed life with her friends and was very faithful to her family. She enjoyed participating in the preparation of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations dinners at Dripping Springs Farms in Surry County.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Elmo Bloxom Jr.; sisters, Mildred Garrett, Catherine Greco, Evelyn Whiteman, Charlotte Grubbs and Harriet Whitmore; brothers, Robert Fulton Faison Jr.; nieces, Linda Clarke, Joy Seward and Cindy Faison; and nephews, Cameron Whiteman and Fielding Whiteman.
Frances is survived by her sons, Ron Bloxom and Mo Bloxom; granddaughter, Savanna Bloxom Leach (Samuel); great-granddaughter, Riley Samantha Leach; sister, Barbara Faison Seward; brother, Wallace Eugene Faison (Ruby); seven nieces, Judy Logan, Peggy Briggs, Kay Johnson, Sandy Brooks, Deborah Jones, Jeanne Vann and Sharon Novell; and seven nephews, Doug Whiteman, Tommy Whitmore, Fulton Faison, Wallace Faison, Jimmy Grubbs, Chris Seward and Rob Seward.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Smithfield, Va. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the family home, 127 Ridge Road, Gressitt, Va.
Memorials may be made to Dendron Baptist Church, 1244 Dripping Springs Road, Dendron, VA 23839.