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Rita Culp Stewart / May 14, 2020

Rita Culp Stewart, 72, of Mechanicsville, formerly of South Boston, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, surrounded by her children. She was born in Northumberland, Pa., on Nov. 28, 1947 to the late Ralph W. and Lorena Bohner Culp.

Rita was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her hobbies included cross-stitching, crocheting and quilting. She was particularly proud of the number of veterans in her family. The loves of her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Jeff Stewart, Tammie S. Saunders and husband Phillip and Shawn Stewart; sister, Georgianna Marks and husband Robert; sister-in-law, Juanita Culp; grandchildren, Phillip Saunders, II (Heidi), Brooke Fogleman (Steven), Jacob Saunders (Marcia), Caleb Stewart, Eric Stewart, Hannah Saunders (Jacob Dunlap), Abbie Saunders, Aiden Stewart and Riley Stewart; great-grandchildren, Hayden Nichols, Grayson Dunlap, Taylor Saunders, Elsie Kate Saunders, Beau Carrington Saunders and Bennett Fogleman; special friends, Carolyn and Jim Chandler and Vicky Allen.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Sandra Culp, Dottie Snyder, Woody Culp, Penny Ludwig and Ginny Marks.

A private family ceremony is planned for Sunday, May 17.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services.

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