Obituaries, Week of April 4, 2013: Carter, Cook, Haigler, Hicks, Leavesley, Majors and Williams


Waverly Sherwood Carter, 83, of Old Church, passed away peacefully April 1, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Liz B. Carter. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Waverly Sherwood Carter Jr. “Bud,” Wade L. Carter (Bonnie) and Wanda C. Green (Ron); and his beloved grandchildren, Waverly S. Carter III “Bo,” Tyler, Jamie and Reid Carter, and Ryan and Lexi Green; a niece and nephews. He and his brother, A. Barnes Carter Jr., owned and operated Carter Lumber Company for many years. He was a long-standing member of Temple Lodge #9 AF & AM and the Scottish Rite. Sherwood was a cherished friend to many, a much beloved dad and partner in business and life to his children and, most especially, a “Pop” and true buddy to his grandchildren. The family received friends Wednesday, April 3, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Thursday. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 2446 Old Church Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111, or Crippled Children’s Hospital, 2924 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23230. Masonic Memorial Services were held Thursday, prior to the funeral service.


Ruth Tatum Cook, 88, went home peacefully March 24, 2013 to be with our God and her many relatives who preceded her. Ruth was one of three daughters of the late Dwight and Verna Tatum, and the widow of Vernon R. Cook. She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, V. Stuart Cook (Barbara); daughters, Janet Holmes, Vicki Trice (Bill) and Teri Robertson (David); 14 grandchildren, Chris Cook, Bryan Cook, Kimberly Farnsworth, Jon Hudson, Jennifer Williams, Shannon Wilson, Stacy Oswald, Dwight Robertson, Peyton Tanner, Jared Robertson, Ruthie Robertson, Ethan Trice, Emma Trice and “little Andrew Robertson,” who preceded her in death; and 17 great-grandchildren. Ruth retired from A. H. Robins after many years of service. Ruth was always there for anyone who needed her assistance or advice. While never one to interfere, she was quick with her opinion when asked and was one who always wanted to be the “caregiver and not the receiver!” In her last hours, her only complaint was that she could not do for herself and had to depend on her family, especially Janet, Vicki, Teri and Barbara, who were more than happy to help her. Our mom, grandmother and great-grandmother will be missed by all of our family and the many, many more who knew her for the kind, gentle and hard working lady she was. Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 27, at Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover. Family received friends Tuesday, March 26, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Home of Virginia or the Richmond Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center.


James O. “Jimmy” Haigler, 78, of Aylett, departed this life Saturday, March 30, 2013. He was born April 12, 1934 in Granite Falls, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Arron Haigler and Erma Baird Haigler Williams; and six brothers, Paul, Billy, Gene, Dean, Jack and Dennis. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Myra P. Haigler; one son, James T. “Tommy” Haigler; one daughter, Penny Haigler Rozell (Rick); one granddaughter, Penny Lee Rozell; two sisters, Patricia Haigler and Priscilla S. O’Neil (Danny); and many nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends. Jimmy was a master carpenter all of his adult life and worked for DuPont, Thalheimers Inc., and retired from MCV/VCU Maintenance Department. He was a member of Three Rivers Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized July 19, 1968. He was also a member of the West Point Country Club, where he loved playing golf. The family receive friends Thursday, April 4, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Friday, April 5, at 2 p.m. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Three Rivers Congregation, 4262 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.


Hattie B. Hicks, 95, of Henrico, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd F. Hicks. She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Adams and Linda Hicks; grandchildren, Ricky (Sue), Chris (Sheila), Melissa (Bobby) and Lori; 11 great- grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and three sisters. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. The family received friends Friday, March 29, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday. Interment Oakwood Cemetery.


Roy Leavesley, 83, of Ashland, Virginia went to be with our Lord March 21,2013. Roy was born Oct. 13, 1929 in Leicester, England. While in England, he was a member of the RAF. He moved with his family to this country in 1965, when he came here to work on optics for the motion picture industry. He had a great love of many things  including gardening, reading, history, and travel and touched many with his willingness to share this knowledge with others. He is survived by his son Ian of Indianapolis, two granddaughters and his four brothers, Bruce, Tony, John and Paul, many nieces and nephews and dear friends. Roy was remembered fondly by many who knew him in a memorial service held at the Calvary Tabernacle Pentecostal Campground. The family wishes to thank Home Care hospice and his many friends for their love, care and support during the past several years. Memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Tom Majors, 50, of Mechanicsville, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, March 27, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Majors; three children; one brother, Robert Majors; and many other relatives. Family received friends Friday, March 29, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, followed by prayer services.


Rev. Glenn G. Williams, born Oct. 1, 1925, died March 30, 2013. He was the son of Dr. C. Fred and Otto G. Williams and a fourth generation Methodist minister in Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Nell Mitchell and Myrt Reid. Glenn served in the Navy during World War II.  He then attended and graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA.  Following that, he obtained his Masters in Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he met his wife of 62 years, Jean Kirkpatrick. Glenn leaves behind his wife Jean, his two children – Frances Ellis (Stan) and George Williams (Sarah Camus), three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Glenn lived and served all over the state of Virginia as the son of a minister, and then for 42 years as a United Methodist minister.  He served in Saluda, Cheriton & Oyster, Purcellville, West Point, Smithfield, Alexandria at Washington Farm, Hampton at Aldersgate, and Richmond at Skipwith. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to a United Methodist church or to Randolph-Macon College. A memorial service will be held at Duncan United Methodist Church in Ashland, VA Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:49 am