Obituaries, Week of April 18, 2013: Chisholm, Dobbins, Geer, Harrison, Hughes, Lewis, Rowlett and Willett
Everett L. “Bubba” Chisholm Jr., 70, of Richmond, died April 9, 2013. He was the longtime owner of Atlee Service Center and an avid stock car owner and racing enthusiast. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Virginia Littlepage Chisholm; daughters, Jennie Trovinger (John) of Mechanicsville, Sylvia Robinson (Corey) of Aylett and Anita Lynn Harlow (David) of Midlothian; grandchildren, Jonathan and Jennifer Trovinger, Dylan Loving, Haley and Cole Robinson, David and Ashley Harlow; great-grandson, Jayden Harlow; sister, Patricia Britt (Bill) of Florida; brother, James “Jimmy” Chisholm of Doswell; numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Friday, April 12 at Shepherd United Methodist Church Cemetery, St. Stephens Church. Family received friends Thursday, April 11 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, P. O. Box 17184, Richmond, VA 23226.
M. Duane Dobbins, 50, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord April 9, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, James L. Dobbins Jr.; and grandparents, Lambert and Francis Dobbins. He is survived by his sons, James Robert and Christopher Duane; mother, Yolanda Fay Dobbins; brother, Glen Keith Dobbins (Pam); niece and nephews, Lucas, Dakota, Amber and T.C.; and a host of other family and friends. He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was a true “jack of all trades.” The family received friends Friday, April 12, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, April 13. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Atlee Community Church Benevolence Fund.
Charles D. “Nick” Geer, 90, of Highland Springs, passed away April 9, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; and daughter-in-law, Maureen. He is survived by his children, Charles Jr. “Nick” (Diane), Judith G. Simmons (John), and Everett; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald of Massachusetts. He was a veteran of WW II, past president of the Highland Springs Lions Club and the Highland Springs Little League. Nick was co-owner of Virginia Stationery Company and a member Highland Springs United Methodist Church. The family received friends Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, April 13. Interment Washington Memorial Park.
William “Bill” H. Harrison, 72, of Mechanicsville, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Buddy, Ronnie and John Harrison. He is survived by his children, Troy (Debbie), Danny (Cindy), Tammy (Keith), Christy (Greg), Dana (Bill) and Gene (Elizabeth); nine grandchildren, Sara, April, Troy, Ashley, Trey, Brittany, Chase, Garrett and Izzy; one great-grandson, Bryson; sister, Shirley (Stuart); three brothers, Hallett (Frances), Robert M. (Helen) and James (Wilma); three sisters-in-law, Ruth, Barbara and Reginia. Mr. Harrison retired from Cadmus Communications in Richmond, was a sports and car enthusiast and an avid bowler. He was a loving father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. The family received friends Monday, April 15, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Tuesday, April 16, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Julia Shelton Jacobs, 88, of Hanover, passed away April 7, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence “Jake” Jacobs; daughter, Judith Coles Jacobs; sister, Margaret Shelton Gillis; brothers, Samuel William Shelton, Jr. and Richard Lewis Shelton; and nephew, Leslie Crawford Shelton. She is survived by her son, Lawrence Loxley Jacobs III; her daughter, Julia Jacobs Maitland, son-in-law, Robert Emerson Maitland; sisters-in-law, Jane Show Shelton and Esther Torres Shelton; nieces, Margaret Kimbrough Gillis, Celia Shelton Fox and Shannon Shelton Craig; nephews, Samuel William Shelton III. and Richard Lewis Shelton II. Julia graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Richmond, Westhampton College in 1946. She retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Corrections where she served as the Secretary to the Supervisor of the Fifteenth District of the Juvenile and Domestics Relations Court Unit for 20 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hanover. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 8050 Saint Paul’s Church Road, Hanover, VA 23069.
Delores Pack Hughes, 71, of Mechanicsville, died peacefully Friday, April 12, 2013, at her residence. Born May 29, 1941 at Devon, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Etta Murphy Pack Sr. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Coulter and Anna Lee Gilliam; and three brothers, Robert, Carl and Ernest Pack Sr. She was a retired employee at Philip Morris USA in Richmond, Va. Survivors include one son, James (Jean) Hughes of Richmond; two grandchildren, Sebastian James Hughes and Peter Robert Hughes; six brothers, Charles (Dana) Pack, Oscar (Pam) Pack Jr., James (Phyllis) Pack, Gerald (Rhodena) Pack of W.Va., Woodrow Pack and Ray Pack of Va.; five sisters, Mary (Monroe) Hardin, Opal Goad, Barbara (Kenny) Varney of W.Va., Shirley (Junior) Chandler of Fla., Erma Jones of Va.; like a sister, Thelma Jean White of Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family received friends Sunday, April 14, at the Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. Funeral services were held Monday, April 15, at the funeral home. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Audrey D. Lewis, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Farnham, Va., passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013. She was the widow of Cecil F. Lewis. She is survived by a daughter, Kathryn “Jerry” Childress; two sons, Ernest and Michael Lewis; a granddaughter, April; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be private.
J. Edward Rowlett, passed away April 11, 2013 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Richmond March 3, 1927. Ed is survived by his wife, Bertie M. Rowlett; daughters, Kathy Rowlett of Hoboken, N.J., and Betsy Rowlett of Birmingham, Ala.; his sister, Evelyn Rowlett DuPriest of Richmond; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He served in the Navy in WWII and then attended RPI. Ed worked in numerous fields until founding his own company, Brookfield Energy and Equipment. He was a charter member of Chamberlayne Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir since its beginning. His second home was Deltaville, Va., where he spent many years sailing and enjoying the “Rivah.” The family received friends Sunday, April 14, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, April 15, at Chamberlayne Baptist Church, Mechanicsville. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chamberlayne Baptist Church, designated to the Special Mission Fund, or Music Ministry.
Patty Jean Ange Willett, died April 5, 2013. Pending arrangements by the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home.