Obituaries, Week of May 15, 2013: Campbell, Dingus, Gabbert, Gunn, Reyes, Rochelle, and Stone

Emma Previs Campbell, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Erwin Malcolm Campbell; her constant companion, Muffie; daughters, Terri Campbell (Jeff) and Laurie Smith (George); son, Erwin S. Campbell (Kim); grandchildren, Christopher Mann (Ann), Stacey Mann, Kristin Tucker (Lucas), Tiffany Mills (Nicholas), Jaclyn and Lindsay Campbell, Caitlyn, Aislynn and Rhiannon Smith; and three great-grandchildren, Henry and James Mann, and Cullen Tucker. The family received friends Monday, May 13, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, followed by a memorial service.

Dorothy (Salyer) Dingus, 93, wife of Lamar, joined the angels on Mother’s Day. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Clancy; son-in-law, Dave Clancy; daughter, Sandra A. Marshall; and her daughter-in-law, Angela Dingus. She was preceded in death by a son, Benny Dingus. She has five grandchildren; Jim Dingus, Steve Dingus, Cassandra Riggin, David Clancy, Jacqueline Anderson, and five surviving great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, where funeral services will also be held at 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 at Greenwood cemetery, Coeburn, Va.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ALS Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855.

John H. Gabbert, 91, of Mechanicsville, was called by our Heavenly Father Sunday, May 12, 2013. He was born July 10, 1921 in Roanoke, Va., the youngest child of James Ashby and Lucy Reynolds Gabbert. A graduate of Jefferson High School, he served as a B-24D tail gunner with the Jolly Rogers in the U.S. Army 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After leaving active service in 1945, he attended and graduated from Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) with an Art degree. As a self-employed artist, John founded Gabbert Displays, where he used his multiple talents designing and hand lettering signs and commercial vehicles and designing and building parade floats, displays, and exhibits primarily for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone and Reynolds Metals Companies. He served his community as a political cartoonist for Hanover County’s Herald Progress, was a founding member of the Atlee Ruritan Club, was a member of the original Ashcake Volunteer Rescue Squad, and helped champion construction of Pearson’s Corner Elementary School. In 1969 John answered his call to the ministry, pastoring several churches in the Culpeper, Va. area. He briefly had a radio ministry after returning to Hanover and was always willing to share his love and faith in the Lord with anyone who sought spiritual salvation, scriptural truth, or biblical knowledge. Besides his ministry, John also enjoyed drawing, especially portraits and caricatures, being with his family, and camping. John was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James L. Gabbert of Salem, Va.; and his sister, Naomi G. Hoover of Roanoke, Va. He is survived by his children, John Matt Gabbert (Sandra) of Roanoke, Fran Gabbert Tehan (Michael) of Mechanicsville, Teresa Gabbert Kirsch (Charlie) of Chesterfield, and David Christopher Gabbert (Christy) of Powhatan; as well as eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Family visitation was held at Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 followed by a chapel service. A Military Honor Guard service was conducted graveside at Signal Hill Memorial Park in Hanover immediately following the chapel service.

Connie C. Gunn, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Danielle Somers; and son-in-law, Andy Somers; and by her significant other, Michael Virgilio. Connie is also survived by Richard “Butch” Castleberry, James Castleberry and Debra Castleberry; and numerous nieces and nephews. Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Nellie Castleberry. Family received friends Wednesday, May 15, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the animal shelter of your choice.

James “Jamie” Michael Reyes, our precious baby boy, went home to be with the Lord May 12, 2013. While we were only blessed with his presence for a short time, our love for him will be forever etched in our hearts. Jamie is survived by his mommy and daddy, Michael and Audrey Reyes; grandparents, John and Sherry Murphy; Norma and David Thompson. Jamie is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Mary and Jim Rader; Debbie and Joe Walton, Sylwia and Louis Reyes; Lesley and Steve Boulton; and many great-aunts and uncles and cousins who loved him very much. Family received friends Wednesday, May 15 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Thursday. Interment Hanover Memorial Park.

Rhea Verlander Rochelle, 81, of Montpelier, and formerly of Henrico, passed away May 11, 2013. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Verlander. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah LeStourgeon (Wayne); grandchildren, Kevin LeStourgeon (Tracy), Angie Parker (Abel), and Lance LeStourgeon (Rachel); great-grandchildren, Lani LeStourgeon, Lydia and Ava Parker, and Autumn LeStourgeon; sister, Margaret Elam; and special friend, Doris Cook. The family received friends Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home – Reid Chapel, Ashland. There will be a Celebration of Life at the LeStourgeon family home Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Interment is private.

Roy E. “Gene” Stone Jr., passed away Friday, May 10, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Annette D. Stone; two daughters, Jennifer Mitchell (Andrew) and Katie Stone; his parents, Roy E. Sr. and Sara Shuler Stone; and a sister, Denise Smith. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, where the family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to King William Animal Shelter.

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm