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Norman R. “Cookie” Edwards, 81, of Mechanicsville, passed away in his sleep Thursday, May 16, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, L. B. Edwards Sr. and Lana Worrell Edwards. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margery Ball Edwards; children, Norman R. Edward Jr. (Diane), Victoria L. Edwards and Michael P. Edwards (Kelley); grandchildren, William and Robert Habansky, Hollie and Kristen Henshaw, Jessica Mawyer, Matthew and Brent Edwards; one great- grandchild, Ryan Henshaw; sister, Janie Edwards Peed; his lifelong friends, Kenny, Shirley, Carl and Beverly Harris; and the family dog, Penny. Mr. Edwards was employed by Richmond Dairy, Dominion Oil and Bradley Oil Company. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, was a Shriner, and founder of the Chamberlayne Laburnum Youth Assoc. Graveside services were held Monday, May 20, at Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Lionel Elwood Fuller, 88, of Mechanicsville, departed this life May 14, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Annie Fuller; his loving wife of over 50 years, Katherine Haynes Fuller; and a foster child, David W. Gordon. He is survived by his two daughters, Sandra L. Regensburg and Kimberly F. Fleming (Darren); four grandchildren, John Brandon Regensburg (Christina), Justin T. Regensburg, Kori Lionel Fleming and Dakota Darren Fleming; three great-grandchildren, Sean, Sophia and Brayden Regensburg; a devoted sister-in-law, Erline Goodwyn; niece, Beverly Presser; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family received friends Saturday, May 18, at the Mechanicsville Chapel, Bennett Funeral Home, followed by services. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Harvey E. Harrison, 87, of Mechanicsville, went home to be with the Lord Monday, May 13, 2013. He was born and raised in Emmerton, Va. He was the son of Lillie Jenkins and Calvin Harrison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Harrison. He is survived by his son, Eugene Harrison and daughter-in-law, Dawn Harrison; granddaughter, Virginia Harrison, all of Byron, Ga. He is also survived by a beloved companion, Dorothy N. Sanders of Mechanicsville; and her children, Debra Huffman of Maryland, and John and Bob Sanders, both of Richmond. He was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church of Warsaw, and retired from Nabisco at age 65. The family received friends Friday, May 17, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, followed by funeral services. Interment private.
Beverly R. “Bev” Hughes, 67, of Mechanicsville, went to rest after a valiant fight with several medical hardships, Saturday, May 18, 2013. She was preceded in death by a son, Barry Hughes; and is survived by her husband of 43 years, Melvin Hughes; two sons, Randall Hughes and wife, Jennifer, and Dale Hughes and wife, Megan; three grandchildren, Meredith, Phillip and Grant Hughes; three brothers, Wayne, Bobby and Jack Ragsdale; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. Bev loved all and was loved by all, doing for others before herself. Family received friends at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21, where services were held Wednesday, May 22. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980037, Richmond, VA 23298-0037.
James F. Jenkins, Jr., of Richmond, went home to be with God after a lengthy illness May 19, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Lorene P. Jenkins, the love of his life; his wonderful son, Steve and his wife, Jean; and his grandchildren, Bryan and his wife, Stefanie, and Kristen and her husband, Camaron Ballard. In his earlier years, he was in a small country music band. He then was employed by Richmond Engineering Company for 37 years as Vice President. His next job was with CSX Corporation. Mr. Jenkins was a member of Northside Baptist Church for 57 years, where he taught Sunday School for many years. The family would like to thank his family and friends for all the love that was shown during his illness. The family received friends Wednesday, May 22, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Thursday, May 23. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. As an alternative to flowers, please consider a donation to Northside Baptist Church, 7600 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116, or At Home Care, 4110 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.
Douglas R. “Doug” Lee, Jr., 48, originally of Mechanicsville, recently from Eureka, Mo., went to be with Jesus, Saturday, May 18, 2013, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Allison Lewis Lee; parents, Douglas Sr. and Louise; and sister, April Lee Lucy (Glenn); and a niece, Amber. Despite stage-four cancer, he continued to work full-time serving others at Apria Healthcare with a smile on his face. He touched many lives through his faith, work and tennis in Mechanicsville and his short time in the St. Louis, Mo. area. The family received friends Wednesday, May 22, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Thursday, May 23, at Faith Baptist Church, 10124 Royerton Drive, Glen Allen. Entombment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eureka Bible Church, 86 Augustine Road, Eureka, Mo. 63025, or Pancreatic Action Network (Sightman Cancer Center).
LaVerne R. LittleJohn, 88, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord May 15, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles. She is survived by her son, Nat Littlejohn (Jeanette); daughters, Sarah Littlejohn and Ruth Gemmell (Glenn); three grandchildren, John Riley (Karie), and Maureen Riley and Meryl Riley; one great-grandchild, Julia Riley; a brother, Ted Rogers; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. The family received friends Sunday, May 19, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Rd. Services were held Monday, May 20, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shady Grove UMC.
Donovan Grace “Gracie” Murrell, aged 22, passed away peacefully in her parents’ arms May 12, 2013, after a valiant battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and pneumonia. She was the beloved daughter of John Murrell and Vicki Hardy-Murrell of Mechanicsville. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Fred Murrell Sr.; and is survived by her parents; paternal grandmother, Louise Murrell of Mechanicsville; maternal grandmother, Pat Jaccard of South Carolina; maternal grandfather, Richard Hardy of New York; in addition to several aunts, uncles, cousins, an array of teachers, caregivers and friends. Gracie touched many lives and was loved by all she met. She taught us all patience, tolerance, unconditional love and the importance of laughter! She was filled with joy; her smile was radiant and contagious. Her favorite things were babies, animals and car rides. She also enjoyed therapeutic horse riding at Horses in Services (HIS). Services were held Thursday, May 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hanover Arc, (804) 798-2400 or The Faison School for Autism, (804) 612-1947.