Obituaries, Week of May 30, 2013: Bogar, Holmes, Jenkins, Jones, Mills, Reid, Rhyne, Sipple, Smith, and Sprouse

Peggy Louise Bogar, 51, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Chessie Bogar, and stepfather, Elmer Creech. She is survived by her husband, David W. Bogar; son, Nate Bogar; her mother, Virginia B. Creech; two sisters, Marie Gori and Debbie Stanley, who was a loving caregiver; brother, Allen Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, family members and close friends. Peggy was employed by Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House for 35 years whom she felt were her second family. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 30, 2013, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013, with burial at Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover, Va.

Alpheus Forrester Holmes, Sr., 85, of Richmond, retired Major in the U.S. military, passed away Saturday, May 25. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Rowena; and daughter, Paris; and his first wife, Erma B. Holmes; and their five children, Alpheus F. Holmes Jr., Cynthia H. McCoy, Erica V. Holmes, Spencer L. Holmes and Errol S. Holmes; grandchildren and great-grand children. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. He served in the U.S. military 21 years. After the military, he graduated in 1970 from Virginia Commonwealth University with BA in education and 1973 from Old Dominion University with MA in English with emphasis in American Literature. He taught English in several universities in Virginia until retirement in 1990. The family received friends Wednesday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Graveside services will be private.

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.

Mary Ziyacz Jones, 99, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013. She was the widow of Thomas W. Jones, Jr. Born Oct. 19, 1913; she was five months shy of observing her 100th birthday. Mary was born in Youngstown, Ohio but her family moved to Claremont, Va. when she was a young girl. She was the daughter of the late Julia and Nicholas Ziyacz and was preceded in death by her younger siblings; Helen Ziyacz, Julia Z. Kovach and George Ziyacz. She is survived by her daughter, Juanita Jones, of Ashland; her daughter and son-in-law, Julia J. and Bruce Booker of Richmond; and her grandchildren, Kathryn Booker of Richmond and John Booker of Boston, Massachusetts. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jeanne J. Repine of Fayetteville, Ga., and a number of other relatives, including her niece, Helen K. Bachochin of Hellertown, Pa. and nephew, Joe Kovach of Bethlehem, Pa. She is also survived by many friends. Before her marriage she had several jobs, one of which was as a control operator at Richmond radio station WRVA, during the WWII war years and after. After her marriage, she devoted herself to family and home. She was also active in several local groups, including long time membership in Henry Clay Homemaker’s Club and the Mt. Olivet Church’s Young at Heart Club. Mary loved the Lord and her family and had a remarkable zest for life and learning. She was an inspiration to many and the world is a better place because she was here. The family received friends Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the Nelsen Funeral Home Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, where funeral services were held Thursday, May 30, 2013, with burial in Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover, Va.

Calvin Mills, 82, of Ashland, went to be with his Lord Friday, May 24, 2013. He was preceded in death by two sons, Buddy and David Mills. He left behind his wife of 62 years, Nell Mills; one son, Mickey Mills; one daughter, Theresa Watson; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gene and Albert Mills; and one sister, Becky Miller. He was a member of New Found Church of Christ.  He was a retired painting contractor. Memorial services were held at New Found Church of Christ at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Ann Downer Reid, 80, of Richmond, departed this life May 20, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Clifton Reid. She was the daughter of Mary Jeter and Grover Cleveland Downer; and is survived by her children, Karen Cridlin and her husband, Danny, of Mechanicsville, Gretchen Brown and her husband, Robert, of Fairfax, Ashley Kaufelt and her husband, Chris, of Mechanicsville, and Kevin Reid and his wife, Kathy, of Cape Charles. She leaves a legacy of eight grandchildren, Michael and Andrew Cridlin, Autumn and Tyler Brown, Bryce and Olivia Ann Reid, Lauren and Christopher Kaufelt; and a great-granddaughter, Lily Cridlin. The family received friends Wednesday, May 22, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Thursday, May 23, at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Epilepsy Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

David William (Bill) Rhyne, 63, of Doswell, lost his courageous battle with cancer May 23, 2013, peacefully with his family by his side. Bill was born June 4, 1949 in Richmond to Sloan Alexander (S.A.) and Jane Johnston Rhyne. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his Master’s Degree in Geography from Penn State. He proudly served in the Army for 22 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then worked for 12 years as a middle school educator in Earth Science with Hanover County. He ended his professional career as a Coordinator with the Math and Science Innovation Center. His wonderfully patient and loving nature, beautiful smile, wicked sense of humor and positive outlook on life drew people to him wherever he went. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Janice; daughters, Kimberly and Elizabeth, whom he was so proud; grandchildren, Kaya and Jayden, who brought him so much joy; his mother Jane and eleven siblings along with their families, who gave him constant support and love. He will be missed by so many. A memorial service will be held at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green, Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society.

Lila Theresa Hatfield Sipple, 79, of Ruther Glen, departed this life Friday, May 24, 2013. Born May 1, 1934 in Matewan, W. Va., She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Sipple. She is survived by her son, David Sipple and wife, Kimberly; grandchildren, Amy Kroll, Amber Whiting and Abby Heppert; and three great-great-grandchildren. The family received friends Sunday, May 26, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va. The family would like to thank the caring staff at VCU/ Massey Cancer Center for their love and kindness.

Irene N. Smith, 85, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 21, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Smith, Sr.; and a son, Sammy Smith; and is survived by her son, Mac Smith and his wife, Faye; four grandchildren, G.M. Smith, III, Crystal Leech, Jaime Brookman and Alan Brookman; five great-grandchildren, Madison, Kaden, Micah, Sierra and special great-granddaughter, Kaleigh; brother, Earl Nuckols; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. The family received friends Wednesday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Thursday, May 23, 2013. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Bernard E. Sprouse, Sr., 80, of Henrico, went to be with his Lord Tuesday, May 21, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Nancy; two daughters, Linda and Joyce; five sons, Bernard Jr., Carlton, Gary, Charles “Chuck” and Chris; 16 grands and 10 great-grands; one sister, June; and two brothers, Charlie and Eugene. He was a member of the Washington Henry Masonic Lode #344, ACCA Shrine, ACCA Provost Guard and the Ashland Moose Lodge. He worked for the Ashland Police Department, where he served as Chief, and the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department. The family received friends Friday, May 24, with a Masonic Service at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville.

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm