Obituaries, Week of June 6, 2013: Austin, Cauthorne, Crisp, Fulwider, Gill, Kersey, Marshall, Martin, Perry, Tignor, Todd, and Wolters
Kenneth Charles Austin, 55, went to join his father and mother May 30, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Leslie; two children, Brittany and Kenneth; and granddaughter, Haleigh Austin. He enjoyed serenading us early in the morning while cooking; another favorite passion. He would lovingly tend to his garden, family and friends to help them grow with his humble compassion and humor. He will be missed by all. The family received friends Saturday, June 1, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Memorial services were held Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Mechanicsville Church of Christ, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Noah Gene Cauthorne, 6 weeks old, passed away at MCV Hospital May 28. 2013. He is survived by his two loving parents Jessie Marie Cauthorne and Michael Cannon, Sr.; two brothers, Joey Sullivan and Michael Cannon, Jr.; sister, Mariah Cauthorne; his twin sister Abby Grace; Grandparents, Dale and Jessie Cauthorne and Claude and Wanda Cannon and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and close family friends that love him dearly. A gathering of friends and family was held at Riverside Baptist Church, Beaverdam, Friday May 31, where funeral services were held. The Rev. Stephen Dorton officiated. Interment followed at Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any SunTrust Bank in the name of Michael Edward Cannon. Arrangements entrusted to Beaverdam Funeral Home.
Romulus L. Crisp, 95, of Beaverdam, went to be with the Lord Monday, June 3, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Lois; sister, Louise Creef; and many nieces and nephews. He was a master gardener, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a farmer as a young man growing up in his hometown of Beaverdam, but later he was employed and retired from the Richmond Foundry. The family received friends Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland. A funeral service and celebration of his life was held Thursday morning, June 6, at Elon Baptist Church, Ruther Glen. Interment followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Elon Baptist Church.
Rosalie Ferguson Fulwider, 94, of Richmond, formerly of Hanover, passed away peacefully with family at her side May 29, 2013. She was preceded in death by husband, Edward Franklin Fulwider. She is survived by daughters, Ramona Fulwider and Rosanne Lowe (Donald); grandchildren, Stephen (Tracy), Jenifer and Amy Lowe; great grandson, Jacob David Lowe, who has given her many everlasting smiles; brother, William Ferguson; sister, Gracie Atkinson; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Mrs. Fulwider was a direct descendent of Patrick Henry, member of the Scotchtown Chapter DAR and APVA. She was also a member of Byrd Presbyterian Church since age 13. The family received friends Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland. The family received friends Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Byrd Presbyterian Church, Goochland, where services were held. Following interment in the church cemetery, celebration of a life well lived, a potluck lunch was held in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Byrd Presbyterian Church, PO Box, 655, Goochland, VA 23063. The family would like to thank the Medi Hospice for their special care.
Beverly G. Gill, 79, departed life June 3, 2013. Nobody exhibited such a strong commitment to family, friends and community, exhibiting a willingness to face the many challenges of life with determination and joy. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Clarence Beverly Gill, Jr.; her parents, Hughlett Savage Goodman and Ellen Elizabeth McGhee Smith; one sister, Evelyn Thomas; and one son, Thomas Wayne Gill. She is survived by her brother, Red (Hughlett) Goodman (Nancy); sister, Barbara G. Soukup; six children, Lynne G. Lamm, Scott Pierce Emerson, Robyn Emerson Enroughty, Richard A. Gill (Mary), Robert W. Gill (Linda), James L. Gill (Tiffany); and daughter-in- law, Karen Reynolds Gill; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Beverly attended Highland Springs High School, worked in banking and was especially loved by those clients that needed just a little more time. But her special love was working in the travel industry with her husband and all of the opportunities that world travel presented. Whether working as a docent at the State Capital or Berkley Plantation, as a volunteer at Richmond Memorial Hospital or serving Varina Women’s Club (past president), she brought joy and laughter to all she touched. We will miss her greatly. Visitation was held Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, where services were held Thursday morning, June 6, 2013.
Elizabeth (Betty) Warren Kersey, 81, of Ashland, the widow of John P. Kersey, Sr., passed away Friday, May 31, 2013. She is survived by two sons, John P. Kersey, Jr. and wife Sandra, and Matthew W. Kersey; four grandchildren, John Phillip Kersey, III, and wife Diane; Samuel Adam Kersey and wife Jessy; Sarah Ruth Kersey, and Erika Lynn Miller; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Mason Kersey. The family received friends Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland; where services were held Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with burial at Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Jennings E. Marshall, Jr., 91, of Mechanicsville, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dahlia I. Marshall; son, Robert Steele Jr.; and daughter, Delores Marshall; and is survived by his grandson, Robert Steele, III, and wife, Sarah; two great-grandchildren, Peyton and Evan Steele; one brother, Ray Marshall; sister, Ann Swank; brother-in-law, Lloyd Bryant; as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Graveside services were held Monday, June 3, 2013 at Forest Lawn Cemetery. bennettfuneralhomes.com.
Harry Linwood Martin, Jr., 68, of Gum Spring, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry L. Martin Sr.; and mother, Lucy Virginia Martin. He is survived by his daughter, Monica Adams; and his son, John Coleman Martin; five grandchildren, Cole, Logan, Paige, Brenden and Sydney Adams; companion, Carolyn Mills; and sister, Diane Murphy. A celebration of Linwood’s life will be held Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Biltmore Baptist Church, 1300 New York Ave., Glen Allen, VA 23060. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to MDA, 1503 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 120, Richmond, VA 23229.
Eddie “Eugene” Perry, 72, of Glen Allen, went with the Lord Saturday, June 1, 2013. Mr. Perry retired as a supervisor at Tyson Foods. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Ann Perry; his daughter, Debra Pappas; his grandson, Joshua Pappas; a brother, four sisters, and many other beloved nieces, nephews and family members. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. The family received friends Wednesday at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, where services were held Thursday. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Winn’s Baptist Church Building Fund, 12320 Winn’s Church Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059.
Erna Tignor passed away at her home in Elmont Thursday, May 30, 2013. Erna was known by many for the different roles she played over the years. Most will know her as the Pay lady of Kings Dominion, bus driver for Elmont Elementary School and Oma to her grandchildren. She leaves behind her husband, Andrew W. Tignor, of 60 years. Her son Robert Tignor, daughter-in-law, Karen, two grandsons, Stephen and Matthew Tignor. Erna never met a stranger and she helped countless people over the years. She had many long-time friends that will dearly miss her, and those of us that loved her might want to offer up a prayer for her or her family. I know how very much she loved her little dog Tex and all her animals over the years. So in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Hanover Humane Society in her name. It isn’t often that such a special person touches so many people. I am sure that each of you have good memories of your time with her, enjoy those and never forget our little German lady. Elmont will never be the same.
Jean Rae Todd, 70, of Mechanicsville, passed away May 28, 2013. Born April 6, 1943 in New Bern, N.C. to Sol and Rachel Adams, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne I. Todd; and sister, Peggy Gardener. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Carson R. Todd, his wife, Lesley, and their children, Tyler and Jovi Winter, and Ivy Todd Sager, her husband, Greg, and their children, Anna, Shae and Todd. She also leaves behind, Richard C. Clark, her loving companion and travel partner for the last 24 years, as well as his two children, Richlene Shirk, her husband, Michael, and their daughters, Ashley and Chelsea, Rodney Clark, his wife, Kathi, and their sons, Alexander and Ryan. She is survived by her siblings, Kay Jones (Freddie), Faye Harrison (Joe), Robert Adams (Julene), and twin sister, June Simpkins (Cecil); along with many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. For Jean, family extended far and wide and she held a special place in her heart for Andrea Shannon, Ashlynn Trimmer, Deric Trimmer and Nicholas Miller. Jean retired in 2000 after serving 20 years as a civil servant for the federal government and moved to Mechanicsville to be closer to her family. A member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church, she was active in the prayer shawl ministry and volunteered for the free medical clinic. She also very much enjoyed her “lady friends” and their activities, including the “Red Hat Society.” Jean quietly served the Lord in countless ways, she was an amazing grandmother who rarely missed any of her grandchildren’s many activities and she always fed well those who gathered at her kitchen table. Sincere appreciation is extended to the medical staff, who provided such loving care to her over the last three weeks. The family received friends Friday, May 31, at the Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Saturday, June 1, at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Mechanicsville, with visitation prior to the service. Interment was Monday, June 3, in Hampton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cheryl Watson Memorial Clinic at Shady Grove UMC.
Olive Myers Wolters, 92, of Mechanicsville, departed this life Wednesday, May 29, 2013. She is survived by one son, Roger M. Wolters (Mary) of Landrum, S.C.; two grandsons, Benjamin and Christian; three sisters, Frances Schmetzer, Mary Vitale (Jim) and Jane Kee (Carlyle); and one brother, William M. Myers (Mary Ellen). She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Wolters; and daughter, Gretchen D’Beck. Mrs. Wolters graduated from Glenville State College in West Virginia and received advanced degrees from Columbia University. Her teaching career spanned 45 years. Mrs. Wolters was an avid gardener at her farm in Hanover County, rescuer of Labrador Retrievers, a weaver and a longtime volunteer at Memorial Regional Hospital. The family received friends Sunday, June 2, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Tuesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at Salem Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salem Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 35, Studley, VA. 23162.