Obituaries, Week of June 27, 2013: Carter, Cornwell, Ledbetter, Luck, Oberbroeckling, and Stephenson

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

Waverly Sherwood “Bud” Carter, Jr., 58, of Mechanicsville, departed this life June 21, 2013. He was born in Richmond Nov. 12, 1954. He was the son of the late Sherwood and Liz Carter. Bud is survived by his son, Waverly Sherwood Carter III “Bo;” his dear friend and companion, Debbie Van Buren; and his beloved dog, Harley. He is also survived by his brother, Wade L. Carter (Bonnie); his sister, Wanda C. Green (Ron); and several nieces and nephews. Bud’s sharp, witty personality and contagious laughter will be sorely missed by his friends and family. He was a member of Temple Lodge #9 AF & AM, and the Scottish Rite. The family received friends Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where Masonic memorial services were held, followed by a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

James Lee “Jim” Cornwell, Sr., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family Sunday, June 9, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Wanda Cornwell; five children, James Lee, Jr. and spouse Deanna, Raymond Patrick Cornwell, April Joy Cornwell, Stephanie Renee Hare and spouse Brian, and Carlton Lee Brock III; three grandchildren, Lily, Grace and Jayden; his mother, Frances A. Dent and step-father Marvin O. Dent; a brother, Jerry and his wife Nona; four sisters, Connie and her husband Ed, Teresa and fiancé Jimmy, Bonnie and husband Mike, Rhonda and her husband Tom; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ashby C. Cornwell and maternal grandparents, Raymond and Frances Schley. Jim was a devoted loving husband, Father, and son who took great pride in the fact that he worked hard all his life. Memorial services were held Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Bon Secours St. Marys, 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond, VA 23226. To send condolences, please visit:

Arthur “Boo” Gordon Ledbetter, Jr., 50, of Mechanicsville, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013 after a long, hard struggle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathy Ledbetter Echols; and nephew, George Lee Morris. He is survived by his wife, Mary V. Ledbetter; his mother, Jean Ledbetter; and father, Arthur G. Ledbetter Sr. (Cynthia Gay); stepchildren, Matt Albright, Robert Rayner, Shelly Rayner and Jaysen “Bubba” Sorrell Jr.; sister, Faye Greenwood; and brother, Robbie Ledbetter (Melanie). Also left to cherish his memory, two nieces, Stephanie Anderson, Summer Ledbetter; and nephew, Trey Echols; and many other family and friends. He was a member of Pole Green Church of Christ, where he actively served until his health declined. He and his dad enjoyed years of flat track motorcycle and stock car racing. He was a proud member of Sons of Confederate Veterans in Capt. Latane’s Camp #1690, Mechanicsville. The family received friends Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.

Everette “Wayne” Luck, 64, of Ashland, passed away June 22, 2013. He is survived by his children; Brandy Luck, Tony Luck (Jessica), and Jason Luck; three grandchildren, Irelyn, Evan, and Griffin; his wife, Gayle Luck; and numerous siblings. Mr. Luck was a U.S. Army Vet and served in Vietnam. The family received friends Thursday, June 27, 2013, followed by a service at 6 p.m. at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warriors or your favorite charity.

Robert G. “Obie” Oberbroeckling, 79, of Mechanicsville, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013. Obie served in the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam and receiving Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, as well as the Good Conduct Medal and others. He worked in Army Intelligence retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Ashland. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Beverly Oberbroeckling, children: Bob Oberbroeckling, Julie Buehler, Susan Howard, Scott Oberbroeckling and wife Crystal. Nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren and scores of loving relatives and dear friends. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Woody Funeral Home, Atlee Chapel 9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville. There will be a graveside service at Amelia Veterans Cemetery 10300 Pridesville Road, Amelia Court House at 1 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www. Condolences may be left at

Ellen Hudgins Stephenson, died June 21, 2013 at age 89. Born Oct. 15, 1923 in Lunenburg County, Va., she was the daughter of Thomas Edward and Ida Smithson Wood Hudgins; and sister to the late Dr. Frances E. Hudgins. Mrs. Stephenson graduated from Victoria High School and was a 1943 graduate of Longwood College. She taught home economics and chemistry in Southampton County, Va. for four years. In 1947, she married the late Edgar Vick Stephenson Jr. of Ivor, and together they made their home there for over 60 years. She is survived by her three children, Julia S. Tyler and husband, Bob, of Mechanicsville, Martha S. Barry and husband, Bob, of Virginia Beach, and T. E. “Ned” Stephenson and wife, Susan, of Tappahannock; grandchildren, Ann S. Pietrantoni (Jim) of Richmond, David Davis (Jan) of Mechanicsville, Carolyn S. Gosse (Alec) of Charlottesville, Claire Stephenson of Denver, Colo., Laura Barry and Emily Barry of Virginia Beach; and four great-grandsons. Mrs. Stephenson was a member of Ivor Baptist Church, where she served as pianist, mission leader and adult Sunday school teacher for over 40 years. Active in her community as well, she was a member of the Ivor Town Council, co-founder of the Ivor Medical Center, and organized many civic and church activities through the years. A consummate homemaker, Mrs. Stephenson brought dignity and elegance to all of her endeavors. She spent her life in exemplary faithfulness to her husband and family, her church and community, and to countless people who made their way to her door for advice and counsel for more than a half-century. Memorial services were held at Ivor Baptist Church Monday, June 24, 2013. The family shared fellowship and remembrances immediately following the service. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ivor Baptist Church, 8506 Bell Avenue, Ivor, VA 23866.

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