Obituaries, Week of July 4, 2013: Bugge, Cox, Durham, Griffin and Perry

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Nancy T. Bugge, born a coal miner’s daughter in Dante, Va., Oct. 9, 1922, died June 22, 2013. Throughout her life she worked intermittently in the printing industry: first at Norfolk Engraving, later for Richmond Newspapers; ultimately she retired from The Herald-Progress. She enjoyed travel, knitting, sewing and reading. She visited France, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Russia and Iran where she and husband Norman lived for a year. Married for 66 years, Norman preceded Nancy in death by 10 days. She instilled in her children a love for reading and a healthy respect for proper grammar. An avid reader, she was self-educated on multiple subjects; this made her a fearsome opponent in Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. She is survived by a son, Kris and his wife Susie, granddaughters Brittany and Aubrey, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a daughter, Deena, of Richmond. Memorial services were held Saturday, July, 6, 2013, at St. James the Less Episcopal Church, 125 Beverly Street, Ashland, Va. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Blue Ridge School, St. George, Virginia or to The Community of the Transfiguration, 495 Albion Avenue. Cincinnati, Ohio 45246.

Thomas Joseph Cox, Jr., 74, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 25, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Phyllis T. Cox; and his mother Helen Cox. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Georgia and Ken Mitchell; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas III and Jennifer Cox; two grandsons, Brian Mitchell and T. J. Cox; two sisters, Patricia Mabe and Brenda Cox. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Friday, June 28. Interment Hanover Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Rosalie  Ricker  Durham,  92, of Mechanicsville, departed this life June 1, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Blackie” Durham; parents, William and Bessie Ricker; brother, Bill Ricker; sisters, Elizabeth Loving and Theresa DeRusha; and son-in-law, McLean “Mickey” Hampton, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Hampton; grandchildren, Kristina Poitras and husband, David, Preston Hampton and wife, Tonya; six great-grandchildren, Michael, Marylyn, Dale, Abigail, John and Zackary. The family received friends Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Atlee Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, Route 301 and Shady Grove Road, where services were held Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. Condolences:

Frances Powell Griffin, 79, formerly of Mechanicsville, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013 after a long battle with COPD. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Anthony Cornell Griffin, Sr. She is survived by her children, Anthony C. Griffin, Jr. and wife, Katy, Valerie G. Abernathy and husband, Russ, and Norman P. Griffin and wife, Crystal; along with six grandchildren, Tony, Kristin, Emily, Zachary, Christopher and Suzanne. Mrs. Griffin was a retired employee of C&P Telephone Company. The family received friends Thursday, June 27, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Friday, June 28, in Signal Hill Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association at

John Perry, 89, of Ashland (formerly of Fairmont, W.Va. and Holly Hill, Fla.) died Monday, June 24, 2013. He was predeceased by son Robert. He is survived by two sons, John E. (Gwen) of Holly Hill, Fla., Richard A. (Linda) of Centerville, Ohio; and devoted companion, Eloise Piccolo. He was a proud veteran of World War II, a member of the Army Specialized Training Program at Randolph-Macon College and did his overseas duty with the 14th Air Force in the China-Burma-India Theater. After the war he graduated from West Virginia University where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. His professional career was spent with Monongahela Power Co. for 39 years, retiring as assistant controller of the company. He was a lifelong Mason and a member of the American Legion. John loved fishing and gardening. He was happiest when casting for trout on a favorite West Virginia stream. A memorial gathering was held Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA  23005. Interment was private.

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