Obituaries, Week of July 11, 2013: Andrews, Atkinson, Barnett, Custalow, Hollenberg, Howard, Pitt, Pohlig, Stanley, Walton and Williams

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

William J. Jr. “Pookie” Andrews, 81, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 30, 2013. Pookie, as he was known to friends and family, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and later retired from a career with Bank of America. He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. Andrews Sr. and Mae B. Andrews; brother, Lloyd Andrews and sister, Kay Beninghove. He is survived by his sister, Janice Woodward; four nieces, Pamela Much, Kristi Prendergast, Kelley Bass and Cynthia Faust; nephew, Charle Woodward IV; eight great-nieces and nephews. The family received friends Wednesday, July 3, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Friday, July 5 at Signal Hill Memorial Park.

Lawrence W. Atkinson, 86, of Mechanicsville, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, “Chunkie;” his four children, Bonnie Sikes (Ken), Donna Lynn Jewell (David), Larry Atkinson, Cricket Atkinson (Sheila); five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; as well as his devoted brother, Albert Kay and an extended circle of family and friends. The family received friends Sunday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Monday, July 8. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fairmount Christian Church, P.O. Box 788, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

Earl Wade Barnett, 60, of Sandston, passed away suddenly at his home July 7, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Howard and Edna Mae Barnett; sister, Francis Barnett Wilson; brother, Howard Edward Barnett; and a very special nephew, Vernon Wayne Barnett. He is survived by his children, Wendy Barnett Kuska, Earl Wade Barnett II (Jennifer), Patricia Barnett Davis (Nick); and their mother, his previous wife, Wanda Barnett Fields; nine grandchildren, one great- granddaughter; a brother and very best friend, Robert Lee Barnett (Phyllis) and Lamar Smith; sisters, Katherine Peach (Jim), Betty Bell (Jake), Louise Onley, Barbara Fairchild (Charlie) and Peggy Price (Dale); and many nieces and nephews, all who loved their Uncle Earl. He was a longtime and valued employee of Slurry Papers of Richmond. Earl served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart. His loves in life were family, friendships, golf, boating, the beach and life itself. With Earl, it was always five o’clock somewhere. He attended Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, where services will be held 11 a.m. Friday. Interment Hanover Memorial Park.

Archer Kenneth Custalow, Sr., age 77, of the Mattaponi Indian Reservation, went to be with his Savior and Lord July 3, 2013. He was a faithful husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and man of God. He grew up in the Mattaponi Indian Baptist Church, where he placed his faith in Christ as was later baptized. As an adult, he was a member of Grove Avenue Baptist Church for 39 years and returned to the Mattaponi Indian Baptist Church for the last 15 years. He served the Lord faithfully, through the church, for over 50 years in such capacities as teaching children and adults, serving as a deacon, singing in the choir, and serving as a staff administrator. He was a retired auditor with the U.S. Treasury Department. He served on the board of the Native American Rights Foundation for six years. He was a member of the delegation of Virginia Indians who traveled to England as part of the Jamestown 400 Celebration. He was a well-known speaker on Native American culture and a craftsman of Native American love flutes and other native crafts. He was a member of the Custalow Brothers singing ensemble for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Solomon Dewey and Pocahontas Bradby Custalow; and brothers, Ralph and Cecil. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy T.; his children, Ken Jr. (Lori), Mark (Ann) and Scott Sr. (Robin); grandchildren, Hilary, Micah, Scott Jr., Amanda and Levi; and great- grandchildren, Alana and Dominic. He is also survived by his brothers, Calvin (Mildred) and Malcolm (Alice); sisters-in-law, Anna, Barbara (Jack), Rea (Elmo), Sue (Richard); along with numerous nephews, nieces, great- nephews and great-nieces. The family received friends and extended family Friday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday. Graveside service followed at the Mattaponi Indian Baptist Church on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation in King William County. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Mattaponi Indian Baptist Church, 1538 Mattaponi Reservation Circle, West Point, Va. or the Grove Avenue Baptist Church Television Ministry, 8701 Ridge Road, Richmond, Va.

Daniel W. Hollenberg, 20, of Mechanicsville, entered eternal rest June 27, 2013. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth W. White (Bryan); father, Bradley Hollenberg (Iva) of McKinney, Texas; two sisters, Tammy Miller (Mike) and Debra Goad (Travis); brother, Brian Hollenberg of McKinney, Texas; stepbrother, Kristopher Conte of McKinney, Texas; nieces and nephew, Lexi and London Miller, Baylee and Logan Goad; grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth Whitt of Goochland, Va., Richard and Jean Hollenberg of Katy, Texas; and a host of other loving family and friends. Services were held Saturday, July 6, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Inurnment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cool Spring Baptist Church Recreation Fund.

Bennie D. Howard, 89, of Hanover, passed away July 4, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen. He is survived by his children, Lois Cannell, David Howard and Jimmie Howard; his grandchildren, Lisa, Shannon and Tyler; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services and visitation were held Tuesday, July 9, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Elva Margaret (nee Knox) Pitt, of Richmond, passed away July 7, 2013. She was born in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 28, 1937 to Alexander and Anna Knox. She received her M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is survived by daughters, Cindy Kinney, Connie Giordano, Paula King (Robert J. King Jr.) and Julie Vaughn (Kenneth L. Vaughn); siblings, Phyllis Gettier, Sandra Cosgrove (Donald J. Cosgrove) and Robert Knox; grandsons, Matthew King, Philip King, Trevor Vaughn and Dillon Vaughn; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends Wednesday, July 10, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Thursday, July 11. Interment Hanover Memorial Park, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

William M. Jr. “Billy” Pohlig, 74, of Warsaw, passed away suddenly July 1, 2013. Born June 8, 1939 to the late Helen and William Pohlig Sr., he was also preceded in death by a sister, Minnie Walton. Left to cherish his memory, are his former wife and friend, Mary Pohlig; devoted children, Deborah Pohlig and Bubba Pohlig and his wife, Kim; sister, Ann Walton; four grandchildren, Allan Lockett and Braxton, Krista and Tiffany Pohlig. Billy served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960. After his service to his country, he founded Pohlig’s Lawn and Garden Equipment Company in Mechanicsville. After his retirement in 2002, he opened Pohlig’s Lawn and Garden Equipment Company in Warsaw, and worked there until the time of his death. Billy loved his family, working on engines, gardening, fishing and boating. He was also a dedicated member of Cobham Park Baptist Church in Warsaw. Family received friends at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, Friday, July 5, 2013 with memorial services. Interment private. Memorial services were  also held Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Cobham Park Baptist Church, Warsaw. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cobham Park Baptist Church.

Joyce Evelyn Loving Stanley, age 73, of Ashland, passed away July 5, 2013. Surviving her are her two daughters, Julie S. Traylor, her husband, J.D., and Brenda L. Stanley, her companion, Tim Layne; four grandchildren, Cady T. Nuckols, her husband, Jason, Nicki Childress, Jessica D. Traylor, her companion, Will Canter, and Joshua D. Traylor; one great-grandchild, Ross D. Nuckols; three brothers, Monroe, H.T. “Nookie,” his wife, Joyce, and Alvin Loving; four sisters, Frances L. Hale, her husband, Berkley, Doris L. Tignor, Annie L. Williamson, her husband, Charles, Barbara L. Goodman, her husband, Ernest; numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce, loving widow of C. Vaughan Stanley, was a homemaker, member of Slash Christian Church, and a devoted, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The family received friends Monday, July 8, 2013, at Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel, Ashland. Her funeral service was held Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Slash Christian Church, Ashland. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Slash Christian Church Adult Choir Fund.

Doris Pierson Walton, of Richmond, went to be with God Sunday, July 7, 2013. She was preceded in death by Bentley R. Walton, her beloved husband of 65 years; parents, James and Lillian Pierson; and brother, James Wilmore Pierson. She was a member of Poroporone Baptist Church, Shacklefords, Va. and New Highland Baptist Church of Richmond. She enjoyed crafting, gardening, puzzles, reading her Bible and watching her Blue Martins. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Walton Alley of Farmville, Va. and Sheryl Walton of Aylett, Va.; granddaughter Kathryn Alley of Cary, N.C.; and her beloved feline companion, Chelsea. We wish to thank her devoted caregivers, Cheryl Klaty and Miranda Everett, for the love and care they provided. The family received friends Tuesday, July 9, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Wednesday, July 10. Entombment Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Michael Joseph Williams, 66, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 2, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Williams; daughter, Sandra Hammer (Bobby); granddaughter, Shannon Hammer; grandson, Shane Hammer; sister, Evelyn Trautfelter; and cousin, Brenda Smith and family. The family received friends Friday, July 5, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home.

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