Obituaries, Week of Aug. 1, 2013: Alexander, Eddleton, Lipscomb, and Whitby
Dorothy Mae Alexander, 65, of Caroline County, formerly of Mechanicsville, passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 24, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest L. Alexander Sr.; and is survived by four children, Lisa Maury, Lynn Gooch, Leon Alexander Jr. and Candy Alexander; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; four siblings, Mary, Laura, Joe and Floyd; as well as numerous nieces, nephews; and her dog and best friend, Bud. The family received friends Saturday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Sunday at Enon United Methodist Church Cemetery, Studley Road, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation of Virginia, 3805 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.
Grace Hall Eddleton, a member of the Greatest Generation, went to be with the Lord July 28, 2013. Born Dec. 25, 1925, to W. R. “Bill” and Louise Harris Hall, Grace is survived by her husband of 66 years, Eugene Nelson Eddleton, a daughter, Joan Carol Eddleton, a sister, Myrtle Liggon, and many wonderful nieces and nephews and cousins and a special family friend, Earl Allen. A 1943 graduate of Henry Clay High School, Grace worked at Abbott, Proctor & Paine during the 1960’s and operated several antique shops in the area over the years. She delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Tiffany Matthew (John), Linden, Lucy, Laney; Stephanie Reed (Dale), Andrew, Harrison, Noah, Hudson; Donna Eckhardt (Rich), Donald III, Delaney, Darian. The love for her family kept her going. Visitation was at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland, Tuesday, July 30. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, July 31, at Winn’s Baptist Church, Glen Allen, with interment in the Church cemetery and a gathering of family and friends in the Church Fellowship Hall afterwards.
Linwood Augustus “Woody” Lipscomb, 71, of Montpelier, died peacefully at home July 24, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Woody is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Sue Trippeer Lipscomb; three daughters, Rhonda Toussaint, Angela LePeter (Rich) and Karen Guynes (Greg); and seven grandchildren, David and Ben Toussaint, Alex, Brian and Sarah LePeter, Sarah and Travis Guynes. He also leaves to cherish his memory four siblings, Anna Lee Holt, Billy Lipscomb, Wilma Brooks and Larry Lipscomb. He will be missed by many other family members, friends and neighbors as well. Woody was born Dec. 9, 1941 in Roxboro, N.C. After high school, he served in the Marine Corps before beginning his career in the heavy equipment industry. He and Carol took many trips around the world due to his successful career in sales. Favorite hobbies included hunting, gardening and reading. Carol and her daughters wish to extend a special thank you to Bon Secours Hospice, Jim Toussaint and Carol’s wonderful Montpelier neighbors. Memorial services, followed by a reception, will be held at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. If you wish to make a memorial donation, please consider The Wounded Warriors Project.
Mildred Poythress, 77, of Mechanivsville, passed away July 27, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; parents, Charles and Lucille Kelley; and sister, Dorothy. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Durrette; son, Jeff Poythress and his wife, Cathy; daughter, Cynthia Balderson and her husband, Ronald; granddaughters, Kelly and Molly Balderson. Mildred was a 50-year member of Fairmount Baptist Church. The family received friends Monday, July 29 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 30 at Fairmount Baptist Church, Richmond. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Judith Ann “Judy” Whitby died at age 74. Known as “JuJu” to her family and friends, she passed into God’s hands on July 15, 2013. She was predeceased by her parents, Gordon and Evelyn Doig of Providence, R.I.; and her brothers, Gordon Doig, MSgt. USMC, of Fayetteville, N.C. and David Doig of Plano, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Nicholas; and two sons, Lawrence Gordon and wife, Cynthia, of Mineral, Va. and Christopher John and wife, Rebecca, of Varina, Va.; six grandchildren, Nicholas, Michelle, Stephanie, Timothy, Austin and Nathaniel; and five great- grandchildren, Keyara, Natalie, Thomas, Carmen and Peyton. She is also survived by her brother, Allen Doig of Indiana; and her sister, Alice Caulder of Hope Mills, N.C. Married to Nicholas on July 30, 1960, Judy traveled with her children, following Nicholas who was on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1970. After leaving the Navy, the family moved several times, Dryden, N.Y., Lincoln. Neb., and Richmond. Judy worked at Thalhimers Dept. Store in downtown Richmond as a sales manager, and subsequently at Papertown Stores in Mechanicsville and Richmond. Judy also worked as a volunteer at Ward Elementary School in Varina, Va., with special needs children. She received the Volunteer of the Year award in 2008. Visitation was held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Following the visitation, memorial services were held at the Church of Our Saviour, 17102 Mountain Road, Montpelier. Online condolences may be registered at bennettfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Church of Our Saviour.