Obituaries, Week of Sept. 12, 2013: Powers, Raines, Rickman and Williamson

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

Janet Kelly Powers, 70, of Mechanicsville, died Sept. 5, 2013. Surviving are her husband, Joseph M. Powers; a son, Bobby Etheridge; two grandchildren, Robert and Abbey Etheridge; a brother, Jack Kelly of Scotland. Mrs. Powers was preceded in death by a son, Donnie Etheridge. The family received friends Monday, Sept. 9 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral. Interment was at Signal Hill Memorial Park. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation.

Tessie Bowles Raines, 92, of Henrico, went home to be with the Lord Sept. 2, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Rev. William H. Raines, Sr. She was born in Botetourt County Aug. 12, 1921 and later moved to Waynesboro, Va. She is survived by sons, William H. “Bill,” Jr., and Charles R. “Buddy;” and a sister, Annabelle Campbell of Elkton, Va.; four grandchildren, Tricia, Pamela, Will and Pattie; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and seven brothers. Tessie was an enthusiastic homemaker who enjoyed baking, canning and gardening. She loved to play with her grandchildren, sharing family events and worshipping with her family at local churches. She had a great love for nature and animals. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family received friends Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Friday. Interment Washington Memorial Park.

Robert Irvin Rickman died peacefully, Sept. 8, 2013 (his mother’s birthday) in Mechanicsville. He was born in Clover, Va. May 30, 1923 to the late Lottie Lacks Rickman and James Thomas Rickman and was also preceded in death by a son, Mickey L. Rickman; sisters, Annie Jeffress Rickman and Agnes Dollaye; brothers, James Thomas Rickman Jr. and Isaac R. Rickman. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Louise Nichols Rickman; stepsons, Vincent T. Nichols (Carol) and James K. Nichols (Peggy); one sister, Alice R. Hardie of Lexington, Ky.; two sisters-in-law, Mildred C. Rickman and Frances G. Rickman. Also surviving are grandchildren, great-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a 42-year employee at C&P Telephone Company, serving as executive vice president of CWA Local #2201 and later served as president of the Union’s Retiree’s Club. An active member of Enon Methodist Church, he was also past commander of American Legion Post #175 in Mechanicsville. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mechanicsville location of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Interment followed at in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia, where Masonic services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Methodist Camp Rainbow Connection, P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

James Robert Williamson, Sr., 71, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, James and Myrtle; his wife, Sherry; and his son, James Robert Williamson, Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Carrie Mossman of Manassas; three grandchildren, Desiree Williamson of Stillwater, Okla., James Williamson, III, of Richmond and Frankie Mossman also of Manassas; one sister, Patricia Campbell; and two nieces. Bobby proudly served in the US Navy from 1959 to 1965, and on the USS New DDE818. He was a brick mason and a member of the Bricklayers Union Local #1 of Virginia. Bobby was an avid outdoorsman enjoying in the past fishing, hunting and he was a long time Nascar enthusiast. Recently he found support in membership at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church where a memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. A private interment will be held at Culpeper National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church, 2010 Carlisle Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231.

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