Jane White Gintout, 57, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully at home with her family and friends surrounding her Sept. 19, 2013 after a long, courageous battle with leukemia. Born in Jonesville, Va. Aug. 3, 1956, she is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 35 years, Tony; and her only child, Sarah. She is also survived by her sister, Sue Hazelwood of Pawleys Island, S.C.; her brother, Kenny White (Shirley) of Quinton, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. C. and Clara White; brother, Bill; and brother-in-law, Wayne. Throughout her life, she cared for many people during her nursing career. Jane was an avid supporter of feline rescue. She loved to travel, quilt and be with her family. Jane was so proud of her garden, wildflowers, prize-winning tomatoes and newly planted cotton patch. Jane was an incredible mother, wife and friend. She will be greatly missed and loved eternally by all. Visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where the funeral was held Sunday, Sept. 22. Interment followed at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in West Point, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Operation Catnip of Richmond, 5724 Boydton Place, Richmond, VA 23225.
Shirla Johnson, 51, of Highland Springs, went to be with the Lord Sept. 18, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Keith; children, Tina, April, Eric and Matt; five grandchildren; her sister, Sharon; and her faithful companion, Emma. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Friday, Sept. 20. Interment Washington Memorial Park.
Leola “Ann” Denny King, 86, of Mechanicsville, went peacefully to be with the Lord Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles T. “Bud” King; parents, Hilton J. and Essie M. Denny; and her brother, David H. Denny. She is survived by her six children, Joyce K. Jennings (Ross), F. Kristine “Kristy” King (William “Bill” Penny), Bruce A. King (Charlene), Mary King Lawrence, Denny King (Jennifer), all of Mechanicsville, and Joan K. Perrot (Robert “Bob”) of Moseley, Va.; 11 grandchildren, Ginger J. Hecht (Phillip “Phil”), Justin and Jordan Jennings, Allison H. Penny, Zachary King, Brandon Perrot (Sarah), Julie P. Powers (Brian), M. Kathryn Lawrence, Bryce Lawrence, Kristina King, Johnathan King; three stepgrandchildren, Travis Penny (Sarah), Mark Penny and Mary K. “Kathy” Howard; four great-grandchildren, Addison “Addie” and Andrew “Drew” Steele, Kayla and Blake Perrot; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Lane Ann “Lanie” and Garrett Penny, Addisyn Marie VanBeek; four beloved sisters, Rena D. Overby, Sylvia D. Gaines, Polly D. Holder and B. Jacqueline Lankford (Ned); as well as sister-in-law, Lois Denny. Ann truly loved her “scads” of nieces and nephews. She was born in Surry County, City of Pinnacle and Township of Pilot Mountain, N.C. and loved “her” mountain with its mushroom knob. Her grandparents lived close to “her” mountain and she departed this world with loving memories of them and that little town. As a child, she went by the name of Leola, but after graduation from high school, she took her middle name “Ann” and moved to the big city of Washington D.C. to start working for the FBI as a file clerk. She was never more proud of any job in her life as she was with her years of service there. After a few years in D.C., she married Bud and moved to Ohio to start their family. After the fourth child, they moved to Virginia to be closer to her family-the vast majority who lived in North Carolina. She worked for the Virginia Employment Commission in downtown Richmond for over 30 years and was a member of Northside Baptist Church for nearly 50 years until her illness made it so she could no longer attend. Remains rested at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where family received friends Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Services were held Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at Northside Baptist Church, Mechanicsville. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the children request a donation be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or TAPP Family Home, 8106 Rural Point Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. The children, grandchildren and sisters of Ann would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to Martha Kiger-Nelson and the entire staff at TAPP Family Home for the loving, respectful, dignified and compassionate care they gave to mom, grandma Ann and great-grandma Ann while in their care.
Edward Carey Knight, 69, of Mechanicsville, relaxed into the arms of Jesus Thursday morning at Manor Care in Richmond after a yearlong struggle with cancer. Born and raised in Norfolk, Carey graduated from Frederick Military Academy. He worked for the State of Virginia as a cartographer for 30 years and in retirement, was employed by Big Lots. The son of William H. and Kate H. Knight, deceased, Carey is survived by sisters, Cecelia K. (Bob) Anstine of Atlanta, Ga. and Rebecca K. (Dean) Linsenmeyer of Goshen, Ind.; two nephews, one niece and many friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Don Howard; and a niece, Heather. He was an active member of Shalom Baptist Church of Mechanicsville. He was also a Freemason, having achieved the 32nd degree, and a Knight’s Templar. A time of visitation for family and friends was held Thursday, Sept. 26. Masonic memorial services, followed by The Knights Templar service at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Memorial services were held at Shalom Baptist Church Sept. 27. Interment was at Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach. Carey’s family thanks his many friends who so compassionately and faithfully helped him in this last year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scottish Rite Childhood Learning Center or to the Masonic Home of Virginia.
Tia Anne Redd, 30, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. She is survived by her father, Kevin Redd; mother, Anne Melton Redd; sister, Amy Redd; grandmother, Carolyn Benton; niece, Layla Marie Redd; and a host of extended family and friends. Tia was a very loving person, full of laughter and enjoyed every moment of life. She was very athletic and spent many years on the softball field. Tia brought a smile to everyone’s path she crossed. She will be deeply missed. A celebration of Tia’s life was held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, graveside in the cemetery at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23059.
Geraldine Marshall Ferguson “Gerry” Smith, age 90, died Sept. 19, 2013 after a long period of declining health. Mrs. Smith was born March 11, 1923 in Williamsville, Va. to Cecil Bateman Marshall and Hertha MacAllister Marshall. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Janie; her brother, Cecil B. Marshall Jr.; and her first husband, Homer E. Ferguson M.D. Mrs. Smith is survived by her devoted husband of 27 years, John H. Smith, Jr.; her son, Richard Bateman Ferguson; daughter-in-law, Susan Toye Ferguson; and her beloved granddog, Maddie, all of Ashland. She is also survived by her sister, Winifred M. Hodge; her nephew, Kevin Hodge of Raleigh, N.C.; her niece, Martha Hodge Davis (Bruce) of Bella Vista, Ark.; great-nieces, Sarah Davis Facey (Eddie) and Rachel Davis of Decatur, Ga.; great-nephew, Dr. Jeremiah Davis of Seattle, Wash.; her sister-in-law, Dell Marshall; her nieces and nephew, Martha Marshall, Janie Wasmer (Jack) and Ronald Marshall, all of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Cindy Johnson (Jerome) of Loma Linda, Calif. Mrs. Smith is also survived by her husband’s family, Daniel (Ginny), Michael (Sharon), William (Cindy), all of Winchester, Va., and Ruth Ann Smith of Richmond. She leaves behind two very special lifelong friends, Martha Draper and “Boots” Boze. Mrs. Smith graduated from Williamsville High School and Grace Hospital School of Nursing, and spent the war years working at The Homestead, Bath County, Va. Upon her return to Richmond and subsequent marriage to Dr. Ferguson, she assisted in his practice and after his death, worked at Metropolitan Hospital retiring as nursing supervisor in 1986. She was truly called to nursing and wore her Grace Hospital cap and insignia with great pride. She was a charter member, along with her parents and Dr. Ferguson, of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she and Mr. Smith were active until her death. “Gerry” loved antiques and dogs, and was well known for making deviled eggs and reservations. Visitation was held at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Sunday, Sept. 22, and where funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 23. Rev. Dr. Zolton J. Phillips III officiated. Interment in the family plot at Signal Hill in Hanover County. Please omit flowers. Should you wish to honor Gerry’s memory, please direct your donations to her home church, where her family has worshipped for many generations, Williamsville Presbyterian Church, Highway 678, 11147 Indian Draft Road, Williamsville, VA 24487.
Kristopher Ryan Trautman, 25, of Mechanicsville, passed away Sept. 10, 2013. He was preceded in death by mother, Lisa Hubbel; and grandmother, Martha Pattison of Rochester, Mich. He is survived by his parents, Jeffrey and Karen Trautman of Mechanicsville; his sister, Niki; and brother, Josh Trautman. He is also survived by niece, Desirae Trautman; and nephew, Dylan Skinner. He leaves many loved aunts, uncles and cousins. Kris touched many lives and will be missed by many friends and loved ones. Visitation was held at Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, where services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McShin Foundation of Richmond, Va.
Janice Garner Edmonds Ward, 71, of Ashland, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Beverly Grey Edmonds, Sr.; a son, Beverly Grey Edmonds, Jr.; two infant daughters; and a sister, Ella Seay. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Andrew J. Ward (A.J.); a brother, Paul J. Garner, Jr. (Betty); two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ward was a childcare provider for many years and later owned Antiques of Tomorrow in Ashland. The family received friends Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, where services were held Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, with burial in Signal Hill Memorial Park.