Obituaries, Week of Oct. 3, 2012: Bishop, Chinault, Farmer, Gonyo, Howell, Miller, Pleasants and Tucker
Joseph E. Bishop, 67, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Mrs. Wanda Southall Bishop, three children, Joseph Todd Bishop and wife, Kelley Smith Bishop, Chad Edward Bishop and wife, Deborah Brown Bishop and Victoria Bishop Fahrenkrog and husband, Robert L. Fahrenkrog. Joe also leaves behind four grandchildren, many cousins and close personal friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Hattie Spain Bishop and his father, Mr. Roland Lewis Bishop. Joe was a lifetime member and past president of the Richmond Claims Association, a past Most Loyal Gander of the Blue Goose International Richmond Pond, a lifetime member and past president of the Virginia Claims Association, and was a member of many other insurance and community organizations. He was also extremely active as a member of Mechanicsville United Methodist Church. Joe started working in the insurance industry as an adjuster in 1971 with Gay and Taylor, moving on to INA/Cigna, and became the owner of Cardinal Claim Service in 1992. He also enjoyed working as a substitute teacher at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach, mentor and friend and was deeply loved by all that knew him. The family received family and friends Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Mechanicsville Chapel or Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013 followed by a graveside service in Hanover Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Mechanicsville United Methodist Church General Fund.
Pamela P. Chinault, was taken home to her Maker Sept. 29, 2013. She is survived by her children, Melvin Chinault Jr., Dawn Butler, Lester Chinault and Macy Chinault; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Larry and Daniel Parks; and sister, Debbie Lieb. The family will receive friends Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Washington Memorial Park.
William C. “Bill” Farmer, 87, of Richmond, went to be with his Lord Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Gene Loving Farmer; daughters, Donna Butler (Ray), Susan Winters (Steve); and sons, Chip Farmer (Libba), Tom Farmer (Vicki); seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Farmer (Ben Jr.) and Mary Jane Farmer (Richard). Bill was born in the Fairmount neighborhood of Richmond and was a lifelong member of Fairmount Christian Church, serving there as a teacher for over 60 years (Martin Dabney Bible class) and as an elder. He was an avid sportsman and played football at John Marshall High School (a member of the undefeated, un-scored-upon team of 1941 and undefeated team of 1942). In 1950 he graduated from the University of Richmond. He officiated local football for 24 years and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also enjoyed golf. Bill was a WWII veteran who served in the South Pacific and was a past president of Richmond Council of Navy League. He received the chartered life underwriter degree in 1958 and taught classes for those seeking that degree. He was a past president of University Life Plan, vice president of Fidelity Bankers Life and principal in mailing services. Bill gave his time to numerous boards and committees. He will be missed by many for his natural goodwill and desire to “praise God from whom all blessings flow.” In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairmount Christian Church’s Building Fund or Richmond Council of Navy League. Family received friends Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Bennett Funeral Home in Mechanicsville. Memorial services were held Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Fairmount Christian Church.
Jason Richard Gonyo, Sr., 29, of Henrico County, passed away suddenly Sept. 30, 2013. He is survived by his two loving children, Jason and Kayla; his father, Stanley Gonyo and his wife, Theresa of Bumpass; his mother, Debbie Reynolds Gonyo of Richmond; his sister, and best friend, Tanya Gonyo of Hanover; his sister Karrie Ruby (Ashley) of Montpelier; his two loving nephews, Jacob and Wyatt; his grandmother, Lenora Gonyo of Bumpass; his grandfather, Clyde T. Reynolds, Sr. of Reedville, Va.; his grandmother, Jessie Kline of West Point, Va.; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jason will be forever in the hearts of his family and dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. The family will receive friends Thursday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA 23005. A graveside service will be held Friday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church cemetery located at 1107 Fredericks Hall Road, Bumpass, VA 23024.
Shirley Ann Howell, 67, of Mechanicsville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. She is survived by her husband and best friend, Jerry; son, Roy Bordner Jr. (Laurie); grandson, Joshua; brothers, Bobby and Bill Smith (Brenda); and stepdaughters, Kelly and Dana Howell, and Jessica Cutlip (Lynn). Shirley was a hairdresser for over 50 years who enjoyed playing cards and shooting pool, among other things. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Homes, where services were held Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Interment Oakwood Cemetery.
Clifford Earl Miller, 94, entered into eternal life Sept. 23, 2013, joining his parents, Joseph L. and Otie W. Miller; brothers, Lester E., Elmer T., Edward M. and Franklin G. Miller. A U.S. Army Staff Sergeant WWII combat veteran, and retired Virginia state employee, he is survived by his wife of 67 years, Christine Beazley Miller; sisters-in-law, Lillian B. Teeter and Margaret G. Miller. “Uncle Footie” was like a second father to Doug Riddell (Sandy), Lynette Metzger (Clyde), Marcia Carr (Rick), Damon Riddell (Terry), Joy Arenobine (Robert) and Gay Trier (John). He also leaves behind 12 other beloved nieces and nephews, as well as, great and great-great-nieces and nephews. A 1938 John Marshall High School graduate, he received his degree from the University of Richmond in 1950, and was a Boatwright Society member. A 71 year member of Henrico Union Lodge No. 130 A.F. & A.M., Mr. Miller was a regular at the Candlelight Dance Club, enjoyed golf and played competitive tennis. Mr. Miller was a member of Fairmount Memorial Baptist Church for 82 years. He served as a deacon, church treasurer and Sunday school teacher. The family received visitors at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Sunday, Sept. 29. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 30, at Fairmount Memorial Baptist Church, 4205 Ravenswood Road, Richmond, VA 23222. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Fairmount Memorial Baptist Church-Lottie Moon Offering.
John Cecil Pleasants, 87, of Highland Springs, died Sept. 26, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Proffitt Pleasants. Surviving are daughters, June Musick (Anthony) and Sheila Hage (Bruce); grandchildren, Shannon Clarke, James Musick, Joshua Hage and Michael Hage; and four great-grandsons. He was surrounded by love and his best friend and soul mate, Elsie Creasy, and her devoted daughter, Janet Creasy. John was a long-time member of New Bridge Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served as deacon. He was most recently a member of Fairmount Christian Church. He retired from the State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance. The family received friends Saturday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Sunday. Interment private.
Doris Adams Shirley, 84, of Mechanicsville, went to be with Jesus Sept. 26, 2013. Daughter of the late Annie Ancarrow and Roland Adams, she was preceded in death by her sister, Lois Shirley. Left to cherish her memory are her devoted daughters, Linda Wooddy (Rich), Ann LaFrancis (John) and Debbie Jacobs (Mike), all of Mechanicsville; grandchildren, Robbie Phipps of Mechanicsville, Kelley Otani of California, Nikki Hill of King William, Amanda Macklin of Tennessee and Matthew Jacobs of Mechanicsville; and great-grandchildren, Austin, Alyssa, Hailey, Ryan, Adam, Nolan and Brody. She was a woman of strong faith and great character and integrity, and a dedicated friend to many, always finding good in everyone. She was employed by the C&P Telephone Company for 34 years and recently retired from Walmart, known to all as the “Candy Lady.” The family received friends Sunday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Homes. Funeral services were held Monday at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, with entombment to follow at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the building fund of Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 7356 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Karen Derr Tucker –Heaven received an angel Sept. 28, 2013. Karen Derr Tucker, 56, from King William, retired from Coghill Composition after 20 years of service where “seesters” were found and memories made. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Ralph Derr. Karen is survived by her life-time partner and best friend of 30 years, Lee Tucker; children, Jason Tucker (Jayme), Nikki Tucker (Marlena), and Steffan Tucker (Robbie); grandchildren, Julius Schools, Tatum Tucker-Patterson, and Carson and Cameron Tucker; sisters Deborah Thomas (Ernie) and Denise Derr (Charlie). The world lost a devoted wife, loving mother, caring sister, and most incredible “Mimi” to the loves of her life. Her soul will rest where the sun rises and sets. The family received friends Wednesday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to King William and Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squads. “Love you, see you.”