Obituaries, Week of Oct. 10, 2013: Atkins, Carr, Carr, Dandridge, Dip, Goodloe, Luck, Nielsen, Rickman, Stone, Walls and Witham

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Brenda Self Atkins, 56, went to be with her Lord and Savior Oct. 5, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Georgia Self. She leaves behind her best friend and husband, Richard “Rick” Atkins; daughters, Steffanie and Katy (Todd); her beloved grandchildren, Kaya and Jackson; her brothers, Harry Lee and Joe Self; cherished nieces and nephews and all of her extended family and hundreds of friends. Brenda was a selfless person, giving all of her time to help others. She volunteered and gave her time with the Mechanicsville United Methodist Women and the Ashland District United Methodist Women and was very involved in Emmaus and Hopekeepers. She will always be remembered as an amazing woman with a loving and generous heart. Family received friends and family at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church Oct. 8. A Celebration of her Life was held Oct. 9, at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kaya and Jackson’s college fund at Franklin Federal c/o Kaya Crew and/or Mechanicsville United Methodist Church.

Patricia Gray Carr, 67, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Chastain Carr Jr.; her parents, Archie Webb Gray and Virginia Gray Goad; and her sister, Janet Lorraine Gray. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Todd Carr; and daughter, Kimberly Carr Fitzgerald and husband, Jeff; four beautiful granddaughters, Emily and Maegan Carr, Audrey and Elizabeth Fitzgerald; sisters, Barbara Durrette and Lillian Gold; brothers, Donald Gray (Jane), David Gray (Joan), William Gray (Mary), Wayne Gray (Lynn) and Chris Goad; two brothers-in-law, Gene Carr and James T. Carr (Mabel); many nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Doris Leake. She retired from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Allied Health Professions in 2005, where she worked as an assistant to the dean. She received the Dorris Douglas Budd Award in 1996, which is an annual award given to staff members who demonstrate exemplary performance. Pat will always be remembered for her sincere devotion and love for her family, her generosity, her sense of humor and her innate ability to make you smile. The family received friends at Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Funeral services were held at Mechanicsville Presbyterian Church Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Rev. Nancy Clark officiated. Interment followed in the Waverly Cemetery. In lieu flowers, please send memorial donations to Mechanicsville Presbyterian Church.

Paul Milton Carr, Jr., 78 of Elmont and Ashland passed into the arms of God Oct. 1, 2013. Paul was a beloved husband, dad, granddad, brother and uncle. His outgoing personality and contagious laughter won friends wherever he went. He will be missed by many. Paul is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Hale Carr, three daughters, Janet Spencer (Michael), Cindy Weston (Brad) and Sharon Johnson (Brad). Also six grandchildren who were always a bright light in his life, Josh, Ben and Amanda Spencer; Cody and Kyle Weston and Anna Johnson, a sister Dorothy Buchanan of Knoxville, Tenn., and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul M. Carr, Sr., and Anna H. Carr, his brother Bobby Carr, and a nephew Web Buchanan, all of Ashland. Paul was a life-long member of Ashland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he served as an elder and unofficial greeter to visitors and all who would enter. He was also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Paul retired in 1992 from Carr Auto Parts, which he founded in 1975. He also worked at Wal-Mart for a number of years and later at the Hollows Golf Club where he became an avid golfer. Paul loved people from all walks of life but had a special love for children and youth. He coached boys baseball in the 1970s and coached girls softball in the 1970s and 1980s. In more recent years Paul was a diligent volunteer at ACES in Ashland. Visitation was at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Friday Oct. 4. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Ashland Christian Church Saturday, Oct. 5. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Ashland Christian Church, 301 S. James Street, Ashland, VA 23005 or ACES, 507B Caroline Street, Ashland, VA 23005.

Aiwood Winston Dandridge Jr. On Oct. 1, 2013, just as autumn was being ushered in by the subtle appearances of reds and yellows, Aiwood Winston Dandridge, Jr., 68, of Mechanicsville, went home to take his proper seat next to the king of kings, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his father, Aiwood Winston Dandridge, Sr.; and his mother, Virginia Ruth Dandridge; and survived by his wife, Joan Dandridge; his two sons, Charles Dandridge, Jason Dandridge and wife, Allison Dandridge; eight grandchildren, Chip Dandridge and his wife, Mary Dandridge, Alex Dandridge, Leah Dandridge, Tess Dandridge, Margo Dandridge, Nathan Dandridge, Jesse Dandridge and Kate Dandridge; and a special extended family member, Daphne Kambourian. His compassionate and loving personality outshined any title other than husband, granddad, father, friend and Christ follower. Winston loved to put a smile on your face, often with simple jokes or little stories from the past, but most often with his overall heartening disposition. Always joyful, no matter how he felt or regardless of the situation, Winston was able to calm the chaos and take control of stressful situations, being stern when needed and loving when necessary. With his smile, natural blue eyes, and “teddy bear” like appearance, he had a way with people, making complete strangers feel comfortable, like they had known him for years. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Friday at Hope Community Church of Nazarene, with interment to follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu flowers, donations can be made to Hope Community Church of Nazarene.

John W. “Poppy” Dip, 56, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Michael and George Dip; and is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Joanne; two children, Eric (Dana) Dip and Angela Kemp (Allen); two granddaughters, Abigail and Ayla; “Sweetie Pie Pie Pie”; parents, Juan and Margarita Dip; three brothers, Rick (Susan), David (Jane) and Tony Dip; two sisters, Linda Borgerson (Trigg) and Suzanna Kopelman (Steve); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends. John was a 16-year employee of Ukrop’s, now Martin’s, who cherished time spent with his family, particularly his granddaughters. The family received friends Friday, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Fairmount Christian Church. Interment Hanover Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LifeNet Health, 3609 Saunders Road, Richmond, VA 23227, or Fairmount Christian Church, P.O. Box 788, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

Mary Dean Goodloe, of Ashland, born April 29, 1922 went to be with her Lord and Savior Oct. 6, 2013. She passed peacefully and was surrounded by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Colby S. Goodloe, Sr. her daughter-in-law Lisa Goodloe; and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by her four children, Colby “Toby” Goodloe, Jr. (Lynn), Karen Resau, Raymond Goodloe, Thomas Goodloe (Kim); nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was known as Aunt Mary to those who loved her. She retired from the Hanover County Health Department and was very active in the community. She served with the ladies of the VFW Post 10657, American Legion Post 175, and the Ashland Moose Lodge #2099. She loved to dance and was a fabulous cook. She gave of her time and talents generously at every stage of life. She spent her last few years in assisted living at Our Lady of Hope and made many new friends. She had friends and family that visited often and she never lost touch with the people in her life. She loved to write cards and receive them. Reading, playing cards, Bingo, and going out to eat were some of her favorite past times. Her Sunday school family at Winn’s Baptist church stayed in touch faithfully and she continued to go to worship services at Our Lady of Hope. She was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and was ready when she was called home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Colby & Mary Goodloe Memorial Fund with the Hanover ARC P.O. Box 91, Ashland, VA 23005. The family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland. Funeral services were held at Thursday at the funeral home. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park.

James Franklin Luck, of Panama City, Fla., died Sept. 25, 2013, at the age of 67. He was born in Montpelier, Hanover County, Dec. 14, 1945 the son of the late Wilbert T. and Margaret S. Luck. He was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School, class of 1964. Frank was a retired veteran of the Untied States Air Force. He was preceded in death by a brother, John W. Luck. He is survived by is sister, Ethel Mae L. Stanley of Montpelier; brother, Alfred T. (Fred) Luck and wife Betty of Goode, Va.; nieces, Betsy, Dana and Sissy; nephews, David, Denny and Brian; sister-in-law, Kathleen H. Luck. In honoring his wish, there will be no service and interment will be private.

Jacob S. Nielsen, 40, of Mechanicsville, was born Nov. 18, 1972 in Rexburg, Idaho, and passed away Sept. 30, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca (lovingly known as his Queen); three kids, Rachel 14, Luke 11, and Paul 2; his parents, Jim and Carol; four brothers, Matt (Misty), Joe (Shannon), Ben (Sarah), Jon (Nicole); and a beloved uncle, Trent. Jake was a loving and devoted husband, a dedicated family man and outstanding father. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission for his church. Through vocals and accompaniments of many instruments, he blessed the congregation with his musical talents. He touched many lives in the community as a teacher of music. He organized the Richmond School of Rock and influenced many youth for the good. He composed music and produced his own album. He was interviewed this spring by Juan Conde of CBS News, and was spotlighted in a segment called “Positively Richmond.” He is described by all that knew him as humble, patient, genuine, a gentle soul and an angel on earth. A viewing was held at Bennett Funeral Home, Friday, Oct. 4, where services were held Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his children’s education fund. To donate, contact Jon Nielsen at

Louise Nichols Rickman, 87, died at her Mechanicsville home Oct. 1, 2013. She was born in Roanoke, Va., to the late Lucinda Overstreet Covington and L.V. “Jigger” Covington. She was predeceased by her first husband, Vincent T. Nichols Sr.; and her second husband, Robert Irvin “Rick” Rickman, Sept. 8, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, James L. Covington of New York and Ralph H. Covington of Roanoke, Va. She is survived by two sons, Vincent T. Nichols Jr. (Carol) and James K. Nichols (Peggy); one brother, L.L. Covington (Carolyn) of Amelia, Va.; one sister, Edith C. Nichols of Roxboro, N.C.; five sisters-in-law, Gina Covington, Jean Covington, Elsie Ferrell, Rose Jeter and Nancy Irby. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Angela Nichols (Ryan Sterritt), Daniel Nichols (Christa) and Lora Powell (Richard); two step-grandchildren, Carrie and Michael Rickman; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She worked several years at Burlington Industries in Drakes Branch, Va., before settling in Richmond. Louise and Rick fostered a special needs child through Methodist Family Services for several years until Michael was adopted. She was a member of Enon Methodist Church, where she became active with special needs adults at Camp Rainbow Connection. Louise was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Family received friends Thursday at Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, where services were held Friday. Interment followed at Clover Cemetery, Mount Laurel Road, Clover, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Enon Methodist Church, P.O. Box 68, Studley, VA 23162, or the Methodist Camp Rainbow Connection, P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

Irma Temple Stone, 95, went to be with Jesus Oct. 3, 2013. She is survived by two nieces, Jane Ellen Adams (whom she raised) and Sherri Stone Hester (Mike); a beloved great-niece, Megan Hester; and a large community of friends at Fairmount Memorial Baptist Church and Covenant Woods. A service of celebration took place Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Fairmount Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund.

Harold L. Walls, 58, of Beaverdam, passed away Oct. 7, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond J. Walls, Sr., and brother, Raymond J. Walls, Jr. He is survived by his son, Justin T. Walls of Farmville; his mother, Mary L. Walls of Beaverdam; two sisters, Jessie Llewellyn  (Sam) and Mary Baker (Roger); brother, Timmy Walls (Sharon); and many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland; also where a memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Rev. Robert Edward Witham, Sr., 81, of 2701 Anhurst Blvd., New Bern, N.C. died Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Barbour’s Chapel Advent Christian Church in Four Oaks. Burial followed in the Church Cemetery. Officiating were the Rev. Frank Witham and Rev. Rob Witham, Jr. Rev. Witham, Sr. was born Feb. 26, 1932 in Fairfield, Maine to the late Otis and Mable Wort Witham. He was a retired minister, serving 21 of his 28 years in pastoral ministry at Beaverdam Advent Christian Church (now Riverside Baptist Church) in Beaverdam. He was a member of Bethany Christian Church in New Bern at the time of his passing. Surviving are Sons and Daughters-in-law; Rev. Frank and Tammy Witham of New Bern, Rev. Rob and Bonnie Witham of Glen Allen, Daughter and Son-In-Law, Pamela and Chuck Layne of Bumpass, Step-children, Terry Kramer, Larry Kramer, Gerry Kramer, and Sherry Bowers; Sisters, Barbara Bray of Connecticut and Nancy Hachey of Maine; Brother, Charles Witham of Maine, Four grandchildren (Heather Field, Krista Winstead, Robert E. Witham III, and Rachel Witham); Two great-grandchildren (Ayden and Cora) and two step-great-grandchildren. The family received friends prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cove City Christian Church (where his oldest son Frank serves as pastor), 303 Railroad Street, Cove City, N.C. 28523.

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