Obituaries, Week of Oct. 17, 2013: Coghill, Crossman, Garrett, Kirchner and Longest

Larry S. Coghill, 62, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. He was preceded in death by grandmothers, Annie Garrett and Alice Coghill; and is survived by his father, Joseph H. Coghill Jr.; mother, Joyce Casstevens; siblings, Pam Watkins and David Coghill and his wife, Cindy; nephews, Matthew and Zachary Coghill; and goddaughter, Penny Lee Rozell. Larry was an active member of Liberty Christian Church, who enjoyed eating, playing the guitar and fishing. The family received friends Tuesday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Wednesday, Oct. 16. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Christian Church, 8137 Liberty Circle, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

Diane H. Crossman, of Hanover, passed “gentle into that good night” at her daughter’s home in Warrenton, Va. Sept. 23, 2013 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was born Feb. 6, 1947 to the late Dr. John Roderick Hallum and Maud Burley Hallum of Charleston, S.C. She is remembered by her daughters, Anna L. Crossman Fox of Warrenton, Va. and Victoria A. Crossman Piazzi of Gloucester, Va. She is also remembered by her sisters Patricia McMath and Catherine Hallum King, her brothers Roderick Hallum, Malcolm Hallum and Neal Hallum, grandchildren Nathanial Fox, Sebastian Fox and Niccolo Piazzi as well as loving nieces and nephews. She attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College where she met her late husband, Dr. Marshall Crossman II. She was a lady of many talents: Head of Credit Union for GA Police Dept., Librarian for Shreveport Presbyterian Church, Member of the Embroiders Guild, Garden Club, Book Club and most recently realtor with Long and Foster. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at
2 p.m. at the River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, Richmond. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the River Road Presbyterian Church.

Constance R. Garrett, 80, formerly of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 in Tampa, Fla. She was born in Skagway, Alaska and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Connie retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia after working at the Virginia Employment Commission and Tax Department. She was a member of Church of the Redeemer Catholic Church in Mechanicsville. Connie was predeceased by her husband, Raymond N. Garrett Jr.; and her son, Robert T. Garrett. She is survived by her children, Nancy G. Stephens of Tampa, Fla., Raymond N. Garrett III of Tampa, Fla. and David L. Garrett of Mechanicsville; granddaughter, Rachel S. Layer of Weeki Wachee, Fla.; and great-granddaughters, Charlotte M. Lawyer and Rebecca L. Lawyer. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at Church of the Redeemer Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

USMC Col. (Ret.) Francis James “Jim” Kirchner,76, of Montpelier, took his walk home to the Lord Oct. 8, 2013. He was the son of the late Francis and Helen Kirchner of New Providence, Pa. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Louise Crowe. He is survived by his wife, Georgia; daughter, Pennye Hanky; brother, John Kirchner; brother-in-law, Robert Crowe; granddaughter, Gabriella “Ella” Hanky; two nephews, Chris and Chad Crowe; and niece, Carrie Adams. His memory will be cherished by all his family. Jim was a 1954 graduate of Solanco High School. He received his B.S. degree in geography in 1961 from Millersville State University, his M.S. degree in guidance and counseling in 1975 from Troy State University and an M.S. (equivalent) in executive management and national security studies in 1983 from Air War College. He also received a Certificate of Training in program management in 1988 from American Graduate University. Jim was a U.S. Marine serving two tours in Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star and retired in 1989 as a colonel. The family received friends Monday, Oct. 14 at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road, where a celebration of his life was held Tuesday, Oct. 15. Burial was held Wednesday, Oct. 16, with full military honors at Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Fisher House Foundation of Richmond, 9201 Arboretum Pkwy., Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23236 or Wounded Warriors.

Dr. Donald Benson Longest, Sr., 77, of Aylett, lost his battle with cancer Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Anke Arndt; son, Donald B. Longest Jr. (Elizabeth); daughter, Bettina L. Reed (Franky); four grandchildren, Kyle and Sabina Reed, and Collin and Fenlon Longest, all of Aylett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Lee Longest and Louise Estis Longest. He has two surviving siblings, Marie Edwards of Mechanicsville and Harold Longest of Aylett. Don was born and raised in King William County, graduating from King William High School in 1954, MCV School of Pharmacy in 1958, and MCV School of Medicine in 1962. He served in Germany as Captain in the U.S Army from 1963 to 1965. He was well known and loved for his 41 years of dedicated service as a family physician at Mechanicsville Medical Center until his retirement in 2006. Time after was spent with his wife and family traveling in their RV, working his farm Hansa Stables, enjoying their home in Florida, or the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. He loved most of all any activity involving his close-knit family. The family received friends Thursday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 11 at Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. Services were held at Bennett’s, Saturday, Oct. 12. Interment followed at Sharon Baptist Church, King William. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K St. NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20005; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Hospice of Virginia Foundation, 1700 Bayberry Court, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23226.

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm