Obituaries, Week of Oct. 24, 2013: Allen, Galloway, Lisbon, Prince, Sasser, Saunders, Smith, Taylor, Thompson and Wysor
Isaac J. Allen, Sr. was born Aug. 24, 1927 in Elizabeth City, New Jersey, to the late Isaiah and Mary Allen. Oct. 18, 2013, Isaac entered into eternal rest with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his son, Isaac J. Allen, Jr. Isaac attended Georgetown School, Henry District, Hanover County, Virginia from 1934-1944. He was employed by C&O Railroad Company from 1944 to 1952. He served as a Medic in the 567th MED Co Korea during the Korean War from August 7, 1952 to July 20, 1954. During his tour of service he was awarded the Korean Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Greater Nazarene Baptist Church for over 70 years and a faithful tither. Isaac worked for the Henrico County Department of Transportation for over 40 years as a supervisor from 1961 to 2002 until his retirement at the age of 75 years old. He leaves to cherish his memories, a devoted wife of 58 years, Emily V. Allen. Three children William H. Allen (Rugena), Maxine E. Allen and Gloria A. Cormier (Horace Jr.) Five grandchildren William Isaac Glasco-Allen (Lacy), Brittany Lorena, Jillian Paige and Christina Nicole Allen and Gabrielle Dionne-Jenee Cormier. Two great grandchildren, Gizelle and Gaige Glasco-Allen. Mother-in-law Golden Lewis, Two brother-in-laws George Lewis (Edna) and James Lewis (Lisa). Three sister-in-laws Lillian Brooks, Mary Francis Taylor (William) and Lillie Mae Matthews. Two devoted friends, Andrew Howard and Thomas Allen. A host of nieces, nephews and many devoted family members and friends. His remains rested at the Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home, Ashland, where family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Funeral Services were held Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at the Greater Nazarene Baptist Church, Mechanicsville. Interment Allen Cemetery.
Louise Avery Galloway, of Mechanicsville, completed her life’s journey Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Ray and Margaret Avery; and was also preceded in death by her son, Eddie; and brothers, Ray Avery of Mechanicsville and Cecil Avery of Virginia Beach. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of almost 60 years, Edward Galloway Jr.; sister, Evelyn Richardson (Mike) of Chesterfield, Mo.; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Schacht; and numerous nephews and nieces. She loved to travel and had visited in all but three of the 50 states, as well as Canada, most of the Caribbean islands and western Europe. The family received friends Monday, Oct. 21 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Tuesday at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Richmond Animal League, 11401 International Drive, North Chesterfield, VA 23236.
Dorothy L. Lisbon, 88, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Sunday Oct. 20, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lisbon; daughter, Mable Hollins; and sons, Floyd “Skibo” Lisbon and William Lisbon, Jr. She is survived by four children, Violet Fox of Sandston, Gail Parsley of New Kent, John Lisbon (Shelia) of Mechanicsville and Jerry Lisbon (Debbie) of Sandston; two brothers, Buck Leber and Charles Leber; 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. The family received friends Monday, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Interment Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Doris Bowles Prince, 77, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Walter; three children, Linda Silver (Steven), Debbie Robinson (John) and Kathy Yates (Gene); five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Sonny, Joe, John and James Bowles; four sisters, Geneva Shiflett, Becky Tyler, Joyce Rice and Hazel Morrison; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Lighthouse Baptist Church. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5608 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228.
Melvin L. Sasser, 83, of Ashland, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Estelle Sasser; children, Douglas Sasser (Debra), Rev. Harold Sasser (Brenda), and Mary Loclear (Rabion); seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The family received friends Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at the Ashland Church of God, Ashland, where services were held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ashland Church of God, where Mr. Sasser was a member for 52 years.
Patricia West Saunders, 69, of Mechanicsville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Hollins West Jr. and Pearl Barnette West. She is survived by her brother, George Hollins West III and his wife, Faye; three nieces, Angela West, Michele Money-Carson and Sherry West Saenz; one great-niece, Samantha Hollins Money; and one great-nephew, Zachary Carson. She was an employee of the Virginia Department of Transportation for 16 years before she retired May of 2010. The family received friends Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 21. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Bethesda Baptist Church or your favorite charity.
James W. “Jim” Smith, 73, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie J. Smith and Annie Revels Smith Bell; and a brother, Jerry Van Smith; and is survived by his son, James W. “Smitty” Smith Jr. (fiancée, Misty); two grandsons, Zachary Smith and Drew “Drewmaster” Hodge; one brother, Homer Smith; as well as several nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Family received friends Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, with services. The family received friends Monday, Oct. 20, at Revels Funeral Home, Pembroke, N.C. Interment St. Anna’s Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Robert “Dwayne” Taylor, 51, of Mechanicsville, a much-loved father, son and brother, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, with his family and friends by his side. He had bravely confronted and fought cancer. He was born April 7, 1962. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lillian Faulkner; and paternal grandparents, Llewllyn and Louise Taylor. Dwayne was happiest in life with a fishing pole in his hand and the boat in the water. He is survived by his daughter, Allison Marie Taylor of Mechanicsville; parents, Robert L. and Linnie A. Taylor of Mechanicsville; a sister, Kim T. Shackelford; and a nephew, Brandon Shackelford. He was loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family received friends Monday, Oct. 21, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where memorial services were held Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Court, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23226.
Virginia Johnson Thompson, 94, of Ashland, went to be with her Lord Oct. 16, 2013. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Howard Thompson; sister, Kathryn Banks; brother in law, John Banks; and brother, William (Bill) Johnson. Virginia is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Miller, Judith Pierce (Ashley); eight grandchildren, Kimberly Corker, Scott (Renea) Bradley (Heather), Robert, Howard (Laura) and Craig Miller, Tracey Wood (Michael), Heather White (Stephen); six great grandchildren, Jessica Miller, Mason , Hayden ,and Madilyn Wood, Landon and Mallory White; one sister, Elsie (Pete) Nichols, and one brother, J. Clyde Johnson, Jr. (Barbara Jean). Mrs. Thompson was a member of Ashland Presbyterian Church for many years where she was ordained an Elder in 1972. She was also a previous member of New Hanover Presbyterian Church. At the time of Mrs. Thompson’s passing she was an active member of the First Baptist Church Ashland. The family received friends Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland. Memorial services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at First Baptist Church Ashland. Interment private. Memorial contributions may be made to Bon Secours Hospice, 8580 Magellan Parkway Richmond, VA 23227, or First Baptist Church Ashland Bereavement Fund, 800 Thompson Street, Ashland, VA 23005.
Grace Wysor, died Oct. 16, 2013. She was born to Grace Harper and William Windsor Woodard Sept. 23, 1923 in Wilson, N.C. Grace attended Wilson Public Schools, St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, N.C., Sweet Briar College and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1944. After graduation, she worked on a naval research program on the Tiffany Estate on Long Island. She came to Richmond to work in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve and then worked for Dr. Richard Nelson at MCV as a statistician in home care. Grace married Dr. Edwin S. Wysor in 1952. They have two daughters, Grace Woodard Wysor and Jennie Wysor Hynson; and three grandchildren, Charles Wysor and Jennifer and Ned Hynson. Her volunteer activities included various programs at Immanuel Episcopal Church in Old Church, the Virginia Museum Shop and The Virginia Home (a place she dearly loved), serving on the Junior Board and the Senior Board as well as helping patients with their various projects and pushing their gurneys or wheel chairs to entertainment at the Carillon. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Calvin Woodard and William Windsor Woodard. The family received friends Friday afternoon at the family home and following the service. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover County. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Virginia Home, 1101 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA 23220.