Obituaries, Week of Oct. 31, 2013: Bohannon, Burke, Dunkelberger, Harris, Land, Mendez, Scott and Tate
Rev. Robert L. “Bob” Bohannon, 70, of Mechanicsville, entered heaven with the God he served and earned his eternal wings Oct. 24, 2013. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Geneva H. Bohannon; two sons, Michael D. Bohannon and his wife, Wendy, and Jason T. Bohannon and Elizabeth Phelps; four grandchildren, Kyle, Karleigh, Kinsley and Jaxon Bohannon; two brothers, Jimmy and John Bohannon; and three sisters, Martha Landreth, Nancy Clark and Sandra Fulk. Rev. Bohannon was a retired, ordained minister in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, having served churches in Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. The family received friends Friday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Slash Christian Church. Interment followed in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia or the International Myeloma Foundation.
Virginia Harding Burke, 92, of Mechanicsville, widow of Raymond F. Burke, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. She is survived by her son, Steven L. Tankesley; her daughter, Vicki Burke Carr and husband, Douglas H.; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; niece, Sheryl P. Bruce; and devoted friend, Jerry Cox. The family received friends Friday, Oct. 25, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 26, at Church of the Redeemer, Catholic Church, with interment in Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Millicent “Millie” Helms Dunkelberger, 57, of Hanover, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at home. She graduated from Bradford High School, Bradford Ark., in 1976. She worked at Hanover Manor as a dietician. She was a member of Church of Christ, Ashland. She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Learl Helms. She is survived by her loving husband of 15 years, Paul Dunkelberger; three children, Rick Helms, Jana McDaniel and Michael Dunkelberger and his wife, Stacey; two grandsons, Noah and Wyatt; her mother, Lela Helms; and grandmother, Granny Jo, both of Bradford, Ark.; her sister, Jinnie Keneson and her husband, Brian; and a brother, Richard Helms, and many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Monday at Bliley’s, 8510 Staples Mill Road. Graveside services were held Tuesday at Signal Hill Memorial Park, 12360 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover, VA 23069.
William E. “Eddie” Harris, 44, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Harris Jr.; and is survived by his daughters, Taylor and MacKenzie Harris; mother, Ann Perdue; brother, Bubba Harris (Vivian); sister, Rita Riley (Paul); special friend, Amy Kelly; as well as nephews, Connor and Hunter; and nieces, Madi and Jordyn. Eddie enjoyed his time spent with his family and his church family at the Mechanicsville Christian Center. The family received friends from Friday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a college fund payable to Taylor and MacKenzie Harris has been established, and contributions may be made to: Call Federal Credit Union, 9397 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.
Virginia Ware Land, 90, of Mechanicsville, widow of George G. Land Sr., passed away Oct. 23, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Ginger Viers and her husband, David; two sons, George G. Land Jr. and his wife, Babs, and David Land and his wife, Mary; five grandchildren, Tracie Loving, Kevin Viers (Pam), Carrie Marsh (Leo), Chris Land and David Land Jr. (Charonda); eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy Brittingham; and brother, Thomas Ware. Mrs. Land was a member of Monument Heights Baptist Church and was retired from the Foreign Mission Board. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 28, with visitation at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Interment followed in Westhampton Memorial Park. The family wishes to thank her caregivers, DeeDee and Nikki. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Monument Heights Baptist Church, 5716 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226.
Victoria Teresa “Vicki” Mendez, 87, passed with her son by her side Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. She was born Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1925 to Eulogio Lopez Mendez and Maria de la Luz Ontiveros in Grand Junction, Colo. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, David Paul Montez; great-granddaughter, Jasmyne Corissa Montez; brothers Vincente Mendez, Apolonio “Paul” Mendez, Eulogio “John” Mendez, Jr.; half brother, John Mendez and sister, Anne Mendez Gonzales. She is survived by her son, Theodore Gerald “Ted” Montez; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Lee Montez; four grandchildren, Victoria Leila VanBuskirk (Gary), Gabriel John “Gabe” Montez, Sr., Janice Montez Murias (Lorenzo) and Jesse Rueben Montez, Sr.; four great-grandchildren, Gabriel John Montez, Jr., Jesse Rueben Montez, Jr., Anthony Nathaniel Montez and Chloe Victoria Montez; sister, Antonia “Toni” Mendez; brother Ignacio “Ernie” Mendez; a host of loving nieces and nephews and a very dear friend, Louis Lee. Victoria worked for FMC Corporation in San Jose, Ca. for 33 years as a secretary for the President of the Bradley Tank manual division. She loved her work and loved telling her story of how she was once allowed to drive a tank. She collected porcelain dolls and loved doing crafts, especially Christmas ornaments and needlepoint. She loved to travel and wished she could have traveled more. She also loved the theatre; the last show she was able to see was The Nutcracker in Richmond, Va., December 2012. She lived in San Jose, Ca. most of her life and moved to Henrico, Va. in 2009 to be closer to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Rhonda Lee Montez, for the past four years of companionship and loving care. As requested, there will be no memorial services, but we will forever have her memory etched in our hearts.
Alice Francisco Scott, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at her home in Louisville, Ky. She was the former Alice Latine Francisco of Beaverdam, born June 20, 1923, in Fredericks Hall. She attended Farmville State Teachers College (Longwood University) in Farmville. Alice was a member of the Advisory Board for the Protection and Advocacy System of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She was an advocate for people with developmental disabilities. She was predeceased by her son, Ralph Scott Jr.; her brothers, Maurice, Waddy and Charles Francisco. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Ralph Scott; her daughter, Susan Scott; her son, John Scott (Ann Torres); her daughter-in-law, Eun Mi Yu; and her sisters, Edith Buckley of Annandale, Dr. Mary Jane Sale of Richmond, Martha Francisco-Beck of Richmond, and Rebecca Duke of Louisa. Funeral services were held Oct. 22 in Kentucky. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were made by Pearson’s Funeral Home, Louisville, Kentucky.
Mary Hendrick Tate, 88, of Mineral, passed away Oct. 26, 2013. She is survived by her son, John Lahocki and wife Karen; her daughters, Mary Kirby and husband James and Virginia Lucas; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James and Donald Hendrick; and special friend, Ronald Talley. Graveside services were held Thursday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at St. Peters United Methodist Church Cemetery, Montpelier.