Obituaries, Week of Nov. 7 2013: Alvis, Bowles, Foos, Hollins, Korb, Lantz, McGee, McGhee, Rose, Short, Vass and Willis
Wirt C. Alvis, Jr., 85, of Mechanicsville, went home to be with the Lord Oct. 27, 2013, due to a motor vehicle accident. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Jean Alvis; daughter, Jeannine Paetz and her husband, Norbert; and grandson, Chris Paetz and his wife, Elsa. Wirt was born in Ricmond and graduated from John Marshall High school. He also attended Willam and Mary where he obtained an Architectual degree. He was a Marine and served in World War II and Korea. His construction and architectural expertise contributed to the Richmond skyline and many historical sites in central Virginia. With a passion to serve, he was actively involved with the VFW, Lions Club, American Legion, Woodman of the World, and he was a member of Shady Grove Methodist Church. The family received visitors Friday, Nov. 1 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, where services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.
John E. Bowles, IV, was an angel on earth. On Oct. 25, 2013 he entered into eternal rest and returned to play with his angel friends. Baby John was born Jan. 24, 2013 in Richmond, to John E. Bowles, III, and Alexis R. Green. Baby John was filled with joy and he loved to laugh and smile. He had a spirit that touched anyone he came across. Baby John was all about fun, adventures and food. To cherish his beautiful memory, Baby John leaves behind his mother, Alexis Green; father, John Bowles, III; grandparents, John and Angela Bowles, Travis and Geraldine Green; two great-grandmothers, five aunts, one uncle, a host of great aunts and uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Family received friends from Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 31. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Helen Marjorie Fredrickson Foos, of Mechanicsville, died Oct. 29, 2013 at her home in Covenant Woods. Born in Colorado in 1925, she was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Edith Fredrickson; and her husband of 65 years, Robert E. “Eddie” Foos Sr. Helen is survived by her brother, Harold Fredrickson and his wife, Rose, of Richland, Wash.; three children and their spouses, Robert Foos, Jr., (Patricia), Donald Foos (Catherine) and Marjorie Simmons (Wade); six grandchildren and a spouse, Jacob Foos, Mitchell Foos (Amy), Linden Foos, Eric Foos, Claire Simmons and Ruth Simmons; and two great-grandchildren, Mikaela and Matthew Foos. After graduating high school in 1943, Helen worked for Boeing, customizing cockpits of bombers during WWII. She met Eddie in 1944 while he was stationed in Denver for training. They married on New Years Eve in 1945, and settled in Richmond together after the war. Helen was a devoted wife and mother, with a bright smile and kind word for all. She enjoyed collecting and restoring antique dolls and stuffed animals. She was also a lifelong artist, and her recent favorite medium of expression was watercolor painting. The family received friends Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Nov. 4, 2013, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and in appreciation for the exceptional loving care Helen received over the last five months, the family suggests contributions to the J. Edgar Givens Employee Educational Scholarship Fund, c/o Covenant Woods, 7090 Covenant Woods Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Carolyn Lee Hollins, 83, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Oct. 30, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linwood Hollins; parents, Oliver and Verna Lee; granddaughter, Carley Loving; brothers, O.H. and Buddy Lee (Lois). She is survived by her children, Kathy Morrison and husband, Jim, Sara Dillman and husband, Jim, Chris Hollins and special friend, Haley; grandchildren, Holly Burrow and husband, Ryan, Chad Hollins, McKenzie Hollins, Will Dillman and wife, Michelle, Megan Dillman and husband, Mark Fulton; great-grandchildren, Chase and Gage Burrow and Hazel Fulton; sister, Maryre Frances Moore. Carolyn was a lifelong member of New Bethesda Baptist Church. She retired from Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, and she was active in the Dover Association and Virginia WMU. The family received friends Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Monday, Nov. 4. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to New Bethesda Baptist Church, 9019 New Bethesda Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.
Willard Vernon Korb, 88, of Richmond, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael A. and Alma T. Korb. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy R. Korb; daughter, Madeline Buzzy (John); son, W. Vernon Korb Jr. (Brenda); son, Donnie Korb (Jeannine); daughter, Debbie Auditore (Greg); daughter, Sandy Rooney (Scott); 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; brother Michael A. Korb Jr. (Kaye); and two nephews. Mr. Korb was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, and worked for Standard Oil Company of Ohio, IRS, and retired from the Defence General Supply Center at Bellwood. He was a member of Chamberlayne Baptist Church and a Past Master of Richmond Lodge No. 10 AF&AM, where he was a 60-year Masonic veteran. Mr. Korb served as treasurer of the lodge for 34 years. He was a 50-year member of Richmond Scottish Rite Bodies, where he was honored with the K.C.C.H. recognition, Past Master of Kadosh and former Director of the Stage Crew. Mr. Korb was a member of ACCA Shrine, where he was Past President of both the Ceremonial Cast Unit and Past Master’s Club. He was also a member of the ACCA Century Club. Mr. Korb was Past Worthy Patron and Sentinel of Mizpah Chapter No. 32 OES. He was a member of the Gesang-Verein Virginia. Mr. Korb also was a member of the Destroyer Escort Association, Navy League, American Legion Post 125 and a life member of VFW Post 9808. The family received friends 8:30 p.m. Thursday, with a 7 p.m. Masonic Memorial Service at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were conducted Friday, Oct. 25. Interment followed in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ACCA Shriners’ Hospitals, 1712 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227.
John “Bob” Geiger Lantz, Jr., 89, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord, Oct. 22, 2013. He was preceded in death by his son, John Charles Lantz. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gelean; his two daughters, Deborah Chowning (Larry), Kathy Geissel (Glenn); grandchildren, Damon, Peyton, Hannah, Matthew, Andrew, Katherine, Blake, and Emma; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gene and Don Lantz. Bob was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, a long-time employee of the University of Richmond and a devoted member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and brother, he will be missed by all. The family received friends Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at Shady Grove United Methodist Church Friday, Oct. 25. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Russell Carlton “Penny” McGee, 87, of Highland Springs, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jean E. McGee; and is survived by two children, Russell “Russ” C. McGee Jr. and June M. Moore; two grandchildren, Michael Shane McGee and Amy P. Cornwell (Jared); two great-granddaughters, Peyton and Lillian Cornwell; two brothers, George and Louis McGee; as well as a special cousin, Norman McGee (Joan). Mr. McGee served in the 87th Army Infantry Division during World War II and retired from Philip Morris U.S.A. in November 1983, after 40 years of service. He was a great husband and father and grandfather who was always there for his family and his two dogs, Max and Ginger. A celebration of his life was held Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220.
Pauline Elizabeth Prout McGhee, 94, departed this life Nov. 1, 2013. Daughter of Robert Carson and Olga Cabell Prout, “Paulie” was retired from the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. With a resolve forged raising her children during her husband’s military tour in World War II, Pauline remained independent throughout her life with the help of her family, especially niece Sally Norman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. McGhee Sr.; her brothers, Robert, William and Arthur; her sisters, infant, Erma and Dorothy; daughter, Judy King; sons, Robert Jr. and Frank McGhee; and her grandsons, Paul King and Patrick McGhee. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Allen Cheatham Adams; her son, William McGhee; and her grandchildren, Diana Shuster, Kevin Adams, Mary Marks, Chuck King, Peggy Prince, Billy McGhee, David McGhee, Megan Mawery; and the rest of her loving family. Graveside services were held at Signal Hill in Hanover, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
Wilbur E. “Bill” Rose, Brigadier General, Virginia Air National Guard, Retired, of Mechanicsville, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Jane Forbes Rose; son, Michael Rose and wife, Jennifer; daughter, Cathryn Rose Rainey and husband, Chad; and two grandchildren, Davis Forbes Rainey and Anna Rose Rainey. After 35 years of service, Brigadier General Rose retired from the Virginia Air National Guard in 1997. He served in a variety of command positions within the 192nd Fighter Group including Air Operations Officer, Chief of Command Post, Group Plans Officer and Deputy Commander for Operations. He was the 192nd Fighter Group Commander from 1989 until 1992, when he was appointed Deputy Adjutant General of Air for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He enjoyed being a member of the Sandston Rotary Club, as well as the Old Dominion and the Virginia Draft Horse and Mule Associations. There will be an informal visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
William H. “Bill” Short, Jr., 76, of Beaverdam, passed away Nov. 3, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Helen H. Short. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Virginia M. “Ginny” Short; children, Elizabeth S. Watson (Thomas), Patricia S. Good (David), and William H. Short III (Sheri); seven grandchildren, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., William Patrick Watson, Adam B. Good (Jessy), Alexsa M. Good, Nathaniel B. Good, Katelyn Short, and Lauren Short; two great grandchildren, Autumn Good and A.J. Good; and a sister, Helen S. Brooks (Dugald). William was the Vice President of Human Resources for Mobil Oil and more recently employed by Hanover County Social Services. He was a member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Montpelier, a member of WHEAT, Hanover Habitat for Humanity, and a Mason. He was a board member of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 15599 Mountain Road, Montpelier, VA 23192 or the Western Hanover Emergency Action Team (WHEAT), PO Box 17, Beaverdam, VA 23015.
James E. “Jim” Vass, 67, of Doswell, passed away peacefully Oct. 5, 2013, after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. Jim was preceded in death by his son, Clay Vass. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Mary L. Vass “Lyn”; and his three children, Beth Vass Reed (Marshall), Paula Vass Price (Jamie) and Drew C. Vass (Jennifer). He is also survived by nine grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Lottie, Summer, Arayna, Storm, Randall, Chenoa, Autumn, Carter and Liam. He is also survived by his sisters, Jane V. Horton and Ann B. Long; and a brother, Guy Brothers; along with many other family members. Jim was a longtime devoted member of Elon Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and the head of many committees. He was also a lifetime member of the Doswell Ruritan Club and served the county in many ways. He was a partner/owner of Coldwell Banker Dew Realty and was a respected, hardworking realtor and broker for many years. He enjoyed many things in life and was very active. His most beloved hobby was the enjoyment of his horses, a love he shared with anyone that knew him. He was a man of great faith and served his Lord and witnessed to many. He was an example to those around him. The family received visitors at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Monday, Oct. 7. Funeral services were held at the Nelsen Funeral Home Tuesday, Oct. 8, with interment in Elon Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Elon Baptist Church or the Massey Cancer Center.
Catherine Gray Willis, passed away Oct. 31, 2013. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Cornelius Battle Gray and Nannie Gay Wright Gray; six brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Thomas H. Willis; her son, T. David Willis (Brenda); and a daughter, Cathy Waldrop (Charles); four granddaughters, Cheryl Bryant, Casey Warren (Patrick), Leslie McCrea (Christopher), and Jennifer Bowles (Brandon); six great-grandchildren, who were the joy of her life, Brooke, Kara, Quinn, Declan, Easton, and Eli. Catherine worked at her beauty shop for 34 years. She taught Sunday school for 30 years and volunteered at Ashland Convalescent Center for 17 years, each one gave her much joy. Though fun loving and high spirited, she was a born again Christian and loved her Lord most dearly. She loved her church, Hopeful Baptist Church, where she served to the best of her ability. The family received friends Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland. Services were held Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at Hopeful Baptist Church, Montpelier. Interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ashland Rescue Squad or Hopeful Baptist Church.