Obituaries, Week of Nov. 21, 2013: Albertson, Barden, Clemons, Draper, Evans, Flippen, Hilliard, Jennings, Oelschlager, Wilson, Williams and Yankey
Ellen Frantz Albertson, 78, of Ashland, passed away Nov. 15, 2013. Her parents, Evelyn and Douglas Frantz of Roanoke, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Robin Lester (Grady) of Tampa, FL and Evelyn Bozzuti (Tony) of Seattle, Wash. as well as two granddaughters, Mary Ellen and Emory Bozzuti also of Seattle. She also leaves behind her sister, Robin Priddy (Sumpter) of Ashland. Ellen was a graduate of Roanoke College where she was a Phi Mu Sister. While living in Williamsburg, Va., she was deeply involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of Ashland Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon. Ellen was a dedicated and caring elementary school teacher for over three decades, instructing children in Williamsburg and Roanoke, Va. The family wishes to thank the staff of Elizabeth House Assisted Living and Asera Hospice for their care and concern. A memorial service will take place at a later date at Ashland Presbyterian Church with a private graveside service in Roanoke, Va. in Evergreen Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 429, Richmond, VA 23218 or the Ashland Presbyterian Church, 401 Virginia Street, Ashland, VA 23005. Nelsen Funeral Home of Ashland is making arrangements where condolences can be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
Trevie Barden, 76, of Mechanicsville, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jefferson Barden “Doug”; daughter, Melody King (Bob); son, J. D. Barden, Jr.; grandsons, Casey Barden (Kindal) and Dustin Barden; and great-grandchild-to-be. The family received friends Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northside Outreach Center, 3076 Meadowbridge Road, Richmond, VA 23222.
Cecily Ann Clemons, 23 years old, made a peaceful departure from our world and into the arms of Jesus Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, quietly resting at home and in her bed, with her loving parents by her side. We are in awe of her tremendous strength of resolve and perseverance in the face of a two-year battle against leukemia. She is survived by her parents, Guy and Cecile Clemons; and an extended group of family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at First Baptist Church Ashland, 800 Thompson Street, Ashland, VA 23005 Saturday, Nov. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m., with a reception to follow. Visitation with family held prior to the service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions made payable to the Clemons Family Fund in care of First Baptist Church Ashland.
Barbara Jean Johnson Draper, 77, a native of Norfolk and 1954 graduate of Maury High School, entered into her heavenly home Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Reverend James Draper; daughter, Lynne Draper Studeman (Michael Capt. USN); and grandsons, Noah and Joshua. She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Deborah Draper Dalton. Barbara was a consummate pastor’s wife and a true partner in her husband’s ministry. She shared her musical talents through singing, ringing, accompaniment and directing. She authored a collection of touching and humorous stories of her life in “The Human Side of Holiness.” She was cherished by many extended family members, as well as many United Methodist Congregations across Virginia. A memorial service celebrating her life was held Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Senior Adult Council of Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Annie Evans, 87, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Evans; and grandson, Lee Towner Jr.; and is survived by her daughter, Rose Mundy; grandson, Mark Towner of Maryland; great-granddaughter, Tabitha Rose Towner; great-grandsons, Leon Towner, Matthew Towner, Zack Towner and Mark Towner Jr.; one great-great-granddaughter, Kaitlynn Towner; and devoted friend, George Spreckelsen. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Road, where services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 with the family also receiving friends an hour prior to service. Interment Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Richard “Dickie” Warren Flippen, 77, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce W. Flippen; and mother, Birchie Faye Flippen. Dickie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce C. Flippen; daughter, Cathy F. Cabaniss (Walter); son, Michael A. Flippen (Brenda); grandchildren, Magan Lanham (Josh), Alex Flippen, Thomas Mickles (Crystal); three great-grandsons, Chase Lanham, TJ and Jeremiah Mickles; one sister, Beverly Watson; several nieces and nephews. Dickie was a member of Gethsemane Church of Christ, a member of Virginia Street Rods Club, former Boy Scout Master of Troop 722, a youth fishing instructor, and a member of Virginia Bassmasters, and Virginia Creepers Club. Dickie graduated from John Marshall High School in 1956. He was retired from Lucent Technologies/AT&T. In 1963, Dickie worked for world race car driver, Mickey Thompson, in California. Dickie raced all types of vehicles, from go-carts to dragsters. He won trophies for racing and car shows. He rebuilt a car, one used as a chicken coop, into a 1932 Chevrolet Coupe dragster. The family received friends Sunday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at Gethsemane Church of Christ. Interment followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gethsemane Church of Christ, 5146 Mechanicsville Tnpk., Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Alethia Rae Bruce Hilliard, (Capt. U.S. Army Ret.), 78, of Mechanicsville, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, died peacefully at her daughter’s home after a year-long fight with a terminal illness. She is survived by her daughter, Delores (Wayne) Gray; sister, Uramae Bruce Jarvis of Central City, Ky.; grandson, Austin Keller; and great-grandson, Aiden Barker; and many close, dear friends and extended family members. She was a devoted member of Cool Spring Baptist Church for 26 years. She loved her country, to travel and laughter. Her grandson and great-grandson were her pride and joy. The family would like to thank Horizon Hospice for all of their love and care. The family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Road. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116, with interment to follow at 3 p.m. at Virginia Veterans Cemetery, 10300 Pridesville Road, Amelia Courthouse, VA 23002.
Rose Marie Bateman Jennings, 77, of Ashland, went to be with her Lord Nov. 14, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Peggy Rash. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Frank L. Jennings, Jr., sister Dorothy Stewart (Charles) of Georgia, and brother Mark Bryant of New York. Children, Dorothy Chandler (Russ) of Ashland, Gary Jennings (Anne Gail) of Richmond, and Carole Jennings of Colorado. Grandchildren, Danielle Jennings (Price), Katie Jennings, Will Chandler (Liz), Stacey Gibson (Josh), and Justin Schruijer. Great Grandchildren, Aiden and Annabelle Chandler, Karen and Evelyn Gibson. Niece and Nephew Mark Rash (Vicki) and Wanda Koon (Brian), along with many other devoted friends and family members. Rose will be remembered for her generous heart, her Christian faith, and the many lives she touched. She was an inspirational member of Slash Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school (60 years) and Children Sermon. Throughout her life, Rose served her Community in the capacity of: chairman of the Hanover County Cannery Board, Volunteer for the American Cancer Society, organized many High-Stepper senior citizen trips, along with volunteering for the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Patrol, and a host of other humanitarian and volunteer organizations. Funeral arrangements included visitation Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland Chapel. Services were held Monday, Nov. 18 at Slash Christian Church, Ashland, followed by Internment at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Slash Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Ashland.
Eileen Groat Oelschlager, after a long struggle with the after-effects and pain of a stroke, Eileen Groat Oelschlager of Ashland, formerly of Cheverly, Md., died Nov. 12, 2013. She joined her beloved husband Frank and dog Cisco. Most recently, Eileen was a very creative graphic designer who helped develop and install exhibits, including the ones at College Park Aviation Museum in Prince George County, Md. She loved sailing the Chesapeake Bay and inland waterways with Frank in their Westsail “Morning Mist,” anchoring overnight in their favorite coves. She also loved her garden, bugs, and rescue dogs. Born Dec 15, 1946 in Chillicothe, Ohio, and raised in the town of Fairfax, Va., Eileen received a BA in English from Michigan State. As a child, she spent her summers in Roxabelle, Ohio, on grandma and grandpa Marie and Edward Anderson’s farm along with her two sisters, her cousin Nancy Seyfang, and her Uncle Buddy (Marlin) Anderson. Her husband, Frank R. Oelschlager, her parents Marvin J. and Berneice Anderson Groat, and her uncle Buddy pre-deceased her. Eileen is survived by her sisters, Rosanne Groat Shalf (Jerome) and Susan Groat Burwell (Earle), by her nephew John Shalf (Yuching Ni) and their children Mimi and Aaron, by her niece, Sarah Shalf (Darren Summerville) and their child Court, and by her exchange student sister Hilke Habermann (Han Heemskerk). She is also survived by Ohio cousins Nancy Seyfang Wisecup (Bryon), Kent Anderson (Sally), and Timothy Seyfang (Debbie), by Michigan cousins Barbara Groat, Kathy Herman, Beth Maschewske, Ginger Toomey, Doug Groat, and Dennis Groat, and by uncle Eugene Groat and aunt Janice Anderson Pinkerton. She has also left her loving caretaker Chaweizi Banda and her many friends, including Fred Lyle, at Cha Cha’s Homecare in Mechanicsville, Va. Friends will gather to celebrate her life with prayers, scripture, and music, 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, at Cha Cha’s Homecare, 6621 Rural Point Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct. #300, Richmond, VA 23226 or Hanover Humane Society, 12190 Washington Highway Ashland, VA 23005.
Clarence H. “Junie” Wilson Jr., 77, of Ashland, passed away Oct. 31, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Creery Wilson; his father, CH Wilson, Sr.; his mother, Virginia Farley Wilson; and siblings, Ann Bonney and Pete Terrill. He is survived by his daughter, Victoria Wilson Owen; grandchildren, Hillary D. Owen and Cassidy H. Owen; twin brother, Fred Wilson; brothers, Glen Wilson, Andy Wilson; and sister, Louise McCalister; and his companion, best friend, and dancing partner, Connie Swineford. He was a substitute Dad to Debra, Dave, Susan, Kathy, Lori, Tina, Tony, and Denise. Clarence was retired from Western Electric/AT&T. He enjoyed feeding stray cats and working in the yard. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005. A Celebration of his Life will be held at Junie’s home following the funeral.
Myrna H. Williams, 83, of Mechanicsville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers; and is survived by her wonderful husband of 58 years, C. Carlyle Williams; three children, Charles Williams, Keith Williams (Edna) and Lori McGhee (Richard); six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; brother, Dale Hudson (Virginia); a sister-in-law, Margaret Hudson; as well as many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at Gethsemane Church of Christ. Interment followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Myrna’s memory to the charity of your choice.
William Lee Yankey, went to be with the Lord Nov. 13, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rachel; son, Ronald (Ann); and brothers, Larry (Jane) and James (Elaine). He was predeceased by his parents, David and Violet Yankey; and brother, Leonard. He was retired from Contel (Verizon) after 38 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of Mechanicsville VFW. Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 16, at Stonewall Memory Gardens, 12004 Lee Highway, Manassas.