Obituaries, Week of Dec. 5, 2013: Evans, Handy, Lignian and Thompson
Scott Lephay Evans, 56, of Ashland, passed away Dec. 1, 2013. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Evans. He is survived by his father, L. Mims Evans; daughter, Lauren Evans; sisters, Robin Evans and Tracy Harrison; three nieces, Sara, Raleigh, Denise; nephew, Josh; and many other family members and friends. Scott enjoyed wood carving and music. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at First Baptist Church Ashland, 800 Thompson Street, Ashland, where a service will follow at 3 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Lung Association, 9702 Gayton Road, #110, Henrico, VA 23238.
Joyce R. Handy, 72, of Mechanicsville, went home to be with Jesus Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, G. Wayne Handy; daughter, Cheryl Collie (Charles); grandchildren, Grace, Ben, and Emily Collie; brothers, Jim Robinson (Nell) and Woodley Robinson (Betty); brother-in-law, David Handy (Marie); sisters-in-law, Frances Thacker and Faye East; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members. Joyce was an active member of Fairmount Christian Church. She lovingly cared for the Community Bible Study children, and retired after 37 years of service as a Statistical Analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank. Her life was spent serving others with a deep and meaningful faith in Christ, and was a devoted wife, Momma and Nanny. The family received friends Saturday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at Fairmount Christian Church. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Jesse Frank Lignian, Jr., 86, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at his home, with his family by his side. Jesse resided in the house that his grandfather built on the family farm. He was preceded in death by Lucy Gilman Lignian, his wife of 61 years; and his infant son, Stuart Lemuel Lignian. He is survived by four loving children, Nancy L. Volk and her husband, Stephan, Jessie L. Beard and her husband, Dennis, Sara L. Nuckols and her husband, David, and David F. Lignian and his wife, Lisa; seven grandchildren, Eric Epperly, Melissa Epperly Carlson, James Beard II, Mark Beard, Matthew Nuckols, Jason Nuckols and Joseph “JD” Lignian; and two great-grandsons, Trent Carlson and Ross Nuckols. In Jesse’s early life, he was a target boy for the Horseshoe Skeet Club and became a lifetime member. He was an honorary member of the Ashland Fire Department. His church membership was with Independence Christian Church, where he once served as a deacon. He graduated from Henry Clay High School, and later attended Gettysburg College through the military. Jesse was a veteran who served as a corporal in the U.S. Air Force, Squadron M, stationed in Germany from 1944 to 1946. Jesse became a third-generation bricklayer, was a member of the Bricklayer’s Union, local #1, and worked more than 20 years as foreman and estimator fro Southern Brick Contractors of Richmond. He later became owner and president of Old Dominion Masonry, Inc. from 1976 to 1997. Jesse was a skeet and sporting clay enthusiast, as well as a tool enthusiast with the Richmond Tool Collectors Association. Aside from having his family around him, Jesse’s passions included farming, shooting, fishing, hunting and piloting. At the age of 55, he obtained his pilot’s license and enjoyed many years flying his Cessna 172. Jesse was involved in many organizations. He was a member of the Independence Ruritan Club, the American Legion, the American Pool Players Association, the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, SASS, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Jesse was a devoted father and was deeply loved by his family. He will be greatly missed by all. The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, in Ashland. Funeral services were held at the Reid Chapel Wednesday, Dec. 4, followed by the burial at the Independence Christian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Anna Bowen “Ann” Thompson, 84, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jimmie Thompson; two sons, Jay Thompson (Gloria) and Todd Thompson (Michelle); four grandchildren, Eric, Sam, Grant and Carly; two sisters, Carson Hyman (Marshall) and Judy Trueheart; brother, Edward Bowen (Fay); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elizabeth Vial, Shirley Drummond; and brothers, Robert Bowen Jr. and Herbert Bowen. Mrs. Thompson was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church, Mechanicsville No. 138, O.E.S., Fabulous Red-Hatted Babes and The Forever Friends Women’s Group. Ann was a friend to all and loved by many. The family received friends Sunday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Mechanicsville Baptist Church, with interment in Signal Hill Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.