Obituaries, Week of Dec. 12, 2013: Agnor, Bartlett, Bruce, Bynum, Conwell, Giles, Gordon, LaForce, Lloyd, Meador, Napier, Ryan and Swain
David E. Agnor Sr., 47, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. He is survived by two children, David Jr. and Hope Agnor; parents, Palmer and Joan Agnor; brother, Keith Agnor (Lea); aunt, Kathy Stevenson; uncle, Steve Goode (Maureen); as well as other extended family members and friends. David loved spending time riding his motorcycle with family and friends. The family would like to extend their thanks to Elliott for his support and prayers for David. The family received friends Friday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Interment Westhampton Memorial Park.
Davis P. Bartlett, 79, of Mechanicsville, passed away Dec. 2, 2013. Mr. Bartlett was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Linda Bartlett; and sisters, Peggy Shanahan and Phyllis Fendley. Mr. Bartlett is survived by his beautiful wife, Peggy; daughter, Renee Beasley; granddaughter, Jordan; sister, Dixie Bruffey Ledford; nieces, Donna Bruffey, Lynn Moore and Lisa Shanahan; nephews, Paul, Patrick, Colin Shanahan and Stephen Barker; stepdaughters, Connie Lynn Henshaw and Dottie Hayes; and stepsons, David and Shane Clary. Mr. Bartlett served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the Combat Action Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. He and his wife, Peggy, were the proprietors of the Dugout Sports Bar and Lakeside Tavern. Mr. Bartlett served the Loyal Order of Moose spanning two decades as administrator. The family received friends Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Moose services were held with military honors.
Margaret Elizabeth Bruce, 87, of Henrico went to be with the Lord Dec. 7 2013. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Julian Wesley Bruce and three sisters. She is survived by two sons, Wesley Bruce (Ray) and wife, Chris and Ronald Ellis Bruce; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters; five brothers; and many loving nieces and nephews. The family received friends Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 12 at Carmel Baptist Church, Ruther Glen. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family would like to extend their thanks for the care and support given to our mother and family by the staff of Hospice of Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carmel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 52, Ruther Glen, VA 22546.
Ruth Johnson Bynum, of Richmond, passed away Dec. 5, 2013. Born Nov. 3, 1933, in Granville County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Annie Robertson Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, R. A. “Buster” Bynum; two sons, Stephen and Ryan; three grandsons, Tyler, Jason and Jake. Ruth was a longtime member of Chamberlayne Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 9, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. The family received friends prior to the service. Interment Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Woodland Cemetery, Chase City, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Music Ministry of Chamberlayne Baptist Church, 215 Wilkinson Road, Richmond, VA 23227.
Jack Phillip Conwell, 85, of Mineral (formerly of Montpelier), passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at McGuire VA Hospital. He was an Army Veteran with service in Korea. He was also an HVAC installer with the state of Virginia and longtime owner of Conwell’s Auto in Montpelier. Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Claudine Conwell; three sons, Jerry and his wife Lois, Barry and his wife Patricia, Darrell; three grandchildren, Jamie Lewis, Jennifer Bryant, Amanda Fisher; three great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. The family would also like to give a special thanks to the Holly Grove EMS and the Doctors, Nurses and staff of McGuire VA Hospital for the care Jack received. A gathering of family and friends was held Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Beaverdam Funeral Home, Beaverdam. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 11 with the Rev. Byron Newman officiating. Interment followed at Signal Hill Cemetery in Hanover.
Michael Ray Giles, 66, passed away peacefully at home Nov. 24, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Reginald E. Giles; and brother, Mark L. Giles; and is survived by his wife, Deborah Rigsby Giles; mother, Inez Parsons Giles; granddaughter, Emily Sue Parker; stepsons, Chris and Joe Atkinson; stepdaughters, Michelle Urbaniak and Staci Haynes; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins; and “Kippie,” his beloved Yorkie. Michael retired from Richfood/SuperValu after more than 30 years of service. In his retirement, he enjoyed numerous fishing and hunting trips with many of his longtime friends. The family received friends Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, with memorial services. Interment will be held at Hollywood Baptist Church Cemetery in Chatham, Va. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local SPCA or favorite charity.
Rachel Riches Gordon. Certified descendant of an original Oregon pioneer, Rachel Olive Riches was born Jan. 19, 1921 in Turner, Oregon to Ruby Violet Hazlett and Stanley Ashmead Riches. She was married to Robert L. Gordon and made her home in Richmond until after his death in 1982, when she moved to Atlanta. She is survived by her son, Robert L. Gordon Jr. (Karen), who live in Green Bay, Wis.; and her daughter, M’Ellen Gordon (Joe Turner) of Atlanta, Ga. She also has a nephew, Stanley Riches (Sharon) of California. Rachel was a vital part of her family. She was a one-of-a-kind person and will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors. She will be buried next to her husband at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, please remember her with love and kindness.
Rhoda LaForce, 93, of Beaverdam, widow of Clayton LaForce, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. She was retired from VDOT and attended the Ashland Church of God. She dedicated her life to her family and she loved quilting and going to quilt shows and retreats. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Allen (Curtis) and Shelby Puga Clarke (Raymond); seven grandchildren, Olinda Corr, Devon Burress, Mario Puga, Geovanni Puga, Michele Shelton, David Allen and Kimberly Banta; 13 great-grandchildren, Ian Burress, Brittney Corr, Angelina Hodge, Clayton, Brooke and Dakota Shelton, Andrew Puga, Justin, Dylan and Danika Allen, Rechayne, Joey and Hope Banta; and two great-great-grandchildren. The family received friends Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Ashland Church of God, 407 Myrtle Street, Ashland. Interment Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Temple Hill Memorial Park, 2529 Memorial Drive, Castlewood, VA 24224.
Mary Louise Lloyd, 81, of Richmond, departed this life Dec. 3, 2013, and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Lester Lloyd; and a son, Roger S. Lloyd. She is survived by four children, Lester Lloyd Jr. and his wife, Lynn, Deborah Lloyd Wells and her husband, Richard, N. David Lloyd and his wife, Patty, and Michael A. Lloyd and his wife, Bonnie; 17 grandchildren, Lester III, Patricia, Kathy, Jackie, Angie, Jessica, Richie, Kenna, Wesley, Jared, Megan, Stacy, Holly, Christopher, Emily, Justin and Matt; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lloyd was a member of the Ashland Church of God. The family received friends Friday, Dec. 6 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Ashland Church of God, 407 Myrtle Street, Ashland. Interment followed in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Richmond, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Earl Franklin Meador, 84, went to be with the Lord Dec. 4, 2013. He was born May 16, 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul G. and Pearl Belvin Meador; brothers, Clarence Everett Meador and Paul G. Meador; daughter, Brenda Jean Meador Lund; and grandson, Michael A. Lund Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Gloria Melton Meador; sons, Ronald Earl and wife, Karen, and Douglas Wayne and wife, Sindy; daughter, Sharon Lee Meador; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Earl was a 1947 graduate of John Marshall High School, where he was in the Cadet Corps Band. He was a longtime member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church. Earl loved his family, music, friends and church. He played trumpet with several bands through the years. The family received friends Sunday at Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday at Fairfield Presbyterian Church. Interment in Washington Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairfield Presbyterian Church or charity of your choice.
Nancy Bullock Napier, 78, of Caroline County passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. She was born Oct. 15, 1935 in what is now Fort A. P. Hill to Robert A. and Julia Durrett Bullock. Nancy was a 1954 graduate of C.T. Smith High School and was a key member of the undefeated girls’ basketball teams. She also was an accomplished softball player and played competitively into her 50’s. She was elected and served as Caroline County’s Commissioner of the Revenue from 1988 – 2000. Nancy was passionate about serving her community. She served on the Board of Caroline County Chamber of Commerce, she was a past president of the local Democratic Party; she served as Treasurer of the Friends of the Ladysmith Branch of the Caroline Library and was instrumental in the building of the library in Ladysmith Village and a longtime member of County Line Baptist Church. Of all of her accomplishments, she was most proud of being a mom and grandmother. She was the widow of Thomas N. Napier Sr. Survivors include her children, Lorraine Henicheck (Jack), Thomas Napier (Debbie), David Napier (Kim) and Julia Custer (Phil); five grandchildren, Jessica Napier, Jacob Henicheck, Hunter Napier, Andrew Napier and Grey Lyttle and a sister, Alma Carter. The family received friends at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green Tuesday. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the chapel of the funeral home, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Ladysmith Library (7199 Clara Smith Street, Ruther Glen, VA 22546). Condolences may be left for the family at www.storkefuneralhome.com.
Mary Perkins Ryan, passed in to heaven’s light Dec. 6, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Allen Perkins Sr.; twin brothers, Allen and Willard Perkins, her husband, William C. Ryan Jr.; and dog, Dutchess. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Perkins and Janet Tinsley (George); two nieces who cherish her memory, Anne Haldeman (Rick) and Margaret Tucker (Frank); two nephews, Mitchell Perkins (Rosa) and Robert Perkins (Pat); two devoted cousins, Margaret Fairbank and David French; other family members and a host of friends. Mary worked for C & P Telephone Company for 37-1/2 years. Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 9 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were private. Memorial services will be held at a later date at Covenant Woods where she resided. Donations may be made to any animal rescue organization or Medi-Hospice.
Gordon Harrison “Harry” Swain, 93, finished his race and went home to be with Jesus Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Lee Clements Swain; parents, Leon and Annie Swain; brothers, Robert, Nelson and Thomas Swain. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Sherry S. Grubbs (George), Gordon H. “Buddy” Swain Jr. (Becky); grandchildren, Melanie G. Haskins (Tony), Jeremy S. Swain (Keila), Daniel R. Swain (Danielle) and Robin E. Swain; great-grandchildren, Victoria Leigh Haskins, H. Tucker Haskins, Norrah Hickman and Eden Grace Swain. Also surviving are his brother, William F. Swain (Betty); and numerous nieces, nephews and cherished friends. The family received friends Saturday, Dec. 7, at Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services took place at Mechanicsville Church of Christ, Sunday, Dec. 8. Interment Monday, Dec. 9, at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Golden Age Christian Home of Virginia, 7105 Brooks Farm Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.