Obituaries, Week of Jan. 9, 2014: Collins, Flannagan, Ford, Garrett, Hughes, Hutcherson, Inge, Jenkins, Johnson, Keyser, Morgan, Pritchett, Purdum, Redd, Sale, Throckmorton and White
Allene Armentrout Collins, 90, of Abingdon, and a resident of the Hermitage, went to be with the Lord Dec. 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Collins. She is survived by her children, Charles W. “Bill” Collins (Merry) and Beth Erdman (Dave); grandchildren, Courtney, Devon, Susan and Craig; four great-grandchildren; brother, James Armentrout (Helen); sister, Margaret Ann Carper (Charles); numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Burial in southwest Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 8016 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
William Russell “Billy” Flannagan, Sr., 74, of Mechanicsville, passed away Dec. 26, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shelby; and is survived by two children, Linda Nye (Danny) and William R. “Bill” Flannagan Jr.; two grandchildren, Gary and Travis Nye; four brothers, Johnny, Walter, Clyde and Ernest Flannagan; two sisters, Arline Massey and Virginia Hollins; wife of three years, Larnie M. Flannagan; and her son, Bruce French (Sharon); as well as several nieces, nephews and other family members. After retiring with 34 years of service from Babcock & Philips, Billy then worked for several years at Automotive Rebuilders. The family received friends Friday, Jan. 3 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Interment followed at Prospect United Methodist Church, New Kent. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.
William “Billy” Bertram Ford, Jr., 86, formerly of Richmond, died Dec. 28, 2013, at the Virginia Veterans Care Center, Salem, Va. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Audrey Gray Ford; daughter and son-in-law, Karen F. and Robert K. Harris; grandson, William K. Harris, all of Roanoke, Va.; and numerous nephews and nieces. Mr. Ford retired as a captain from the Richmond Bureau of Fire in 1987 after 34 years of service. He was a member of Chamberlayne Heights United Methodist Church, where he was a longtime member of the Chancel Choir. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Battlefield Post 9808 and held several offices in that organization. The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where memorial services were held Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Interment followed the service at Oakwood Memorial Cemetery. The family requests no flowers. Please make donations to a veterans-related charity or to the Arthur P. Cooley Scholarship Fund, Huntington Court United Methodist Church, 3333 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24012.
Irene M. Garrett, 77, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Jan. 3, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Major and Fannie Martin; and brother John L. Martin Sr. She is survived by her loving husband, Miles W. Garrett Sr.; sons, Billy (Debbie), Bruce (Connie); grandchildren, Ryan, Chad, Jamie and Cole; two loving and caring “sisters,” Mildred and Thelma; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family received friends Sunday and Monday, Jan. 5 and 6 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Major Carol Hughes, 69, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. He was the owner of M.C. Hughes Plumbing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Hughes; and his sister, Gloria H. Seay. He is survived by his fiancée, “Kitty” Walton; his daughters, Lisa McNeil and Sheila Turner; niece, Anna Thompson; nephew, Jimmy Seay; and his grand-children. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Friday.
Col. John Lee Hutcherson, U.S. Army Retired, 67, of Mechanicsville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Born in Walter Reid Hospital, Washington, D.C. in 1946, he was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Hutcherson; and father, George Benjamin Hutcherson. He is survived by his mother, Ethel Kincer Hutcherson; siblings, George Irvin, Hugh Preston, Harry Lane and Robert Allen Hutcherson and their wives; daughters, Renee Hutcherson Cox and Robin Hutcherson Gilbert; stepdaughters, Lee Ann Walpole and Jessica Winter; and grandchildren, Samantha Lee Weaver, Loftin “Gil” Cox IV, Jackson A. Cox, Reagan Walpole, Charlie Walpole and Haleigh Mitchell. Colonel Hutcherson graduated from John Marshall High School Class of 1964 and VPI with a degree in engineering in 1969, when he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969, retiring as a Colonel in 2006 serving in Germany during the 1970s and also, more recently, in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The family received friends Wednesday, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Foundation www.ocrf.org/.
Hazel Hinchey Inge, 83, of Hopewell, passed away Dec. 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Thomas. She is survived by her daughter, Carmen Inge Wilson and husband, Charles; sister, Thelma H. Pritchett; and several nieces and nephews. Please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Mattie Smith Jenkins, 96, is now at peace as she entered her eternal life Dec. 27, 2013. Born on May 17, 1917, she lived a long and courageous life filled with love for everyone she met and was so proud to be the matriarch of five living generations. Rawlings, Va., in Brunswick County, was Mattie’s home for many years. She was a true farmer’s wife, in every sense, for many years and later became a U.S. Postal clerk in Rawlings. The profession she was most proud of was her nursing career, accomplished late in life, after moving to the Richmond area. Mattie was predeceased by her parents, Jenny and D’Arcy Rivers; her six siblings; and daughter, Faye Williams. With Mattie’s passing, she closes the chapter on her generation of seven. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Audrey Crittenden; son, George Smith Jr. (Wanda); six grandchildren, Wanda Robinson (Paul), Ed Crittenden (Janie), Steve Williams, Sarah Phillip (Frank), Melissa Wherrell (Nevin), and Austin Smith (Courtnie); nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Corinth United Methodist Church of Sandston, Va., was Mattie’s church home. Mattie’s family is very grateful for the compassionate and dedicated care that she received at Covenant Woods, where she resided for several years. Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 in the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Corinth United Methodist Church. Interment at Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Cancer Research or a charity of one’s choice. Even though Dementia created memory issues, she never forgot to say “I Love You!” We love you, too, Mom, Mattie, Gramma, Grandma, and all of the other names you wore so proudly. We will remember that love forever.
Lillian Shotwell Nickels Johnson, 97 of Rockville Virginia, a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother departed this life Dec.15, 2013, and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She is survived by four children, Christine N. Powick, Henry J. Nickels, Elwood M. (Snooky) Johnson, Jr., and Wanda J. Bouquet. Two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Lillian was born on Feb. 23, 1916 and grew up in Nathalie in Halifax County, Va. She was the last surviving child of the seven children born of Joel Hubbard Shotwell and Mamie Clara Davis Shotwell. “Shot” as she was called in high school played on the Girls Basketball Team, graduating from Volens High School in June 1933, she continued her education at the Phillips Secretarial School in Lynchburg, Va. After marrying her first husband, Frank Nickels, she moved to Rockville, Va. He passed away from an accident after returning from service in Europe during World War II. Some years later, she married Elwood M. Johnson. She was employed at Bank of Virginia prior to the birth of her children. Retired as a Junior Executive with Thalhimers after a successful career of 27 years. She retired a second time from Hecht’s eight years later. She was active in community civic activities as a founding member of the Rockville Junior Woman’s Club, charter member of the Rockville Community Center, and she served as a Hanover County Voting Poll volunteer. She was an active member of Berea Baptist Church for over 75 years. The family would like to thank all of the friends and church family for the love they have received. Also a deep felt thanks to Miss Lillian’s long -time caregivers Paula Austin and Jackie Loving for the caring and love they bestowed on her while helping in her care for the last six years. The family received friends Friday, Dec. 20 at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 21 at Berea Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. May you rest in peace, Mom. We will always love you. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Berea Baptist Church Hospitality Funeral Reception Committee, P.O. Box 280 Rockville, VA 23146.
LaVerne Carolyn Wulf Keyser, of Ashland, passed away Dec. 30, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Carroll Raymond Keyser; her son, Thomas John Keyser; her parents, John Henry and Etlas Voit Wulf; and her sister, Dorothy Marion Wulf. She is survived by her grandsons, Christopher Brian Keyser and Jonathan Lee Keyser; granddaughters-in-law, Claire Hyde Keyser and Elisabeth MacPhail Keyser; daughter-in-law, Susan Dasher Keyser; and her brother, John Voit Wulf. LaVerne was born June 23, 1925 in Cook County, Ill. She was a former Navy wife. She was a member of the Virginia Garden Club and a member of St. James the Less Episcopal Church since 1978. She graduated from Northwestern and was a Delta Zeta Sorority sister. LaVerne was a resident of Ashland since the late 1960’s. She loved to volunteer at the gift shop at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center. She was an avid Bridge player and was always working on a piece of needlepoint. She loved to read and travel the world with her family. LaVerne loved to talk about her grandsons. The family received friends Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Ashland. A burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James the Less Episcopal Church.
Clyde Edward Morgan, 87, of Mechanicsville, passed away Jan. 3, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Frances; one son and two stepsons. He proudly served in the United States Army and retired from Westvaco. The family received visitors Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, where funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mechanicsville Church of Christ.
Arthur Thomas Pritchett, 73, formerly of Hanover County passed away peacefully Jan. 5, 2014. Art was a member of the United States Army, serving in Vietnam and receiving the purple heart. Art was a proud member of the Beaverdam Volunteer Fire Department. He was a talented artist with some of his work being displayed in the Smithsonian American Indian Museum. He is survived by his wife Martha, daughter Emily Smith (Aaron), and grandchildren Leanna, Emma, Jessica, Kirby, and Kayla. At Art’s request there will be no funeral. He often said during his illness “funerals are for old people and I am still young at heart.” “Pop I will love you from now till eternity. You are my heart, my soul, and my best friend. Till I see you again daddy, I love you.”
Rebie Bell Durrer Purdum, 87, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Born June 20, 1926 in Orange, Va., she was the daughter of James T. and Esther M. Bell. She worked at Safeway in Ashland for 16 years. Mrs. Purdum is survived by three sons, Whitelaw “Whitey” Durrer, Ronald Durrer (Jo Ann) and Preston Durrer (Diane), all of Mechanicsville. She had seven grandchildren, Sherry L. Anderson (Tom), Troy W. Durrer (Marcy), Kim A. Williams (Darryell), Lynette R. King (Frank), Amy Jo Hamrich (Shannon), Emily J. Durrer and Melissa B. Durrer; 13 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Whitelaw H. Durrer and August Purdum; one brother, John T. Bell and his wife, Dot. Rebie was very talented in crafts, cooking and gardening. The family received friends Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Mechanicsville Church of Christ on Atlee Road. Graveside services were held in Graham Cemetery in Orange, Va. The family would like to thank the friends and relatives for all of their kindness and support over the recent months.
John Lawrence “Larry” Redd, of Mechanicsville, passed away Dec. 27, 2013. Born April 20, 1952 in Radford, he was preceded in death by his father, John Burton Redd Jr., a biologist who worked for Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, whose work helped open military bases across America to hunters and sportsmen. Larry is survived by his mother, Cheri Redd; sons, John “Corey” Redd and Robert Redd; grandson, John Nicholas Redd; two brothers, Chip Redd (Glenna) and Jay Redd (Kathy); two nieces and two nephews. Larry attended Randolph Macon Military Academy and Powhatan High School, where he won the All-District Center award while playing football. He became a master carpenter, owning his own business. He worked for Henrico school systems in building structure maintenance, eventually becoming a Henrico commercial building inspector, a job he was very proud of because he protected people’s lives, such as a fireman or police that enter compromised buildings. He trained and did ride-alongs with the Hanover Sheriff’s Department. He was a strong supporter and life member of the NRA. He loved to fish and hunt. He loved watching and hunting black bears. He was a guide to wildlife photographers who won awards for their films. He worked for the Virginia Shad Restoration Project. He served in the National Guard as an explosives expert. His dream was to cruise around while drinking beer on a yacht meeting new people at ports. No matter who you were, you knew where you stood with Larry. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville.
David Evan Sale, 19, of Doswell, passed away Jan. 1, 2014. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Irene Holbrook. He is survived by his parents, David and Vickie Sale; brother, Ryan Sale; grandparents, Danny Holbrook and Lacy and Ruth Sale; aunts and uncles, Mike and Cheryl Sale, Robbie and Cheryl Holbrook; and several cousins. Evan was studying Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, N.C. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 706 and loved hunting and camping. Evan was formerly on the varsity lacrosse team at Patrick Henry High School. The family received friends Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland, where services were held Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Interment in Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Louise R. Throckmorton, 95, of Mechanicsville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Throckmorton; and is survived by her two sons, Billy Throckmorton (Carol) of Wicomico Church and Bobby Throckmorton (Donna) of Mechanicsville; four grandchildren, Laura Gauntt (Charlie), Gary Throckmorton (Caroll), Melissa Taylor (Jason) and Travis Throckmorton (Erin); four great-grandchildren, Katrina and Garrett Gauntt and Wilson and Parker Throckmorton; one brother, Buster Robertson (Libby); as well as several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Sunday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Interment Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Healthcare at Covenant Woods for their care and devotion to Louise.
Clinton R. White, passed away Dec. 27, 2013, and is awaiting the coming of the Lord. He was born March 26, 1932, in Browns Creek, W.Va. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary; children, Mike White (Mo), Debbie Stone (Larry), Roger White (Pam), Patti Gilleland (Mike); grandchildren, Paul White, Kristin White, Morgan Stone, Micah Stone, Whitney Gilleland, Zachary Gilleland and Madison Gilleland; and great-grandchildren, MacKenzie White and Connor White. Clinton served in the U.S. Navy and retired after 22 years. He also served in the ministry for over 50 years. The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.