Maude Kelley Ancarrow, 98, of Hanover Courthouse, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 10, 2014. She was born Dec. 23, 1915 at the family farm “Old Virginia” on the Pamunkey River in King William County. She lived a long, courageous and Christian life filled with love for everyone and was so proud to have been the mother of 23 foster children. She was a true farmer’s daughter and wife, in every sense of the word. Maude was preceded in death by her parents, Annie Elizabeth and Charles Ruffin Kelley; three brothers, Willie, Clifton and Hawes Kelley; and three sisters, Mary Lee, Elizabeth Hughes and Lucille Taylor. With Maude’s passing, she closes the chapter on her generation of seven. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Ancarrow; daughter, Anita Ancarrow Garber; two sons, William Ronald and Dalton William Ancarrow; and two grandchildren, Thomas James “Jamie” Shepardson Jr. and Lisa Ancarrow Boinest. Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Ann Ancarrow Shepardson (Shep) and Mary Sue Ancarrow-Day (Ronny); two grandchildren, Thomas Joel “T.J.” Phillips III and Ann “Lesley” Shepardson Love; two great-grandchildren, Thomas Joel “Jody” Phillips IV and Riley Ancarrow Love; one great-great-grandchild, Thomas Phillips; one beloved and devoted great-nephew, Charles Edward Lee; as well as one “adopted granddaughter,” Lisa Verdi Fabbri. She was a member of McKenree Methodist Church in King William for 18 years. When she married William Ancarrow in 1934, she moved to “Ancarrow Farm” on the Pamunkey River in Hanover, joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Hanover Courthouse and had been a member for the last 80 years. Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hanover Courthouse, with interment in the church cemetery followed by a reception in the church parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 441, Hanover, VA 23069. We will remember her love forever.
Cody Mark Anderson, 24, of Mechanicsville, departed this life Jan. 8, 2014. He is survived by his parents, Mark and Diane Anderson; brother, Ricky Daniels; sister, Christine Corbin (Thomas); nephews, Elijah, Jalen, Lee and Hunter; his girlfriend of 10 years, Brittany McAlister; grandmother, Elizabeth Anderson Johnson; aunt and uncle, Shirley and Paul O’Donohue; and sister-in-law, Jennifer Daniels Vega; aunt, Deborah Giles; uncles, Kenny and Stevie Rigsby (Barbara); and cousins. The family received friends Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Monday, Jan. 13. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hanover Humane Society.
Robert Walker Brewster, 93, of Glen Allen, died at home Jan. 8, 2014. Bob was born in San Diego, Calif. in 1920, but quickly became a Texan. He moved to Brownsville, Texas as a youngster, where he spent his youth exploring his fascinating environment. He would take off after school to see “what was on the other side of that hill” The local Border Patrol would have to search for him and bring him home. He always got in trouble for it! This love of nature and fearless exploration guided him into his career. After college at the University of Texas, Bob joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 1941. He valued both the importance and excitement of the work, which involved a multitude of dangers starting with a shootout on the Mexican Border his first night on the job. Bob proudly became a member of the “Greatest Generation,” taking a leave of absence from the Border Patrol for service as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he returned to the Border Patrol, and put his wartime training to use as a Border Patrol pilot. He was promoted up through the ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked until his retirement, ending his career as the Assistant Southeast Regional Commissioner, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Chief of the Border Patrol. During his career, he was stationed in Texas, New Mexico, Cuba, Arizona, Puerto Rico, and finally in Richmond. Bob’s honor, bravery and agile mind, coupled with his fluency in the Spanish language, drew him into numerous special operations during his career, particularly in Cuba during the early 1950s. During the trying days following the Cuban Revolution on New Year’s Day, 1959, Bob was in charge of the South Florida Border Patrol operations, where thousands of Cubans fled their country to avoid communism and hardship. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Dye of Rock Crossing, Texas, whom he married in March, 1941. He is survived by his three daughters, Carolyn, Pam and Maribeth; his wife, June Adams Hogg of Mechanicsville, whom he married in March, 2009; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and countless friends whose lives were touched by his great heart, his unwavering patriotism and his boundless wit. The family received friends Friday, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 11. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Laurel Park United Methodist Church, 2700 Hungary Road, Henrico, VA 23228.
Ray Linn Huntsman, 55, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. He was a merchandiser for Supervalu for 15 years. He attended Mechanicsville Baptist Church. He was a wonderful husband, loving father, and dearly beloved son, brother, and uncle. Ray was preceded in death by his father, Robert Huntsman; and brother, Roger Huntsman. Ray is survived by his wife of 21 years, Jodie Dawn, daughter, Samantha Dawn (14); and son, Trevor Ray (11); his mother, Barbara Ann; brothers, Robert (Joanne) and Randall (Monica), and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Monday, Jan. 13 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Mechanicsville Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for Samantha Dawn and Trevor Ray’s future.
William A. “Bill” Kirwin, 51, of Mechanicsville, passed away Jan. 5, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin F. Kirwin; and his beloved wife, Dorothy “Dottie” Kirwin. He is survived by his mother, Barbara D. Horton; brother, Robert Kirwin (Sherri); daughters, Stephanie Mayberry and Jessie Klein; nieces, Kaitlyn and Kendall Kirwin. Bill was a very loving and caring man and will be missed by everyone. The family received friends Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Interment private.
Esther M. McClary, 94, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Mac McClary; daughter, Rosalie McClary; and grandson, Sean Loveless. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Loveless and Joanne Wells (Tom); six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. The family received friends Monday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rural Point Baptist Church, 6548 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.
Meg Cross Menzies, 34, of Hanover, ran home to Jesus Jan. 13, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Scott F. Menzies; two sons, Gabriel and Whitfield; and her daughter, Skye; her parents, Wirt and Pam Cross; mother and father-in-law, Kirk and Gale Menzies; two brothers, Wirt and Howard Cross. Meg was a devoted Christian and loved to run. Meg was a loving daughter, wife, and mother and a friend to all. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Cool Springs Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Meg Menzies’ Memorial Fund at any SunTrust Bank, EIN: 46-7236030, or the Ashland Police Foundation, c/o Chief Goodman, 601 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.
Marion Layne Smith, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Marion was a loving and dedicated wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her one true love, her husband, Louis “Pinky” Smith. She is survived by her five daughters, Mary Rader (Jim), Janet McLaughlin, Norma Thompson (David), Debbie Crosswhite (Lee), Lori Negrete (Carlos Orpiano); 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Willie West and Lucille Jones. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, and where services were held Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Interment Riverview Cemetery.