Obituaries, Week of Feb. 6, 2014: Harvey, Jones, Myers, Pehovic, Richard, Southworth, Sylvester and Taylor
Molly Bettie Adams “Betty” Harvey, 92, passed into the presence of the Lord Jan. 26, 2014 in Naperville, Ill. She was the daughter of James Powhatan Adams and Maggie Mae Dalton. She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings; husband, John Daniel Harvey; her daughter, Cynthia Irene Harvey Stone; and her son-in-law, Thomas Melvin Stone Sr. She is survived by her son, James Travis Harvey; and daughter-in-law, Catherine Anne McRae Harvey; along with seven grandchildren, Thomas Melvin Stone Jr. (Lisa), Cynthia Lynn Stone D’Amato (Nick), John Connelly Stone (Kris), Courtney Eileen Harvey Adams (Lincoln), Matthew Travis Harvey, Christopher Andrew Harvey and Michael Edward Harvey; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas Adams; her sister, Elsie Adams Carr. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at the Union Hill Baptist Church in Brookneal, Va., beginning with visitation, followed by graveside interment.
Robert Elmo Jones, Sr., 84, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Born in Lynchburg, Va., Jan. 18, 1930, he was the son of the late Herman Snead Jones and the late Carrie Foster Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Schreck of Wisconsin to whom he was married 57 years; his son-in-law, Jon Bach and four brothers, Fred Jones, Herman Jones, Jr. Ebbert E. Jones and Dick Jones, and one sister, Elmira Jones White. Robert is survived by two sisters, Helen Jones Riley Ross, her husband Charlie Ross and Betsy Jones Jamerson, her husband Kenneth Jamerson, both of Lynchburg; one brother, Steve Jones and his wife Ann Jones of Orlando Florida, along with three sisters-in-law, Jeane Jones of Lynchburg, Conjeta Jones of Baton Rouge, La. and Marie Jones of Crewe, Va. He is also survived by his children, Cathy Bach-McElroy (Bill), Mike Jones (Melissa), Bobby Jones (Amy) and Nancy Salley (John); his grandchildren, Allan Bach (Cate), Robbie Bach, Riley Jones; his step grandchildren, Andrew Salley, Meredith Salley, Joe McElroy (Laura) and his special joy, his great-granddaughter, Grace Bach. Bob graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va. He joined the U.S. Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War. After returning from his military service, he was an engineer with Sperry Rand in Charlottesville, VA until his retirement. “Big Bobby” had a love for baseball, old gospel hymns, and family picnics on the mountain. He was very happy to recently join the First Baptist Church in Ashland. His craftsmanship can be seen all over the town of Ashland, including the screen porch where he, his dog, Henry, and Nanny enjoyed spending many pleasant hours on the swing. A memorial service will be held at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia on Friday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.
Dr. Walter S. Myers, 77, of Mechanicsville, originally of North Wilkesboro, N.C., went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Victoria Grace Myers. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Drusilla Myers; three children: E. Jewel Gallagher; Darrell S. Myers and his wife, Spring; and Joy Myers Sickinger and her husband, Allen. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and (their spouses), Angel (Robby), Melanie, Justin, (Jillian), Abigail (Bradley), Ian, Camilla, Caden, Clay, Grayson, and Carley; two great-grandchildren: Gabrielle and Landon; two siblings, Bertha Gene Elledge and David Myers; several nieces and nephews. Dr. Myers began his career in ministry in 1961. He built three churches and established several others, always “working here on earth for our heavenly home.” Family received friends Tuesday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in the chapel of St. Paul’s Baptist Church. Entombment Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover.
Audrey I. “Gene” Pehovic, known to many as “Ganny,” 90, of Richmond, died peacefully Jan. 27, 2014. Survivors include her daughter, Connie Huffine and husband, Mike; grandson, Ryan Wayson and wife,Tracey; granddaughter, Shara Parker and husband, Kenny; great-grandsons, Cody and John Paul Wayson; great-granddaughters, Tayler and Kaylee Marshall. Mrs. Pehovic was a graduate of Blackstone College and was a lifelong choir director and voice teacher. She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with her beloved husband, John Victor Pehovic, who was buried in 1995. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Alleluias, 189 Berrywood Dr., Severna Park, Md. 21149 or His Handmaids, P.O. Box 2605, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. A service will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
Robert “Bob” Sullivan Richard, of Old Church, passed away Jan. 31, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Glenda; and two daughters, Karen and Beth and their husbands, Glenn Guenther and Jay Rathert, who truly were his sons; and the sparkles of his life, his grandchildren, Allie, Brooke, Shelby and Jack. The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Monaghan Funeral Home, where a wake and rosary was held. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Richmond. Interment private. Bob, an Air Force veteran, was also an industrial entrepreneur and vineyard farmer. After retirement, he taught courses in mathematics and electrical circuitry at a local Fresno, Cali. college. Bob enjoyed helping others and didn’t know a stranger, leaving a trail of friends wherever he went. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Semper Fi Fund at semperfifund.org.
William Terry Southworth, 69, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. He is preceded in death by his father Herman Southworth, Jr. He is survived by his former wife Arlette Southworth, mother Ocie Southworth, sister Pat Hester (Sam), children Melvin Southworth (Laura), Delores Purvis (Kevin), grandchildren Travis Southworth, Nicole and Nickolas Purvis and nephew Mike Hester (Melissa Martino). Terry was a saw operator for the former Pine Factory in Ashland and All Aboard in Richmond before retiring. Terry will be cremated and a private memorial ceremony will be held at a later time with the family.
Gayle West Sylvester, of Mechanicsville, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, after a relatively short battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy Broyles and Winston Goodall West; and loving grandparents, who raised her from childhood, Florence and Tazwell Broyles. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Larry David Sylvester Sr.; son, Larry David Sylvester Jr. (Laura); sister, Patricia West Fields (Ron Goodin); half sister, Deen West Sweaney (Brian); and her mother, Louise Thomas West; three nieces, Michelle Fields Quinn (Mike), Jessica Sweaney Lipford and Kelly Sweaney Bell; one nephew, Richard Fields Jr.; and 10 treasured cousins. Gayle was always so kindhearted, thoughtful and at all times put others first before herself. She worked for several years at Dominion Virginia Power as a budget analyst. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment Washington Memorial Park.
Edward Carroll Taylor, Sr., 88, of Hanover Courthouse, Va., died peacefully at his home January 23, 2014. Known to at all his family as Eddie Carroll, he was the youngest child of the late Clarence and Kate Taylor. He was born April 11, 1925. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Elmyra Davis Taylor. He is survived by his children, Ed Taylor Jr. (Judy), and Myra Cramer (Doug), of Hanover; grandsons, Benjamin Carroll Cramer, Shawn Nelson of Hanover, Patrick Nelson of Richmond, Va.; four great grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. Eddie Carroll served the Hanover Courthouse community as Post Master from 1946 until his retirement in 1982. Eddie Carroll was a founding member of the Hanover Courthouse Volunteer Fire Department, the Hanover Courthouse Ruritan and The Hanover Historical Society. A lifelong resident of Hanover, he was often asked for historical facts about the county and the Courthouse area.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery Fund, Hanover Courthouse, P.O. Box 4441, Hanover, VA 23069 or Hanover Courthouse Volunteer Fire Department, 13326 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover VA 23069.