Obituaries, Week of Feb. 20, 2014: Flournoy, Lanzillotti, Ludwig, Lumpkin, Major, Mitchell, Nimmo, Uzzle, Vest, Washington, Whiteside and Woodward

Charles Augustus Flournoy, born July 21, 1925, died Feb. 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Pleasants and Jenny May Perkins Flournoy; his first wife, Mary Mills Flournoy; and second wife, Donna I. Flournoy. He is survived by his two children, Nancy Foley and Charles Steven Flournoy (Belinda); six grandchildren, Jamie Kalantar, Chrystie Swiney, Cole and Sam Flournoy, Benjamin and Nicolas Foley; seven great-grandchildren, Ellie and Jack Kalantar, Cade and Oliver Swiney, McKenzie, Kaitlyn and Carson Foley; and brother, Norman Flournoy. He worked for RF&P Railroad for much of his adult life and proudly served the U.S. Army in WWII for the 88th Division “Blue Devils.” Charles was awarded seven medals, including the Purple Heart. Charles was a man of many talents and hobbies, which included gardening, beer making, woodworking, Ballroom dancing, gun collecting, and mechanical engineering. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his adoring and ever growing family. The family received friends Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Virginia Home, 1101 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA 23220 or the ALS Foundation, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 250 Washington, D.C. 20005.

Dennis R. Lanzillotti, 69, of Mechanicsville, passed away Feb. 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Peter; brothers, Leslie and Eugene; sister, Gloria Kirmse. He is survived by his wife, Gracie Shaffer Lanzillotti; daughters, Christine Hamby (Lee), Amanda Lanzillotti; granddaughters, Lillian and Catherine Hamby; brothers, Richard, Harry and Thomas; sister, Alyce Saunders. The family received friends Monday, Feb. 17, at Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.

Jack Denton Ludwig, Jr., 70, of Ashland and Gwynn’s Island, Virginia, passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2014, after a long illness. He was the son of Linda Newman Ludwig and Jack Denton Ludwig. In earlier years, Jack established J.D. Ludwig, Inc., specializing in water and sewer construction. He completed several county, municipal and commercial projects in Ashland and Hanover County. An astute and talented horseman, he later turned to training thoroughbred horses for a variety of clients.  His horses raced successfully at all major eastern race courses in New York, Maryland, New Jersey and Florida. He retired to Gwynn’s Island in 2006. Shortly thereafter he decided to reestablish his former construction company, which proved to be successful once again under his management. Gradually, the pace and scope of the endeavor, and his declining health, required that he liquidate the business. Jack is survived by his son, Jack Denton (“J.D.”) Ludwig III of Richmond; sisters, Mary Ludwig Denny of Virginia Beach and Linda Ludwig Magovern of Ashland; niece Claire Denny; and nephews, Jay Denny and Malcolm Magovern III. Graveside services and interment were held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Woodland cemetery in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Jack’s name may be sent to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michaels Road, Richmond, VA 23229 or to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead Street, Ashland, VA 23005.

Robert Matthew Lumpkin, a life-long member of the Presbyterian church who was born May 13, 1935, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at his home in Hanover County. He was a professional mechanical engineer, retiring after 20 years as head of the mechanical department at Hankins and Anderson. He had also worked at Baskerville and other engineering firms in the Richmond area. He was President of the Richmond Chapter of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) in 1980-81, did some periodical writing, and placed second place in ASHRAE Technology Award in 1997-1998 for outstanding achievement and first place in 1997 for Industrial Facilities or Process. Bob was married 59 years to Clara E. Lumpkin. They had two daughters, Laurian Antigha and Diana C. Goodwin (Roger); and two sons, Robert Eric Lumpkin (Michelle) and Mathew Aaron Lumpkin (Melissa). There are 11 grandchildren, Grace E. Montrose (Michael), John, Madolynne, Amy and Thomas Antigha, Jacob, Constance, Rose and Abigail Lumpkin, Ava and Lucas Lumpkin; and one great-grandson, Ryan Montrose. The family received friends Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at Bennett Funeral Home Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Thomas Oliver Major Jr., 60, died Feb. 11, 2014 after a courageous battle with Merkel cell carcinoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas O. and Dorothy T. Major; and his sister, Barbara Elaine Major. Tom is survived by his wife, Jan Lunsford Major; and daughters, Hillary Dalton Major and Ann Katherine Major Foreman; and son-in-law, Noah Foreman. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Debra L. Webb and Bonnie L. Moyar; brother-in-law, Russ Moyar; and several nieces and nephews. Tom grew up in the Ginter Park area of Richmond. He was an avid Boy Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow, achieving Eagle Scout rank and receiving the God and Country award at the age of 13. He enjoyed many camping trips with the scouts; most memorable was a trip to New Mexico where he came face to face with a bear. He attended Thomas Jefferson and Henrico High Schools. He graduated from Virginia Tech, where he met his wife of 38 years. Up until his illness, Tom managed commercial real estate. He was a member of Northminster Baptist Church and a former member of the Richmond Sail and Power Squadron. He enjoyed the outdoors, animals, music and spiritual exploration including dream work. The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Monday, Feb. 17. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Merkel cell carcinoma research, payable to “University of Washington MCC Research.” Send to Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD, University of Washington, Dermatology, 850 Republican St., Brotman Building, Room 242, Box 358050, Seattle, Wash. 98109.

Constance “Connie” Napier Mitchell, 58, of Ashland passed away Feb. 14, 2014. Preceded in death by her mother Genevieve “Janie” Napier. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jeff Mitchell; three children, Gennifer Calabrese (Greg), Charlotte Green (Donald), and Mary “Opee” Martin (Timmy); two grandchildren, Anna Calabrese and Caleb Martin; her father Albert “Buddy” Napier; her sister Cecilia Gayle (Wayland); her brother Bernard Napier; and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. She was a proud and loving wife, mother, and Gammy. The family received friends Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland, where services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Interment private. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to At Home Care Hospice, 4118 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.

Nancy Violet Nimmo, 70, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord Feb. 11, 2014. She was preceded by her parents, Dorothea and Sanford Nimmo; brother, Robert Nimmo. She is survived by her daughters, Tammy Stubbs Ingram (Chris) and Tana Stubbs Starke (Steve); grandchildren, Lisa, Daniel, Scottie, Allison, Matthew and Brittany; sister, Charlotte Holzbach; friend, Dewitt Taylor; and a host of family and friends. Nancy was the member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church. She loved her family and caring for people. The family received friends Friday, Feb. 14, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mechanicsville Baptist Church. Interment Monday, Feb. 17, at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Mechanicsville Baptist Church.

Minnie Groseclose Uzzle, 94, of Mechanicsville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Uzzle Jr. She is survived by son, John Paul Daniel Uzzle; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Harvey Uzzle; grandson, Adam Joseph Uzzle; sister, Josephine Pruner of Marion, Va., and many nieces and nephews. Minnie served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. She served in the Women’s Army Corps at Veterans Administration Hospitals in the U.S. and Japan. She loved to work in her garden. She was a long-time season ticket holder to the Richmond Braves and volunteered in the church office at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for over 40 years. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, and where a memorial service will be held 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Mechanicsville or the American Heart Association.

Thomas R. Vest, Sr., 84, of Mechanicsville, burst into heaven Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rachel “Rae” Carter Vest; two children, Thomas “Tommy” R. Vest Jr. and Diane M. Vest, all of Mechanicsville. Tom overcame extreme odds after a childhood accident that left him partially blind with amputated fingers to become a successful traffic engineer for the state of Virginia where he worked for 36 years. Throughout his life, he enjoyed time hunting and fishing, the river and keeping up with NASCAR events. He also thoroughly enjoyed his friendships with each of his many dogs throughout his life. He was totally dedicated to his family and always put others before himself. Tom was a sweet and selfless man and is sorely missed. The family received friends Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at the Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville Chapel, followed by memorial services.

Merle C. Washington, of Glen Allen, passed away peacefully Feb. 15, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Raleigh L. Washington; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Tony Sharpenstein; mother, Bernice Blevins; two sisters, Pat Howard and Judy Brewer; and brother, Lawrence Cochran. She is also survived by six nephews and eight grand-nephews. The family received friends Tuesday at The Monaghan Funeral Home, where services were held Wednesday. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.

Lena K. Whiteside, 78, of Ashland, passed away Feb. 13, 2014. She was preceded in death by her three siblings, Mary Florence Wood, Thomas Harris, and Ellen McDougle. She is survived by her husband, Nelson L. Whiteside; two children, Bobby Whiteside (Linda) and Deborah Whiteside; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Jaclyn, Zachary, Windy and Ryan; three great grandchildren, Kami, Mya, and Asher; three sisters, Erma Traylor, Ruth Traylor and Ethel Wyndham. The family received friends Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland, where services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Interment at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Retired Firefighter, Lt. Robert N. Woodward, 78, of Aylett, was called home Feb. 13, 2014. He is survived by his son, Jim (Kim) Woodward; daughter, Donna (Scott) Roberts; grandchildren, Mandy (Skye) Marsico, Bryan Roberts and Holly Roberts. He is also survived by his brother, Wayne Woodward; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. Bobby retired from the Richmond City Fire Department. A career he truly loved. He also was a Free Mason of 50-plus years. Bobby was always there to help family and friends with projects or whatever else they needed. Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 16, at Monaghan Funeral Home in Mechanicsville. Graveside services were held Monday, Feb. 17, at Hanover Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:22 am