Obituaries, Week of April 17, 2014: Blankenship, Doyle, Evenson, Fuller, Johnson, Martin, Smith, West, Woodson and Woodson
William Thomas Blankenship Sr., 85, of Mechanicsville, passed away April 8, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wives, Violet T. Blankenship and Betty A. Blankenship. He is survived by his son, William T. Blankenship, Jr. (Karen Blankenship); daughters, Valerie L Thacker (Robert N. Thacker, Jr.) and Diane E. Collins; grandchildren, Tyler Lee Blankenship, Seth Collins and Sydney Collins; and sisters, Bernice MacFarland, Daisy Hall and Thelma Tinsley. Billy was retired from Northside Electric Company as a field superintendent. He was a former president of the Virginia Field Trial Association and also a 60-year veteran of Local Electrical 666 Union. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant and was twice awarded the good conduct medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal, and a United States Medal. The family received friends Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland. Graveside services were held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, Richmond.
Mark Allan Doyle, 59, of Richmond, peacefully passed away in his home Monday, April 7, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Rolland Palmer Doyle Jr. (2009); and his wife, Vickie Doyle (2011). He is survived by his son, Joshua Doyle; mother, Helen Doyle; siblings, Bob Doyle (Susan), Dawn Roberson (Allen) and Barbara Doyle; along with many other relatives and friends. Born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., he later took residence in Virginia where he went on to serve six years in the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged as Corporal in 1979. The family received friends Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home.
John E. (Ed) Evenson, 72, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa D. Lloyd (Tom); two granddaughters, Sarah and Katherine Lloyd; two sisters, Edwina E. Smithson and Sandra E. Rutherford; his former wife and best friend, Norma L. Evenson; and his loving cats, Lisa, Sydney, Lilly, and Jack. Ed was the former owner of Southern Appraisal Company and a member of Biltmore Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 with a visitation one hour prior at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. Interment will be at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Biltmore Baptist Church or Hanover County Humane Society.
Roy Alonzo Fuller, 67, of Richmond, was born Oct. 22, 1946, and died unexpectedly in his Lakeside home Friday, April 4, 2014. His parents, Luther and Alice Fuller; and sister, Sue, preceded him in death. Roy “Rusty” is survived by his big brother, Roger “Buck;” and leaves behind beloved daughters, Stephanie and Dianne; favorite nephews, Jason, Tony, J.R. and Tom; niece, Linda; and the littlest loves of his life, grandchildren, Phoebe, A.J. and Christopher; plus a whole host of grandnieces, grandnephews and in-laws. Roy graduated Hermitage High School in 1966, served as a Merchant Marine in Vietnam in the late 60s, studied HVAC systems in the early 70s, then settled down into a mostly quiet life of advocacy and devotion to his favorite cause, listening to great music, and entertaining his companions and guests with stories of intrigue, conspiracy, and social revolution. Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding his death, there is some comfort in knowing that Roy died doing exactly what he most loved. Funeral services were held at Bennett Funeral Home, in Mechanicsville, Monday, April 14, 2014. Graveside services followed at Northern Neck Memorial Gardens, in Callao, Va., so that Roy could be laid to eternal rest. Friends were encouraged to don their favorite tie-dye or rock or reggae band T-shirt in Roy’s honor.
Eugene F. “Gene” Hall, 74, of Hanover, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was a lifetime member of Eastern Hanover Volunteer Fire Dept., Company 3, the Cold Harbor Ruritan Club, and was a member of Corinth Christian Church. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest C. and Lillie Hughes Hall; and his first wife, Estell Morrison Hall. He is survived by his wife, June O. Hall; son, Dale Hall (Virginia); four daughters, Robin Hall, Karen Smith (Steve), Valerie Long (Steve) and Crystal Small (Wade); nine grandchildren, Bud and Nicole Hall, Chevy Throckmorton, William Smith, Stephen Jr., Ashley and Amanda Long, Alexis and William Small Jr.; brother, Bobby Hall (Nancy); as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members. The family received friends Friday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, April 12, 2014. Interment Corinth Christian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
James T. “Tommy” Johnson, 75, of Henrico, went to be with his heavenly Father on April 10, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie; parents, Willie and Elizabeth; brothers, Wesley and Garland. He is survived by two nieces, Paulette Davidson (Shannon) and Regina Potis (Joshua); two great-nieces, LeeAnne Davidson and Emily Moss; two sisters-in-law, Ethel and Joy. Tommy served eight years in the U.S. Army National Guard and was a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He worked as a CPA until his retirement, and was a member of Fairmount Memorial Baptist Church for his entire life. The family received friends Sunday, April 13 and Monday, April 14, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home where services were held Tuesday, April 15. Interment Washington Memorial Park.
JoAnne B. Martin, 71, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully April 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Junie and Vernelle Bosher; and brother, Bubba Bosher. She is survived by her children, William Dale Custalow (Pam), Tonya Custalow-Pearsall (Ron); four grandchildren, Hunter, James, Samantha and Ronald. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and she will be greatly missed. The family received friends Friday, April 11, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 2014. Interment Riverview Cemetery.
Claude F. Smith, 80, passed away into the arms of Jesus April 12. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Selena Smith; 11 brothers and sisters; wife, Phyllis Smith; and his best friend, Kirk Harris. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Smith; children, Robin Hare (Barry), C.F. Smith (Josie), Bonnie Summerlin (Jackie), Glenn Smith, Kari LaVecchia, Kristi Harrison (Kevin) and Susan Morgan; 13 grandchildren, Jonathan, Lauren, Justin (Brittany), Daniel, Michael, Connor, Ryan, James Blake, Alex, Kalli, Paige, Tate, Adrienne; three great-grandchildren, Addyson, Mason, and Hailee; niece, Janet Cole; and great-nephew, Matthew. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends. He was a faithful man – faithful to his God, his country, his family and his friends. He served his country in the United States Army in Germany. He retired from Sun Oil Company after 25 years of service. He was a member of Fairmount Christian Church and was baptized there. His hobbies included fishing with his children, grandchildren, and friends; refinishing antique furniture and working on cars. He was known as another “Mr. Fix-it” and delighted in the good times, especially garage parties and Thursday nights out. He was a member of Washington-Henry Masonic Lodge #344 AF&AM, ACCA Shriners, a lifetime member of the VFW 9808 and Moose Lodge 1947. The family wishes to thank Doctors Payne, Wong and Gonzales for their loving care. The family received friends Monday, April 14, with a Masonic Memorial Service in the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, and where funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15. Interment Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Fairmount Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 788, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Helen G. West, of Highland Springs, passed away April 9, 2014. She is survived by two daughters, Wendy Luck and Helena Goodman; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Saturday at Washington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Pkwy., Mechanicsville.
Paul “Pete” Termon Woodson, II, 73, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, went to be with Jesus April 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Ellen and Paul Termon Woodson. He is survived by his wife and love of his life for 48 years, Jewell Woodson; children, Trey Woodson and Keri Richardson (Don); grandchildren Cayman, Keleigh, and Caydon; and sister, Regina Woodson. The family received friends Wednesday, April 16 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, with a graveside funeral service in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Virginia Sue Woodson, 58, lost her battle with leukemia April 6, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, Dennis W. Shiflett Sr. She is survived by Jerry Woodson Sr.; her two sons, Chris and Matt Bullock; grandson, Kaiden; mother, Mary Virginia Shiflett; sisters, Sharon Hays (Marty), Shirley Theisen (Robert), Mary Gail Goodwin (Mark Sr.); and brother, Dennis W. Shiflett Jr. The family received friends Thursday, April 10, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Homes, and where services were held Friday, April 11, 2014. Interment Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massey Cancer Center at VCU or the Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund.