Obituaries, Week of April 24, 2014: Adams, Cecil, Guckel, Hoffman, Hott, Hubbard, Mills, Ramsey, Roddenberry, Royster and VanDenburgh
Roger Holroy “Roy” Adams, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Clarke Adams; and his brother, Raymond Willis “Ray” Adams. He is survived by his loving cousins, Delores Glazebrook of King William, Juanita Glascock (Dewey) of Deltaville, George Watkins (Dorothy), Milton Watkins (Betty) and Ernie Watkins, all of King and Queen; his brother’s partner of 25 years, Jeffry Smith of Richmond; as well as one aunt, numerous cousins and many wonderful friends and coworkers. Roy worked for the State Corporation Commission for 33 years and retired as principal utility appraiser. The family received friends at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, Monday, April 21, 2014. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Providence United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Poorhouse Lane and Providence Road, in Bruington, Va. Family received friends prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Providence United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Betty Watkins, Treasurer, 14519 Richmond Tappahannock Highway, St. Stephens Church, VA 23148.
Derek Glenn Cecil Sr., 52, of Hanover passed peacefully to his Heavenly home Friday April 18, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Wanda, and their children Ashley Petersen (David), Glenn Cecil Jr. (Clara), Brittany Cecil (Josh), and Tabitha Regensburg (Kevin). Grandchildren: Kimberly, DJ, Skylar, BJ, DeSean, CJ, and Ann Marie. Also left to cherish Derek’s memory is his mother Joyce Stalnaker, Sandra Hines (Robert), and Pamela Stalnaker (DeWayne) in addition to nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Affectionately known as “Red” he was a man everyone respected, admired, and thought the world of. He believed in trusting The Lord above all else, hard work, and cherishing every moment with his family. Derek sensed his time on this earth would be short. He often expressed concern about his family and wanted to ensure they would be taken care of. He was always thinking about everybody else. It didn’t matter how many hours he might’ve already worked on any given day or week, if someone needed his help, he was there. His love and compassion for people was demonstrated daily. He was a very special person. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, attending car shows, and flea markets. The family is forever grateful and deeply appreciative to Danny Middleton of Middleton Heating & Air as well as Holstein Heating & Air. Our eternal gratitude goes out to Don Carter of Hillcrest Baptist Church who was instrumental in bringing Derek to Christ. The love shown to him and his family by the entire Hillcrest congregation touched him deeply. And a heart full of gratitude to Joyce Stalnaker for giving Wanda the love of her life these past 36 years and it will continue on in every tomorrow thru-out eternity. Because of you our children had a wonderful Daddy who was loving, kind, and gentle. We can never thank you enough for Derek. Visitation will be held during a Memorial Service at Hillcrest Baptist Church located at 11342 Hillcrest Road in Hanover at 11 a.m. Friday April 25, 2014.
Helmut E. “Shorty” Guckel, 79, of Mechanicsville, passed away at his home with his family by his side April 13, 2014. Shorty is survived by his beloved wife, Mable Trexler of 44 years; their five children, Charles Southworth (Norma) of West Virginia, Dorothy Warrell of Florida, Theresa Garriques (Steve) of Goochland, Va., Susan Wilmoth (Tim) of Amelia, Va., and Michael Southworth of Richmond; five grandchildren, Christy, Mike, Stephen, Jennifer and Sandy; as well as one great-grandchild, Aidan. In Germany, he leaves two brothers, one sister and many nieces and nephews. He leaves many friends and wonderful neighbors whom he loved and enjoyed dearly. Born in Germany, at the age of 18 he moved to America, where he later became a proud American citizen. He joined Mount Vernon Baptist Church, where his wife, Mable, has been a member since childhood. Early on, he started out as a welder by trade, and he later retired from Hanover County School Maintenance. The family received friends at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Wednesday, April 16. Services were held Thursday, April 17, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, with interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to either the American Lung Cancer Association, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, Community Brain Injury Services, 7812 Shrader Road, Richmond, VA 23294, or Bon Secours Hospice, 7229 Forest Avenue, Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23226.
Dorothea P. “Doris” Hoffman, of Highland Springs, formerly of North Arlington, N.J., passed away Friday, April 18, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Dorothy Pirnat; and her best friend, Donna. Doris is survived by more than 25 people that she considered her sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. She was considered a true friend to her wonderful neighbors. Doris would say, “You know who you are.” Doris retired from Lucent Technologies after more than 30 years of service. Doris will be greatly missed by everyone she knew. She truly touched all our hearts with her generosity and kindness. The family received friends Tuesday, April 22 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Wednesday, April 23. Interment Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her memory, to Hospice of Virginia.
James Cary Hott Jr., of Hanover, passed away April 21, 2014. James is predeceased by two sons, Jimmy and Kenny Hott and is survived by two sons, Danny and Chris Hott; five daughters, Sandra Rash, Lisa Compton, Angela Gove, Doreene Rea and Liz Hott; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family received friends Wednesday at The Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Pkwy, Mechanicsville, where services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday. Interment 12:30 p.m. Signal Hill Memorial Park. The family would like to express their gratitude for the love and support by Dr. Samuel Janney and Pastor Mark Miller.
Earl E. Hubbard, 92, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord April 18, 2014. He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Melrose Yancey. He is survived by his wife, Vondere C. Hubbard; son, Kenneth E. Hubbard Sr.; grandson, Kenneth E. Hubbard Jr. (Hanna); two great-grandchildren, Paulos and Belissa; many nieces, nephews and friends. Earl worked for Reynolds Metals for 34 years. He was a charter member of Shalom Baptist Church. His favorite sport was bowling. A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Shalom Baptist Church, 6395 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shalom Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Doris Ann Gibson Mills, 69, of Beaverdam, went home to be with her Lord and Savior April 18, 2014, after a 12-year battle with cancer. She was a long-time member of the Beaverdam Ladies Auxiliary, and very active in her church, holding two positions for over 15 years. She never met a stranger and always had plenty of hugs to share. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Wilbur Mills; her daughter, Donna Michael (Chris); her son, Roger Mills; three grandchildren, Ashley Mills, Brianna Michael and Austin Mills; and her sister, Mildred Jackson (Butch). The family received visitors Monday, April 21 at Zion Christian Church, in Beaverdam, where funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22. Graveside services were held at Trinity Church. In lieu of flowers, gifts of love may be given to Zion Christian Church, P.O. Box 55, 16158 Beaverdam School Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015, in her memory.
Lawrence C. “Larry” Ramsey, 67, of Ashland, originally from Lyndhurst, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Mary D. Roddenberry, 92, of Ashland, passed away April 21, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Tom Roddenberry and Harry Feild; parents, John and Hattie Dever; and sister, Nellie Groome. She is survived by her three sons, John H. Feild (Kaye), Harry O. Feild, Jr. (Elizabeth) and F. Wayne Davis (Sarah); eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Gertrude D. Button and Mildred D. Hoy. Mary was a retired credit manager for Luck Stone. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a volunteer at Sheltering Arms and McGuire VA Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hanover. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in Sandston. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.
Larry C. Royster, 68, born June 1, 1945, passed away April 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, A.C. Royster. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Nancy Royster; mother, Katie Royster; brother, Van Royster (Sheryl); daughters, Kim W. Green (Rob), Melanie Bohanon; and grandchildren, Taylor, Reese and Ella. He was employed by American Tobacco Company for 27 years and later opened a local marine upholstery business. He was a long-time, devoted member of the Walnut Hill Hunt Club. He loved hunting, fishing, family time and his grandkids. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a true friend to everyone he met. A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 23, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. The family received friends prior to service.
John M. “Jack” VanDenburgh, 75, of Mechanicsville, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his two daughters, Susan VanDenburgh and Mary Davis; son-in-law, Brandon Davis; and two grandsons, Landon and Griffin Davis. He also leaves behind his loving partner, Sharon Heyer, her children and grandchildren. Jack was a welder by trade and owned his own welding and maintenance business. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends solving the problems of the world over breakfast or burgers. Friends will be received at Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Road, Mechanicsville Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m., with a memorial service following at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, 1835 RW Berends Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49519 or Central Virginia Burn Camp, 1960 Candlewyck Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901.