Obituaries, Week of June 26, 2014: All, Alvis, Cook, Doolen, Gerhardt, Jones, Szymczyk and Wood
Charlotte Harrison All, passed away June 20, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband, Clayton; two adoring sons, Allen (Tonya) and Neil (Kelly); one grandchild, Kendal; two adopted grandchildren, Erin and Allison; brother-in-law, Dennis (Loreta); brother, Jeff (Rena); and a host of friends. The family received friends Sunday, June 22, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Monday, June 23. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Kervin J. Alvis, of Aylett, age 61, passed away June 18, 2014. He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Clara Alvis, sisters Penny Wyatt and Sharon Alvis, and brother Dawson “Bubba” Alvis. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Patricia Oliver, a son Jason Alvis, a daughter Amy Alvis White (Joshua), five grandchildren Emily, Jason Jr., Julianne, Rebecca, and Jackson, a brother Larry Alvis, sisters Joann Burroughs, Sibyl Elder, and Crystal Egger, mother-in-law Virginia “Ma” Oliver, brother-in-law Carl Wyatt, two aunts Audrey Hicks and Dolores Hartman. The family received friends Saturday and Sunday at the Monaghan Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, where services were held Monday, interment Hanover Memorial Park. Kervin was a retired mechanic at Bruce Auto Parts after 30 years of service.
Pauline G. Cook, 100, of Mechanicsville, died June 19, 2014. She resided in Kingston, W.Va. for the first part of her life before moving to Virginia in 1958. Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., she was the daughter of the late Mathew and Rose Gerencir, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Austria/Hungary and Yugoslavia. She was predeceased by her husband of 73 years, Harlos N. Cook; daughter, Carole Cook Farrar; brothers, John, Tom, Joe and Billy Gerencir; sisters, Mary Gerencir Higginbothem, Faye Gerencir Daneker and Julia Gerencir Lewis. She is survived by a brother, Jim Gerencir (Kay); sisters, Anne Gerencir Paulin and Margaret Gerencir Boggess; daughter, Pat Cook Godsey; sons and their wives, Terry L. Cook and Landa Talbott Cook, William Rand “Randy” Cook and Laura “Bitty” Nelson Cook; grandchildren, Kelly Godsey (Anthony) Latanzi, Jody Godsey (Craig Stargardt), George Cary Farrar III (Sherry), Sarah Farrar Sargent (Malcome), Gregory Farrar (Mary), Terry (Les) Cook Jr. (Patricia), Anthony (Tony) Cook (Anne), Laura (Katie) Cook; Hannah Cook; great-grandchildren, Jamie Farrar Brown (Greg), George “GC” Farrar IV, Austin Sargent, Savannah Sargent, Gregory “Bo” Farrar, Jacob “Jake” Farrar, David Cook (Colleen), Kevin Cook, Max Cook, Cloe Cook and Ellie Cook; great-great-granddaughter, Harper Brown; and many nieces and nephews. She was retired from the City of Richmond Library Department, and a member of Gethsemane Church of Christ, Mechanicsville. Remains rested at Mechanicsville Chapel, Bennett Funeral Home, where visitation was held Monday, June 23. Funeral services were held at the Gethsemane Church of Christ, Tuesday, June 24. Rev. William Wines officiated. Interment at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gethsemane Church of Christ Building Fund, 5146 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Carol May Doolen, 57, of Glen Allen, left this world Monday, June 16 after her battle with breast cancer came to an end. Her caring and generous nature touched many lives and leaves an immense void for those individuals that were closest to her. She was born on Christmas Day, 1956 in Hudson, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Weed and mother, Norma (Ives) Weed. She lost her beloved sister, Terry Weed four years ago to brain cancer. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Albert Doolen. Their love for each other – while found later in life – was strong and constant. Where you saw Carol, you can be sure that Albert was close by. They did everything together and were inseparable. Their commitment to one another blended two families, giving them ten children of varying ages and personalities. She is survived by daughters, Alicia Davis, Kelli (Davis) Smith, Amanda (McGee) Greene, Terri McGee, Rachel Doolen, Melody (Goodenow) Doolen, Amanda Doolen, Rachael Goodenow and sons, Albert Doolen Jr, and Richard Goodenow III. She is also survived by her sister Helen Sanders and brother-in-law John Sanders, her lifelong adopted son Charles (C.B.) Brooks, and mother-in-law Joyce Doolen. She leaves behind many other in-laws and friends as well. Her children blessed her with 15 grandchildren to love and spoil: Zach, Ava, Bella, KJ, Lily, Jasmine, Easton, Avery, Austin, Hailey, Aubrey, Sean, Amelia, Owen, and Autumn. She was also awaiting the arrival of twins. Carol, along with her husband, Albert owned C & C Cullet Scrap Metal Recycling Center in Ashland, VA. She enjoyed the day-to-day activities of her business and was very involved in the well-being and happiness of her employees. While her management style was very laid back, her work ethic was unyielding. It was this tenacious attitude that propelled her past her very humble beginnings. Carol’s unassuming nature prompted her to always help a person out; always give the benefit of the doubt; always forgive. She gave to many charities and donated to causes that were important to her. While there is no church or religious affiliation to mention – there is sometimes no need. She lived by example. The family received friends at Nelsen Funeral Home in Ashland, Saturday, June. She will also have calling hours at Iocovozzi Funeral Home in Frankfort, N.Y. Thursday, June 26, from 4 – 8 p.m. She will be laid to rest on the following day at 9:30 a.m. in Frankfort, N.Y. Carol believed wholeheartedly in the idea of “pay it forward.” Please be true to her memory by doing the same when you are able.
Mary Cole Gerhardt, 88, formerly of Hanover County, departed June 23, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clota Gerhardt Sr.; daughter, Mary Anne Kemp; and son, Gregory Gene Gerhardt. She is survived by her remaining children, Clota Gerhardt Jr. (Linda) and Deborah G. Hardwicke (John); granddaughters, Lacey Kemp, Jennifer Hudson and Rebecca Gerhardt; great-grandchildren, Kenneth and Alyssa Watson, Kaylyn Crutchfield, Grace Richardson and Daniel Hudson. The family received friends Wednesday, June 25, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Thursday morning, June 26, 2014 in Signal Memorial Park.
Jenn Rallings Jones passed away June 18, 2014 with her family around her at Penick Village, Southern Pines, N.C. Services will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C. with visitation following the service. Interment will be at Signal Hill Memorial Park in Hanover Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 3 p.m. Jenn was born Oct. 11, 1916 in Pageland, S.C., the daughter of Nanne Duffie Rallings and James Monroe Rallings. Jenn was trained as a secretary with her last job being at The School for the Deaf in Greensboro. She was a past member of the American Business Women’s Association, a volunteer at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. and an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C. She was an avid gardener and lover of nature, a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend, and an inspiration to each person whose life she touched. Surviving are her daughter, Rita Jones Menzies, her son in law Robert McGregor Menzies, and grandchildren Phillip Andrew Harrell, Jennifer Lena Harrell, and Anthony Robert Menzies. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship in Nursing previously established in honor of Jenn Jones at the UNCG School of Nursing, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402. Also, to Grace United Methodist Church, 438 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27401, or the Garden Cottage Fund, Penick Village, PO Box 2001, Southern Pines, NC 28388. Online condolences can be made at www.haneslineberryfuneral homes.com.
Edmund F. Szymczyk, of Mechanicsville, passed away June 22, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Dolores; children Cynthia Foley (Michael) and Edmund G. Szymczyk (Nita); treasured grandchildren Alexander, Ian (Kimberly), and Kevin Foley. Ed proudly served his country as a USN Seabee in Korea, he spent his career designing water treatment systems. In addition to his family, Ed loved books, a handful of cookies, and a tightly packed bowl of ice cream. A mass of The Resurrection will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Church of the Redeemer 8275 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville. The family would like to thank the Oncology and Palliative Care units of the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Hospital for their loving care over the last two years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Unit 1-Q “Journey’s Way” 1201 Broad Rock Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23249, checks to Hospice PAL 1125. Arrangements by Monaghan Funeral Home.
Helen Hall Wood, 99, passed away on June 19, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Hall Sr.; and her son, George E. Hall Jr. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, George “Bennie” Wood; son, Norman E. Hall and his wife, Margaret, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Ruth Hall of Florida; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Dedicated to the Order of the Eastern Star, she was Past Matron of Hanover Chapter 130, O.E.S. and also severed as secretary for 37 years. Mrs. Wood was a long-time member of Fairmount Christian Church, where she was a member of the U & I Sunday School class. She retired from Hanover County, having served as the county’s first director of finance. The family received friends Friday, June 20, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where Eastern Star services were held. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 21, at Fairmount Christian Church, where family received friends. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fairmount Christian Church, the Masonic Home of Virginia, or a charity of your choice.