Obituaries, Week of July 17, 2014: Brackett, Buchanan, Corker, Ferri, Huggett, Kemp, Mills-Brown and Schwartz
Dewey Richard Brackett, 78, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord July 9, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dock and Nora Brackett; and four siblings. He is survived by his devoted wife, Rachel; two daughters, Linda Diehr (Mel) and Pam McGhee (Mac); two granddaughters, Laurel and Anna; sister, Bernice Johns; many nieces, nephews and one special nephew, Mark Hepler of Palmyra, Va.; special friends, Al and Jodat Hadad; his beloved Pug, Brutus. Dewey was born in Waynesville, N.C. At the age of 12, his family moved to Lee Hall, Va. to work on a dairy farm; later moving to Richmond to continue their dairy farming. At an early age, Dewey was gifted with mathematics, which led him to electronics and to the field of an electronic technician. He excelled in auto mechanics, working with cooling and heating. He was very religious and read his Bible on a daily basis. The family received friends Monday, July 14, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Tuesday, July 15. Interment Oakwood Cemetery.
Dorothy (Dot) Carr Buchanan, 86, of Ashland, passed away July 15, 2014. She was born Nov. 15, 1927 in Audubon, N.J. to Paul M. and Anna Carr. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Will E. Buchanan, Jr. and her loving son Will E. “Web” Buchanan, III. Dot moved to Ashland, when she was 14 years old. She loved Ashland as it truly was her “Center of the Universe.” She was the school secretary at Henry Clay Elementary School for 20 years and will be remembered fondly as the warm and friendly smile that greeted so many upon entering the school. She was an active member of Independence Christian Church. Dot’s favorite thing in the world was to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and her many lifelong friends. She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Craig Ross of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Carol Buchanan of Mechanicsville; grandsons, Matt Ross, Sam Ross, and Brock Buchanan and granddaughter, Casie Buchanan; and her loving nieces and nephew. The family will receive friends at the Nelsen Funeral Home – Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Independence Christian Church, Ashland, with interment to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Independence Christian Church and the American Cancer Society.
Alexandria Jade Pollay Corker, of King William, passed away July 8, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband Jonathan, daughters Madison and Madilyn, son Jamison, mother Cassandra Diane Deavers, brother Byron Pollay (Stefanie), grandmother Phyllis Deavers, aunts April Cypress (Lydell), and Cassy Harper, In-laws Zoe and Wayne Corker, brother-in-law Matthew Corker (Jordan), and dear friend Jenna Jennings. She never stopped fighting and loved every minute with her children. She was the family rock and kept everyone together. She held her head high and was always quick to tell you what she thought. She loved life and reading, her favorites being Anne Rice and the Harry Potter series. Later in her life she acquired a passion for baking, then began co-coaching her girls “Premier Elite” cheering. She loved gardening and had a love for gnomes. The family received friends Thursday at the Monaghan Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, where services were held Friday; interment at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jade’s Crusade, c/o Essex Bank, P.O. Box 26 Manquin VA, 23106, or may be dropped off at any Essex Bank location.
Fannie S. Ferri, 92, of Old Church, went home to the Lord July 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; five brothers and one sister. She is survived by four children, John J. Ferri (Kathy), Jane Ferri, Pat Ruffner (Ed) and Brenda Bell; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise Criswell (Billy). She was born and raised in Macon, N.C., retired from C&P Telephone Company, and was a member of Gethsemane Church of Christ, where she was active in the CWF. Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 15, at Signal Hill Memorial Park.
George Wilbur Huggett, Jr., 67, died Friday July 11, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. He touched many people with his great personality and wonderful outlook on life, to live it to the fullest with family, friends and anyone that he met. He loved playing video games, facebooking, collecting M&M memorabilia, attending the races in Daytona and especially hanging with all of the grand kids. George served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, worked for Mary Jane Bakery for 18 years and for Fallen Trucking Company, in Richmond, where he currently was employed as a truck driver for the USPS since 1999. He raised his family in Gloucester then moved to Richmond where he currently resided. George was preceded in death by his father, George W. Huggett; mother, Dorothy M. Huggett; sister, Mary L. Mattson; and grandson, Noah Lee Huggett. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Huggett; sister, Bonnie Huggett West; brothers, Michael W. Huggett and Ronald D. Huggett; children, George W. Huggett III, Carrie Huggett Ross and John Thomas Huggett; grandchildren, Kayla Ross, Karley Ross and Christian Ross; stepdaughter, Katie Passero; and grandson, Hayes Passero; also many other relatives and in-laws. A viewing was held Tuesday, July 15 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 16 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, Hampton, Va. Interment immediately followed the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Noah Lee Huggett to his charity, F3AR. LLC, P.O. Box 92, Gloucester, VA 23062.
Carol Vencill Kemp, of Mechanicsville, loving mother, went to heaven to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at her residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Mable Vencill. She is survived by her two sons, Scott Long and Michael Kemp (Nicole); three daughters, Christine Summers (Leonard), Rhonda Porter (Allen) and Melanie Ledbetter (Robbie); nine precious grandchildren, and one very sweet great-grandchild; one brother, David Vincell (Wanda); six sisters, Freida Tench (Boyce), Wanda Faye Cameron (Taft), Shelby Harris, Darlene Buono (Tom), Aileen Mahoney (Mike) and Vivian Beach (Eddie). She was a dedicated, hard worker for Verizon and retired after 30 years of service. She enjoyed reading her Bible daily, going on morning walks and praying for her family and others. She will be greatly missed by all. The family received friends Friday, July 11, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, July 12, 2014. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Linda Mills-Brown, 64, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 8, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Artis Mills; and is survived by her son, Mathew Mills; brother, Tom Brown; two nieces, one great-niece, as well as one sister-in-law. The family received friends Thursday, July 10, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Friday, July 11, at Merchant Hope Memorial Gardens in Hopewell.
William Clifton “Clif” Schwartz, 43, of Glen Allen, passed away July 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William “Pat” and Annie Mae Patterson and paternal grandparents, Russell and Esther Schwartz. He is survived by his parents, Patricia and Edwin Schwartz; sister, Amy Schwartz DiNatale (Jason); and niece, Eden DiNatale. Clif worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections Education Division. He was a member of Westhunt Baptist Church. He was a member of Clan Donald and loved to play the bagpipes and the fiddle. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Westhunt Baptist Church, 3801 West End Drive, Henrico, VA 23294. Interment will be at Winn’s Baptist Church cemetery, 12320 Winn’s Church Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: Bon Secours Hospice, 8580 Magellan Parkway, Richmond, VA 23227, Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, P.O. Box 15732, Loves Park, IL 61132 or to any organization that helps ill children or adults with addictions.