Obituaries, Week of July 24, 2014: Braxton, Hall, Lynch, Mullenbrock and Parr
Judith Anne “Judy” Braxton, 70, of Aylett, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; and brother, Charles Riedel; and she is survived by three sisters, Mary Mullenbrock, Cora Nyvil and Regina Faulconer; nephew, Charles Riedel Jr. (Christine); great-nephews, Joseph and Lucas; sister-in-law, Carol Riedel; as well as loving and devoted friend, Chris Vistein. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, with services beginning at 7 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Central Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Court, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23226, or the Richmond SPCA, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220.
Linwood M. “Lin” Hall, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Jo Lyle Hall; his parents, Henry L. Hall and Mattie Shackelford Hall. He is survived by his children, Nancy Strong and her husband, Bubba, of Florida and Connie Boswell of Williamsburg; three grandchildren, Craig Strong (Tricia), Drew Strong and Colin Boswell (Ashley); two great-granddaughters, Lily and Alex Strong; brother, Melvin Hall (Pat) of Williamsburg; two sisters, Gladys Harris and Jean Johnson (Bob) of Mechanicsville; and two special cousins, Alice Lingerfelt and Robert Ernest Prince. Linwood graduated from John Marshall High School at age 16, joined the Merchant Marines at age 17 and served in the Pacific and Atlantic during World War II. After leaving the Merchant Marines, he went to work at C&P Telephone Co., starting as a lineman and retired as a manager after 40 years. After retiring, he and his wife spent most of their time on the Chesapeake Bay on their boat “JoLin.” Now they have “gone fishing.” The family received friends Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.
John David Lynch, 57, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was born in Germany and raised in Alabama and has lived in Ashland since 1979. He is survived by his wife, Pansy Rose Lynch; children, Johnny Ray Lynch, Langdon Lynch, Samantha Fine and Mark Rakes; two grandchildren, Matthew and Jacob; brothers and sisters, Victor Lynch, Danny Lynch, Connie Tappan, Mark Lynch, Suzanne Layne, Angela Easterwood and Deborah Moreland; beloved Aunt Betty; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was a beloved husband, a “true southern gentleman” and an amazing, loving father and grandfather. He was a superintendent and master carpenter for Monument Construction LLC and was a member of the National Rifle Association. The family received friends Tuesday, July 22 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland, where services were held Wednesday, July 23. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover.
Walter J. Mullenbrock, 76, of Mechanicsville, ended his journey Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Carl Voelker; and is survived by his wife, Mary; first wife, Lillian Tiebert; son, James W. Mullenbrock; daughter, Nancy Voelker; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family received friends Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home with memorial services. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richmond SPCA, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220.
Renee Saunders Parr, 30, of Mechanicsville, passed away July 14, 2014. Renee lived her life with passion, joy and love, “and in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.” She is survived by her husband, Zach; daughter, Avery Emerson; parents, Raymond and LaVerne (Crumpler) Saunders; sister, Rachel “Bobalou;” maternal and paternal grandmothers, Jerry Crumpler and Lillian Saunders; Zach’s parents, Allan and Terry Parr; Zach’s sister and her husband, Leah “Bee” and Buck Dalton; niece, Aubrey; Zach’s grandmother, Bessie Dowdy; and countless extended family and friends. Renee was a graduate of Atlee High School (2002) and Radford University (2006). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and began her dream career with Hanover County Public Schools, where she was a first grade teacher at Mechanicsville Elementary School. Renee was a coach and mentor for the Atlee High School Cheerleading Squad. Renee had a lifelong passion for dance, from Plié-ing as a tiny ballerina, to busting some moves with Zach, and most recently introducing the art of dance to her beloved Avery. “When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.” The family of Renee Saunders Parr received friends Friday, July 18, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, July 19, at Cool Spring Baptist Church Recreation Center. The graveside ceremony was private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to “Hanover Education Foundation, Attn: Renee’s Cheerios,” P.O. Box 1297, Ashland, VA 23005. This foundation is rooted in the love and generosity Renee shared with children that were in need in any way. Renee felt strongly about helping children in need because they deserved every opportunity to become the grown-up they dreamed to be. It broke her heart to think about and she always strived to meet their needs even with the simplest bags of Cheerios for snack time. All proceeds will go to the students of Mechanicsville Elementary School to help with school supplies, lunches, coats, shoes, field trips or any other needs a student may have throughout the year.