Obituaries, Week of Aug. 14, 2014: Brown, Clay, Dunn, Light, McCue, Smith, Thompson and Wood
Rosie Mae Brown died Aug. 6, 2014. She was born Jan. 21, 1933 in Richmond to Homer and Laura Bruce. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Roy Brown and second husband Billy Branch, grand-daughter Jackie Brown, Brothers: Elwood Bruce, Leonard Bruce, Aubrey Bruce, Frank Bruce, Johnny Bruce and Wesley Bruce. Sisters, Betty Shook, Shirley Bailes and Ethel Shook. Left to cherish her memory, are sons Roger Lee Brown and wife Ann of Rocky Mount, Va. and Barry Brown of Greensboro, grandsons, Roger Lee Brown Jr. of Greensboro and Jacob Brown of Greensboro, Great-grandson Elijah Carter of Greensboro, sisters, Virginia Breedlove of Richmond, Evelyn Barlow and husband Tony of Ruther Glen, Dorothy Jarrell and husband Al of Ashland, Brothers, Francis Bruce and wife Helen, Bobby Bruce and wife Barbara. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at Forbis & Dick Pleasant Garden Chapel. Burial followed at Burnett’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery on Old Randleman Road, Greensboro, N.C. The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Clapp’s Nursing Center in Pleasant Garden, N.C.
Betty Fahrbach Clay, 91, of Ashland, passed away Aug. 8. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa. She was the daughter of the late William F. Fahrbach and Anna McCauley Fahrbach of Crewe, Va. She graduated from Crewe High School in Crewe, Va., and Pan American Business School in Richmond. She was a member of the Ashland Presbyterian Church and the Ashland Junior Woman’s Club. She worked at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland from 1967-1994. She was an avid lover of the beach and had spent as much time there as she could since childhood. Mrs. Clay was a devoted mother. She is survived by her seven children: daughters, Sandra C. Copler and husband Tom of Montpelier, Karen C. Winston and husband John of Nags Head, N.C., and Hollis C. Bondurant and husband Gary of Richmond; sons, James Clay and wife Bernadine of Montpelier, Tommy Clay and wife Gail of Beaverdam, Andrew Clay and wife Karen of Montpelier, and Bill Clay and wife Aurelia of Lafayette, La. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Limerick of Richmond, but is survived by sisters, Willa Powers of Tampa, Fla., and Shirley Baker of Richmond; and a brother, William Fahrbach of Troutville, Va. The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 10 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland. Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 11 at Woodland cemetery in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad, 203 Duncan Street, Ashland, VA 23005.
Katherine S. Dunn, 87, of Mechanicsville, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dunn; and son, Steve Kocsis. She is survived by her son, Alex Kocsis (Virginia); beloved daughter-in-law, Bonnie Creekmore; three granddaughters, Patricia Johnson (Chuck), Susan Kocsis and Kimberly Loving (Mac); four great-granddaughters, Cameron Murry, Jazmin Johnson, Katelyn Kocsis and Melayna Loving; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Katherine was a lifelong resident of Hanover County and retired from DMV. Visitation was held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Interment followed in Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Clayton “Clay” Henry Light Jr., of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully Aug. 6, 2014. Clay’s biggest joy in life was sharing the love of his four daughters, Ann (Doug), Carrington, Whitney (Paul) and Cate (Allan) and only son, Clayton “Tripp” Henry Light III (deceased), with his wife, Jan Ashby. The happiness in his heart grew when his grandchildren, Tripp, Grace, Elsa and Zen, were born. Clay is survived by his loving mother, Lucy Ann Light; and siblings, Ronnie (Donna), Steve “Weeba”, Jo Jo and Karen Lahocki (John); along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Clayton Henry Light Sr. Born Oct. 2, 1947, Clay was an Army veteran who proudly served in Vietnam and other areas around the world. In 2011, Clay and his daughters traveled back to Heidelberg, Germany, where he was stationed for 13 months during his service to his country. Reflecting on the trip, Clay said, “I had the time of my life.” An alumnus of Lee-Davis High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, Clay shared his love of sports with his daughters by taking them to VCU basketball games early on. He was thrilled about VCU’s recent success in the NCAA tournament. He was also an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and Hanover Hawks with his star nephew, Kevin, on the pitcher’s mound. Clay loved Hanover County and his volunteer work was never ending. He was an honorary deputy of the Sheriff’s Office, long-time member of Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers, where he represented Hanover County as a board member, graduate of and top advocate for Citizen’s Police Academy, loyal participant of Citizen’s Courtesy Patrol and devoted member of the Hanover Businessmen’s Association and the Mechanicsville Ruritan Club. Clay simply loved being a part of and giving back to his community. A homebuilder by trade, Clay’s superior craftsmanship can be seen all over Hanover. Clay had a reputation as a perfectionist and everyone could attest to his beautiful work. Clay’s family wishes to express gratitude to the loyal team he worked with over his 50-year career. Clay’s family would also like to thank his closest friends for their constant love and support, his OOGH and poker buddies, Chuck and Martha, Nancy, Neil, Ernie, Sheila and Kenny, Stuart, Dave, Rudy, Tommy, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Department officers, staff and everyone who touched his heart throughout his life. If it so moves you, work a crossword puzzle, make a Nilla Wafer sandwich with peanut butter and toast to Clay’s legacy. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Please join the family in celebrating Clay’s life at Bennett’s Funeral Home, Mechanicsville Chapel, located at 8014 Lee-Davis Road, with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 and a memorial service 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. In lieu of flowers, Clay’s family requests memorial contributions be made to Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Foundation or VCU’s Ram Athletic Fund.
Albert Marshall McCue Jr., 86, of Mechanicsville, passed away Aug. 8, 2014. He was born in Richmond Oct. 17, 1927 to the late Rosa Carwell and Albert M. McCue Sr. Albert; is survived by his loving children, Kenneth M. McCue (Carol), John W. McCue (Robin), Patrick A. McCue (Nancy) and Pamela M. Elkins (Mark); and his beloved grandchildren, Molly McCue, Alyssa McCue, Caroline McCue, Casey Elkins, Maura Elkins and Peyton Elkins. Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Ashburn McCue; and his sister, Norma Lee McCue Ohlson. Albert attended the University of Richmond, and was a member of Cool Spring Baptist Church. He served in the Army of the United States from 1946 to 1947. Albert retired from the Virginia Department of Taxation after more than 20 years of service. Friends may visit and pay their respects Thursday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road. Services will be held the following day at 11 a.m. at Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Road. Albert will be laid to rest with his wife at 2:30 p.m. in the Wesley Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 1272 Taylors Creek Road, Weems, Va.
Helen Scott Smith, 85, of Ashland, passed away Aug. 11, 2014, of a recent illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lee Smith; and son, Darryl Anthony Smith, and is survived by her daughter, Lark Scott Smith of Stafford, Va.; son, Todd Lee Smith of Great Mill, Md.; sister, Sue Sampson of Richmond; grandchildren, Kristen and Raymond Wooldridge; great-grandchild, Aden Turner; as well as three nieces and one nephew. Helen attended Hanover Friends Church for many years. Some of her favorite hobbies were sewing, couponing, cake decorating, baking, and reselling items bought at thrift stores. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, with services beginning at 2 p.m. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
James W. Thompson Sr., went to be with the Lord Aug. 2, 2014, while in the care of Tidelands Community Hospice, in Georgetown, S.C. He was a long-time resident of Mechanicsville, but relocated to Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 2001. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nadean Thompson; and son, James W. Thompson Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Gaynelle Newsome Thompson; children, Wanda Miller, Kathy Clark and Michael Newsome; five grandchildren, Kenneth Dean, Dwayne Thorpe (Angel), Chris Clark (Tammy), Jeremy Clark, Ashley Martin (Andy); great-grandchildren, Brittany and Steven Childress, Beau and Belle Clark, Eden Martin, Collin Newton, Kaelin Boring and Christian Clark; and sister, Francis Effinger (Bobby). Mr. Thompson retired a lieutenant from the sheriff’s office. He served 15 years in Hanover County, and 15 years in Henrico County. He was a former member of Northside Baptist Church in Mechanicsville. The family received friends Friday, Aug. 8 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where a procession left Saturday for a graveside service in Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, Glen Allen. Memorial services were held at Timberlake Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Timberlake Baptist Church, 9850 Highway 707, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29588 or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, S.C. 29440.
Roland Wentworth “Woody” Wood, 81, of Mechanicsville, passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Woody is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Hammock Wood; two daughters, Deborah Miller (Bret) and Brenda Crumpler (Dwayne); three grandchildren, Mitchell (Ashley) and Joey Miller and Michael Crumpler; great-grandson, Braxton Miller; a loving aunt, Evelyn Yancey; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Woody was an active member of Gethsemane Church of Christ. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. He retired from Prudential. Visitation was held Sunday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 11. Interment followed at Gethsemane Church of Christ Cemetery.