Obituaries, Week of Jan. 10, 2012: Alred, Dement, Kimbrough, Kopecky, Lowe and Wyatt
Windle R. “Jimmie” Alred, 79, of Mechanicsville, died Jan. 2, 2013. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Alred; and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverley Alred; his two daughters, Cindy Shafer and Sherry Childers (Don); and eight wonderful grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Alred (Joan); and his sisters, Ruth Owens (Kermit), Bobbie Brewington (Etcyle) and Margie Cowan. He was a friend of Bill W. He retired from Richmond Newpapers in 1992 after 37 years. The family received friends Friday, Jan. 4, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday. Interment Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Mechanicsville,. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to Virginia Voice, P.O. Box 15546, Richmond, VA 23227.
Matthew Warren Dement, 20, of Mechanicsville. He is survived by his father, Robert, and mother, Bonnie Dement; his paternal grandparents, Nancy and Robert Dement; maternal grandmother, June Prillaman; aunt, Sharon and uncle, Lee Weis; aunt, Connie and uncle, Bob Stuckey; uncle, Eric Dement; many cousins, extended family members, friends and co-workers. In loving memory of our beautiful son, we welcome you to join us and celebrate his life. Services were held Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Lynne Jones Kimbrough, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully Jan. 2, 2013 after spending the last year fighting a courageous battle struggling with disease. She was preceded in death by her father, Carey Jones; her mother, Millie Jones; and brothers, Willie and Doug Jones. She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Ned Kimbrough; and her loving son, Carey Kimbrough. Lynne attended Lee-Davis High School, Ferrum College, Longwood University and Mary Baldwin. She was a school teacher at King William County Schools, Liberty Christian and Hanover County Schools. Teaching came naturally to Lynne, and she enjoyed fishing, seafood, animals and making people laugh. She was very social and enjoyed staying in touch with her many friends by phone and Facebook. A celebration of Lynne’s life was held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at the Monaghan Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Lynne’s honor to the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at MCV.
Norma G. Kopecky, 87, of Ashland, passed away Jan. 1, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward T. Kopecky and her daughter, Marilyn E. Manor. She is survived by her son, Edward Kopecky (Maureen); her son-in-law, Robert B. Manor; five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. The family received friends Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland. The service was held at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calverton, NY at a later date.
William Carroll Lowe, 70, of Richmond, died Jan. 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father, William Clarence Lowe of Ashland, Ky.; his mother, Jess Celeste (Raybourn) Lowe of Olive Hill, Ky.; and also by his brother, Kenneth Michael Lowe of Richmond. Surviving are his wife, Beverley Lynn (Watson) Lowe of Richmond; daughter, Tonya Carroll Pinter of Beaverdam; and two grandchildren, Dakota Matthew Johnston and Jacob David Mitchell Gray. Bill retired from the Richmond Police Department with 25 years service. After his retirement, he was employed as a security supervisor for Wackenhut Security under contract for Philip Morris; director of security for the Jefferson Hotel; and retired as investigator for the Venetian and Palazzo Hotel Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nev. His last employment was with Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. He was an active member of the Richmond Retired Police Officers Association; active member, Richmond Fraternal Order of Police; and active member, Blue Knights Virginia III Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Mechanicsville Chapel, Bennett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Walter Carroll Wyatt, 80, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 surrounded by his family. Walter was born on March 5, 1932 in Middlesex County, Va., to Rosser and Annie Laurie Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his parents, and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara; son, David (Beth) Wyatt; and daughter, Carol (Dan) Steiner; grandchildren, Preston Wyatt, Morgan Steiner and John Steiner; sisters, Margarette Wyatt Howell and Mary Wyatt Lloyd; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Walter was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Walter was a member of Northside Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, traveling, shooting pool and loved spending time with his family and friends; he was dearly loved by so many. Walter served in the Army during the Korean War and he later became a bus driver for Greater Richmond Transit Company. He loved to drive and the skill served him well when planning trips for his family and church friends. The family received friends Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Monday. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Northside Baptist Church.