Obituaries, Week of Jan. 24, 2012: Cannington, Flannagan, Holloway, Kisamore, Lipscomb, Lowery, Schneider, Sessler, Shumaker, Sweat and Thomas

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm


Marie J. “Judy” Cannington, 74, of Mechanicsville, passed away surrounded by family Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. She was preceded in death by her son, Gregory Neil. She is survived by her loving husband, John; her children, John Jr., her daughter-in-law, Jodi, David, Alison Adams, her son-in-law, Tim; and her four grandchildren, Kyle, Megan, received friends Friday, Jan. 18 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, Jan. 19. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.


Lucille Davis Flannagan, 89, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Helen Lucille Campbell and Ella Joyce Flannagan; and two grandchildren, Ivan Owens and Helen Jean Hodges. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Clyde; son-in-law, Ernest Flannagan Jr.; nine grandchildren, Eleanor Baldwin, Michael Campbell, Patricia Major, Elizabeth Edwards, Ernie Flannagan, Angela Richards, Teresa Flannagan, Margaret Maynard and Julie Woodel; 19 great-grandchildren, as well as seven great-great-grandchildren. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery.


Velvie (Fuzzy) Holloway, 52, of Ruther Glen, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.She is survived by a companion, Tom Wine; a son, Bennie Joe Holloway; a brother, Stuart L. Hall (Linda); a sister, Rebecca Gale Hall; also a number of nieces and nephews. She was a production manager for Pine Factory Furniture Company where she was employed for 25 years. She was a loving mother, a member of the Ashland Moose Lodge, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. The family received friends Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland, where funeral services were held. Interment was at Independence Christian Church Cemetery.


Charles H. Kisamore, 77, of Ruther Glen died Jan. 18, 2013 at his home. Mr. Kisamore, who was born in West Virginia, had retired as a bridge superintendent and was a loyal member of the Ashland Moose Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maron W. “Ronnie” Kisamore. Survivors include his two sons, Doug Kisamore and his wife, Kathy, of Beaverdam and Lance Kisamore and his wife, Sandy, of Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Mary Pierson of El Paso, Texas; and two grandsons, Drew Kisamore of Richmond and Mitch Kisamore of Charleston, S.C. He was preceded in death by seven half-brothers and sisters who were from Petersburg, W. Va. A memorial service was scheduled 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at Church of our Savior in Montpelier. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Special Olympics, 3212 Skipwith Road, Richmond, VA 23294. Funeral arrangements were by Storke Funeral Home in Bowling Green.


Barbara Ella Holt Yeary Lipscomb, of Mechanicsville, died Jan. 15, 2013. Barbara was born July 1, 1934 in Lee County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sterling Elbert and Bertha Lucinda Vaughn Holt; her husband, Herbert Shirley Lipscomb Jr.; a daughter, Rebecca Susan Yeary Yates; a son, Sterling David Yeary; and sisters, Eula Mae Harmon, Betty Alice Parsons and Mary Blanch Smith Fannon. Barbara was faithful in her Christian walk, serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in her daily life, by ministering to those she would meet. She was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church and a member of Mechanicsville Order of the Eastern Star #138. Surviving are sons, Daniel S. Yeary (Betsy) and Herbert S. Lipscomb III (Leslie); a daughter, Grace Renee’ Hodge (Timothy); grandchildren, Beau, Wade, Rebecca, Seth, Abby, Michael, Wesley, Bryce, Timothy, Sean Aaron, Carrington, Raleigh and Robert. Funeral services were held Friday at Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville Chapel. Interment was at Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery, King William County. Friends were received Thursday at the funeral home.


Christine Heath Lowery, 84, of Mechanicsville, a much beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Linwood Lowery; father, George Edward Heath; and mother Louise Jennings Banks. She is survived by her step-mother, Doris Heath; daughters, Deborah Lowery Barker and fiance, Ron Schluchter, Cindy Lowery Carey and husband, Wayne; son, Arthur Linwood Lowery and wife, Norea; sister, Paula Banks Chandler and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Jason C. Barker, Colin A. Lowery and wife, Abigail, and Hayley K. Lowery; nephews, Creede M. Nuckols III and Bryan L. Nuckols; step-granddaughter, Blair Carey Redding and husband, Mike and their three children, Jesse, Joey and Dorothy; and step-grandson, Jason E. Carey. Christine was a woman of southern grace and dignity and a joy to those who knew her. After her family, her great loves in life were reading, cooking, and working crossword puzzles. She held leadership roles in U.D.C., D.A.R. and Holly Ridge Christian Church (Trinity). Christine spent many hours volunteering for M.C.E.F. and was active in local women’s gardening and book clubs. She was a member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church. The family received friends Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Fairfield Presbyterian Church, 6930 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Interment Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.


Barbara Harding Schneider, 77, of Mechanicsville, died Jan. 19, 2013, after a long, courageous fight with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Lloyd and Doris Harding; and a sister, Betty Corrada; stepmother, Lois Harding; and a stepbrother, Robert Harding. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bobby Schneider; one son, Glenn (Sidney) Schneider; one daughter, Diane (Wally) Fleming, all of Mechanicsville; three grandchildren, Ben Nelson, Jacksonville, Fla., Susan (Shaun) McCarthy, Glen Allen, Robert Fleming, Mechanicsville; two great-grandchildren, Rieley and Cohen McCarthy; one sister, Lois (Ralph) Kirk, Mechanicsville; and a host of friends and family. She loved her grandchildren and really enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren. Barbara never met a stranger and always had a smile and laugh during her illness. Visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at Mechanicsville Baptist Church. Interment will immediately follow at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hanover Adult Day Care Center, or a charity of your choice.


Virginia Farmer Sessler, age 88, went to be with the Lord Jan. 19, 2013. She was predeceased by her parents, Augustus T. and Nancy W. Farmer; and by her daughter, Sharon S. Foster. She is survived by her daughters, Jean S. Pauley, Pat S. Wright (Steve) and Sue S. Tiller (David); and her son-in-law, Thomas A. Foster. Also surviving are her brother, Reverend Thomas E. Farmer; her sister, Mary F. Calvert; as well as seven grandchildren. Sandra Gravatt, Virginia’s devoted friend, also survives her. Virginia worked for the House of Delegates for 25 years, retiring from the Virginia Department of the Treasury. Graveside services at Forest Lawn Cemetery were held Jan. 22. In lieu of flowers, please make your gift to the Grove Avenue Baptist Church Media Ministry.


Christopher Todd Shumaker, 40, went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 in Gloucester, Va. Family and friends were received at Bennett Funeral Home in Mechanicsville  Wednesday, Jan. 16. Memorial services were held at Bennett Funeral Home Thursday, Jan. 17. Graveside services followed Thursday at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Farmville, Va. Mr. Shumaker was born Oct. 26, 1972 in Richmond. He is survived by his wife, Laura; and his parents, Janice and Kenneth Harris and Garnett and Sandra Shumaker. Chris was a graduate of Longwood University, where he met his wife, Laura. Both spent 11 months living in Paris, where they were married in the presence of family and friends on May 22, 1999. They shared a love of the water and traveling, and often found time to combine these two passions – constantly creating new memories and experiencing life to the fullest. Chris was a hard worker and had a broad spectrum of talents. He possessed a degree in business, was fluent in French, a brother of the Masonic Order, an avid sailor, and a craftsman with his hands. A real people-person, he excelled at interacting with people of all levels, cultures and backgrounds. He found joy in the company of family, friends, and the opportunity to meet new people. Chris was a loving husband, a loyal friend, beloved family member, and was always there for others. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation honoring Lucy Harris, Chris’ grandmother.


Ann Dixon Sweat, 86, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Born in Rockbridge County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer B. Sweat. She is survived by her two sons and their wives, Randy and Shiela and Rusty and Melissa; two loving grandchildren, Shane and Lacey Anne. she is also survived by her sister, Marie Dixon Taylor (Carson), of Lexington; sisters in law, Berta Dixon, Marie Sweat, Louise Sweat; brother-in-law, Eugene Sweat (Janet) and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to her good friends, Barbara Fletcher and Mary Rose. Ann was a long-time member of Cool Spring Baptist Church and asks that memorial donations be made to the Cool Spring Baptist Church Building Fund, in lieu of flowers. The family received friends Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Homes, where funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 23. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.


Alease C. Thomas, 87, of Richmond, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. She is survived by two sons, Roger L. Tomlin of Delaware and Danny C. Tomlin and his wife, Joanie, of Mechanicsville; 14 grandchildren, Michael, Karen, Drew, Natalie, Jeff, Melissa, Gary Jr., Chris, Marti, Daniel, Curtis, Bryan, Jason and Matthew; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen Robinson and Mary Jane Fields; and one brother, Kenneth Brumfield. She was preceded in death by three children, Janice Green, Gary Tomlin and Bobby Tomlin; and four brothers. The family received friends Friday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 19, in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Methodist Family Services, 3900 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230.

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