Obituaries, week of Jan. 31, 2013: Campbell, Christian, Hadad, Head, Holland, Hues, Wagner and Sykes

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:39 am


Nellie Tignor Campbell, 92, of Elmont, the widow of Ralph Lee Campbell, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra C. Carr. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Stanley (B.A.) and a son, David Campbell (Emily) and one brother, Robert Tignor. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA 23005, where the family received friends. Burial in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


Jimmie Carroll Christian, 62, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Jimmie was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one son, three grandchildren, one sister, and one brother. He leaves behind two daughters, Victoria Bollinger (Brian), of Mechanicsville, Jamie Christian (Justin Davis), of Henrico; one son, Jimmie Christian Jr. (Andrea), of Henrico; 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, who will cherish his memory and miss him deeply; five sisters and two brothers and a host of other family and friends who will miss him dearly. His remains rested at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Homes, where family received friends Sunday and Monday, and where funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 29. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bennett Funeral Homes to offset the funeral costs.


Elma May Lowry Harris Hadad passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at her home in Henrico County. After a long and fulfilling life, at the age of 93, she has returned to her Heavenly Father. A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. The funeral will be held at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 14573 Scotchtown Road, Montpelier, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. followed by the interment at  The Fork Church, 12566 Old Ridge Road, Doswell. The family will gather with friends Saturday at 1:00pm at Hadad’s Lake, 7900 Osborne Turnpike, Richmond, Va. Born and raised in Hanover County, Ellie was a devoted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother with a surviving posterity of 63 family members. She is preceded by her first husband, Owen Willard Harris and her parents, William Sidney Lowry and Ruby Estelle Stanley Lowry. Loving her family dearly, she was actively involved in their lives, taking trips across country to spend time with them, sharing recipes (especially her famous fudge ) and stories with her family and all who came calling. Ellie touched the lives of many who will forever remember her sweet spirit, sage advice and lasting influence. Ellie is survived by her loving husband, Ron; one daughter, Doris Mae; son-in-law, Jimmy; eight Grandchildren, Karen, Spencer, Merrie, Carol, Robin, Michelle, Kyleigh, and Trent; two step-children, Dorian and Ronnie; 25 Great-Grandchildren; 30 Great-Great Grandchildren and still more to follow.


Jack Edward Head, 61, of Mechanicsville, passed away Jan. 20, 2013. He leaves his wife of 43 years, Diana Abeln Head; two sons, Nathan Head, of Ocala, Fla. and Matthew Head, of Mechanicsville, Va.; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Jeremy, Jonathan, Katie, Jenna and Alaina Head; his mother, Louise Head Main, of Macon, Missouri; two brothers, Tony and Dave Head; one brother, Tommy, preceded him in death; one sister, Donna Alexander; mother-in-law, Roma Abeln, of New Cambria, Missouri; five brothers-in-law, six sisters-in-law, and a multitude of family and friends. Jack was an exceptionally supportive, loyal family man who could be counted on regardless of the situation and without hesitation. He was a man of industriousness, ambition, intelligence and quick wit who loved telling stories, joking and chatting with his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, cooking and was a firearm and automobile enthusiast. During his career, he held a variety of positions across the continental United States as well as Canada and Saudi Arabia that primarily involved management and ownership within the wholesale/retail food and freight transportation industries. In accordance with his wishes, no funeral services or ceremonies will be held. The family will receive friends for a remembrance of Jack’s life from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.


Virginia “Ginny” Lee Holland, 70, of Doswell, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Alwin Holland and their daughter, Betsy Holland-Bond; a brother, Judge Carl F. Germelman, Jr., and a grandson, Ethan Holland Bond. Ginny was a retired high school teacher who had taught English at Lee-Davis and Douglas S. Freeman. She was also an accomplished jeweler in her retirement. Ginny loved animals and was an ASPCA guardian.  Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to the ASPCA, Gift Processing Center, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY, 10128-6804, or call 1-800-628-0028 or donate online at


Gwendolyn Ford Hues, 93, left this life to walk with her Lord Jan. 24, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice W. Hues; and sons, Curtis and Garland “Peanut.” She is survived by her son, Clint and his wife, Judy; daughter-in-law, Judy Hues Metheny; daughter, Margaret Godsey and her husband, Tommy; grandchildren, Lisa Garrett, Kevin Hues, Chris Hues and Casey Hues; seven great-grandchildren; and devoted niece and nephew, Judy Satterwhite and Jimmie Garrett. Gwen was a founding member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and was active in the United Methodist Women. She worked for many, many years as the hairdresser for Woody Funeral Home and then as receptionist and greeter. She was active in many Acca Shrine groups with her husband. Gwen was a happy resident of the Masonic Home of Virginia for many years, and was always eager to join in any activity. She was happiest surrounded by family and friends and lived life with joy and gusto. She touched many lives and will truly be missed. Her family received visitors Monday morning, Jan. 28, 2013 at the Masonic Home Chapel, Henrico, with funeral service. Interment followed at Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Masonic Home of Virginia or Hospice of Virginia.


J. Wilson “Ike” Wagner, 91, of Henrico, went to be with his Lord Jan. 27, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Virginia; four children, Linda G., Richard E. (Peggy), Cheryl Hite (Ed) and James Deavers (Amy); seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ike worked for Life Insurance Company of Virginia for 40 years and was an active member of the Gideon’s International, placing the Word of God. Ike served on the national board of the YMCA, Young Adults Division, worked with the Virginia Methodist Children’s Home and recently served on the board of Horses in Service. The family received friends Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Homes, where services were held Wednesday. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Gideon’s International or a charity of your choice in the United States.


Ruby Taylor Sykes, 92, took Jesus’ hand and walked into Heaven Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, William Henry Sykes Sr.; and her four sisters. She is survived by her three sons, Wayne Sykes (Betty), Donald Sykes (Malene) and William Henry Sykes Jr.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Ruby was past president of the Richmond PBX Club and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Richmond. She was employed by Philip Morris for 29 years. One of Ruby’s closest friends through Muscular Dystrophy was the actor, Jerry Lewis. Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 28, at Dale Memorial Park. A reception was held afterwards at the Beech Community Grange. The Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Richmond Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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