Obituaries, Week of Feb. 7, 2013: Barry, Bishop, Grebasch, Hadad, Jewell, Kilbourn, Lordi, Nuckols, Samuel, Sluder and Vaughan
Douglas Andrew Barry, 55, of Ashland, passed away Jan. 31, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Mary Dale and two sons, Davis A. and Logan M. Barry; his mother, Margaret Barry; brother, Learned (Serena) Barry; mother-in-law, Mary Opal Dyke; a brother and sister-in-law; two nephews and two nieces. He was a loving husband and father. His personal warmth and genuine caring for others will serve as an inspiration to the community for many years to come. Doug Barry graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 and received his law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1982. Doug served as the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond from 1982 to 1984. He worked as a Special Agent for the FBI from 1984 to 1986. He then returned to the practice of Law in 1986 as the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Hanover County, serving in that position until 1993. From 1993 to 1996, Doug was a lead trial attorney for a Richmond law firm. Doug joined the Allen & Allen Personal Injury Law Firm in 1996 and served as President of the firm from 2007 to 2012. Doug believed passionately in giving back to the community and he expressed his passion by speaking to and inspiring first responders from across the Commonwealth. Memorial services were held Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 First Baptist Church, Ashland, with a visitation prior. A reception will follow at the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 4010 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230, or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Attn: Membership Department, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403.
Debra M. Bishop, 43, of King William, went to be with the Lord Jan. 29, 2013. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Bishop. She is survived by her children, Candace and Chase Waxmunski; fiance, Carl Hall; mother, Mary; brother, David (Lisa); sisters, Darla (Don) and Cheryl (Joe). She was employed by West Virginia and Erie Insurance Companies. The family received friends Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 2. Interment Gethsemane Church of Christ Cemetery.
Alfred J. USNR (Ret.) Grebasch, CDR, 92, of Mechanicsville, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Marian F. Grebasch; his son, Robert (Colleen); his grandson, Justin; and his daughter, Patricia. Al was born in Chicago, Ill., June 22, 1920, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941, and was appointed Midshipman to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he graduated in December 1943. He was then assigned to the USS (AKA-11) as a Deck Officer and participated in the D-Day Invasion in Southern France. His ship was then ordered to the Pacific, where he took part in the invasion of Okinawa. He was later assigned to the Tanker Canesteo and served as its first navigator. When he was placed in the active reserve status in April 1946, he joined Swift & Company and was assigned in sales to Hampton, Va., and later to Richmond. In 1948, he joined Pohlig Bros. Paper Box Company, where he became V.P. of sales. In 1950, Al joined the Active Naval Reserve; for three years he served as C.O. of Surface Division 5-17 and for three years, served as C.O. of Inshore Undersea Warfare Division 5-2. Al retired from the Navy in 1970 as a full commander. While in Richmond, Al actively recruited new members in the early years of the Central Richmond Association. He held many offices at Bethlehem Lutheran Church including president Bible Class Teacher, young adult director and school board member. He was a longtime member of Capital District International Lutheran Laymen’s League and an active member of the Gideons. Al enjoyed the great outdoors including, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting and camping. In his later years he became an adequate golfer. Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 6, between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 7. Burial will be private at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gideons or an organization of your choice.
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 was held Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. The funeral was held at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Montpelier, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 followed by the interment at The Fork Church, Doswell. The family gathered with friends Saturday at Hadad’s Lake, Richmond. 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; 2 step-children, Dorian and Ronnie; 25 Great-Grandchildren; 30 Great-Great Grandchildren and still more to follow.
Lillian T. Jewell, 82, of Ashland, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richey Jewell, two sons, R. Craig Jewell (Pam) and L. Gayle Jewell (Lou Ann); and a granddaughter, Allison Jewell. The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland, where services were held on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Delores B. Kilbourn, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. She is survived by her son, Craig Kilbourn (Kathy); three grandsons, Daniel, Jason and David; brother, Gerald Wayne Blankenship (Jackie), and several nieces and nephews. She was retired from CSX-C&O Railroad. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at New Bethesda Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, following a private interment. A reception for family and friends followed the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Bethesda Baptist Church or East Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Michael J. Lordi, 83, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Long Island, N.Y., joined his family Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anna Lordi; his children, Marie Lordi, Roseann Manzolillo, William Lordi and Lilly Diaz; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family receive Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pamela B. Nuckols, of Richmond, born July 25, 1948, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her loving husband, Laughton Wyatt Nuckols; her two sons, Laughton and Bryan Nuckols; as well as her sisters, Dianne Iszczenko, Sarah Brooks and Francis Saum; and her brother, George Hickman. Visitation was held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, and where funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 31. Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local SPCA.
Douglas L. Samuel, Jr., 69, of Ashland, lost his courageous battle with cancer and passed away Feb. 3, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Helen Samuel and sister, Barbara Nicely, all of Doswell. He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie; son, Dougie Lee Samuel (girlfriend, Alice); daughter, Glenda Samuel; stepsons, Rick Koran (Patti) and Greg Dean (Chelly), grandchildren, David Lee Samuel, Michael and Matthew Akins; step grandchildren, Gina Morrell, Mario Koran and Landon Dean; brothers, Larry Samuel (Barbara) and Dennis Samuel (Debbie); brother-in-laws, Wayne Nicely and Blair Ostergren (Joyce); aunts, Joyce Hall and Cancis Binns; uncle, Henry Samuel; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland. Funeral services were held at the funeral home’s Reid Chapel Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Interment followed at Taylorsville Baptist Church Cemetery, Doswell. Memorial contributions may be made to the VCU Massey Cancer Center or the Building Fund of Dunns Chapel United Methodist Church, Montpelier.
Dorothy L. Sluder, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Sluder Jr. She is survived by her children, Anita Boland (Mike), Roy Sluder (Kay), David Sluder (Cheryl) and Melinda Hailey (Billy); 14 grandchildren and spouses, nine great-grandchildren and one on the way; and brother, Otis “Buddy” Doughten (Edith). A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Pole Green Church of Christ, 8319 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Jeanette Elliott Vaughan, of Mechanicsville, born Aug. 25, 1914, passed away Feb. 4, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Vaughan, Jr.; daughter, Jacquelyn Constance Vaughan McGhee. She is survived by two sons, John B. Vaughan III (Johnny) and James E. Vaughan; 10 grandchildren, Connie M. Cost, Susan McGhee, Shawn McGhee, F.I. McGhee, Brachett Vaughan, Elliott Vaughan, Aven V. Williams, Chesley V. Davis, Sara V. Zook, Elisa V. Belch; and 13 great-grandchildren. The family received friends Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services were held at Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.