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Obituaries, Week of April 10, 2014: Eatman-Smith, Gibson, Knight, Konrad and Morris

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

E. Louise Eatman-Smith, went to be with her Lord in heaven Wednesday, April 2, 2014 after losing her long, hard battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, James E. Smith and his three daughters; her mother, Erdeen Eatman; sister, Barbara Miller and husband, Buddy; nephew, Craig Miller and wife, Samantha; two special aunts, Pauline Maiden and Frances Parker; special cousins, Deborah and Wayne Clark and Tim and Kim Parker. The family received friends Friday, April 4, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, April 5, 2014. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions payable to the Youth of Mechanicsville Presbyterian Church, 7339 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

Barbara Jo Bloomer Gibson. God received an Angel, Bobbie Gibson April 4, 2014. She never quit, she never gave up hope and most importantly she never stopped caring for those she loved. A service in celebration of Bobbie’s life was held Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, with visitation. Bobbie grew up in Wise County, in Southwestern Virginia, where she was born May 18, 1939, to George and Edith Bloomer. She later moved to Franklin, Va., where she began a career as a nurse and retired after 20 years from Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph’s Home in Richmond, and then moved to Tappahannock, Va. Bobbie lives on in the memories of scores of family members and friends including her daughter, Rita Gibson Tassone; grandsons, Nick and Austin Tassone; two sisters, Linda Pickett and Anne Harris; and Bobbie’s “best buddy,” Danny Layman. She will also be remembered by her numerous nephews and nieces, especially the nephew she treated like her own son, Kevin Pickett, who always called her “my Bobbie;” and her long-time friend, Marcia Fisher. The family requests that given Bobbie’s love for the mountains, and the people of Southwest Virginia in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Health Wagon, 5626 Patriot Drive, Wise, VA 24293. The family also requests any personal notes describing ones favorite memories of Bobbie be posted at

Porter A. C. Knight, 28, of Ashland, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Since September 2012, Porter was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. He worked as an environmental conservation project volunteer collaborating with Paraguayans to address local environmental issues. Porter was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Ashland; he received his undergraduate degree in environmental science from Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va. and his master’s degree in environmental science and engineering from Virginia Tech. Porter was a volunteer fireman, a natural resources specialist at the Virginia Department of Forestry and, as a trained wildfire firefighter, volunteered to help fight wildfires in Virginia. He also designed and coordinated the installation of a sanitation system to provide clean drinking water in Puerto Rico. Porter was an outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, hiking, and woodworking. He was also a chainsaw operator, welder and avid motorcyclist. He is survived by his parents, Mary and Jonathan Knight, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Porter Knight Memorial Fund: Donations may also be made by mailing a check to Peace Corps, Office of Gifts and Grants Management, 1111 20th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20526. Checks should be made out to Peace Corps, and reference Porter’s Memorial Fund in the memo line or by calling (202) 692-2170, or to the West Richmond Church of the Brethren, 7612 Wanymala Road, Henrico, VA 23229-4339. Memorial services were held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at West Richmond Church of the Brethren.

Peggy Ann Konrad, of York, Pa. and Beaverdam, Va., passed away peacefully March 31, 2014. She was 81. Peggy was born in Buffalo, N.Y. Dec. 23, 1932, to Elmer and Mildred Lintner. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She then married Herbert J. Konrad, Jr. in Philadelphia, Pa. and moved to York where she taught kindergarten and second grade at East York Elementary School for 30 years. In her spare time, Peggy enjoyed reading, puzzles, painting, swimming, traveling, and gardening. She especially loved spending winters at their condo in Punta Gorda, Fla., overlooking the Charlotte Harbor. Peggy had a strong and unconditional love for her family – they were the center of her world. Her kind, loving and generous spirit touched countless students, friends and all with whom she came in contact. Peggy was preceded in death by her brother Donald Lintner of Brielle, N.J., and son Daniel Konrad of York, Pa.. Peggy is survived by husband Herb Konrad of York, Pa., daughter Kathleen Konrad and husband Burt Boehling of Beaverdam, son Chip (Herbert III) Konrad and wife Robin of York, Pa., son Robert Konrad of Dover, Pa., daughter in-law Chrystal Konrad of Red Lion, Pa., and grandchildren Brittany, Christopher, Kody, Kevin, Erin, Kalli, Ryan, Clarke, Robin and husband Todd. A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held Saturday, April 12 in the River Room at John Wright Restaurant, located at 234 North Front St., Wrightsville, Pa. 17368, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be graciously accepted in her name by the Hanover Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

Gene Paul Morris, 82, of Dunnsville, Va., passed away April 2, 2014. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley G. Morris and is survived by his son, Gregory L. Morris; daughter, Karen D. Morris and his grandson, Connor D.C. Morris. Gene went to John Marshall High School and was in E Company. He thoroughly enjoyed friends, family, Shrine Mont, golf, wine and whiskey. A celebration of his life was held May 3 Dunnsville, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to his grandson’s college 529 plan.