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Obituaries, Week of April 3, 2014: Brenner, Coates, Fearnow, Monahan and Williams

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Harry Thomas “Brez” Brenner, 72, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maroy L. and Chester S. Brenner. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for A.H. Robins Co. for 25 years as a research microbiologist and later for MCV. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Paxton H. Brenner; daughter, Sarah; and brother, Chester W. Brenner. The family received friends Monday, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Tuesday. Interment at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Bridge, 8026 Walnut Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

Kenny A. Coates, Sr., 55, of Mechanicsville, departed this life Monday, March 24, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Coates, of 24 years; their son, K. Allen Coates Jr.; a sister, Patricia Boisseau; her children, Kenny and Kryste Boisseau. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Chevrette and F. Allen Coates. Kenny retired from Philip Morris after over 30 years of service. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Richmond-East Lodge #1947, an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and NASCAR. Family is accepting friends Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Services followed Saturday. Interment in Washington Memorial Cemetery, Sandston, Va.

Betty Jean Edgerton Fearnow, 82, a long-time resident of Hanover County, went to be with her Lord Saturday, March 29, 2014. She is predeceased by her loving and devoted husband, Warren Fearnow. She is survived by her three sons, Alan and wife, Donna, Barry and wife, Darlene, and Tim and wife, Paula; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, Betty was a very active long time member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. She served as a VBS leader, choir member, pianist and organist. She spent her retirement years traveling to Florida and to their place on the river. She loved spending time with her family, friends and grandchildren. The family received friends at Monaghan Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Mechanicsville. Interment church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Walnut Grove’s Music Ministry.

Virginia (Ginnie) Louise Monahan, 95, formerly of Mechanicsville, widow of James T. Monahan, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 in an assisted living facility in Catonsville, Md. She was born in Providence, RI Aug. 5, 1918. She is survived by her son, Donald R. Monahan and his wife Bobbie of Baltimore; four grandchildren: Robert Monahan, Sean Monahan, Sr., Jodi Owens, and Trung Tran; and seven great grandchildren: Kim and Natalie Tran, Sean, Jr. and Katelyn Monahan, Hasan, Kamal, and Kingston Owens all of Maryland. She was active in several civic groups, a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas for over 50 years, most recently – Court # 2456. The family received visitors Thursday, March 27, at Monaghan Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville Friday, March 28. Interment at Washington Memorial Park. A reception followed at Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Human Concerns Ministry at the Church of the Redeemer to carry out their mission of promoting social justice.

Janice Gray Williams, of Old Church, died Sunday, March 23, 2014. She was a public school teacher and counselor in Hanover and Henrico Counties. Visitation was held Friday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 29, at Immanuel Episcopal Church, Old Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Episcopal Church, 3263 Old Church Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111, or the charity of your choice.