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Obituaries, Week of June 3, 2014: Armentrout, Gayle, Harvie, Lovato, Lutton and Swearengin

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Bernard William Armentrout, 82, of Mechanicsville, went to be with his Lord June 26, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; and is survived by his children, Bryan Armentrout and his wife, Angela, and Nancy Ferrell; grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Armentrout, Evan and Kayla Ferrell; a great-granddaughter, Jordyn Bartel; and sister, Virginia Mertens. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rose; and survived by his stepchildren, Dennis, Janice and Dana; and several step-grandchildren. He was a long-time member of Washington Henry Masonic Lodge #344 A.F. & A.M., Hanover Ruritan Club, leader of an Explorer Boy Scout Troup and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Funeral services were held Monday, June 30, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, with interment in Washington Memorial Park, Sandston. The family received friends Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gethsemane Church of Christ, Mechanicsville.

Warren Carroll Gayle, 59, of Moore, S.C. went home to be with our Lord June 23, 2014 after a courageous two-month battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Grace Gayle, originally from Beaverdam; two brothers, Carl Gayle Jr. and Forest Gayle. He is survived by two sisters, Shirley G. Carter of Spartansburg, S.C. and Mae G. Rosson, of Bumpass; three brothers, Charles Gayle of Richmond, William Gayle of Mechanicsville and Mark Gayle of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Gayle and Hazel Southard and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Lacy’s Funeral Home handled arrangements. Dr. Gary Stewart of Beaverdam Baptist Church officiated the graveside funeral services Saturday, June 28, where Amy Stewart was soloist. Interment in Rouzie’s Chapel Church cemetery, Beaverdam. The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind calls and cards and for the food given.

Frances Morris Harvie, 75, of Mechanicsville, peacefully passed away and went to be with her Lord June 25, 2014, surrounded by her husband and three children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zack Morris and Helen Curlee; brother, Billy Morris; sisters, Jean Morris and Dot Tomlin; and a son, Charles W. Harvie. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Walter B. Harvie III; three children, W. Lee Harvie (Lisa McGinnis), Robert W. Harvie (Darlene) and Elizabeth H. Fisher (Leon); grandchildren, Joey and Jessica Harvie, Jordan, Kyle, Samantha and Kaleb Fisher, Jennifer Deane, Sabrina Ladd, Bryce and Jessica Fisher; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Charles, Cody, Bryleigh, Jayden, Bryce and William; brother and sister, James Morris, Rhea Ziesmer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Frances was a member and past matron of Mechanicsville 138 O.E.S. for 40 years, past high priestess of ACCABA 105 L.O.S.N.A., Clown Alley no. 3 and a devoted member of You and I Class at Mechanicsville Baptist Church. The family received friends Friday, June 27, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, June 28. Interment Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ACCA Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 1712 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227, or a charity of your choice.

James David Lovato, 61, of Mechanicsville, beloved husband of Mary Katherine Lovato, passed away June 29, 2014 at his home in Mechanicsville with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 15, 1952, to the late Natividad and Virginia Ehlert Lovato. James proudly served in the First Calvary Division in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and a Campaign Medal. He received his Bachelor’s of Science and worked as a service engineer and maintenance supervisor for Applied Materials, White Oak and DuPont. James’s faith was important to him and he earned a certificate in Bible Studies and taught Sunday School. As a young man, he thoroughly enjoyed playing football and baseball. When older, his favorite sport became fishing. In addition to his cherished wife of 34 years, Mary Katherine, James will be sadly missed by his daughter, Elizabeth Myers and his son, James David Lovato II; six siblings, Cynthia, Michael, Ramona, Rebecca, Kenneth and Mark; as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved him dearly. The family received friends Tuesday, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where funeral services were held Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Richmond SPCA, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220.

Mary Alice Mitchell Lutton, of Mechanicsville, passed away June 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert. She is survived by her sons, Buddy and Keith; daughters, Deborah (Lloyd), Darlene (Barry); Donna (Gilbert); a brother, Wayne Mitchell; a sister, Catherine Edwards; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. The joys of her life were family, homemaking and her dedicated time to the Mechanicsville Little League. The family received friends Monday, at The Monaghan Funeral Home, Mechanicsville. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday morning, at The Catholic Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Catholic Church of The Redeemer, in Mary’s name. Interment private.

Donald Lee Swearengin, 66, of Bumpass, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014. Donald proudly served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army 1st infantry Division (The Big Red 1). He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Nellie; two brothers, Eldridge and Leo; two sisters, Rebecca Carrol and Annis Workman. He is survived by two sons, Donald L. Swearengin, Jr. and Charles E. Swearengin; a daughter, Wendy M. Ayala; a brother, Larry; two sisters, Patricia Harris and Josephine Henshaw; and 10 grandchildren. The family received friends Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland, where funeral services were held Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Interment followed in Woodland Cemetery.