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Obituaries, Week of March 20, 2014: Mehl, Smith, Stanley and Wells

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:14 am

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Rhea Wilkerson Mehl, 67, of Mechanicsville, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014. She was born in Wythe County, Va. Sept. 2, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Morris Edward Wilkerson and Helice Christine Kincer Wilkerson. Rhea graduated from Rural Retreat High School in Wythe County, Va. She was hired by the A.H. Robins Company (Miller-Morton Chapstick Division) in 1966. During her 39 year career with the company (later called Wyeth Consumer Healthcare), she held management level positions in date management, customer service and supply chain. Rhea was a talented leader and trusted mentor whose legacy lives on through those she helped to coach and develop over many years of service. Rhea was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Carlotta Ann Wilkerson; brothers, David Douglas Wilkerson, Larry Zane Wilkerson and Timothy Kevin Wilkerson. She is survived by her brother, William Edward Wilkerson; sisters, Brenda Wilkerson Johnson, Regina Kay Wilkerson and Vera Ellen Wilkerson; many nieces and nephews and extended family. The family received visitors at the Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville Sunday, March 16, 2014. Funeral services were at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mechanicsville Monday, March 17, 2014. Interment in Signal Hill Memorial Park.

Darryl Anthony Smith, 59, of Ashland, died suddenly March 6, 2014 in Florida. Darryl attended Hanover Friends Church for many years and loved baseball and bowling. Surviving are his mother, Helen Scott Smith; sister, Lark Scott Smith of Fredericksburg; brother, Todd Lee Smith of Great Mills, Md.; niece, Kristen Wooldridge; nephew, Raymond Wooldridge; and aunt, Sue Sampson. He was preceded by his father, Harry Lee Smith. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 13, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover. Friends visited prior to the service.

Bernard “B.A.” Attwell Stanley, Jr., of Montpelier, 71, passed away March 11, 2014, at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. He was born Oct. 24, 1942, in Richmond to the late Bernard A. Stanley, Sr., and Lucy Gilman Stanley. B.A. grew up in western Hanover County where he graduated from the first full graduating class at Patrick Henry High School in 1961. After high school he went to work for the R.F.&P. Railroad in Richmond. B.A. served in the United States Army in the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam where he was a recipient of a Bronze Star Medal, The Air Medal, and three Bronze Service Stars. Following his military service, he returned to the railroad and worked as a conductor for the R.F. & P. Railroad, Amtrak, and CSX Corporation until he retired following his tragic accident in April, 1993. B.A. was a member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, wildlife, the great outdoors. His greatest moments were times spent with his family. B.A. is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Linda Campbell Stanley; son, Bernard “Bernie” A. Stanley, III (Alison) of Ashland; sisters Peggy Stanley Schwartz (Wayne) of Goode, Va.; and Eleanor Stanley Davis (Ron) of Kilmarnock, Va.; and grandchildren, Madeline Grace Stanley and Lucas “Luke” Maxwell Stanley. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, David Campbell (Emily) of Charlotte, N.C.; and Jim Carr of Glen Allen, Va. B.A. left behind a large family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family received visitors Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m., at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Road. Funeral services were held Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church, Ashland. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Farrington Volunteer Fire Dept., 14582 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059; or St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 15599 Mountain Road, Montpelier, VA 23192.

Carl Thomas Wells, Sr., 66, of Henrico, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 27, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; his sons, Carl “Tom” Wells Jr. (Tammy) and Kenneth W. Wells (Jennifer); seven grandchildren; a brother, Ricky Wells; a sister, Vicki Lane. He was a loving husband, father grandfather and friend. Carl was an avid outdoorsman. The family received friends Friday, Feb. 28, Saturday, March 1, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Sunday, March 2. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rural Point Baptist Church, 6548 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116; or the American Heart Association, the Diabetes Foundation or the Kidney Foundation.