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  • BAILEY, RUTH

    BAILEY, Ruth Johnson, 75, of Blackstone, Va., passed away July 21, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mabel Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Okey Bailey; and her sister, Rachel Cockran. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda B. Gasparik and husband Art; her son, Roger L. Bailey and wife, Connie; three grandchildren, Jennifer Mason and husband, John, Carrie Bailey and Joshua Ford; two great-grandchildren, Melliah Mason and Levi Ford; her sister, Patsy Strader; her brother, Roy Johnson and wife Peggy; numerous nieces and nephews; and her devoted and loyal miniature poodle, Clara Jane. Ruth was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Sunday at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone, Va. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

  • BLACKWELL, COURTNEY

    BLACKWELL, COURTNEY

    BLACKWELL, Courtney Denise, 30, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Blackwell Jr.; paternal grandparents, Walter Blackwell Sr. and Sallie Mae Blackwell; maternal grandparents, George and Thelma Belle. She is survived by her loving and devoted mother, Deborah Blackwell; her beautiful daughters, Jonnae Stringer and Jalia Lightfoot; sister, LaToya Blackwell; brothers, Terrance Blackwell and Maurice Garner; niece, Camya Mabry; uncles, Thomas Hayes (Beverly) and George Belle; aunts, Mary Jones, Juanita Carey, Marie Wilkerson and Cynthia McPherson (Lewis); and a host of other relatives and friends, including Pamela Lewis, Kwailie Knight and Marquita Williams. Her remains rest at the W.S. Watkins & Son Funeral Home, 2700 North Ave. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the W.S. Watkins & Son Community Chapel, 2701 Garland Ave. Officiant James Bagby. Interment Maury Cemetery.

  • CAWTHORN, JOSHUA

    CAWTHORN, JOSHUA

    CAWTHORN, Joshua Corbin, 24, of Aylett, went into the arms of Jesus July 20, 2016. Josh, son of Jack and Lori Cawthorn of Aylett; and grandson of Harriet Wilson of King William, was a 2010 graduate of KWHS. He is survived by sister, Trista Cawthorn; nephew, Rylee Morrell; uncles, Steve, Chris and Jeremy Cawthorn, Larney and Lee Clark; aunts, Laura Jacobs (Norman), Deb Marano (Jeff) and Wanda Cawthorn. Josh had a special relationship with cousins, Stormie and Travis Cawthorn; and best friend, Andrew Humphrey. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Richard "Dick" and Betty Clark; paternal grandfather, Jackie Cawthorn; and his uncle, Robert "Bob" Cawthorn. He is also survived by numerous other cousins, friends and multiple church families. Visitation will be Sunday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at B.W. White Funeral Home, Rt. 360, Aylett, where services will be held Monday, at 11 am. Interment in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that contributions be made to True Vine Church, 4806 Market Square Ln., Midlothian, Va. 23112, in his memory.

  • CHAPPELL, JOAN FARLEY

    CHAPPELL, JOAN FARLEY

    CHAPPELL, Joan Midkiff Farley, 87, of Richmond, died Thursday, July 21, 2016, after a long illness. She was predeceased by her husbands, Edward Milton Farley III and Robert Harvey Chappell Jr. Born in Richmond on February 24, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Melvin Norbert Midkiff and Bernardine Hafling Midkiff. Mrs. Chappell was a graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, and received her master's degree in urban planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. A longtime advocate for improved low income housing and neighborhood revitalization in the Richmond metropolitan area, she served for many years as a Commissioner of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, culminating with her service as Vice Chairman in 1982. Most recently, Mrs. Chappell was recognized for her efforts in the 2012 Better Housing Coalition annual report. She was also a past president of the Catholic Women's Club, the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, a past member of the Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a member of the Tuckahoe Women's Club, a member of the Country Club of Virginia, a former member of Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club and a founding member of St. Bridget Catholic Church. In addition to her family, Mrs. Chappell especially cherished her 66 year association with her bridge club as well as time spent at her home in Lancaster County on the banks of the Rappahannock River. She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Mary Joan Farley "Jody" McGrew and her husband, Wayne Dale "Dan" McGrew III, of Atlanta, Ga.; Edward Milton Farley IV and his wife, Ashley Herring Farley, of Richmond; Anna Farley "Dina" Foster and her husband, Arthur Frank "Skip" Foster, of Tallahassee, Fla.; Peter Norbert Farley and his wife, Katherine Johnson Farley, of Atlanta, Ga.; Matthew Midkiff Farley and his wife, Mary Anne Farmer "Mamie" Farley, of Richmond. Additional survivors include her sister, Susan Midkiff Reid and her husband, James William Reid, of Richmond; her stepson, Robert Harvey Chappell III and his wife, Karen Kay Chappell, of Richmond; 14 grandchildren, one stepgrandchild, several nieces and nephews; and longtime friend and companion, Ruth Patterson. The family would like to express their gratitude for the loving care provided by the staff of the Cedarfield Healthcare Unit, Senior Bridge and Hospice Community Care throughout Mrs. Chappell's illness. Friends and family will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, at Bliley's-Central located at 3801 Augusta Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bridget Catholic Church on Monday, July 25, at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held in Hollywood Cemetery. Following the private interment, a reception will held at the Country Club of Virginia beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Better Housing Coalition, P.O. Box 12117, Richmond, Va. 23241, The St. Francis Home, 65 West Clopton Street, Richmond, Va. 23225, or Friends of Hollywood Cemetery, 412 South Cherry Street, Richmond, Va. 23220.

  • CHEWNING, JEANNETTE

    CHEWNING, JEANNETTE

    CHEWNING, Jeannette Fay, 73, of Hanover, went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 21, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Hiden Fulton Chewning Sr.; and her siblings. She is survived by her son, Hiden F. "Jack" Chewning; daughters, Sherry Brockenbrough (John), Debora Brown (Robert), Cynthia Chewning, Laurie Brooks (Mike) and Colleen Lynn; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jeannette relied on her faith and believed family comes first. She was the family rock and will be forever missed and loved. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St., where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 26. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Auxiliary (www.stmarys.org).

  • CONNER, MARGARET

    CONNER, MARGARET

    CONNER, Margaret Clark, 80, of Victoria Va., died July 22, 2016. She was grandmother of the late, Rachel Marie Marston. She is survived by her husband, Early Conner; daughter, Anita Conner Marston (Bruce); granddaughters, Tiffany Nicole Marston and Lindsey Renee Marston; brother, Gordon Clarke (Niome); and many nieces and nephews. Margaret was a lifetime member of the Cool Springs Christian Church, Keysville, where funeral services will be held Monday, July 25, 2016, at 11 a.m. with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Staples Funeral Home, Victoria. Flowers are welcomed or you may consider donations to the Cool Springs Christian Church Building or Cemetery fund. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.clarkeandstaples.com.

  • ELLSWORTH, JESSE

    ELLSWORTH, JESSE

    ELLSWORTH, Jesse Harold, 93, of Richmond, son of the late Joseph Edward Ellsworth and Maude Pond Ellsworth, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Mr. Ellsworth was a resident of The Hermitage. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Margaret Sydnor Ellsworth. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Stokes of Powhatan and Ann Stanfield of Chester; two grandchildren, Sara Stanfield and Daniel Stanfield, both of Chester; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Ellsworth was a lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church, and a retiree of the Federal Reserve Bank and Wells Fargo. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, at Central United Methodist Church, 13th and Porter Streets. Interment will follow in Maury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 1211 Porter Street, Richmond, Va. 23224.

  • FENNER, SARAH

    FENNER, Sarah H., retired employee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016. Notice to follow later.

  • PATTERSON, WILLIE

    PATTERSON, WILLIE

    PATTERSON, Willie R., 73, of Henrico, died July 17, 2016. Surviving are her husband, Charles D. Patterson Jr.; daughter, Cheri D. Patterson; two sons, Charles D. III (Angela B.) and Brooke L. Patterson; two grandchildren, Carrington E. and Charles Patterson IV; brother, Wilbert H. Brooks Jr. (Delores); uncle, aunt, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Remains rest at Scott's Funeral Home, 115 E. Brookland Park Blvd., where the family will receive friends Sunday, July 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 25, at 12 noon, at St. Peter Baptist Church, 2040 Mountain Rd. Rev. Dr. Kirkland R. Walton officiating. Interment Roselawn Memory Gardens. Online guestbook at www.scottsfuneralhome.com.

  • PRICE, ROBERT EARL JR.

    PRICE, ROBERT EARL JR.

    PRICE, Robert Earl Jr., of Richmond, passed away July 19, 2016. He was born on February 8, 1953, and was the son of the late Robert E. Price Sr. and the late Genetta Taylor Price. He was predeceased by a sister, Melinda G. Price; and a half-sister, Lucille Price Rose. Mr. Price is survived by an aunt, Helen Price; and many loving relatives. Mr. Price is also survived by many friends and admirers who often referred to him as "Priceless," as his renowned sense of humor and kindness towards others, along with many humanitarian acts were just that- priceless. Mr. Price attended VCU and his expertise was in the field of engineering, where he earned many accolades for his accomplishments. Mr. Price started his career with Hankins and Johann and then worked for Nance Corp for 30 years, and later worked for Luck Stone. Bob was a legend for all who knew him, and his hair raising "Bobby Price" stories will be remembered and enjoyed for generations to come. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 11 a.m., at The Church of Our Savior in Montpelier, Va.

  • SAMUEL, BRENDA

    SAMUEL, BRENDA

    SAMUEL, Brenda Joyce, 74, of Beaverdam, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2016. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Brown. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 38 years, Edward Samuel; stepfather, Ryland Brown; sister, Sandra F. Edwards; sisters-in-law, Jean George and Janice Mills; brother-in-law, Calvin Wayne Samuel; nieces, Roslyn D. Ducey, Bobbie Joe Adams, Sarah D. Morrison, Christina Samuel and child, Julian, Jessica Church, Rachel Toruno, Ashley George, Elizabeth Slaughter and Sydney Poyner; nephews, Robert C. Carver and Seth Poyner; great-nieces, Gretchen and Hannah Trethewey, Rachel Carver, Sarah Ross and child, Ryland; great-nephews, Daniel Ducey and child, Carter, C.W. Hampton and child, Braydon, Timothy Edwards, Jacob Ducey and Justin Brown; best friend, Tammy Bruce; her loving cat, Maggie Faye; and her dog, Wendy Lou. Brenda took care of many children and loved them as her own: Brittany and David Larkin, Clay Reed and David Holloway. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, Va., where services will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Interment will be in Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover, Va. A reception will follow the graveside service at 32409 Pine Top School Rd., Hanover, Va. 23069.

  • SAUNDERS, LEWIS "BUD"

    SAUNDERS, LEWIS "BUD"

    SAUNDERS, Lewis G. "Bud," 80, of Mechanicsville, left this world to be with the Lord while surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 54-and-a-half years, Lois C. Saunders; two daughters, Teresa Duff (Gary) and Donna Brown (Bryan); son, Lewis Saunders Jr. (Staci); three sisters, Pansy Bullington (Berkeley), Martha Ann Luck (Cecil) and Joan Bower (Johnny); brother, Roy Saunders Jr.; as well as seven loving grandchildren. After retiring after 41 years of service with Sunoco Products, Bud loved his work for the past 15 years in the mail room of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was a member and Deacon of Cool Spring Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Rd. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at Cool Spring Baptist Church, with interment to follow in Signal Hill Memorial Park.

  • SINK, JOHN "DAN"

    SINK, John "Dan" Daniel, 71, of Chester, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kinsey W. Sink, Hawsie Sink Abshire and Denton Abshire. Dan was a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed music, arts and was a collector of antiques. He will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Georgia Sink; two sons, Daniel and wife, Kim and Matthew; two daughters, Ashley and Annabeth Fields and husband, Jarrett; sister, Ann S. Miles and husband, Donald; grandson, Jacob; two granddaughters, Ella and Sydney; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2016, at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Dan to the National Kidney Foundation, 1742 E. Parham Rd., Richmond, Va. 23228. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

  • SMITH, LAKEITA

    SMITH, Dr. Lakeita L., of Glen Allen, died July 22, 2016. Remains rest at Scott's Funeral Home, 115 E. Brookland Park Blvd. Funeral notice later.

  • VILLIOTT, BETTY

    VILLIOTT, Betty Marie, 85, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Va. Services to be announced at a later date by the family.

  • WOODY, CHRISTOPHER

    WOODY, Christopher, 42, passed July 19, 2016. www.fedabney.com.

  • ZINN, NELSON EDWARD "EDDIE"

    ZINN, Nelson Edward "Eddie," went to be with his wife, Theresa; daughter, Tina; and brother, Marty, July 18, 2016, in Heaven. He is survived by his daughter, Leasa Zinn; his nephew and his wife, Chuck and Donna Burton, their daughter and her husband, Jason and Ashton Ferrara; two brothers, Bob Zinn of Oakland, California and Jerry Zinn; also a sister, Drena Zinn, who now has no idea how she will go on without her big brother. Rest in peace, Eddie. You will be missed very much.

IN MEMORIAM NOTICES

  • BOONE, GREGORY

    BOONE, GREGORY

    Gregory "Greg" Boone Happy Birthday, Greg. Fondly loved and deeply mourned, heart of my heart, I miss you. Love, Mother, Father & Brother

  • FERGUSON, HELEN

    FERGUSON, HELEN

    FERGUSON Helen Chenault Bland 7/23/13 - We miss you. Children, grandchildren, brother & sisters

  • BATCHELOR, SAMUEL

    BATCHELOR, SAMUEL

    Samuel Batchelor It's been three years since you've been gone. Gone but not forgotten. Love, wife Jessie and Family

  • GRAY, SARAH

    GRAY, SARAH

    SARAH GRAY Happy Birthday, Mom. We miss you and love you always. The Hardys, The Grays and The Harrises

  • MORGAN, WILLIE

    MORGAN, WILLIE

    MORGAN - Willie L. Sr. Ten years have passed but no length of time can take away Our thoughts of you today. Love, Sisters

  • AIKENS, HERBERT

    HERBERT "BIRD" AIKENS Gone but not forgotten. Mom and Brother

  • BATSON, LEMUEL

    LEMUEL "WAYNE" BATSON 4/13/44 - 7/19/13 It's now been three years since you went up those heavenly steps. That's a day I will never forget. Soul mates will always be, forever eternity. I love you my sexy angel. I'll be with you again. Your soulmate, Sherri

  • BRANCH, LUTHER JR.

    BRANCH, LUTHER JR.

    BRANCH - Luther H. Jr. Three years have passed but you are never forgotten. Love, DeLois, Luther III, Anita, grandkids, great-grandkids & Family

  • CRAWFORD, FRANKLIN

    In loving memory of Franklin H. Crawford Today is the day we will never forget. We love and miss you. ~Charlotte, Robin, Orlando, Jr. & Erin~

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