CHRISTOPHER BIRDSONG

Christopher Nathan Memphis Birdsong, beloved son of Samuel W. And Cathie L. Birdsong, embarked on his next journey on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Memphis was born on October 6, 1976 in Richmond. He was preceded in death by his loving maternal grandfather, Charlie Clyde Metcalf, and his maternal grandmother, Joan Evelyn Wingfield. Memphis is survived by his parents, Sam and Cathie of Powhatan; his brother, D. Blue Birdsong; his paternal grandmother, Marian Fernsler of Chesterfield; his best buddy, four-legged Max; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memphis was a sweet and happy child, caring and protective of those in need, but a troubled adult who struggled with substance abuse for many years. He loved to travel and spend time with his friends. Memphis was a nonconformist with a heart of gold. We will miss his daily phone calls that ALWAYS ended with “I love you, Mom” or “I love you, Dad.” In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Richmond SPCA. Visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, at Woody’s Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road.

ELIZABETH BOLTZ

Elizabeth Lee Boltz, 101, widow of Joseph I. Boltz, of Powhatan, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016. She is survived by her children, Sandra Crowder (Richard) of Powhatan, Joseph I. Boltz (Becky) of Henrico, Betty Greer of Powhatan; one brother, Sidney “Army” Blanton of Richmond; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Virginia Clark. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 5 at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia or the charity of choice.

NATHAN DANIEL

Nathan E. Daniel, 42, of Powhatan, passed away at home on Friday, November 25, 2016, surrounded by his mother, father, grandmother and GiGi, after a prolonged illness. He was preceded in death by his loving grandfather, Milton C. Amos Jr.; his stepfather, James E. Kidwell; his paternal grandparents, Grace and Frank Daniel; and his beloved friend, John Roberts III. He is survived by his loving mother, Sandra A. Kidwell; his father, Erwin Daniel (Alice); two brothers, Josh and Kruger; one sister, Brandy; his loving grandmother, Emily M. Amos; and his little dog, GiGi. Also his special friend and fishing partner, George Bright. He will be remembered for his kindness, loyalty and his love for golf and fishing. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. May you go in peace, my son. You have fought a brave fight and lost. If only I could have saved you, but God took you first and one day we will be together again in Heaven. The family received friends and family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 28, at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian. There was a 3 p.m. graveside service on Tuesday, November 29, at Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Dr., Sandston, where he was laid to rest at the foot of his loving grandfather.

ROBERTA HATCHER

Roberta Ann (nee’ Jones) Hatcher, 66, of Powhatan, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. “Berta” was born on November 5, 1950 in Warsaw, Virginia, to Robert and Irene Jones. She grew up in King George County and graduated from King George High School in 1969. Roberta was a loving mother, wife, sister and friend, and her selflessness and love for this family will inspire us for years to come. Those who knew Roberta also know of her lifelong devotion to animals. Her dogs and cats were not pets to her; they were family and were treated as such. Roberta enjoyed cooking, traveling and photography and, along with her husband, Michael, operated Heather House Studio of Photography. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her eldest sister, Estelle Bland Jones. Roberta is survived by her husband, Michael Hatcher of Powhatan; her two children, Jason Bullock (Sofia) of Concord, North Carolina and Cindy Reeder (Chuck) of Chesterfield; her stepdaughter, Heather Dunn (Marty) of Newport News; two grandchildren, Kati Bullock (Steven Nalls) of Kure Beach, North Carolina and Tyler Phelps (Melissa Bostic) of Chesterfield; her sister, Pamela Russell (Michael Schon) of Spotsylvania; and her two children, Alex Russell (Peggy Hyland) of Fredericksburg and Andrea Russell of Spotsylvania. She also leaves behind several aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, as well as her beloved pets. The family receives friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 2, at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 6900 Hull Street Road, Richmond. Flowers are welcome and memorial contributions can be made to Powhatan Animal Shelter, 4000 Plantation Road, Powhatan, VA. 23139.

CHERYL LYNN HOWIE

Cheryl Lynn Howie, 51, of Powhatan passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lona Winegard, and her grandmother, Clara Hardy. She is survived by her father, Dwayne Winegard; her husband of 27 years, William (Bill ) Howie, and three sons, Zac (Heidi), Charles, and Dakota Howie, all of Powhatan. She is also survived by her four sisters, Lee Lee (Darryl) Howard and a niece and nephew and two great-nephews of Loveland, Colorado, Dwayna Winegard of Powhatan, Diann Frank and three nieces and a great-nephew of Powhatan, and Lori Hinnant and a niece and nephew of North Carolina, and several family and friends. Cheryl loved to cook and crochet. Cheryl was loved by everyone, and never met a stranger. Cheryl was a great daughter, mother, wife, sister, and friend. She was a very loving person, and will be greatly missed by many. In lieu of flowers, funds may be donated to the Cheryl Howie Memorial fund at any C&F Bank. Her celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, at the Powhatan War Memorial Cultural Arts Center, 2375 Skaggs Road, Powhatan, VA 23139. The celebration is a potluck, so bring a dish and your memories to share.

DORIS PALMORE

Doris Condrey Palmore, 83, of Powhatan, widow of Bobby Lee Palmore Sr., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. She is survived by two sons, Robert L. Palmore Jr. of Richmond and Kenny Palmore of Powhatan; brother, Elmer Condrey of Cumberland; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, and where services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 5. Interment Hobson Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

LAURA REESON

Laura Wrenn Reeson, a resident of Surry County, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The youngest of nine, she was the daughter of the late Lewellyn and Laura Wrenn and the widow of Tim Reeson. Mrs. Reeson worked several jobs, including being a “Rosie the Riveter” at a shipyard during World War II, a waitress at the Virginia Diner and a hostess at Brandon Plantation, but what brought her the greatest joy was her family and just being “mom,” “gram” and “great-gram.” She liked to play piano by ear and watch the bluebirds that lived in the clothesline post in her back yard. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Trudy R. Martin and her husband, Allen, of Powhatan and Deborah R. Milam and husband, Andrew, of Avenue, Maryland; grandchildren, Rebecca “Becky” Daniels, Carrie Gwaltney, Karen “K.P.” Gobble, and Eric E. Marr II, and great-grandchildren, Shannon Daniels, Fallon Daniels, Alayne Gwaltney, Megan Gobble and Brody Gobble. A funeral service was held at noon on Wednesday, November 30 at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel with Mr. John Coker officiating. The family received friends from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, November 30 at the funeral home. Burial followed at Union Christian Church Cemetery. The family would like to thank Donna and Jiggs Gordon and all the staff at “A Loving Heart” for all of the care and love they gave Mrs. Reeson while she was there. Memorial contributions may be made to the Claremont Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 100 Claremont, VA 23899, or to Surry Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 188 Surry, VA 23883.

GERALD SIMMONS

Gerald P. Simmons, 87, of Powhatan, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Joyce S. Simmons; two daughters, Karen Lynn Stafford of Standersville, Barbara K. Turnbull of Boydton; one stepson, Craig Bowles of Georgia; two brothers, Emmett B. Simmons Jr. of Broadnax, Samuel L. Simmons of South Hill; two sisters, Janet Farmer of Georgia, Linda Ebbert of Colonial Heights; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan.

CLARENCE WILKINS

Clarence Glenn Wilkins, 86, of Amelia, passed on Sunday, November 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his son, James Neal Wilkins; and is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Avallee O. Wilkins; daughter, Sheila Wilkins of Amelia; sons, Micheal Wilkins (Debbie) of Cumberland, Joseph Wilkins (Andrea) of Amelia and Dale Wilkins of Powhatan; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Noxon of Chesterfield, Nora Barden of Amelia and Audrey Kanney of Stuart; and brother, Fitcher Wilkins of Richmond. Family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29 at the Hillsman-Hix Funeral Home, 16409 Court St., Amelia. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30 at Christ Episcopal Church, 16401 Court St., with burial in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Grub Hill Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Eddie Ashman, 12690 N. Lodore Rd., Amelia, VA 23002.

MARY WILLIAMS

Mary Perkins Williams, 90, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and has been reunited with her husband and love of her life, Ralph M. Williams Jr., who passed away April 9, 2015. She was born in Richmond on February 16, 1926, to Joseph E. Perkins and Madeline Thorpe Perkins, also of Richmond. She was predeceased by her baby brother, Egbert Joseph Perkins. She was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, great-grandmother and sister-in-law. She is survived by her daughters, Donna Cornett and her husband, David, of Abington, and Judy Coe and her husband, Donnie, of Powhatan; son, David and his wife, Amy, of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Brianne Falin, Travis Coe, Tonya Coe, Alex Williams; great-grandchildren, Blayne Holstrom, Justin Osterman, Taylor Osterman, Ethan Falin; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Castle, her son, Gary, and his wife, Renee. She retired from the University of Richmond after 20 years of dedicated service, where she worked in the Payments Office. She will be missed deeply by her family, but we take comfort in knowing she is with God and that she will no longer have to endure the pain from her failing body. Friends and family were received from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Road., Richmond. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 28, at First Baptist Church, 800 Thompson St., Ashland, with a reception immediately following at the church. A private interment was held at Riverview Cemetery on Tuesday, November 29. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in the name of Mary P. Williams.

FRANCES WRIGHT

Frances Alley Wright, 97, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Hospice House in Savannah, Georgia, surrounded by her daughter and son-in-law. She was born August 9, 1919, in Richmond, and lived most of her life in Richmond before moving to Savannah in 2015. Surviving are her daughter, Eileen Lipscomb of Powhatan; her daughter, Carol Benton and son-in-law, Charlie Benton of Savannah, Georgia; grandsons, Charles (Rhianna) Garner of Richmond, David (Staci) Tunkel of Flowery Branch, Georgia and Christopher (Claire) Tunkel of Brooklyn, New York; as well as great-grandsons, Grayson, Ellis, Holden, Otis and Francis Ray. A memorial service will be held in Richmond, Virginia.

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