ROBERT BELCHER SR.
Robert Frank “Whitey” Belcher Sr., was born on September 28, 1923, and earned his wings on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Minnie; his wife, Mable, and his three sisters, Constance, Goldie and Bootsie. He is survived by a very large family consisting of his three children, Bobby Belcher (Janet), Danny Belcher (Maryann) and Diane Sawyer; nine grandchildren, Robbie Belcher (Kristi), Michael Belcher (Beth), Tony Belcher (Michelle), Lisa Nash (Darren), DJ Belcher, Shannon Harris (Andrew), Lindsey Clapper (Jeremiah), Michael Marion and Denise Marion; 13 great-grandchildren, RJ, Britni, Dean, Ethan, Hayden, Austin, Bailey, William, Jordin, Liam, Amber, Jake and Kendall; one great-great-grandchild, Aidan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving family friends. In his early 20s, he discovered his passion for building and was revered throughout the construction industry. He continued this passion into his 90s and left his mark on numerous building and bridges across the mid-Atlantic. He was called out of his “retirement” many times for his expertise and advice. He was so proud that his own love of iron work will continue on through his family as many have careers in the industry. He was very proud of his heritage and continued to stay in touch with friends and neighbors he had from growing up in Oregon Hill. This included a bi-monthly breakfast with his “Fishing Buddies” which he always looked forward to. His other passion was being an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Powhatan, only missing a Sunday Mass if he was ill. He was also very proud to be a lifetime member for 51 years as a 3rd degree and 40 years as a 4th degree of The Knights of Columbus, Council 6189. He was a loving, generous and caring individual who touched many lives during his 93 years. Our “Papa” or “Pop” taught through example and nothing was more important than family. He was our anchor and the one we always called first for anything...and he never complained about that. He loved unconditionally and he will be greatly missed but remembered forever with smiles and laughter by all of those whose lives he touched! The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 4 at Bliley’s-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Road. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2480 Batterson Road, Powhatan. Interment will be in Maury Cemetery, Richmond.
Forrest E. “Tippy” Hamilton, 95, of Powhatan, widower of Shirley E. Hamilton, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 10, 2016. He is survived by one son, Forrest K. Hamilton of Powhatan; one sister, Marjorie Stagg of Richmond; one grandson, Thomas Ian Hamilton; one great-grandson, Karter Shelton; comfort givers and devoted friends, Brenda Riel and Cliff Stewart. Tippy was a World War II veteran and served in the Pacific with the 81st Infantry Division that was an occupying force in Japan. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school for more than 30 years. The family received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, at Bennett and Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 14 at First Baptist Church, 2109 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. Interment Old Powhatan Baptist Church, 2202 Old Church Road, Powhatan.
Cheryl Lynn Howie, 51, of Powhatan passed away on Sunday, 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 (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.
Raymond G. King, 75, of Powhatan, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty A. King; two sons, David King (Dawn) and Billy King (Doris), all of Powhatan; sisters, Viola Roberts, Josephine Belcher, Fannie Newcomb and Miranda Dunn; brother, Luther King; three grandchildren, Harley Fore (Matthew), Dylan King and Becky King. He was preceded in death by one brother, Dan King. Services private.
Willie Vernon Madison, 87, of North Chesterfield, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Smith Madison. He is survived by his sons, James Vernon (Sylvia) of Powhatan and Dennis Wayne (Marianne) of North Chesterfield; brother, Julian E. Madison of Richmond; sister, Bernice M. Rodgers of Chester; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and special friends, James and Linda Whitt of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mr. Madison served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 at Bliley’s-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Road, where funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 14. Interment followed in Maury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
Arthur Lee “Smitty” Smith, 82, of Chesterfield, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 4, 2016, surrounded by family. Born and raised in Powhatan, Smitty was an extremely talented mechanic who retired from Wilson Trucking Corporation after 36 years of service. His biggest passion was restoring classic Volkswagen Beetles in his beloved shop. He had a large following of his work, and if you see a VW Bug on the road, there’s a good chance that he has worked on it. His talents didn’t stop with Volkswagens, as there wasn’t an engine that he couldn’t repair. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and camping on the James River with his family and friends. He’s left us all with amazing memories and stories and will be missed by many. Smitty is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Pansy Lee Smith; daughter, Michele Lempke and her husband, Ted; son, Jeff Smith; seven grandchildren, Joshua Smith, Kyle Smith and his fiancee, Katie Ridgway, Andrew Smith, Casey Bass and her husband, Troy, Melissa Daniel and her husband, Kyle, Jasmine Smith and Cody Smith; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Bryson Bass; as well as his son-in-law, Jim Sampson; and his daughter-in-law, Kathy Smith. He is also survived by two siblings, his brother and favorite fishing partner, Gene Smith and his wife, Minnie; and sister, Dorothy Lowery; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Jimi Smith; his daughter, Jackie Sampson; and his sisters, Helen Murphy and Alice Mullins. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal funeral services.