REV. LESTER ADAMS
Rev. Lester C.”L.C.” Adams, 63, of Cumberland passed away December 25, 2016. He was the son of the late Lester Kingston Adams and Hazel Bates Adams. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Adams, and his two sons, Skibo and Michael. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Adams; five daughters, Leslie Garretson, Laura Garland, Charli Adams, Lisa Carter and Angel Gray; three loving brothers, David Adams, Timmy Adams and Daniel Adams; his two loving sisters, Brenda Bowles and Debbie Morgan, and nine grandchildren. A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2016, in the Bennett & Barden Funeral Home at 3215 Anderson Highway (Route 60) in Powhatan.
Carol Hudson Bass passed away on December 15, 2016. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas W. Hudson. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Robert David Bass; mother, Marian H. Hudson; sisters, Betty Bowen (Jerry) and June Murphy (Steve); and nieces and nephews. She was a teacher in Chesterfield County and a born-again Christian of Holly Hills Baptist Church in Powhatan, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Fannie W. Key was called to be with her sisters on Sunday, December 18, 2016. She was a dedicated teacher in Sussex County Public Schools for 47 years, where she touched many generations of students. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church in Yale, with interment at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Powhatan. Brown’s Funeral Service in Lawrenceville was in charge of arrangements.
Frank Norris Hodge, of Chesterfield, passed away December 27, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Silvia Hodge; daughter, Darlene Gregory of Bon Air; son, Jamie Hodge of Gloucester; sister, Rita Greene of Florida; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Norris Hodge Jr. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2016, in the Graceland Baptist Church Cemetery in Powhatan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Good Samaritan Society at gss.org. Online condolences made be made at bennettbardenfh.com.
Charles Douglas “Doug” Walker, 74, passed away peaceably at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Richmond at 3:45 p.m. on October 4, 2016. Doug had battled bravely for over two years with acute circulation and stomach ailments. Born December 18, 1941 in Richmond, he was the son of John E. “Whitey” Walker and Jean C. McDonald. He is survived by his sister, Cheryl Graham; brother, Mason Knabe; daughter-in-law, Michelle Walker; and beloved grandson, Wyatt Walker. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Charles M. Knabe; a brother, Ervin; and a sister, Gaye Crowl. Doug spent most of his life in the Richmond and Powhatan areas. Early in his life Doug was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, spending 18 days in the hospital, successfully recovering from this generally deadly disease. His parents always described this as a miracle, as Doug also regained his ability to walk. In his high school days in Powhatan, Doug was well known for his football skills and ability to play the game as an undersized lineman and linebacker. He was honored by the Virginia Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association in 1959 as an Honorable Mention All-State player, in his senior year. In the spring and summer of 1960, he was invited to play in many all-star games, prior to entering the Virginia Military Institute in the fall of 1960. At VMI, Doug played varsity football for four years while wrestling his 4th Class (freshman) year as well. His success at VMI was noted by many individuals both in the Southern Conference and elsewhere. It was said that he was the smallest offensive lineman to play for any NCAA team in the country during his varsity career. Many of VMI’s opponents respected him for his aggressiveness, abilities and desire to always win. New York Giants great Sam Huff said that if Doug weighed 25 pounds more he could play for any team in the NFL. One could not ask for a better compliment. After his days at VMI, Doug returned to the Richmond area where he was involved in many entrepreneurial endeavors. He also continued his football career, playing with the Richmond Rebels, a semi-pro team based there. In his later years, Doug was a Charter Member of the New Market Legacy Award Committee at VMI, which established the criteria that resulted in the first Peer-generated award awarded at VMI. Established by Doug’s class (1964), it is awarded annually to a 1st Classman (senior) by secret ballot of the graduating class. The selected cadet is the member of the class that best emulates the qualities and characteristics of the New Market Cadets who fought there in May of 1864. Doug was an experienced horseman, avid bow and rifle hunter who enjoyed his trips to South Carolina and Georgia. His family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of St. Mary’s Hospital and David Ayers and Charles “Butch” Nunnally, his classmates, for their care and compassion shown over the past year. In addition to family members, Doug also leaves behind a large VMI family, including the Class of 1964, and many others who were associated with the Institute. He also leaves behind many brother and sister friends at Moose Lodge #1714 in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Keydet Club, “64” Athletic Scholarship Fund: VMI Keydet Club, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450-9906 or to Moose Charities c/o Moose Lodge #1714, 1207 Hilliard Road, Richmond, VA 23228. Details of a memorial service for Doug will be announced at a later date.
Thelma L. Whitaker, 98, of Powhatan, widow of James W. Whitaker, passed away December 4, 2016. Thelma was born in King William County on June 26, 1918. She is survived by her three children, Yvonne W. Cole of Lanexa, Linda W. Onorati of Richmond, and K. Wayne Whitaker Sr. of Powhatan; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Carrol Lipscomb of Gloucester. Thelma worked for the Bank of Powhatan for more than 30 years. She was a devout member of Graceland Baptist Church for over 50 years, where she taught Sunday School. She served the Lord faithfully throughout her life, and found happiness discussing her faith. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Graceland Baptist Church at 975 Dorset Road in Powhatan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Graceland Baptist Church or Powhatan Fire and Rescue. Online condolences may be made at bennettbardenfh.com. Bennett & Barden Funeral Home at 3215 Anderson Hwy. (Rt. 60) in Powhatan was in charge of arrangements.