Thomas Wayne Barden Jr., 28, of Powhatan, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016. He is survived by a loving girlfriend, Rebecca Eads; parents, Donna Gale Barden and Tommy W. Barden; paternal grandmother, Barbara Barden of Powhatan; and many uncles, aunts and cousins. Thomas had a passion for three other things in life: racing, fishing and dogs. The family received friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 15 at Graceland Baptist Church. Interment church cemetery. Casual attire is requested. In lieu of flowers, bring a toy to the funeral home for the Powhatan Christmas Mother or contribute to the Richmond Animal League, 11401 International Dr., N. Chesterfield, VA 23236.


Allison Hiller Hale, 39, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Scott Hale; parents, Laura and George Hiller; sister, Katie Renie; and her four children, Madeline, Wally, Lawson and Henry Renie. Other survivors include Scott’s parents, Rose and Doug Hale, and Scott’s brother, Richard. Allison is also survived by her aunts, Mary Pellegrini and Laura Arabian; aunt and uncle, Ann and Rusty Hiller; and her cousins, Shelby Moody, Russel Hiller, Tony and Leah Pellegrini. Allison was a graduate of the Collegiate School, received her Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College, and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was a licensed clinical social worker. Allison knew from her high school days that she wanted to be a social worker. Earlier this year, she achieved her long-held goal of setting up her private practice, Get Real Therapy LLC. Previously, she was employed by the Goochland-Powhatan Community Services Board. On New Year’s Day 2007, Allison met Scott Hale, who became her best friend and love of her life. Allison was very devoted to Scott and they brought out the best in each other. Their journey through marriage created many wonderful memories. Allison also adored her pets, dog, Deezal, and cats, Ellie and Annie. A wheelchair user since age four, Allison never let her physical disability or subsequent kidney transplants keep her from achieving her educational and professional goals. Throughout her schooling, she served as a quiet trailblazer for educational inclusion and the rights of children with disabilities. In her professional career, Allison was a conscientious and caring advocate for her clients. Allison was feisty, funny, and always looked for the best in everyone. She wanted to “make a difference,” which she most assuredly did. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Allison’s nephrologist, Dr. Martin T. Starkman and staff for 23 years of wonderful care. The family would also like to recognize the nurses and staff at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. A celebration of Allison’s life followed by a reception was held at noon on Saturday, December 17 at the Bliley’s Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Ave., in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services, P.O. Box 116, Goochland, VA. 23063 ( or to Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK), 12300 Farrington Road, Ashland, VA 23005 (

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