Miscellaneous Richmond County, Virginia Obituaries

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Published March 4, 2000

ADAMS
Weldon Daniel (Jack) Adams, age 84, of Richmond, died March 2, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Carroll Adams; four children, Mrs. Shelby A. Waters, Mr. Clarence D. (Dan) Adams, Mr. Ronald R. A dams and Mrs. Susan A. McAllister, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother, Mrs. Mildred A. Wilson and Mr. McCoy F. (Mac) Adams, both of Norlina, N.C. Mr. Adams retired from Overnite Transportation with 31 years service. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 5, 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Washington Memorial Park. 

AGEE
Sadie Guill Agee, 82, of Dillwyn, died March 3, 2000. She was the widow of Luke N. Agee Sr. She was preceded in death by a son, Luke Nicholas Agee Jr. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Alice Mancheste r of Howardsville; a son, John G. Agee of Powhatan; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Agee of Massachusetts; three sisters, Mabel Bowlewr of Lynchburg, Virginia Stone of Madison Heights and Barbara Jacobs of Richmond; a brother, Calvin Guill of Lynchburg; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held, Monday, 11 a.m. at the Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, with interment in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Residence Fund of Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Dillwyn. 

ALLEN
Erma Strang Allen died March 2 preceded in death by her husband, Robert Herman Allen. She is survived by her daughters; Faye Courtney Waters, husband Ronald M. Waters and Carlene Courtney Henley; gran dsons, Ronald B. Waters, Michael W. Waters, Aubrey L. Henley Jr., wife Lori Henley, and granddaughter, Trina L. Waters; great-grandsons, Brandon Waters and Tyler Henley; and great-granddaughter, Savannah Waters; sister, Carrie Strang Carrington; three very special friends, Lucy Boone, Cecile Moore and Edie Johnson. The family will receive friends on Sunday, 12 to 7 p.m. at the Billups Funeral Home, 25th and Marshall Streets where funeral services will be held Monday, March 6 at 12 noon. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Leigh Street Baptist Church, 25th and Leigh Streets, or your choice of charity. 

BELL
Herbert Smith Bell, formerly of Richmond, died March 1, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Fay Bell; son, Shane Bell; and sister, Frances Bufford. Remains rest at Cox Funeral Home in Norfolk, Va. where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Mill Swamp at 2 p.m. 

BROWN
Jean Peterson Brown, 66, of Culpeper, Va., died Tuesday, March 2, 2000 in Madison, Va. She was born on April 4, 1933 in New Orleans, La. Ms. Brown was a former clerk at L.R. Water, and a member of Cul peper Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her father, Reverend Koy Peterson; her mother, Wilma Simmons Peterson; and her husband, John Henry Brown. Ms. Brown is survived by a son, Steven K. Brown of Rixeyville, Va.; two daughters, Mrs. Katherine B. Inskeep of Culpeper, Va. and Mrs. Tamra B. Fant of Boyce, Va.; a brother, Byron D. Peterson "Buddy" of Richmond, Va.; and seven grandchildren. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 6, 2000, at the Culpeper National Cemetery, Dr. Ted Fuson officiating. Family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at Clore-English Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 715, Culpeper, Va. 22701. 

CHANDLER
Earl T. Chandler, 90, of Richmond, the widower of Fay M. Chandler, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2000. He is survived by his son, Joseph T. Chandler. Mr. Chandler was a member of Fairfield Presby terian Church and had retired from Yellow Cab company and also worked for Dixie Supply and Equipment Company. Friends may call at the Laburnum Chapel Woody Funeral Home, 2110 East Laburnum Ave. on Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday in Washington Memorial Park. 

CHRISTIANSEN
Died March 1, 2000, Girtie F. Christiansen, 78, of Ashland. She is survived by her husband, Albert "Chris" Christiansen Jr.; sister, Christine and her husband, Richard Stemshorn; and sister-in- law, Havena Hudson, all of Somerset, Ky.; sister-in-law, Virginia and her husband, Jimmie Main of Olar, S.C.; brother-in-law, Charles Henry and his wife, Betty Christiansen of Sandston; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday in the Reid Funeral Home, 412 So. Washington Hwy., Ashland, where the family will receive friends following the service until 5 p.m. Graveside services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday in Washington Memorial Park, Sandston. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 800 Thompson St., Ashland 23005, or the Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 667, Ashland 23005. Mrs. Christiansen was an avid quilter, who exhibited many of her creations in the Virginia State Fair and she loved gardening. 

CURRIN
Janet Maie Jackson Currin, 77, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2000. She was predeceased by her husband, Eugene Gooch Currin III; a brother, John C. Jackson; and a sister, Jettie Gay Fari ss. She is survived by a daughter and her spouse, Christine Currin and Thomas F. Stephens of Charlottesville; two sons and a daughter-in-law, John Roc Currin of Richmond and Paul R. and Beverly Currin of Rome, Italy; a sister, Frieda Davis of Richmond; five grandchildren, Benjamin Currin, Jeremy Currin, Andrew Currin, Brad Stephens and Emily Stephens. Remains rest at the Central Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., where the family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and where a service will be held 11 a.m. Monday with interment to follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Virginia, 311 S. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220. 

DABNEY
Anna Mae Dabney, 86, of 1424 Stokes Station Rd., Goochland, Va., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the widow of the late, Bishop Richard Dabney, died Friday, March 3, 2000 at Henrico Doctorís Hospital a fter a brief illness. Anna Mae leaves to cherish her memories, one son, John H. Riley of Goochland; one daughter-in-law, Lucy T. Riley; one son, Phil Dabney of Long Island, N.Y.; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Goochland, Sunday, March 5, 2:30 p.m. Rev. Bruce Claiborne officiating. Remains will lie in state one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Missionary and Womenís Auxiliary of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Funeral services and burial will also be held in New York later next week. Robert Mealy Funeral Home, Goochland, in charge of arrangements. The family may be contacted at (804)457-2270. 

DAVIS
Lois C. Davis, age 89, of Amelia, died on March 3, 2000. She was predeceased by her husband, Elwood B. Davis Sr.; and is survived by her sons, Elwood B. Jr. of Chesterfield, Cecil H. of Amelia, Eugene C. of Midlothian; and her daughter, Lynda D. Lee of Harrisonburg; grandchildren, Chuck, Shelby and Chris Davis, Jennifer and Michael Lee. Funeral services Sunday, 3 p.m., at the Hillsman-Hix Funeral Home, with burial in Union Baptist Cemetery. Visiting at the funeral home 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Contributions may be made to the Amelia Rescue Squad or Union Baptist Church. 

ELLIOTT
Jean Roche Elliott, 63, of Richmond, passed away March 1, 2000 due to complications of surgery at MCV Hospitals. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Howard Roche and was preceded in de ath by her sister, Emma Howard Roche, stepdaughter, Robin Stucchi and niece, Katharine Beall. She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Elliott; stepson, Robert (Tony) Elliott; stepgrandchildren, John Stucchi, Mary Stucchi, Whitney Elliott and Andy Elliott; sisters, Rebecca R. White and Nancy R. Beall; nieces, Rebecca B. DiSabato, Susan Terry, Jean McKeever and Rebecca White; great-nephews and great-niece, Brian Terry, Katie Terry, Alex Terry and Peter Terry. Her remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Homeís Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Ave., where the family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephenís Episcopal Church. Interment 2 p.m. Monday at Glebe Landing Baptist Church cemetery, Laneview, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jean Roche Elliott Outreach Memorial Fund in care of St. Stephenís Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Ave., Richmond, Va. 23226 or STEP, 436 Calhoun St., Richmond, Va. 23220. 

GUNN
Bernard (Rudy) Gunn, 69, of Richmond, died Friday, March 3, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Garrett Gunn; four daughters, Elaine Gunn, Kim Earle and her husband, Tommy Earle, Terry G. Chaney a nd her husband, Ronald B. Chaney Jr., Lisa G. Thomas and her husband, Michael S. Thomas; four grandsons, one granddaughter, one great-granddaughter and two adopted granddaughters, one niece and two nephews. Mr. Gunn was a retired employee of A. H. Robins, a volunteer fire fighter for Henrico County, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a scout leader with the Boy Scouts Troop #554. Remains rest at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., where the family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and where funeral services will be held 5 p.m. Sunday. Interment private. 

HAWKINS
Helen Marie Hawkins, age 80, died February 29, 2000 in Richmond, Va. A native of Culpepper, Va., she was born December 31, 1919, the first born of the late Adolphus Wise "Jim" and Clara Idella Taylor Hawkins. She is survived by her brother, Adolphus W. Hawkins Jr. of Richmond; her sister, Dorothy Bridgman DeShazo of Fairfax; nieces, Sherene Brown Barringer of Richmond, Jill Hawkins Czajkowski of Charlotte, N.C., Deborah Brown Mills of Culpepper; nephews, Roderick Eaton Brown of Ladson, S.C., John Thomas Worsham Hawkins of Ruxton, Md., and David Telford Hawkins of Radnor, Penn. She was predeceased by her sister, Mrs. Andrew Wilson (Clara Margaret) Brown. A former teacher and librarian, she had been an active member of several civic, patriotic, and historical organizations. Her ashes will be placed in the Hawkins family Cemetery, Eggbornsville Rd., Culpepper. There will be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Culpepper Museum or the Rappahanock Historical Society. 

JOHNSON
Rosetta Johnson of Richmond, formerly of New Kent, Va., departed this life Wednesday, March 1, 2000. She is survived by eight children, Elwood, Jeanette, Thomas, Shirley, Gloria, Marvin, Larry and Linda; nine grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Ersulyn Jones and Mary Miller; two brothers, Willie and Linwood Pryor; three sons-in-law, three daughters-in-law, one brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Remains rest at the Chiles Funeral Home, 2100 Fairmount Ave. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from Lebanon Baptist Church, New Kent, Va., with Rev. William Goodwin officiating. Interment church cemetery. 

LANDERS
George Henry Landers Jr., 79, of Brandermill, died March 1, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Betty Landers; a son, Christopher and his wife Sharrie; two daughters, Sandra Lopez and Karen Ludwig and her husband, Lewis; eight grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lee Landers of Florida; two brothers-in-law, Jim Hopkins and his wife Betty, and Max Hopkins and his wife Carolyn; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Landers was born in Richmond, Va., and graduated from Benedictine High School and the Univeristy of Richmond. Following 55 years in New Jersey they moved to Brandermill in 1988. He was a member of the Church of the Epiphany and the Brandermill Retired Menís Club. A Memorial Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Epiphany. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Church of the Epiphany or the American Heart Association. 

LYNE
Frances Wyatt Cottrell Lyne, 85, of the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community died Friday, March 3, 2000 at the retirement community after a long illness. She was a native of Toano and James City Count y and long time resident of Rappahannock County. Mrs. Lyne was an elementary school teacher for 20 years and a masterful cook. She was a member of Mitchells Presbyterian Church in Mitchells and long time member of the Rappahannock County Garden Club. She also volunteered in fund raising projects with the American Cancer Society in Rappannock County. She is survived by her husband, William H. Lyne of the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community; a daughter, Mary Peachey Lyne of Menlo Park, Calif.; a son, David Cottrell Lyne of Warrenton; a brother, Mahlon Cottrell of Toano; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nine nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Mitchells Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Grotz officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at church. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Mitchells Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 98, Mitchells, Va. 22729. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange in charge of arrangements. 

MASSEY
Franklin Ashley Massey, 86, of King and Queen, died Friday, March 3, 2000. He was born August 12, 1913 in King and Queen County. Mr. Massey was a member of Beulah Wesleyan Church where he sang in the Menís Quartet for many years. He served in the past as treasurer of the church. He was a charter member of the West Point Ruritan Club and resigned in 1997 due to ill health. He retired from Massey Oil Company in West Point, Va. in 1978 after working there for twenty four years. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Frances Hooper Massey; a son, Franklin Ashley Massey, Jr., and his wife Marjorie of Glen Allen, Va.; a daughter, Regina Massey Collins of Gainesville, Georgia; three sisters, Frances Ohlson of Lakewod, Colo., Ruth Jenkins of West Point, Va., and Marie Malcomb of Richmond; three brothers, Rev. Albert Massey of Staunton, Va., William Massey of Mattaponi, and Paul Massey of Providence Forge, Va.; one grandson, Ashley Carter Massey of Grand Lake, Colo.; four granddaughters, Frances Massey Henneberger of Glen Allen, Va., Michelle Collins Nooney of Gainesville, Ga., Jennifer Collins Lawrence of Suwanee, Ga., and Susan Collins Peterson of Duluth, Ga.; and five great-grandchildren, Trey Nooney, Carter Lawrence, Hannah Peterson, Andrew Lawrence, and Ashley Henneberger. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, in Beulah Wesleyan Cemetery. Family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 tonight at Vincent Funeral Home, West Point. Memorials may be made to Beulah Wesleyan Church Building Fund, Rt. 2, Box 4031, Saluda, Va., 23149. 

McLAUREN
Departed this life March 3, 2000. Jesse R. McLauren of 2807 Newbourne St. Notice of funeral later. Arrangements by the Chiles Funeral Home, 2100 Fairmount Ave. 

PANKEY
George R. Pankey, age 83, of Charles City, died March 2, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Janie F. Pankey; two stepdaughters, Susan C. Harper of Chesterfield and Sandra Anne Campbell of Richmond; an d two stepsons, Tommy Campbell of Toney, Ala., and Clark Campbell of Roseland, Va. Mr. Pankey was a past president of the Charles City Ruritan Club, a loyal member of the Providence Forge Rescue Squad for over 20 years, and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary where he patrolled the Chickahominy River. The family will receive friends 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave. Funeral services will be held graveside Monday, March 6, 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Forge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 177, Providence Forge, Va. 23140 or Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 19300 Glebe Ln., Charles City, Va. 23030. 

ROYSTER
Jeannette M. Royster, of Mechanicsville, died Friday March 3, 2000. She is survived by her husband, Charles E. Royster; a daughter, Jessica Jeannette Royster; a sister, Bobbie Sorensen; her father, Clifton Cook, two aunts, Lilly Horton and Marie Hendricks; an uncle, Marion (Bros) Cook; all of Beaufort, S.C.; two neices, Michelle Morgan and Kelly Seymore. Mrs. Royster was past president of the Battlefield Park Elementary School P.T.A. Remains rest at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Road where the family will receive friends, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Rennie Memorial Presbyterian Church in Amelia with interment to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Battlefield Park Elementary School P.T.A. Scholarship Fund. 

SEARLES
George W. Searles, 82, of Glen Allen, died March 2, 2000. He was a retired self- employed roofing contractor and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Mae Butler Searles. Su rvivors include his son, David George Searles; three daughters, Shirley S. Lee, Beverly S. Martin, Patricia S. Jones; one brother, John Wilbur Searles; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. The remains rest at the West Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St. Rd., Glen Allen where the family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and where services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m. with interment to follow in the Woodland Cemetery, Ashland, Va. 

SHANNON
Mrs. Eleanor Bosworth Shannon, widely revered for her longtime contributions to education and to the Charlottesville-Albemarle community and the widow of former University of Virginia President Edga r F. Shannon Jr., died Friday, March 3, 2000 at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville. Born April 14, 1925 in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of Eleanor Hinds Bosworth and Millard Moore Bosworth. In a time when many young women abandoned their own interests to marriage and raising a family, Mrs. Shannon broke the mold. She traveled widely in England, Europe and the Middle East and was an ardent scholar, reading books and taking joy in learning new things throughout her life. Her enthusiasm for learning was something she shared passionately with others. She dedicated her life to supporting and improving education in many places and in many ways. She attended Miss Hutchinsonís School for Girls in Memphis, where she graduated in 1943. She continued her studies at Sweet Briar College in Virginia where she received her B.A. degree in international relations magna cum laude in 1947 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She studied briefly at Balliol College, Oxford, as a member of a student group promoting international understanding in the wake of World War II. From 1949 to 1955, she was an assistant professor of history at Southwestern College in Memphis (now Rhodes College) and was the Acting Dean of Women from 1952 until 1955. In 1955, she moved to New York City to begin working on a doctorate in history and religion at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University. Her studies were interrupted when she met Edgar Shannon Jr., who shared her passion for scholarship. They were married at St. Bartholomewís Cathedral in New York City in February 1956. In the fall of 1956, the Shannons moved from Cambridge, Mass., where Edgar Shannon had been teaching at Harvard, to Charlottesville, where he joined the English department of the University of Virginia. In 1959, Mr. Shannon was elected president of the University of Virginia and Mrs. Shannon became the "first lady" of the university. She worked tirelessly in partnership with her husband to reaffirm the Jeffersonian ideal that the University of Virginia be not only an exceptional state and regional university but also a great national university. In 1972, Mrs. Shannon received one of the universityís most prestigious awards, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, in recognition of excellence of character and service to humanity. The citation described her as being "in the great tradition of the University presidentís wife...firm of belief, quick of mind and warm of heart." The citation noted "her many contributions,...her many nameless acts of kindness and her love for the University." Mrs. Shannon made important contributions to other educational institutions. For several years, she served on the executive board of the Alumnae Association of Sweet Briar College and then on the board of trustees from 1965 to 1977. She also served on the board of Rhodes College from 1980 to 1984. In Charlottesville, Mrs. Shannon was a founding board member of the Learning Center, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Originally known as the Center of Dyslexia, this institution helped transform the teaching of special needs students in Charlottesville and has encouraged countless students from pre-school through college age. With the help of her husband, who died in 1997, and a few other dedicated colleagues, Mrs. Shannon also realized her dream of creating a foundation to support excellence in teaching in the public schools. Since 1990 the foundation, now known as the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Schools, has held an annual competition for innovative teaching ideas and has awarded approximately $100,000 in grants. Despite these many accomplishments, Mrs. Shannonís greatest joy was her family: her husband and their five daughters, Eleanor, Bess, Lois, Susan and Virginia; and her sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. She loved their visits and avidly kept up with all their activities. Mrs. Shannon was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder from 1976 to 1979. Raised in the Episcopal Church, she was also affiliated with the Church of Our Savior. She is survived by her daughters and grandchildren. Those families are Eleanor Shannon and her husband, David Salem of Hanover, N.H. (and their children, Caroline, Peter and Virginia); Bess Shannon and her husband, Reid Smith of Oreland, Pa. (and their children, Liza and Morgan); Lois Shannon and her husband, Thomas Virden of London, England (and their son, Andrew); Susan Shannon of Charlottesville; and Virginia Shannon and her husband, John Kirby Nicholas of Concord, Mass. (and their daughter, Katherine). She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Hugh Bosworth; and her husband, Edgar Shannon Jr. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 6 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rugby Road, in Charlottesville and a service at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge on Tuesday, March 7. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be sent to the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence at 1368 Reas Ford Road, Earlysville, Va. 22936 or the Eleanor and Millard Bosworth Scholarship Fund at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, Tenn. 38112-1690. Teague Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

SITES
Alice H. Sites entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 29, 2000. She is survived by three daughters and one son, all of northern Virginia; two sisters, Jean Ayers of Richmond, Va. and Georgiana Wratchford of Petersburg, W.Va.; two brothers, Carson W. Reel of Richmond, Va. and Curtis C. Reel of Woodbridge, Va. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The remains rest at Blasius-Baker Funeral Home in Manassas, Va. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 2:30 p.m. at Stonewall Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the form of a donation to Oak Forest Baptist Church, 5101 Courthouse Rd., Chesterfield, Va. 23832. 

SNELSON-TUCK
Phyllis Snelson-Tuck, 81, of Richmond, died March 2, 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Jean Snelson; son, Gilbert H. Snelson III; sister, Jean McMahon of Key West, Fla.; five gran dchildren, several great-grandchildren. Her remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Homeís Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull St. Rd., where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. on Monday at Washington Memorial Park. 

STATON
John A. "Skee" Staton, 78, of Ruther Glen, formerly of Richmond, died Friday, March 3, 2000. Survivors include a daughter, Nita Mills of Ruther Glen; a stepson, Douglas Hepler of Covington; two sister s, Lucille Nunnally and Katherin Starnes, both of Richmond; a brother, Ernest Staton of Tappahannock; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday 2 p.m. in the Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green, with burial to follow in Dale Memorial Park, Chesterfield. Visitation at the funeral home Saturday 7 to 9 p.m. 

SWAN
Ernest L. Swan Jr. will be funeralized today at 1 p.m. at Community Church of God in Christ. 

THOMPSON
Mable E. Thompson of South Hill died March 3, 2000. She would have been 100 years old on April 12. Survived by her daughter, Etta T. Mathews; and grandson, Charles A. Mathews, both of South Hill. Se rvice 2 p.m. Sunday at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home. Interment Crestview Memorial Park. Visitation Saturday 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 

WARDEN
Departed this life March 3, 2000, Mrs. Vernice "Sis-Homey" Warden of 2005 Hechler St., formerly of 2400 Burton St. Notice of funeral later. Arrangements by the Chiles Funeral Home, 2100 Fairmount Av e. 

WILKINS
Departed this life March 3, 2000, Mrs. Louise S. Wilkins, of 1005 Kinney Street. Remains rest at Walter J. Manning Funeral Home, 700 North 25th Street. Funeral notice later. 

WILLIAMS
Robert K. Williams Jr., 79, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2000. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 44 years, Virginia Rudd of Richmond. He is survived by three sons, Robe rt K. Williams III of Las Vegas, Nev., Curtis Rudd Williams of Ashland, Va., Douglas H. Williams of Martinez, Calif.; and one daughter, Karen Frances Williams of Richmond, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Helen Williams of Ashland, Va.; and four grandchildren, Justin Curtis Williams, Daniel Scanlon Williams, Elizabeth Alice Williams, all of Ashland, Va. and Virginia Marie Williams of Martinez, Calif. Mr. Williams was a graduate of John Marshall High School (member of Cadet Corp.), 1937 and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from VPI (Virginia Tech), class of 1941, where he was captain of Battery K. Graduating as a second lieutenant from VPI, Mr. Williams received a commendation from the brigade commander as captain of 69 AAA Group in Saipan. Later Mr. Williams was promoted to major for outstanding service. Following WWII, Mr. Williams began his impressive career, starting with the Virginia Highway Department as materials engineer for Richmond District from 1946 to 1952 and district engineer for Virginia Asphalt Institute from 1952 to 1958. Mr. Williams was appointed and served as executive director of the Virginia Asphalt Association from 1958 to 1982 when he retired. His remains rest at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., where the family will receive friends on Sunday, March 5, 2000 from 2 to 5 p.m., and where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2000. Interment Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations shall be sent to the Robert K. Williams Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, 201 Pack Building, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. 24061, Attn: T. O. Williams. 

WOOD
Mildred Person Wood, 66, of Emporia, entered eternal rest Monday, February 28, in the Greensville Memorial Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Edward Wood; five children, Gretchen Whitfield and hu sband Paul, Edward Roderick and Joel Wood, Leandra Wood, Ercelia Mayo and husband Aric, all of Richmond; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers, Thomas and Alvin Person of Emporia; four sisters, Rose Allen and Emma Harrison of Emporia, Audrey Person of Raleigh, N.C. and Ida Edwards of Newport News, Va.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. During a period of the 25 years Mildred lived in Richmond, she worshiped at the New Bethel United Holy Church. Upon her return to Emporia, she re-united with her home church. Her homegoing service will be held Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m. at the St. Paul Church of God in Christ, 294 Lowground Rd., Emporia. Pastor Frank N. Batts, officiating. Interment at Forest Lawn. Family will assemble at 240 Harrje Street at 1 p.m. Sunday. 


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