Miscellaneous Richmond County, Virginia Obituaries

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Published November 29, 1998

ABERNATHY
Benjamin Cleo Abernathy, age 75, of McKenney, Va., died November 27, 1998. He is survived by a daughter, Ann A. Winn of McKenney; two sons, Benjamin C. Abernathy Jr. of Wilsons and Allen Abernathy of McKenney; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at Cut Bank Baptist Church Cemetery, McKenney. The family will receive friends Sunday 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Memorials may be made to Crater Community Hospice, 840 W. Roslyn Rd., Suite E, Colonial Heights, Va. 23834. 

ALLEN
William "Bill" Allen, 51, of Glen Allen, Va., left us to be with his heavenly father on November 26, 1998. He is survived by his loving family, daughter, Michelle Bowden; devoted mother, Mary "Susie" Allen; two grandsons, William and Mycheus Bowden; one brother, Walter "CR" Allen; four sisters; and five brothers- in-law, Margaret and Earnest Harris, Edna and Howard James, Connie and Howard Carrington, Wilnette and Harold Robertson and Herbert Harris; one sister-in-law, Virginia King; nine nieces; six nephews; six great-nephews; a host of other relatives and friends, two devoted, Helen Thomas and Lester Gordon. Remains rest at the Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home, Washington Hwy., (U.S. 1N) Ashland. Funeral service will be held Monday, November 30, 1998 at 1:15 p.m. at the Abner Baptist Church, Glen Allen. Rev. Warren J. Lewis, Pastor officiating. Remains will lie in state one hour prior to service. Interment Roselawn Memory Gardens. Family and friends assemble at the church at 1 p.m. McCarthy, Director. 

ALVIS
Died November 28, 1998, Mason Alvis, 72, of Montpelier. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Alvis; his daughters, Eunice Lipscomb, Linda Wickham and Betty Brannan; three sisters, three brothers; numerous nieces and nephews, including, Coleman Baughan of Montpelier. The family will receive friends Sunday 3 to 8 p.m. in the Reid Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland. Funeral services 2 p.m. Monday in Shiloh United Methodist Church. Interment church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 17420 Shiloh Road, Montpelier, 23192 or West Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 276, Mont pelier 23192. 

ARMSTRONG
Alvin Franklin Armstrong, age 76, of King & Queen Court House, died November 27, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Edna Elizabeth Armstrong; three daughters, Marie A. Jenkins, Barbara Buckner, and Patricia A. Bowman; three sisters, Mary Alma Huckstep, Virginia Brooks and Elizabeth Shafer; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Remains rest at the B. W. White Funeral Home, Aylett, where visitation will be Monday 7 to 9 p.m. and where services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday. Interment Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery. 

ARNOLD
Margaret J. Arnold, 94, of Richmond, died November 27, 1998. She was the widow of Harry L. Arnold and is survived by her sons, James W. White and Howard L. Arnold, both of Richmond; stepchildren, Helen Barham of Winchester and Harry L. Arnold of Berryville; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren. Mrs. Arnold was a member of Christ Methodist Church. Her remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. where the family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday and where services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment Westhampton Memorial Park. 

BEST
Cletus Charles (CB) Best, 83, of Chesterfield County, died Friday, November 27, 1998 at Southside Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. He was a native of Crestline, Ohio, but had spent most of his life in this area. In recent years he had resided with his daughter and son-in-law at their home in Sutherland. He was the son of the late William and Mary Kurtzman Best, a member of Wood's United Methodist Church, the Perkinson-Dyson Bible Class and the United Methodist Men of the Church. He was a retired Civil Service employee with 30 years of service at Fort Lee, a U.S. Army veteran of WW II and the widower of Aurelia Perkinson Best. Mr. Best is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara (Babs) and Jerry Johnson of Sutherland; grandson, Jeremy Johnson of Albany, Ga.; two granddaughters, Jennifer Johnson of Richmond, and Jessica Johnson of Sutherland; one sister, Ester B. Horning of Crestline, Ohio. Also surviving are his faithful sisters-in-law, Bernice P. Schenck, Shirley P. Cimburke, Bettie P. Shelton, Jean P. Joyner and Mary P. Chalkley, all of Chesterfield County. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. in Wood's United Methodist Church, 7200 Hickory Rd., with Rev. David C. Morefield, Rev. Gene C. Tatum and Rev. Darwood Rowan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday night, November 30, 1998 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the E. Alvin Small Funeral Home, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights. Flowers are welcome, but the family prefers memorial donations to Wood's United Methodist Church, 8301 Hickory Rd., Petersburg, Va. 23803. 

BRADLEY
Ethel Virginia Bradley, 96, of Richmond, died November 27, 1998. She was a retired machine operator with Whitlocks. Miss Bradley is survived by a sister, May B. Hurst; a brother, Linwood Bradley; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Her remains rest at the Morrissett Funeral Home, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rt. 10) where the family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday 7 to 9 p.m. and where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Maury Cemetery. 

BRIGGS
Mrs. Nan Waller Briggs, 94, formerly of 100 Oak Rd., Butner, N.C., died Friday, November 27, 1998 at Carver Living Center. A native of Spotsylvania, Va., she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Kate Dew Waller. She grew up in Richmond and attended Hollins College, William and Mary and received a degree in Social Work from VCU. Mrs. Briggs attended Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond. She moved to Durham, N.C. in 1989. Surviving are one son, Dr. Andrew Gessner Briggs III of Butner; a niece, Betty Waller of Richmond; and three grandchildren, Linda, Carol and John. Graveside ser vices will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va. Funeral arrangements are with Hall- Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, N.C. 

CAREY
Virgie Woodruff Carey, 90, of Moseley, Va., died November 28, 1998. She is survived by nine children, Houston Garrison, Monroe Garrison, Betty Edmundson, Ann Hines, June Burges, Kay Williams, Gary Garri son, James Boyd, and Bascom Boyd; five sisters, Eura Teague, Cornelia Spease, Loreine Humbert, Nadine McCale, and Jean Swisher; 27 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren. Her remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull St. Rd., where the family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and where funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Glenco Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Manchester Vol. Rescue Squad. 

COX
Merchant Lee Cox, age 84, of Glen Allen, Va., formerly of Manakin- Sabot, Va., departed this life after a brief illness at MCV Hospital, Wednesday, November 25, 1998. He was a veteran of World War II, retired civil service employee of 37 years at McGuire VA Hospital. He leaves to cherish his memory, a devoted goddaughter, Evangeline (Van) Howell-Freeman and her husband, SFC, Retired, Joseph L. Freeman and their children; cousins; and many devoted friends, among them, Mr. James Wilson Howell of Manakin and Mr. and Mrs. Eli Pleasant of Henrico Co. Family will receive friends Sunday 3 to 6 p.m. at the Chiles Funeral Home, 2100 Fairmount Ave. Funeral service Monday, November 30, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Rt. 6, Manakin-Sabot, Va. Rev. E. Bernard Conley, Pastor, officiating, assisted by Rev. Jessie Walker. Interment Roselawn Memory Gar dens. Family may be contacted at 501 -0250 or 261-7982. Please omit food. 

CUSTALOW
Laura Augusta Custalow, 49, of Sandston, went home to be with Jesus November 28, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Howard D. Custalow Sr.; her parents, Walter and Virginia Edwards; a daughter, Spring Myers and her husband, Darrell; two stepsons, Howard Custalow Jr. and Richard Custalow; a brother, Tommy Edwards; a sister, Nancy Scilleppi; three grandchildren; seven step- grandchildren; and many dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. Remains rest at the Mechanicsville Chapel, Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee- Davis Rd., where the family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be con ducted Tuesday, December 1, at Emmanuel Tabernacle Assembly of God, Rt. 615 (Walnut Grove Rd.) in Mechanicsville at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at the Mattaponi Indian Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel Tabernacle Assembly of God Church. 

DYSON
Deacon Harold Alfred Dyson Sr., of 1300 Bentbrook Dr., entered eternal life, November 27, 1998. Cherishing his memories, are his widow, Jean Morris Dyson; daughter, Pier Dyson Shelton; grandchildren, W. Christi an, Kimberly and Sean Shelton; brothers, Everette, Alvin and L. Miles Dyson; sisters, Robinette Jiggetts, Dorothy Washington and Irma Robinson; sisters-in-law, America, Carlotta, Doris, Lillian and Phylis Dyson; brothers-in-law, Charles Jiggetts and Joseph Robinson; many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces; other relatives and devoted friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. at the All Faiths Chapel of the A.D. Price Funeral Establishment, 212 E. Leigh St. His remains will lie in state Wednesday 12 Noon at First African Baptist Church, 2900 Hanes Ave., where a Eulogistic Service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Rev. Dennis Thom as, Pastor officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Bland and Brunson, Directors. Professional services entrusted to the: A. D. Price Funeral Establishment 

EDWARDS
On November 26, 1998, Jonathan Edwards Jr., PhD. Beloved husband of Cora M. Edwards (McCormick); devoted father of Laura Harris, Elaine Sharlofsky, Peter Edwards and Frederick Edwards; dear sister of Martha Arnette; and dear grandfather of John Harris. A memorial service will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Rd., Towson, Md., on December 4, at 7:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church from 4 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church. 

FAJNA
Mr. William J. "Willie" Fajna, 85, of Jarratt, died Saturday, November 28, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Pearl W. Fajna; nine sons; a daughter; three step-daughters; and a number of grandchildren; and great-grand children. The family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd. in Jarratt, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday. Interment Emporia Cemetery. 

FARLEY
Edwin Starke Farley Sr., 85, of Richmond, died November 27, 1998. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maud Starke Farley and Ernst Watson Farley, founder of Richmond Engineering Co.; and brothers, James Cheever Farley and Ernst Watson Farley. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor Caperton Farley; son, Edwin Starke Farley Jr.; daughters, Cary Randolph Adair Farley and Douglas Caperton Farley Shook; six grandchildren, Raleigh Douglas Singer, Eleanor Caperton Thomas, George Mathieson Singer, William Hobson Thomas Jr., Edwin Starke Farley III and Catherine Randolph Farley; two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Elyse Singer and Abigail Grace Thomas; sisters, Susanna Schmitt Farley and Maud-Safford Farley Spencer. He was a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Business and a graduate of Cornell Executive Program, Ithaca, N.Y. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta for more than 50 years, River Road Church, Kiwanis Club of West Richmond for 43 years, and he was "Best Sheriff" of Kiwanis Club of West Richmond. He was Past President of the Sales and Marketing Club of Richmond, Council Executive of the Robert E. Lee Council Boy Scouts of America, recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Boys Scouts of America, active participant in the development of Camp Brady Saunders Boy Scouts of America, Interclub Council Chairman, and instrumental in the development of the Tuckahoe YMCA. He was also a member of the Rotunda Club, Willow Oaks Country Club, Westwood Country Club and the Downtown Club. The family will receive friends at 1507 Thistle Rd., #103, in Regency Woods, on Sunday, November 29, 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a memorial service on Monday, November 30, at River Road Church (Baptist), Ridge and River Rds. at 11 a.m. Family will receive guests following the service at 1507 Thistle Rd. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Henrico County Christmas Mother. 

FERGUSON
Mrs. Stella Bowles Ferguson, age 82, died November 28, 1998 in Farmville. She is survived by her son, Clarence D. Ferguson; one daughter, Geneva Lucille Ferguson, both of Farmville; one brother, Willie H. Bowles of Crewe. Family will receive friends 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Doyne-Burger- Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services Monday 11 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, Cumberland. Interment Church Cemetery. 

FOX
Cora S. Fox, 95, of Aylett, widow of James W. Fox, died November 26, 1998. She is survived by five of her seven children, Dorothy Pitts, Lillian Pabon, Marion Upshaw, Nelson and Carol Fox; two special granddaugh ters, Carolyn Helmick and Faye Vega, as well as many other loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Allen and Annie Moore. Remains rest at the B.W. White Fu neral Home, Aylett. Service at Sharon Baptist Church, King William, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Interment in church cemetery. 

HOLMES
Norma Faye Holmes (Grandma), 65, of Richmond, died November 28, 1998. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Aubrey B. Holmes Jr.; her children, Michael B. Holmes, Karen H. Barton, Kathy H. Freeman; her grandchildren, Heather R. and Bobby M. Holmes, Stephen E. and Sarah Kathryn Barton, Christopher L., David R., and Laura Ann Freeman. Her remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd., where the family will receive friends Sunday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and where funeral services will be held Monday 9:30 a.m. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. 

HUNT
Mrs. Gladys Kirby Hunt, 70, of Richmond, passed away November 27, 1998. She was the widow of Robert J. Hunt and is survived by her son, Robert W. Hunt and his wife, Deborah; four sisters, Ellen Purcell, Doris Bergener, Doris (Bill) Brindle, and Callie Drewey; two grandchildren, Jessica K. and Joseph C. Hunt. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Lakeside Vol. Rescue Squad. 

JAMES
Departed this life Friday, November 27, 1998, Mrs. Julia D. James of 2418 Cersley St. Remains rest at the Mimms Funeral Home, 19th and Hull St. Funeral notice later. 

JOHNSON
Erskine Cornell Johnson of Charles City, departed this life November 26, 1998. He is survived by his daughter, Brandy; granddaughter, Destiny; mother, Elizabeth Johnson; two brothers, Lindbergh (Willie Jane) and Edward Johnson; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Remains rest at J. Leroy Charity Funeral Home, Charles City. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, will rest at Little Elam Baptist Church, where services will be held 1 p.m. Rev. Robert W. Young officiating. Interment church cemetery. 

JONES
Anne Mae Jones, 78, of Charlottesville, died Thursday, November 26, 1998 at her home after a lengthy illness. Born March 15, 1920 in Newport News, she was the daughter of William Washington Jones and Eliza beth Amos Jones. Mrs. Jones was a graduate of Lane High School and business school, a member of the Brotherhood Ladies Auxiliary of Railroad and University Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Thomas M. Jones of Charlottesville; one son, Thomas William Jones and his wife, Anne Fryer-Jones of Glenwood, Md.; one daughter, Jo Anne Jones Coffin and her husband, Dexter D. Coffin III of Glen Allen, Va.; one sister, Louise Johnson Shifflette of Danville, Va.; six grandsons; and one granddaughter; one great-grandson; and a special friend, Jeane S. Booker of Charlottesville. A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 30, 1998 at the Hill & Wood Chapel with the Rev. Alexander Livesay officiating. Interment at Riverview Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3025 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, Va. 22901. 

JONES
Mr. Robert Lee (Heavy) Jones, 61, of Richmond, departed this life on Friday, November 27, 1998 in Richmond, Va. He is survived by his wife, Clara Trent Jones; one son, Thomas Lee Jones; two daughters, Betty and Mary Jones; his mother, Mary Frances Jones; seven grandchildren; six brothers; four sisters; two uncles; two aunts; eight brothers-in-law; ten sisters-in-law; a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins; other relatives and friends. His remains rest at the Marion Gray Thomas Funeral Home, Cumberland, Va. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 1 p.m. from Rocky Mt. Baptist Church, Cumberland. Rev. Larry Smith, Pastor; Rev. James Washington officiating, with interment in the church cemetery. 

JUWA
Carolyn Clements Juwa, 51, of Chesterfield, died Thursday, November 26, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey J. Juwa; three daughters, Cheryl Louise Simpson and her husband, Mark, Candace Morton Robinson and her husband, Eric, and Danielle Seamans Klement and her husband, Alvin; one son, Richard David Seamans and his wife, Rachel; one sister, Kathleen Clements Jackson; one brother, Richard David Clements; six grandchildren. Her remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where the family will receive friends 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Tomahawk Baptist Church, inter ment Genito Cemetery. 

KIRTON
David Miles Kirton, age 39, of Midlothian, died November 26, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Maria Agnes Velarde Kirton (Registered Nurse, St. Mary's Hospital for 13 years); his daughter, Chelsea Nicole Kirton; his parents, Robert T. and Janice G. Kirton of Midlothian; two brothers, Steven Craig Kirton and Robert Jeffrey Kirton; his mother and father -in-law, Aurora Guerrero and Felix Berto Velarde of Leyte, Phillipines; his aunt, Jean Thomas of Horseshoe Beach, Fla.; his aunt and uncle, Mary Frances and Wayne Jones of Conyers, Ga. and his uncle, Larry Goodson of Marietta, Ga. and other close relatives and friends. Mr. Kirton attended Huguenot Road Bap tist Church and was a parrishner of St. Edward's Catholic Church, was a member of Salisbury Country Club. He was an insurance agent with Allstate Insurance Co. for 13 years and a graduate from VCU (alumni of 1985). Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Huguenot Chapel Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd., where services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday. Interment Dale Memo rial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association. 

MARR
Shirley Hord Marr of Richmond, died November 27, 1998 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Clayton E. Marr; three children, Meredith M. Watson of Raleigh, N.C., Allyson M. Milburn of Studley, and Clayton E. (Ned) Marr Jr. of Seattle, Wash.; three grandsons, Brennan and David Watson, both of Raleigh, N.C., and William Clayton Milburn of Studley; two cousins, Blanton L. Price of Ventura, Calif., and Dr. Bertha C. King of Richmond. Mrs. Marr was retired from Henrico County School System and a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 Parham Rd., Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Graveside services will be private. A memorial service will be held Monday, November 30, 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Richmond Animal League, P.O. Box 35971, Richmond, Va. 23235 or Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. 

MICHAEL
Madeline Jones Michael, 62, of Ashland, Va., departed this life November 28, 1998. She is survived by her devoted husband, Donald G. (Pete) Michael; her son, Donald E. (Donnie) Michael; two daughters, Karen Denise Puryear and her husband, James M. Puryear Jr., Nathalie Michelle Pena and her husband, Gilberto (Gil) Pena; three grandsons, Gabriel (Gabe) Pena, Logan Matthew and Ryan Michael Puryear; one granddaughter, Madison Lee Pur year. Remains rest at the Reid Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, Va., where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday with interment in Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover, Va. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Slash Christian Church Student Scholarship Fund or the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Michael was a retired employee of Hanover County with twenty-three years of service and a member of Slash Christian Church Disciples of Christ. 

NEWELL
Died November 27, 1998 Alma G. Newell, 86. She is survived by her husband, Grover C. Newell Sr.; her son, Grover C. Newell Jr.; her sister, Mary Riddell; her grandsons, T. Scott, and A. Roy Newell also four great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. where services will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. Interment Forest Lawn. Memorial gifts may be made to the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad or Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. 

PARKER
Birchie Marie Parker, 46, of Richmond, died November 24, 1998. She is survived by a daughter, Deborah M. Harris; her father, Richard Williams; her best friend, Juanita Cooper; three sisters, and three grandchil dren. Graveside services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Maury Cemetery. 

PORTER
Ruby H. Fischer Porter, 87, of Richmond died Thursday, November 26. She is survived by her husband James H. Porter; three stepchildren, Mary Lou Stitzer, Robert M. Porter and James Scott Porter Sr.; and several grandchildren. Mrs. Porter retired from the Social Security Office in Richmond. Remains rest at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, where the family will receive friends on Sunday November 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Also where a service will be conducted Monday 11 a.m. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Manor Care Nursing Home, and Hospice of Central Va., for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made ot the American Heart Association, for Stroke Research, 4323 Cox Rd., Glen Allen, Va. 23060. 

POWELL
Elizabeth H. Powell, age 83, of Richmond, widow of Charles E. Powell, died November 26, 1998. Survived by her children, Emmett Wade Powell, Thomas T. Powell and Elsie P. Hackett; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Services will be private. 

RAGLE
Jean French Ragle, 68, of Chesapeake, widow of Henry E. Ragle, died November 28, 1998. She is survived by two daughters, Sandra J. Ragle and Joyce Pardue and her husband, Van, all of Chesapeake; one son, Rob ert French of Chesapeake; two sisters, Janis Rouse of Mechanicsville and Lois Lumpkin of Montpelier; and granddaughter, Brandy Pardue. She was preceded in death by a brother, Sonny French. A funeral ser vice will be held Tuesday, December 1, 1998, 10 a.m. at Rosewood Memorial Park. Rev. David Martin officiating. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. 

RAY
John M. Ray, 78, of Richmond, died Thursday, November 26, 1998. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma J. Ray. Survivors include two sons, Larry Ray and his wife, Susan and Dean Ray and his wife, Helen, all of Powhatan; one sister, Nealie Harrell of Georgia; and four grandchildren, M. Dean Ray, Kami E. Sineath, Joseph M. Ray and John N. Ray. Mr. Ray was retired from the U.S. Navy with 20 years of service. He was a retired lieutenant of the State Capitol Police and was a 50 year member of Masonic Lodge #345. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Road, where the family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday. A Masonic Service will be held 7 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. Interment Maury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bainbridge Street Baptist Church. 

RICHTER
Virginia (Gina) McKinley Richter of Richmond died November 25, 1998. She was a retired secretary of Millhiser, Inc., an active member of Medical College of Virginia Hospitals Auxiliary and Volunteers and a lifetime member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Robin Anne and Don Bolick of Norfolk, and Marguerite (Peggy) and Robert Dowdy; three grandchildren, Aaron, Matthew, and Kathleen Dowdy. Her remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Ave. where the family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church or Medical College of Virginia Hospitals Auxiliary and Volunteers. 

SMITH
Horace Smith, 78, of Richmond, died Saturday, November 28, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Audrey J. Smith; his sons, Horace Smith Jr. and Wendell G. Smith; his daughter, Catherine S. Moore; two brothers, David Vann Smith and Chester Smith; two sisters, Lucille Ivey and Mattie Lee Ham; and ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Smith was a member of the Manchester Moose Lodge No. 699, Ameri can Legion Post No. 186, and a World War II Army veteran. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull St. Rd. where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Fu neral service will be held at the Tyndall Funeral Home, Mt. Olive, N.C. 2 p.m. Monday. Interment Pineview Cemetery in Seven Springs, N.C. 

TRAHAN
Mrs. Margaret W. Trahan, 85, of Mechanicsville, died on Friday, November 27, 1998. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Joseph E. Trahan; a sister, Rae Daniels of Greenville, N.C.; nieces and nephews, Roy H. Miller of Chapel Hill, N.C., Jim C. Miller of New York, N.Y., Ann M. Partin of Richardson, Texas, R. Harris Daniel of Greensboro, N.C., David W. Daniel of Raleigh, N.C., and Betsy D. Bullock of Richmond; and grandnieces and nephew, cousins and scores of wonderful friends. Her remains rest at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Rd., where the family will receive friends on Sun day (today) from 2 to 5 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 1998 at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 7356 Atlee Rd. Interment will be private in Virginia State Veter ans Cemetery, Amelia, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church or the Girl Scouts of America. 

WIGGINS
Ruby Pavy Wiggins, 94, of Richmond, passed away, Saturday, November 28, 1998. Mrs. Wiggins, a member of First Baptist Church, was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett I. Wiggins; and her beloved sister, Bessie P. Satterwhite. She is survived by her niece, Frances S. Graham; and nephew, George W. Satterwhite; eleven great-nieces and nephews. Remains rest at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave. where the family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 30 in Riverview Cemetery. 



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