Joyce Ann Elliott Proctor Smith, age 65, of Fredericksburg, Va., formerly of Richmond, died March 31, 2001, of emphysema in Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 4, 2001, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Spotsylvania, Va., where a service will be held Thursday, April 5, 2001, at 12 noon. Burial to follow at Laurel Hill Memorial Park. Laurel Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Leslie Morrison Spriggs Jr., 67, of Nags Head, N.C., and Marathon, Fla., formerly of Reedville, died Friday, March 30, 2001. He was a retired captain on an oil drilling rig for Penrod Drilling Co. in Louisiana, and a former fish boat captain. Mr. Spriggs was a member of Reedville Lodge No. 321, AF&AM. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. W. Emory "Janet" Lewis; a brother, William "Bill" Spriggs, both of Reedville; two nephews, Tres and Turner Lewis. Graveside services 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bethany United Methodist Church, Reedville.
Mrs. Hilda E. Tebay, 84, passed away April 1, 2001. She is survived by her husband, William H. Tebay; daughter, Janie T. Singleton and her husband, D.W.; three grandsons, Brian, Michael, and David Singleton; a sister, Bertha Haverfield of Fort Myers, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a faithful member of the congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Janie and D.W. Singleton. The memorial service will be Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall on Walton Park Lane. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, Inc., 2101 Executive Dr., Hampton, Va.
Prunetta Z. (Sal) Walthall, age 88, of Ford, Va., died Monday, April 2, 2001. She is the widow of Bernard Walthall and is survived by a great-niece and three great-nephews; as well as a dear friend, Mrs. Dorothy Brandon of Providence Forge. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hamner-McMillian Funeral Home, Blackstone.
Meriwether Weaver, age 90, of Beaverdam, son of the late Clarence E. Weaver Sr. and Sallie Mitchell Meriwether, died Monday, April 2, 2001. He is survived by three nieces, Mrs. Edwin O. Russell, Mrs. John J. Ligon and Mrs. Sally W. Carlson; two nephews, David B. Engleman and Allen M. Weaver, all of Richmond. Funeral services will be conducted 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Beaverdam Funeral Home. Interment Riverview Cemetery, Waynesboro, Va.
Mary Diane Cowherd Wright, 59, of Richmond, went to be with her Lord March 31, 2001. She is survived by one daughter, Katy W. Leslie and her husband, Shane of Farmville; one son, George E. Wright of Richmond; her mother, Mary Davidson Cowherd of Powhatan; one sister, Kathleen C. Grant and her husband, Raymond of Powhatan; one brother, William Ralph Cowherd of Amelia; four grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews; and many friends. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Hwy. (Rt. 60), Powhatan, with visitation at 6 p.m. Interment will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Riverview Cemetery.
Olen E. Wright, 59, of Chesterfield, died April 2, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Shirley M. Wright; one son, Earl Wright Jr. of Richmond; two daughters, Sharon Novak of New Hampshire and Kimberly Wood of Roanoke; three brothers, Albert Wright, James Wright, William Wright, all of Carroll Co.; four sisters, Etta M. Sarver of Maryland, Katherine Johnson, Betty Ruth Edwards and Alice McMillian, all of Carroll Co.; and three grandchildren. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Hwy. (Rt. 60), Powhatan. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 10 a.m., in the Holly Hills Baptist Church, Powhatan. Interment Amelia Veterans Cemetery.
May 29, 2002
After being wounded in Anzio, Italy, during World War II, Army Capt. Shirley Augustus Modisett lost part of his right index finger and endured five operations to repair his right shoulder. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
On his 80th birthday, his children and grandchildren honored him with an award for his role as a father and grandfather. They dubbed it "The Funny Finger Award."
"He had a great sense of humor. When I was a kid and I'd ask him about his hand, he'd say, 'That's what you get when you bite your fingernails,'" said his son, Jeffrey Modisett of Richmond. The bulbous tip that remained, his son added, was the "perfect circumference to pack his pipe with."
A funeral for Mr. Modisett, chairman emeritus of Conquest, Moncure & Dunn Inc. contracting, will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Westhampton Memorial Park.
The Luray native known as "Sam" to family and friends died Saturday at age 82.
After the war, Mr. Modisett took a job as an estimator for Conquest, Moncure and Dunn. Three decades later, he and a partner, Briscoe Guy, bought the company. Mr. Modisett served as president from 1976 to 1990 and then retired after four years as chairman.
Among the company's projects during his tenure were additions to several hospitals, including St. Mary's in Richmond; construction at Collegiate School; and restoration of what is now the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts.
"My father always dealt with people honestly and ethically, and subcontractors enjoyed working with him because it was a relationship of trust," said his son, who is now president and co-owner of the firm.
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife, Marine Modisett; two daughters, Cynthia Milbergs of McLean and Shirley Hubard of Richmond; a sister, Elizabeth Senseney of Charles Town, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.
Robert G. Cabell Jr.
Aug 28, 2002
Lawyer Robert Gamble Cabell Jr. found solutions to problems as he rode his bush hog around his 205-acre farm in Powhatan County with his peacock and his chow dog following behind.
"He came from a family of lawyers and judges and a lot of legal people," said his wife and secretary of 32 years, Jacqueline Tant Cabell. "He firmly believed in the Constitution. His purpose in life was to make sure that everyone's Constitutional rights were met."
Mr. Cabell, the principal in Robert Cabell & Associates since 1989, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at his Powhatan home. He was 70.
A trial lawyer, his cases ranged from the brutal - such as the 1978 Shoney's murders and Richmond's infamous Briley brother murders - to the bizarre. In a nationally spotlighted case, Mr. Cabell represented a family trying to recover the brain of a man who had been killed by the FBI after he had robbed a bank, hijacked a plane and bailed out over Utah.
Mr. Cabell began practicing in 1957. In 1989 he formed his own firm and practiced from offices at 2800 Patterson Ave. and by the courthouse in the village of Powhatan.
He represented not only his clients' legal interests, but also their best interests, his wife said. Often he would counsel people in trouble about how to stay out of trouble.
"Some of his clients went on to become doctors and lawyers and clergymen," his wife said. "He's gotten letter after letter saying, 'Thank you for giving me a second chance.'"
Besides practicing law, he was on the faculty of the Virginia Professionalism Course sponsored by the Virginia Supreme Court and was a frequent lecturer on criminal law.
He served as a substitute judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit from 1986 until his death.
Admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1957, he was twice a member of the State Bar Council - the bar's governing body - and was serving at the time of his death. In addition he was former chairman of the bar's criminal law section.
Mr. Cabell was a former president of the Richmond Bar Association and was on the executive committee at his death.
A Richmond native, he earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Robert Gamble Cabell III, of Houston, and Temple Witt Cabell, of Richmond; five daughters, Carrington Dugger and Anne Buhman, both of Richmond, Lynn Trude Roberts, of Fairplay, Colo., Virginia Pavelik, of North Palm Beach, Fla., and Angie Cabell, of Powhatan; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Powhatan, where he served on the vestry and had been a lay reader and Sunday school teacher.
Josephine Elsner Adams, 73, of Richmond, died Saturday, December 15, 2001. She was the widow of Beryl Adams. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Louis and Ellen Renee Adams of Richmond; and her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Wayne Bernstein of Hollywood, Fla.; three granddaughters, Jennifer, Rebekah, and Stefanie Adams; and her sister, Carlyn Schoenberger of Chicago. She was a past treasurer of Temple Beth-El sisterhood and a volunteer at the Beth Shalom Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Temple Beth-El Playpen Fund or to Rudlin Torah Academy. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Richmond Beth-El Cemetery at Forest Lawn.
Georgie Tiller Allen, 89, widow of William N. Allen, died Thursday, December 13, 2001. She is survived by her son, Conway and his wife, Bernadine; grandchildren, Colin and Hilary Allen; a sister, Eleanor Gershowitz. She was a life member of Glen Allen Baptist Church, a 1933 graduate of the University of Richmond and a retired medical secretary. Her family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 Parham Rd., where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Children's Hospital, 2924 Brook Rd., Richmond, Va., 23220, or the charity of your choice.