LaVerne Ridgeway, 72, died Sunday, July 15, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Ridgeway, and is survived by her daughters, Lanette Thomas, Cheryl Clay, and Vickie Turnamian. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, D.F. Brown of Georgia. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home. Graveside services Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. at Westhampton Memorial Park.
Mrs. Edith Loretta Smithers of 8438 Buffin Road died July 13, 2001. There are no immediate family but devoted friends, Sadie and Steve Scott and the First Bethel Baptist Church family. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.
Dorothy (Dot) Arlene Hall Stonestreet, widow of John Earl Stonestreet, died July 14, 2001. She was formerly of Ripley, W.Va. and current President of Stonestreet Diamond Shop, 209 E. Broad St., Richmond, Va. She was preceded in death by her brother, Giles Hall. Mrs. Stonestreet is survived by her daughter, Sharon Hall Stonestreet of Glen Allen; three sisters, Hallie Carney, Delcia Kerwood, and Helen Casto, all of Ripley, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Billie Hall of San Antonio, Texas; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Stonestreet was a member of the Glen Allen Baptist Church. Remains rest at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., where the family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and where services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2001. Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to your favorite charity.
Paul Ryland Williams, 81, of Richmond died Sunday, July 15, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise W. Williams; daughters, Jean Wilkerson and her husband, Roger, Joan Honeycutt and her husband, Tommy, Barbara Fatt and her husband, Bill; 12 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Williams was a retired Vice President of Richfood Inc., a longtime active member and former deacon of River Road Church-Baptist, and a former officer of Louise Williams and Co. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 Parham Road. Funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday, River Road Church-Baptist, with interment in Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to River Road Church-Baptist.
Departed this life April 18, 2001, James S. Abraham Sr. of 1703 N. 28th St. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Abraham. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie Abraham; two daughters, Valerie Abraham and Tony Gohagin; one son, James Abraham Jr.; 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, John Abraham; host of nieces, nephews and cousins; one daughter-in-law, Clarissa Abraham; eight sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and other relatives and friends, among them devoted, Floyd Branch, Shorty, Roscoe, Sunny, Arthur and Mr. Robinson. Remains rest at Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral Home, 2011 Grayland Ave., where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday. Rev. Ronald C. Taylor officiating. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends assemble at the funeral home 12:45 p.m. Monday.
Mrs. Eunice Alice Costello Andrews, 88, of Salem, Va. died Friday, April 20, 2001 in Lewis Gale Medical Center, Salem, Va. She is survived by her husband, Malcolm Coleman Andrews. She worked as a telephone operator for the Washington Court System. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2001 at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green with Rev. Rick Pendleton officiating. Burial will follow at Concord Baptist Church, Ruther Glen. The family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family will request memorial contributions be made to Concord Baptist Church.
R.H. Archer Sr., 90, died Friday, April 20, 2001 at Louise Obici Memorial Hospital in Suffolk, Va., following a lengthy illness. Mr. Archer was born in Nansemond County, Va. December 19, 1910. During his life he worked in the farming, dairy, logging and lumber businesses. He also served eight years with the Nansemond County and Suffolk Sheriff's Department where he retired in 1975. Mr. Archer was a member of Western Branch Baptist Church and prior to his death was proud to hold the honor of being the oldest male church member. During his years at Western Branch, he served as teacher of the Junior Boys Sunday School Class and was a secretary of the Sunday School Department. He also served as a deacon and trustee for many years. Mr. Archer was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Catherine Baines Archer. He is survived by his son, Robert Hersey Archer Jr.; daughter, Catherine Archer Alexander; son-in-law, W. Everett Alexander Jr.; grandsons, W. Rett Alexander III, Robert Vaughan Alexander and Ryan Archer Alexander; and one great-grandson, Tyler Christian Alexander; special family, H.L. and Stell Pierce; and friend, Linda C. Presson. Mr. Archer was proud of his 50+ years of involvement with the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. Over the years he belonged to the Purdie Masonic Lodge 170 in Windsor, Va., Suffolk Masonic Lodge 30 in Suffolk, Va., Royal Arch Chapter 20 in Suffolk, Va., Portsmouth Commandery 5 in Portsmouth, Va., Khedive Temple in Norfolk, Va., and was a Past Patron of Sinai Chapter 18, Order of the Eastern Star, Suffolk, Va. The family will welcome visitors Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Western Branch Baptist Church by the Rev. Duncan Schirmer and Rev. David Jendrey. Interment will be at the church cemetery with Masonic rites. Hill Funeral Home is serving the family. The family expresses its sincere thanks to all the friends and family who have loved and cared for Mr. Archer over the years and suggests that memorials be made to Western Branch Baptist Church at 6952 Old Myrtle Rd., Suffolk, Va. 23434 or Nansemond Suffolk Rescue Squad at P.O. Box 1515 Suffolk, Va. 23439.
Marshall Bennett Baber Jr. of Greenville, S.C. died on Sunday, April 8, 2001. He was born in Anderson County, S.C. on November 24, 1944. He was preceded in death by his father, Marshall B. Baber. He was a certified public accountant, a graduate of Anderson Boys High School, a graduate of the University of South Carolina and was a Baptist. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. He is survived by his mother, Syble Gurley Baber, Shelby, N.C.; sons, Marshall B. Baber III and Daniel S. Baber, both of Richmond, Va.; brothers, Kenneth A. Baber, California and Bobby G. Baber, Williamston, S.C.; sisters, Sharon B. Bates of California and Patty Baber, Shelby, N.C. A graveside service will be held Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Randy Fleming officiating. The McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, S.C. is handling the arrangements.
Robert L. (Bob) Cale, 51, of Mechanicsville, died suddenly Friday, April 20, 2001. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Melvin Cale and is survived by his wife, Sue Cale; a daughter, Kimberly Stiles; a son, Patrick Cale; three grandchildren, Lauren and Brett Stiles, and Tyler Cale; his mother, Pearl Cale; a sister, Linda Martin; a brother, Carl Cale. Mr. Cale retired from AT & T with 29 years of service and was currently employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Rd. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Forest Lawn. Mr. Cale was a member of Manassas Elks Lodge No. 2512 and the Richmond Elks Lodge No. 45, which will hold a memorial service 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Elizabeth "DeeDee" Campbell, 40, of Ashland, died April 20, 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Dixie Mae Campbell; her son, Thomas Lee Campbell; her husband, Edward Lee Campbell; her parents, Oakley and Gay Puckett; her brothers and sisters, Connie Duck, Sandra Paulus, Alan Puckett, BooBoo Puckett, Boochie Sharpe and Marty Stanley; her baby dog, Kissie; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Campbell was a member of the Ashland Church of God. The family will receive friends at Reid Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Ashland Church of God. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to her son, Thomas Lee Campbell.
Oletha Comer Cannaday of Sandston died Saturday, April 21, 2001. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Luther Cannaday Sr.; a son and wife, Joseph Luther and Christine Bryant Cannaday Jr.; daughter and husband, Lori Cannaday and Ronald Everette Butler Jr.; granddaughter, Katherine Paige Butler; her mother, Mary Magdalene Comer; three sisters, Delores Esposito, Bonnie Moore and Agatha Brown; a lifelong friend, Betty D. Moyer. Remains rest at the Laburnum Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 2110 E. Laburnum Ave., where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and where services will be held 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Interment Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Harry Edward Corp, age 54, of Glen Allen, departed this life April 20, 2001. Ed is survived by his wife, Mary B. Corp; two sons, Michael Lee and Jason Edward Corp of Richmond; his sister, Sandra Corp-Hermstien of Kansas; his brother, Danny Lee Corp of Missouri; one stepdaughter, Jennifer Collins of Richmond; and three nieces. Ed served as a sergeant in the Vietnam War (TET68) and was decorated with Bronze, Silver and five Purple Hearts. Services will be held Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the residence of Mary B. Corp, 13604 Mountain Road. Arrangements by K.L. Jordan Funeral & Cremation Service, 5008 Nine Mile Rd. K L JORDAN
Virginia Parrish Deane, age 71, of Troy, Va., died April 20, 2001. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie H. Parrish Sr. and Nina Marley Parrish; her husband, William H. Deane Jr.; a son, Richard Earl Nicholls. She is survived by a son, Robert Parrish Nicholls; a daughter, Barbara Faye Yertzell; and seven grandchildren, Robin Nicholls, Kevin Nicholls, Jennifer Griffin, Cliff Nicholls, Paul Yertzell, Shawn Yertzell, Brian Yertzell; and two great-grandchildren, Thomas Griffin and Anthony Griffin; a brother, Eddie H. Parrish Jr. of Columbia, Va.; a sister, Marion T. Herndon of Richmond. The family will receive friends Sunday, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Norman Funeral Home, Goochland, Va. Funeral service will be held at Mizpah Christian Church, Fife, Va., April 23, at 11 a.m. Interment church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fluvanna County Rescue Squad, Palmyra, Va. 22963 or Hospice of the Piedmont, Charlottesville, Va.
Anne D. Droppleman of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Elkins, W.Va., Richmond, Va., and Greensboro, N.C., died at Ingleside Care Center on April 16, 2001 at the age of 96. Mrs. Droppleman was a field representative and supervisor for the Department of Social Services in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina for many years. She moved to Wilmington in 1988 where she resided at Ingleside Retirement Apartments on North Franklin St. During her years at Ingleside, Mrs. Droppleman was active as a volunteer and participated in the many social activities there. Her husband, Andrew E., died in 1975. She is survived by four daughters, Mary Ann Biernbaum of Egg Harbour Twp., N.J., Clara Germain of Hockessin, Del., Margaret Paparella of Lumberton, N.C., Sue Wagner of Greensboro, N.C.; and one son, David A. Droppleman of Richmond; 22 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. Services and burial will be private, and held in West Virginia at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Ingleside Care Center, 6525 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Del. 19707 or Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, Del. 19810. Arrangements by Chandler Funeral Home & Crematory.
Franklin Benjamin Edwards of Powhatan died April 18, 2001. Preceded in death by a daughter, Raina Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Stuve Edwards; three daughters and their husbands, Terry E. and Steve McKeown of North Carolina, Sandy E. and Blair Hammond of Cumberland, and Wendy E. Mason of Charlottesville; six grandchildren, Kate, Chas and Meg McKeown, Ariel, Daniel and Benjamin Mason; two stepchildren and their spouses, Sharon and Kevin Morris of Washington, Bill and Debbie Meyer of Florida; eight stepgrandchildren, seven stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert A. Edwards and John K. Edwards, both of Powhatan; and one sister, Joyce E. Ammons of South Carolina. Graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in Sellers, S.C., his birthplace.
Gladys Marie Eley, of Richmond, entered eternal rest on April 20, 2001. Professional services entrusted to the: A D PRICE FUNERAL HOME
Booker T. "B.T." Ellis Jr. of Manalapan, New Jersey, formerly of Richmond, retired from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He worked as an electrical engineer. "B.T." was born in Rose Hill, N.C., and reared in south Richmond. He was a 1944 graduate of Armstrong High School and a graduate of Howard University, Washington, D.C. "B.T." lived on the New Jersey shore area for many years, moving to Manalapan in 1979. Surviving are a devoted friend, Lillian C. Green of Red Bank, N.J.; a brother, Brian C. Ellis of Richmond; a sister, Dorothy Ellis-Evans of New York City; a nephew, Andre A. Evans of Arlington, Texas; a niece, Gail T. Lowry-Davis of Morristown, New Jersey; two grandnephews, Jason W. Lowry and Nicholas S. Davis; a grandniece, Ellisa A. Davis; and other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2001 at Zion Baptist Church, 2006 Decatur St., Richmond. Dr. Robert L. Pettis Sr. officiating. Family and friends attending the service, please assemble at the church at 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Zion Baptist Church Building Fund. Memorial service assistance provided by the staff of Mimms Funeral Home, 19th and Hull Sts., Richmond.
Mary Anne Ferneyhough, 89, of Richmond, died Friday, April 20, 2001. She was the widow of Grigsby Colville Ferneyhough and the daughter of the late Mary Dorset and Leroy Flippen of "Macon" at Bolona in Powhatan County. Mrs. Ferneyhough was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but attended St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with her family. She was a member of the Woman's Club and The Tuckahoe Terrace Garden Club. She was a talented artist and member of the James River Art League. Although she worked in clay and enamel on copper and studied Sumiae, she was best known for her oil paintings, which were shown in numerous local galleries including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is survived by a son, James G. Ferneyhough and his wife, Helen of Monroe; a daughter, Mary Anne Claflin of Richmond; four grandchildren, James G. Ferneyhough III and his wife, Janice of Milton, Del., William Claflin, Jennie Southworth and her husband, Stan, and Sarah Krell and her husband, Scott, all of Richmond; and five great-grandchildren; a brother, John Ferguson of Midlothian; a sister, Billie Ferguson Poag of Columbia, S.C.; and a friend of the family, Ann D. Smith. A service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the graveside in Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Westminster-Canterbury Fellowship Program, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227. The Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., is handling arrangements.
Leafy Connelly Finch, age 85, of Alberta, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, in Richmond. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Starling and James Allgood of Alberta; and a grandson, Jeff Connelly Allgood of Richmond. Mrs. Finch was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Connelly and the widow of Starling W. Finch. Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2001 at the Bethel Church Cemetery with Rev. Sam Cole officiating. Memorial considerations may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association Southside Chapter, 1105 West Danville Street, South Hill, Va. 23970. Williams Funeral Home of Lawrenceville in change of arrangements.