Eulalia "Eukie" Justina Clarke-Nunnally passed away Thursday, May 10, 2001, at her home with her brother and her three daughters by her side. She is survived by her brother, James K. "Buck" Clarke Jr.; and her daughters, Barbara Jackson of Houston, Texas, Judy N. Bagby of Mechanicsville, Va. and Carolyn Fulghum of Adel, Ga.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Nunnally was a retired employee of AT&T with 46 years of service and a long standing member of Epiphany Catholic Church. Her remains rest at Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Epiphany. Interment Dale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bon Secours Hospice.
Joseph Wendell Perkins of Plainfield, New Jersey, a music instructor and a native of Richmond, departed this life on May 8, 2001. For years, he was a member of Providence Park Baptist Church and the organist of the George Crawford Memorial Choir. He was a graduate of Armstrong High School and Virginia State University. He is survived by his wife, Janette Perkins; daughter, Wendi Perkins; stepdaughters, Brenda Marshall and Sharon Drayton; brothers, Newton Perkins and Hamilton E. Perkins Sr., of Richmond and Morris A. Perkins of Westfield, New Jersey; three sisters-in-law, Ella Perkins, Marie Perkins, and Elizabeth Perkins; nephew Hamilton Perkins Jr.; niece, Patrice Perkins; uncle, Andrew S. Jackson of Washington, D.C.; and friends, Richard and Virginia Burnett. Memorial services Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1 East Broad St., Westfield, N.J. Arrangements by Judkins.
Mary Akers Rose, 71, of Kilmarnock, widow of Garland E. Rose Jr., died May 10, 2001. She is survived by one daughter, Sheila E. Akers of Kilmarnock; one stepdaughter, Peggy Miller of Gainesville, Ga.; three stepsons, Michael Rose and Steve Rose, both of Georgia, and David Rose of Gainesville, Ga.; six stepgrandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, George Jr. and Phyllis Akers of Kilmarnock; two nephews, George Akers III and his wife, Cathy Akers of Gloucester, and Eddy Akers of Kilmarnock. Remains rest at the Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in the Irvington Baptist Church, with interment in the church cemetery.
Annice Oliver Sale, 90, of Richmond, widow of William Albert Sale, died May 10, 2001. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William O. and Josie B. Sale of Harrisonburg; sister-in-law, Anna B. Oliver; niece, Shelby Simmons; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sale was a member of Ginter Park Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bliley Funeral Home's Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Ave. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gideon's International, P.O. 265, Elkton, Va. 22827.
Jack Gordon Taylor Jr., 54, of Richmond, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2001. He was the son of the late Jack G. Taylor Sr. and Ethel (Dillsie) Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Dale Taylor; a son, Jack "Gordie" Taylor III; two daughters, Christina and Richelle Taylor; granddaughter, Chyann Taylor; brother, Thomas W. Taylor; two sisters, Jane T. Gilliland and Linda T. Knight; a close devoted friend, Sarah Wolfe; and numerous friends and a host of relatives. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Richmond Renegades Booster Club. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where the family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday. Interment Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes. Association, 530 E. Main St., Suite 200, Richmond, Va. 23129.
Loretta Rees Watkins
Ex-missionary teacher dies
Aug 16, 2001
When she was 16, Loretta Rees Watkins read spellbound the story of Scottish Presbyterian missionary Mary Slesser's work in Nigeria. She came to know that God wanted her to serve in Africa and determined "not if I go to Africa, but when I go to Africa."
After her parents died when she was a teen-ager, her pastor's wife became a second mother to her and encouraged her to become all that she felt God wanted her to be.
Miss Watkins, who would serve as a missionary teacher in Nigeria and serve Virginia Baptists for 50 years in various positions, died Monday of heart problems at her Henrico County home. She was 83.
A funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 9614 River Road. Burial will be in Westhampton Memorial Park.
In 1944, the Southern Baptist Convention's Foreign Mission Board appointed Miss Watkins as a missionary teacher in Nigeria. She taught at Iwo Baptist College and Nigerian Theological Seminary. She also served as principal of a large school at Ogbomosho.
Chronic malaria forced the end of her missionary service in 1948, much to her anguish.
"One day," she wrote in her personal testimony, "I came to see that the same God who had called me had also promised to lead me . . . maybe God hadn't called me there for a lifetime, and I started anticipating the next step. God is so good. He only promised one step at a time."
In 1947, Miss Watkins had met Blanche Sydnor White, the Woman's Missionary Union of Virginia executive secretary, who was visiting mission stations in Nigeria. When Miss Watkins returned to the states in 1948, Miss White remembered her, and Virginia WMU hired her as young people's secretary.
Miss Watkins held the young people's post until 1958, leading missions work with girls and boys. At various times until 1975, she led groups for all ages, including Sunbeams for little children, Girls' Auxiliary, royal ambassadors for boys, the Young Woman's Auxiliary, Acteens and Baptist Young Women.
From 1975 to 1983, she was an editorial research director for Virginia WMU, producing promotional literature and the weekly WMU page in the Religious Herald, Virginia's Baptist newspaper. She also was a popular missions speaker and summer camp director.
"She touched the lives of thousands of young women," said her former employer, Dr. Fred Anderson, executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. "From her telling of mission stories, many women found areas of service in the church. She would take children and teach them . . . and their children's children. Her walls are covered with pictures of other people's children."
After 35 years with WMU, Miss Watkins went to the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, serving as education assistant until she retired in 1998 at age 80.
Driven by a passion for historical research, she produced missions history material including booklets on women's history as well as the long friendship between Chinese Christians and Virginia Baptists.
She designed 35 panels of the Virginia Baptist History Mural painted by Sidney E. King at the historical society. The 36th and final panel was commissioned by the historical society to honor Miss Watkins' work and was a surprise for her.
She wrote three books: "They Made It Happen," "The House of Happiness," and "A Backward Glance: History of WMU."
A native of Oxford, Ala., she earned a bachelor's degree from Howard College, now Samford University. She received a master of religious education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Miss Watkins had been a member of Second Baptist Church since 1948.
Survivors include a sister, Addie I. Omotoy of San Diego.
Anthony Thomas Scott Blanks, 29, of Chesterfield, went home to be with his Lord February 1, 2001. He was preceded in death by his father, Jessie L. Blanks. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Mary J. Blanks; his brothers and sisters, Sarah Blanks, Jessica and Andy Morrissette, Jerry and Stepheny Blanks, Bill and Deborah Buser, and Cecil and Susan Blanks; maternal grandparents, Lucille and Oscar Franklin; and many other special relatives. He was a student at VCU in the Art Foundation program. 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. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Clover Hill Baptist Church. Interment Dale Memorial Park.
Richard Warren Browder Jr., 37, of Greenville, S.C., died February 1, 2001. Born in Savannah, Ga., he was the son of Richard Warren and Carole Elizabeth Duncan Browder Sr. of Greenville. Mr. Browder was an equipment services associate with BMW in Greer, and was a member of First Nazarene Church of Greenville. Surviving in addition to his parents are two sons, Aaron William and Richard Corey Browder; and their mother, Shandra Browder, all of Greenville; an aunt, Sandra Gore of Fairfax, Va.; two uncles, Bobby Browder of Richmond, Va., and Donald Duncan of Middleburg, Fla.; and other family and friends. Graveside services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m in Graceland East Cemetery, with the Rev. Richard Fish officiating. The body is at The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive, where friends may call at any time. For those who desire, memorials may be made to Greenville Mental Health Center, 715 Grove Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605 or to the American Diabetes. Association, P.O. Box 10794, Greenville, S.C. 29603.
Richard Cleaver Buell Jr., 63, of Naples, Fla., died Thursday, February 1, 2001. Formerly of Richmond, Va., he had recently moved to Naples. Services in Richmond will be announced at a later date.
Lady H. Childress, 95, of Goochland County, widow of Bernard T. Childress, died February 2, 2001. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Jane C. Lane. Survived by daughters, Rosalind C. Hemhauser and husband, Fred of Richmond, Venna C.
Brown and husband, Thomas of Goochland; son, Willie B. (Bill) Childress and wife, Barbara of Richmond; a foster son, Wayne A. Stout and wife, Michele of Goochland; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, at Norman Funeral Home, Goochland, Va. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, February 5, at Corinth United Methodist Church, Goochland. Interment church cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Corinth Church Cemetery Fund or Fife Fire and Rescue Squad.
Percy Roland "P.R." Clarke, 92, of Jarratt, died Friday, February 2, 2001. Born in Dinwiddie County, Va., and a graduate of Lynchburg College, he was the son of Thomas Percy Clarke and Loula Robertson Clarke. A son, Thomas Roland Clarke, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Ellie C. Clarke; daughter, Joanne C. Fox and husband, Trent of Capron, Va.; son, John C. Clarke and wife, Margaret of Mechanicsville, Va.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His remains rest at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt. The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2001, at High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to High Hills Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Va. 23867.
Hester Lee Cotman, age 90, of Richmond, died Friday, February 2, 2001. She was the widow of James M. Cotman. She is survived by her sister, Nannie Minton; three nieces, Faye Hite, Kim Harris and Barbara Comfort; one nephew, Stewart Brockwell. Mrs. Cotman was a member of Westover Church. Her remains rest at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., where the family will receive friends 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westover Church, 6401 John Tyler Memorial Hwy., Charles City, Va. 23030.