Frank H. Marquart, age 78, of Richmond, died Monday, October 15, 2001. Born in Alfhausen, Germany, Mr. Marquart was owner of Marquart Antique Reproductions and made many fine pieces throughout Virginia and neighboring states. He is survived by his cousins, Henry A. Berling of Richmond, Richard T. Berling of Virginia Beach, Frank W. Berling of Richmond, Hildegarde Owens of Manassas, Va.; also Elizabeth Berling, Franceska Mai, Agnes Mertens, Hedwig Droppelmann, Mechtild Krauss, Richard Drobek, Theodore, Annie and Maria Stumpe, Annie Odenkirchen, Maria Blankemeyer, Frank Marquart and his four sisters, all of Germany, and James W. Boehling and his brothers and sisters of Richmond. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Benedict's Church.
Donald Stuart Miller, age 65, of King William, died October 10, 2001. He is survived by two brothers, Robert W. and Brian R. Miller; two sisters, Carol M. Loyd and Ann Marie Cavazos; aunt and uncle, Grace and Ben Davis; cousin; Bill Davis; and a host of other relatives. A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 19, 2001 at King William Weslyan Methodist Church. K L JORDAN
James Henry Munden Jr., age 81, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2001. He was an active member of Monument Heights Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mavis W. Munden; two daughters, Joyce Bateman and son-in-law, Butch Bateman, Marcia Minter and son-in-law, Artie Minter; four grandchildren, Margaret Broache, Bryan Bateman, Amy Minter and Lisa Adams; one great-grandchild, Evan Broache; three brothers, Vernon, Walter and Aubrey Munden; and two sisters, Elizabeth Rogerson and Effie Mae Stroupe. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St., Glen Allen. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 19, 2001 at Monument Heights Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
Elmer Joseph Nochta, 80, died Friday, October 12, 2001 at Retreat Hospital after a long illness in his retired law offices of his home. He was a son of the late Michael Nochta Sr. and Yudith N. Nochta, both of Hungary. He was previously married to the late Catherine Marie Yukish Ronsky Nochta. He was a retired lawyer, a pharmacist, a teacher, a golfer, a shriner and a musician. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from State Teacher's College, California State University, in 1948. In 1952, he received his Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctorate from the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during WW II, an Elder at Second Presbyterian Church, an Elder and Deacon at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, the president of the Vanguard Class, a member of the ACCA Temple Million Dollar Band, the Early Bird Breakfast Club, the Tuckahoe Lodge #347, AF&AM, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite with the Richmond Scottish Rite Bodies, a member of the Hermitage Country Club, affiliated with the Virginia State Bar, the City of Richmond Bar, Richmond Criminal Bar, the Richmond Trial Lawyers, the Virginia Trial Lawyers, the Senior Lawyers Bar Section and the Supreme Court of Appeals. He was awarded the Virginia State Bar, Senior Lawyers Section, Board of Governors Award, commemorating years of outstanding service and unyielding devotion, on September 30, 1997, in Charlottesville, He was a candidate for nomination for Judge of the General District Court, City of Richmond. Survivors include his loving and sole caregiving wife, Susan Love Fairchild Nochta; two sons, Gerald John Nochta and Eric Rick Nochta and his wife, Beth Finney Nochta; stepchildren, Allison Love Sasser and Stanley Ronsky; step-granddaughter, Alivia Love McKenzie Pearson; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy L. Nochta of Pauma, Ohio, and Margaret Nochta of Brownsville, Pa.; and one cousin, Joe Nochta of Phoenix, Ariz. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2001 at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St., where a Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. by Tuckahoe Lodge #347, AF&AM, the Scottish Rite Bodies, the ACCA Temple Million Dollar Band and American Legion Ceremonial Rifle Squad. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2001 at Second Presbyterian Church, 5 N. 5th St. Interment will be held at Taylor Cemetery in Brownsville, Pa. on Monday, October 22, 2001. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Polegreen Church Foundation, c/o The Rev. Robert Bluford Jr., 2109 Buckeye Dr., Richmond, Va. 23228; Radio Ministry of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church; Roof Fund of Second Presbyterian Church; Shriners Hospital for Children; Henrico County Firefighters; Tuckahoe Rescue Squad; or Sgt. Santa Richmond, Inc.
Katherine Beville (Kay) Peatross died October 13, 2001 in Virginia Beach. She is survived by her husband, John Gordon Peatross; her mother, Alice Kathleen Beville; father-in-law, Thomas Bernard Peatross and his wife, Catherine A. Peatross. Funeral arrangements private.
Retired Master Sgt. Alvin Paul Perry, U.S. Army, 73, of Lewisetta, Va., entered eternal rest Saturday, October 6, 2001 at his home. Mr. Perry was born in North Spring, W.Va. and was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver L. and Nova P. Perry. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Darlene; a son and his wife, Dana P. and Donna Perry; a daughter, Kim D. Vickery; beloved grandchildren, Curtis and Lauren Perry and Aaron Vickery; sisters, June Cooper and Annie Mae Testerman of North Spring, W.Va. and Hazel Bowman of High Point, N.C.; and a brother, Steve Perry of Ashland, Ohio. Mr. Perry was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. A local memorial service was held Saturday in the Lewisetta Chapel. Mr. Perry was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richmond, where a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2001 with an inurnment to follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by the U.S. Army. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, Callao Rescue Squad, or the Special Needs Class of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Charlie Eli Pike Jr. and Cynthia Willoughby Pike died on October 8, 2001 in Belize. Charlie, 52, was a partner and vice president of special projects for J.K. Timmons and Associates, a member of the Hokie Alumni Association, and a member of the Richmond Dive Club. Cynthia, 44, attended Bluefield College. She was an employee of Guest Relations at Chesterfield Town Center, and was also a member of the Richmond Dive Club. They were both active members of Bon Air Baptist Church, where Cynthia was also a member of the TLC Class. They were advocates of foster care and child adoptions and abused children. They are survived by their children, Charlie E. Pike III and Joshua C. Pike, both of Richmond, and Mrs. Shenna P. Price of Atlanta, Ga.; their parents, Reva Pike of Atlanta Ga. and Crawford A. and Shirley S. Willoughby of Draper, Va.; one grandchild, Gibson Price of Atlanta, Ga.; and Charlie's sisters, Mrs. Angie Baker of Atlanta, Ga. and Mrs. Patty Carr of Galax, Va. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Huguenot Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 17 at Bon Air Baptist Church. Interment Dale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to The Charlie and Cynthia Pike Memorial Education Fund, c/o Virginia Baptist Foundation, P.O. Box 17035, Richmond, Va. 23226.
Esther Whitman Pitts, 87, widow of Thomas Willis Pitts, passed away October 15, 2001. She is survived by one daughter, Deborah Pitts Felton; and one granddaughter, Rebecca Anne Felton. Mrs. Pitts was an active member of the Bon Air Baptist Church, where she sang in the Golden Notes Choir. Remains rest at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., where family will receive friends 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 Wednesday. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Bon Air Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Music Ministry of Bon Air Baptist Church.
Dorothy Y. Polson, 64, of Richmond, died Tuesday, October 16, 2001. She was the daughter of the late Leroy S. and Ruby P. Young and the widow of Charles Martin Polson and is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory M. and Berkeley H. Polson and Jeffrey S. and Pamela L. Polson; son, Patrick B. Polson; three grandchildren, Katharine Alexandra, David Charles, and Sara Marie Polson; sister, Patricia Y. Bradford; brother and sister-in-law, Larry S. and Beverly H. Young; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her remains rest at Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd., where the family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Interment Hollywood Cemetery. Mrs. Polson was a longtime member of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, and cherished the close relationship she established there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 227 South Cherry St., Richmond, Va. 23220.
William Byrl Price, age 62, of Burkeville, died Thursday, October 11, 2001. Mr. Price was retired from the U.S. Navy. He is survived by sons, William B. Price Jr. and George Judson Price, both of Crewe; two grandsons; two sisters, June Hyde of Eagleville, Tenn. and Ann Hayden of Richland, Iowa. Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 19, 2001, at Liberty Christian Church Cemetery, Green Bay. Military honors by Crewe VFW Post No. 7819. Jennings McMillan Funeral Home, Crewe, in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Thelma Spencer Putney, age 88, of Farmville, died October 15, 2001. Survived by one nephew, C.E. Hutchinson Jr. of Montross. Graveside services 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Center Presbyterian Church, Cumberland, Va. Remembrances may be made to the Cumberland Volunteer Rescue Squad or Tar Wallet Baptist Church. Doyne Burger Davis Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robert Samuel "Smitty" Smith Jr., 46, of Kenbridge, Va., died October 16, 2001. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Virginia Smith; his sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Larry Prue, all of Kenbridge. Smitty was formerly employed for many years with Manson and Utley, Inc. of Richmond and recently owned and operated Lunenburg Ceilings. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarke Funeral Home, Kenbridge, where funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. Interment at Kenbridge Heights Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenbridge Emergency Squad or the New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund.
Richard Patterson "Pat" Stone, age 78, of Richmond, died October 16, 2001 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Mayme O'Flaherty Stone; his sons, Richard O'Flaherty Stone and wife, Cynthia, and William Anderson Stone and wife, Carolyn, all of Richmond; his grandchildren, Elizabeth Anderson Stone, Daniel O'Flaherty Stone, Laura Katherine Stone and Sara Patterson Stone. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Ava., where the family will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 6 and 7 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Battery Park Christian Church. Interment Hollywood Cemetery. Mr. Stone was president and owner of The Stone Company. He was an Army veteran of WWII, Company D, 593rd Boat and Shore Regiment. He was a member of the American Legion Post 38, a deacon at Battery Park Christian Church, and attended High Point College in North Carolina. Contributions can be made to Battery Park Christian Church or Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Irvin Strauss, 62, of Richmond, died Monday, October 15, 2001. He is survived by his uncle and aunt, Morton and Cecelia M. Schneider; his cousins, Celeste G. Kocen, Edward L. Schneider, Eric M. Schneider and Barbara S. Simon, all of Richmond, and Nannette S. Wien of Atlanta, Ga. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bliley Funeral Home's Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Ave. A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday at Richmond Beth-El Cemetery in Forest Lawn. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to SEOPF (Southeastern Organ Procurement Foundation), c/o The Virginia Transplant Center, Henrico Doctors Hospital, 1602 Skipwith Rd., M.O.B. 102, Richmond, Va. 23229. Irvin served as a deputy commissioner of the Central Virginia Amateur Softball Association for 25 years and was inducted into the Association's Hall of Fame in October 1998.
Dorothy Johnson Temple of Irvington, formerly of Petersburg, died suddenly October 16, 2001. She is survived by her husband, William Thomas Temple; and her sister, Frances Boush Johnson. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Eugene Terry of Richmond died October 15, 2001. Remains rest at Scott's Funeral Home, 115 E. Brookland Park Blvd. Funeral notice later.
Dorance Raymond Tucker, 67, of Chester, died October 15, 2001. Mr. Tucker was born in Richmond, a son of the late Louis B. Tucker and Lorine Braudrick Holloway. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War and was a retired sign painter with Talley Neon Company. Survivors include his wife, Gladys K. Tucker; three children, Gary W. Tucker of Chester, Laraine G. Reeves of Burkeville, Nell F. Tucker of Chester; two stepchildren, Donald J. Lewis of Bailey, N.C., Rebecca A. Jones of New Kent; an adopted daughter, Barbara J. Kowalski of Memphis, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A graveside funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, in Dale Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (tonight) at the Chesterfield Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home, 3050 W. Hundred Rd.
Howard Cleveland Walker, 62, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 16, 2001, at his home in Hanover County. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara Jean Franklin Walker; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Lisa Walker and Mark and Nancy Walker; daughter, Colleen Walker; five grandchildren, Faith, Thomas, Sarah, Lane and Rachael; and one brother and sister-in-law, William and Janet Walker of Macombe Township, Mich. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd., where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bon Secours Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association. Mr. Walker was with K-Mart for 38 years, nine as manager of the Nine Mile Road Store.
Dr. Oscar Bruton Darden Jr.
Sep 11, 2002
Dr. Oscar Bruton Darden Jr. was an old-fashioned country doctor in Bedford who made house calls his entire career.
"His days were very, very long," said his daughter, Mary McGee of Richmond. "He took whatever time his patient needed, and that time might not have anything to do with the medical problem. People told him everything. Someone told me that Daddy had the greatest compassion of anyone he'd ever known."
Dr. Darden, a resident of Wintergreen and a director of Bedford Memorial Hospital, died in a Charlottesville hospital Sunday of a heart attack. He was 78.
Driving through Bedford on the way to an interview in another town, he was so charmed by the town and its scenery that he called his wife to tell her he had found the place to set up his practice. They moved there in 1955.
Dr. Darden had a solo internal-medicine practice for 25 years before joining Physicians Associates Ltd. in Bedford, where he retired in the late 1980s.
A Richmond native and son of a psychiatrist, he left Hampden-Sydney College to enlist in the Marine Corps during World War II. After serving in the South Pacific, including a stint as a radar operator on Okinawa, he graduated from Hampden-Sydney.
After graduating from the Medical College of Virginia, he did his internship in Winchester and an internal-medicine residency at McGuire Veterans Hospital, now McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Richmond. During his more than 30-year career, he also served as staff physician at the Elks National Home in Bedford. He helped establish the cardiac unit at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
An elder and Sunday school teacher at Bedford Presbyterian Church, he was instrumental in establishing Bedford Christian Ministries, a community program to provide services such as a free clinic and food to the needy.
For about seven years, he served on the Bedford School Board. "My father was a voracious reader and a lifelong learner about everything," McGee said. "He was wonderful about imparting knowledge to us, especially the girls. He taught us how to change the sparkplugs and oil on the car so we wouldn't have to pay to have it done."
Dr. Darden loved to ski, fish, garden and make fine furniture by hand. He reveled in fixing anything that was broken. "He was a handyman beyond handyman. At Bedford Christian Ministries, he was putting up the walls on the building they renovated," his daughter said.
He drew great joy from taking driving short cuts that turned into long cuts.
"We'd be going to a historical site," McGee recalled, "and Daddy would look at the map and say, 'I think this is a short cut.' The whole car would groan. It never was a short cut and would take an hour longer to drive."
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ann Johnson Darden; a son, David Bruton Darden of Christiansburg; two other daughters, Dr. Nan Holland of Franklin, Tenn., and Carol Miller of Midland; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at Rockfish Presbyterian Church in Nellysford.
Another memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford.