16 Aug

Christopher Michael Benoit

10409762_799267646784488_669418513544703816_nChris Michael Benoit (Prince Cutter), was born on November 30, 1990, and left this life on August 12, 2017. Chris, was educated in the, Hanover County Public School system, and graduated from, Patrick Henry High School, in the class of 2009. He continued his education by joining the, Job Corps, where he received a degree in his Culinary Arts in 2011.

At an early age, Chris, realized his need for a savior. He joined and was baptized at Sharon Baptist Church, in Richmond, VA, under the leadership of, Rev. Dr. Paul Coles.

Chris was employed by Southern Soul Café, of Ashland, where he did what he loved the most, cooking and watching people enjoy what he had created in the kitchen.

Chris, was blessed with many gifts among them we know about his love for cooking, but he was also an avid drummer and enjoyed drumming for, Curtis and the Voices of Zion, alongside his Dad, Carlise, playing lead guitarist and singing.

Chris, was a super fan of the, New Orleans Saints, and also loved playing on his Xbox. He was a mama’s boy and he loved his family, spending time with his nieces and nephews that adored their, Uncle Chris. Amongst his favorite places to be was his, Nana Mary’s house, where he would spend hours on end just visiting, talking, eating, and loving on her. Chris, was already surrounded with much love from his family especially his, Aunt Adrienne, and then he met the love of his life, Denisha Spurlock, and experienced love on a whole different level. Chris, was well loved by all who had the opportunity to meet him. He leaves to cherish the memory of him; his devoted parents, Sandra Benoit and Carlise Robinson (Charlene), and his father Allen Marshall; two brothers Carlise Benoit (CJ), and Robbie Thomas; two sisters Danyel Benoit and Tarchell Marshall; two nieces, Aaliyah and Mary; one nephew, EJ; two devoted Grandmother’s, Mary Cohen, Lucille Robertson; ten Aunts amongst them, three devoted, Sarah Cohen, Adrienne Benoit, and Graham & Jay Marshall; three uncle’s; four great-aunts; two great-uncles; and a host of many other relatives and friends, among them a devoted fiancee, Denisha Spurlock.

Chris, will be remembered for his contagious smile, huge loving heart, and delicious dishes that we have all enjoy.

Homegoing service will be held Monday, August 21, 2017, at 11am, at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 16210 Short Cut Rd., Doswell, VA 23047, Interment, Roselawn Memory Gardens.

10 Aug

Elka Louise Johnson

Elka Louise Johnson of Highland Springs, passed July 24, 2017. Homegoing service will be held Friday, August 11, 2017, at 11am, at First Baptist Church of South Richmond, 1501 Decatur St., Richmond, Va.

28 Jul

Howard Clayton Moore

Howard Clayton Moore was born on September 12, 1946 to the late, Steve E. Moore Sr. and the late, Sarah King, in Henrico County, VA.  He departed this life peacefully on July 24, 2017 at McGuire Veterans Hospital, Richmond, VA.  He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Steve Moore Jr., and Albert Moore.

Howard won a scholarship to St. Paul’s  College in Virginia after his graduation from VA Randolph High School.  Instead of pursuing college immediately after high school he followed in the footsteps of his brothers and enlisted in the Navy. He served on board naval ships and after his enlistment he was honorably discharged.  After the Navy he pursued his college path. He attended Fisk University, Nashville, TN and  VA Union University, Richmond, VA.  While in college he studied business and economics .
After college he became facility director of Rubicon Inc., an adolescent treatment facility, and while he was there, that program became one of the top three treatment programs in the U.S.  Always ambitious, he gravitated towards entrepreneurial endeavors. He owned an exterminating business with his late brother, Steve Moore Jr.  He also created a game publishing company.  Business seemed to be naturally in his blood.  Most recently he started up a deck repair operation and ran that company. He was an outspoken leader who stood on the front lines for all peoples civil rights.   He was a mentor,  advisor, and activist to so many who knew him.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Sonya, his granddaughter, Tori-Amel Patrick,  sister, Delores Walker (Richard), brothers, William Moore and Thomas Moore (Joyce), along with a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Sincere expressions of gratitude are extended to Lou and the staff members of Sitter and Barfoot Nursing Veterans Care Center. The entire staff go well beyond the call of their everyday duties. Thank you all for the care and companionship you gave to him while he was at your facility.  Many thank yous to his supportive friend Ben Burke, “Uncle Feet.”
Homegoing service will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017,  at 1pm, at  F. E. Dabney Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Vanessa B. Carter, Officiate. Interment, Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Glen Allen, VA.
18 Jul

Dorothea Catherine Ileta Ralph

FullSizeRenderDorothea Catherine Ileta Ralph, native of All Saints, Antigua; formerly of St. Thomas USVI, residing in Richmond, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on July 5, 2017.

She was born on August 31, 1941 to the late Gertrude James Michael and Rudolph Theodore “Rodie” Michael.

Dorothea leaves to mourn her devoted children: Dawn Marie Phipps, Denecia Ralph, Elroy Ralph, Royden “Shama” Ralph, Dale Ralph, Dagmar “Annie” Ralph, and Desiree Ralph; 16 loving grandchildren who includes Kareeb Phipps and Ilesa Joseph-Holden; 16 great-grandchildren who includes Naiya Holden and Kaleil Joseph.

She also leaves to mourn her siblings: Elda Michael, Ernest “Bertie” Michael, Eileen Joseph, and Pamela Michael; 9 loving nieces who include Jacquelyn Daniel; 16 loving nephews who include Franklyn Joseph.

She is preceded in death by siblings: Dorothea “Elma” Lewis, Evelyn “Queenie” George, Fernella “Fernie” Michael, Edward “Mike” Michael, and Dennis Jarvis.

Special Mentions: Yvonne Wenck, Althea Richardson, Angela Daniel, Dr. Gail James, Lillian Friday, Tulip Richards, Audrey Parson, Terrence Hodge, Vincent Harris,Willoughby Lewis, and Ralph “Iton” Henry; and a host of other family and loved ones too numerous to mention.

Viewing will be held at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St., Richmond, Va 23223, Wednesday 2pm-8pm, and Thursday 9am-8pm.

Homegoing services will be held Friday, July 21, 2017, at 2p.m., at the Pentecostals Church, 2200 Pickens Rd., Richmond, Va 23224, Pastor Joseph Forbush, officiate, Interment, TBD.


22 Jun

Robert D. Turner Jr.

Rober Turner Jr Pic.docxRobert D. Turner Jr., 26, of Richmond, Virginia, passed June 18,  2017.  He is preceded in death by his father, Robert D. Turner Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Estelle Johnson; Devoted godmother, Rositta Williams; Mentor, Nathaniel Manley; Daughter, Ashari Phillips,  two sisters; Voronica Green (Dewan), Marsha Turner-Owens (Chevron); three brothers, Andre Terry, Corey Terry, Dominic Johnson,  and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts; two devoted, Wanda Amoah and Rachelle Jones, uncles, and cousins; one devoted, Nelson Poteat III.

Robert was a devoted son, father and friend. He loved the quality time spent with Ashari, wrestling with his nieces and nephew, and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Viewing hours will be held, Friday, June 23rd, 10am to 7pm, Saturday, June 24th, 2pm to 7pm, and Sunday, June 25th, 3pm to 7pm.  The family will receive friends for an hour of reflection and praise, Sunday, June 25th, 7pm to 9pm at the Funeral Home Chapel. Lastly, at the request of the family, Homegoing Service, is private.

01 Jun

Gary Wayne Johnson

20170601_140203Gary Wayne Johnson was born on July 7, 1958 to the late devoted Landron and Myrtle Johnson in Caroline County, Virginia.  He was educated in Caroline County Public Schools System.  Gary loved playing sports, but football was his passion.  On any day, Gary would recall his glory days as a nose guard for Bowling Green High School.

After high school Gary began a career as a truck driver for several trucking companies including Miller and Rhoades, Richfood, Avery Trucking,  and Coates Trucking, he was known as Lucky Seven. When not working Gary was the life of the party amongst family and friend.  Never one to be shy, he was quite the comedian.  He loved to dance and talk about his favorite football team, THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS.  Gary’s fun and light hearted nature made all children want to be around him.  Every encounter with Gary always ended with laughter.

Gary leaves to mourn one devoted son, Landron G. Carvell Johnson, four brothers Randolph F. Johnson (Deloris), Robert M. Johnson (devoted Chee-Chee), Michael D. Johnson (Alice), Jeffrey W. Johnson, two sisters, devoted Priya Mirpuri and Helena Thorne, three aunts, one uncle , a host of nieces and nephews, other family members including devoted Bernard Robinson (Gilda), devoted Regina Scott and two brothers for life, Calvin Woolfolk and Roberto Vanegas.

Homegoing Services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 1pm, at Second Baptist Church, Ruther Glen, Va. Dr. Arthur Werts, Pastor, Rev. Sherry Brown, Officiating, Elder Michael Johnson, Eulogist.

08 May

Marilyn Elaine Thornton

Marilyn Elaine Thornton, 63, went home to be with the Lord, on May 5, 2017.  Marilyn worked for Parham Health Care, for many years until her health started to fail.  Marilyn, joined Calvary at an early age.  She leaves to mourn two sisters, Catherine Brapton, Juanita Tyler (Waverly), two nieces; two nephews, three great nephews, four sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law, and a host of cousins and friends.

Homegoing service will be held, Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 12 noon, at Calvary Episcopal Church, in Hanover, Va.  Rev. George Goodall, officiating.  Interment, Green Family Cemetery, Hanover, Va.

08 May

Edna Fannie Hardy

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Edna was born on March 17, 1919, to the late Mary Virginia Burkley and Jack Burkley.  She departed this life on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE.

Edna was born in King William, Virginia where she was an active and well-loved member of her community for many, many years.  Always a friendly face and a welcome home to members of Gethsemane Baptist Church where she joined at an early age.  Sundays, after church, Edna’s home was always filled with church members, family and friends stopping by for a delicious Sunday dinner.

She was preceded in death by her husband Percy Hardy, her son Aaron Brooks and her sister Pearl Latney.

She is survived by one daughter: Edith Washington, Five grandchildren: Lorenzo Washington (Mable), Emily Washington, Elsie Boone (Anthony), Rufus Washington (Camille), Gail Waller (Mervin,Jr.), Fifteen great-grandchildren: Londell Washington (Deedream), Kendra Washington, Anthony Washington (Keisha), Andre Washington, Candace Washington, Shondra Washington, Shani Matthews (Thomas), Jasmine Washington, Anthony Boone, Aisha Boone, Jamal Washington, Sean Washington, Michael Hardy, Raquel Hardy, Treye Waller, Sixteen great-great grandchildren: India Washington, Dareon Medley, Nikkia Owens, Justin Washington, Kenshawn Washington, Dereon Washington, Skylar Matthews, Enya Walker, Deshaun Hardy, D’vonte Waller, D’onte Griggs, Ava Waller, Michael, Webb, Jordan Webb, Minnie Miller and Lottie Hannah, One Sister, Lottie Banks and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews, and dear and devoted friends.

Homegoing services will be Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 2pm, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, in King William County.  Rev. Reuben Carter, officiating. Interment at Church Cemetery.

26 Apr

Ollie Henry Thompson

Ollie Henry Thompson, aka, Sonny, entered onto eternal rest on April 21, 2017.  He was born on February 17, 1958, to Sister Sarah A Thompson, and the late Ollie Thompson.  He accepted Christ as his Savior and joined the Ebenezer Batist Church at an early age.

Ollie was educated in the Hanover School System.  He was employed by The Ashland Truck Stop for over twenty years.

He loved sports of all kind; however, his favorite was football.  The Washington Redskins was his favorite team and whenever possible, he would attend the Washington/Dallas game in D.C.  He loved social media and no one was allowed to touch his telephone or TV.

Sonny, was a quiet and lovable person who always saw the good in other people.  He was also a man of honor.

Ollie leaves to mourn his passing a devoted mother, Sarah Thompson, two brothers, Joseph Thompson and Vincent Thompson, who is married to Sharonette, one sister, Pattie Murphy, who is married to Thomas, two aunts, Mary Wyatt, who is married to John and Harriet Banks, whose husband, Harvey, is deceased.  One aunt and uncle, Delores and Pete Gale, who preceded him in death.  Three nieces, Ebony Saunders, Latoya Houchens, and Megan Murphy, four nephews, Marcus Grant, Corey Davenport, Joseph Thompson Jr., and Vincent Thompson Jr., a devoted friend, Cathy Wyatt, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Homegoing service, Friday, 2pm, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Beaverdam, VA. Rev. Dr. John Kinney, pastor officiating. Interment church cemetery. Repast, at Ebenezer Baptist Church to fellowship with family and friends.

02 Mar

Queen Victoria Johnson

Queen Victoria Johnson,  went home to be with her heavenly father, Sunday, February 26, 2017.  Queen was the 4th child to be born to the late John and Rena Coleman.

Queen was proceeded in death by her husband Herbert Johnson, four sisters, Birter Lee, Sally, Marie, Mary, one brother, Robert Coleman.

Queen, was born on June 22, 1925, she received her education in Hanover Public School.  She was an active member of EBC, where she was baptized at an early age.  She was an active member of the ushers board for as long as we can remember.  Queen was an active in our Sunday School Hospitality committee, Senior Citizen Bible Study, and Vocation Bible School, until her health failed.

Queen started working at the age of 16, at the shirt factory in Ashland.  She worked there until it closed down.  She had a few more jobs and domestic work for a few years.  The last job was with the Corkers, in Beaverdam, until she retired.  Queen was known for her cakes.  The best cakes in the whole world.  Every birthday we all got a cake.

Queen is survived by her daughter, Estherine, one brother, William Coleman aka Bill, one sister-in-law, Ethel Jackson, two brothers, Robert Johnson aka Bobby, Walter Johnson, three grandchildren, Garfield, Holly, Lesley, a very special nephew, Jessie Morris, two best friends, Robnet Hurt and Celest Mecking, two special great grand children (caretakers), Chanquanza Wyatt, Chemae Robinson, and Chanyia Robinson, along with host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, at 1pm.  Rev. Dr. John Kinney, Pastor. Interment, Roselawn