19 Sep

David Fitzgerald Foster

image0000001David Fitzgerald Foster, a loving husband, father, son and friend slipped quietly into eternal rest on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Spotsylvania Medical Hospital.

He was born March 12, 1971 in Caroline County to the Late Earnest A. Foster and Christine Smith Foster. He was preceded in death by his brother Avrion Smith and Uncle Delwin Foster.

On March 27, 1995 he met the love of his Gladys P. Jackson. These two hearts were inseparable, so on June 24, 2006 they were joined in Holy Matrimony.

 David greatest joy in life was his family, friends, and seeing a smile on everyone’s face.  He loved cooking and taking care of his children. David was a quiet and peaceful man. Whenever you came into his presence you had a friend. He was short in statue but big at heart.. He will be greatly missed.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 11 years Gladys Foster, Four beautiful daughters, Da Creasha Foster, Brittany Brown, Tashada and Jakyia Foster, Two grandchildren, Tristan Robinson and Semajae Hewlett. Mother, Doris Thompson(David) two sisters Tonya Parker(Jerry) and Octavia Foster of Connecticut, six brothers Gregory Solmon, Dwayne Foster,(Tracy) Andre Harris, George Stevens, Michael Stevens, and Renese Smith all of Richmond, Virginia. Two Uncles, one devoted Alvin Bernard Foster and Jarrod Smith (Sabrina), Grandmother, Virginia Smith (Jeremiah) Father in law, Perry Jones (Margaret) Five Aunts, Brenda Darlene Hackett (Tyrone) Melinda Karen Patterson (Patrick) Barbara Dabney, Julia King and France Smith, Five Sister in Laws, Linda Fahey (John) Karen Rock (Joseph), Telka Smith, one devoted Darlene Jones, One devoted brother in law Steven Jones. Devoted friends Mark Nelson, Aleta Lewis, and Margaret Jones. Devoted cousins, Zynator Hearn (Shawn), Reshima Christian (Donny), Warren Foster, LeeAnte Foster and Lynette Bowman, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends for an hour of reflection and praise, Friday, September 22, 2017, from 7p.m. to 8p.m., at the F. E. Dabney Funeral Home Chapel. Homegoing service will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 1:00p.m., at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 14476 Scotchtown Rd, Beaverdam, VA 23015. Interment Georgetown Cemetery. 

12 Sep

Horace Hampton Lewis Sr.

Image (11)On Saturday morning, September 9, 2017, God, called his humble servant, Horace Hampton Lewis Sr., to his eternal resting place.  He was born in, Caroline County, Virginia on, March 23, 1932, to the late Jessie, Sr. and Elizabeth Lewis.  God blessed them with three sons:  Jessie, Jr., Horace H. and Roy R.

Horace, accepted Christ at an early age at, Mount Tabor Church, in Caroline County, and later joined, Thirty First Street Baptist Church.  He was educated in the, Richmond Public School System, and graduated from, Armstrong High School in 1949.  While at Armstrong, he was in the Cadets, Cartoonist for Spirit, Artist of the 1949 Rabza Yearbook, Advertising Artist for the Senior Class Plays, and he also was among those who won Outstanding Achievements.  He worked for Friedman-Marks and later became an outstanding Brick Layer in which he loved and built his own home.   He became an entrepreneur and opened his own business which was, Springfield Construction with Bernard Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, Son Horace H. Lewis, Jr., Wife Willieann DePriest Lewis and Brother Jesse.

He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted wife of 23 years, Blanche Henderson Lewis; two sons and one daughter,  Andre (Tyese) Boswell, Sheila Boswell Chawlk, Shawn Boswell; grandchildren, Iris and Breon Boswell, Shawneaquel (Delgado) Cherry, Aaron and Andrew Boswell and Dominique Chawlk, Christian and Breon Anderson; great-grandchildren, Summer Anderson, Qi’Mora Logan, Arreon , Ty,Quan, Daishanique, Keylen, Niyonna, and Delgado, Jr. Cherry; brother,  Dr. Roy (Linda) Lewis;  Sister-in-laws, Helena Lewis, Burnette Burgess, Arvilla (Dr. Fred) Jacks, Gloria Gresham, Florence Edgerton; brother-in-law, Tyrone Gresham; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Homegoing service will be held, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Union Baptist Church, 310 N. Snead St., Ashland, VA 23005, at 1p.m.  Interment, Roselawn Memory Gardens, Glen Allen, Va.

12 Sep

Lavinia Novella Pollard

Image (4)Lavinia Robinson Pollard, departed this life on September 11, 2017, at Parham Rehabilitation Nursing Home.  She was born on October 14, 1927, in Hanover County Virginia, to the late, Linwood Newton Robinson and Florence Carter Robinson.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joe Pollard; and brothers, Maurice, Linwood, and Franklin Robinson.  Lavinia was a domestic worker and   she attended Hanover County Training School.

She loved playing Bingo with her friends, eating good food, and she enjoyed fishing.  She was baptized at an early age later in life and redirected her life to become a Missionary for Christ.  Her favorite hymn was The Old Rugged Cross.  She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted brother, Charles R. Tyler; sister in laws, Francenia Tyler and Gesila Robinson; God daughters, Chris Anderson and Keisha Robinson (Randolph); devoted cousins, Elizabeth, Anthony, and Richard Robinson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Homegoing service will be held Friday, September  15, 2017, at F.E. Dabney Funeral Home Chapel, at 12 Noon. Interment Rockford Cemetery.

29 Aug

Bertha Elona Thompson

Bertha E. Thompson, 80 of Ruther Glen, Virginia, gained her wings on, August 28, 2017. She was born on, July 11, 1937, to the late, Jordan Sr. and Julia Smith.  She is pre-deceased by her husband, James M. Thompson Sr., her daughter, Lolita Baker, her sister, Lula Shell, and her two brothers, John and Lewis Smith.

Bertha, joined the, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Chilesburg, Virginia, and served on the Hospitality Team, Secretary of Choir and Willing Workers, and President of the Pastor’s Aid. Bertha graduated from, Union High School, in Bowling Green, Virginia.  She was employed at, Caroline High School, for five years.                                                                               She enjoyed catering, making wedding cakes, and different desserts for family and friends.

She leaves to cherish her memory, eight children, Patricia Ferguson, Cheryl Lewis, Pennie Smith, Sheila Thompson, James Michael Thompson Jr., Robert Garner Jr. Gale Garner, and Corey Garner; four siblings, Jordan Smith Jr., Jeremiah Smith, Clarence Smith, and Nellie Harris; sixteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews;  other relatives, and many friends, three devoted Pearl and Rudolph Gray, and Francis Moore.

Homegoing Services will be held, Saturday, September 2, 2017, 12 Noon, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 18562 Countyline Church Rd., Ruther Glen, VA 22546. Interment, Church Cemetery.

22 Aug

Linda Mae Flanagan

20170822_150826Linda Mae Flanagan, 59, was born on September 9, 1957 and raised in Caroline County, Virginia.  She journeyed into eternal life on August 19, 2017.  She was the daughter of the late Adell and Joseph Pleasant Sr.  Linda was educated in Caroline County Public Schools.  She graduated from Union High.  She gave her life to Christ at an early age and joined Second Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Linda M. Flanagan, is survived by her five children, Latoya Braxton, Lance Braxton, Joshua Braxton, Jessica Braxton, and Tonya Paige; one granddaughter, Keosha James; one grandson, Jahquis Williams; one sister, Evelyn Gregory; three brothers, Joseph Pleasants Jr. (Nancy), Robert Gregory (Gloria), and James Gregory; along with four nieces,  five nephews; two aunts, Mary J. Anderson, and Margaret Lewis; one uncle, Edmond Baylor, a host of other relatives and friends, eight devoted, Joyce Moss Rahman, Mildred Dyer, Deloris Stevens, Vernell Lewis, Adell Green, Kafi Akfi, Raymond Ford, and Horace Flanagan.

Linda was known for her gentle smile, especially her diva ways. Everyone knew she loved dressing up and looking her best.  Some of her favorite nicknames were “Doll Baby,” which was a childhood name and “Hollywood,” that was given by one of her close cousins, James Baylor (Gump).

Homegoing service will be held, Friday, August 25, 2017, at 2pm, at Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 31220 Old Dawn Rd, Hanover, VA 23069, Rev. Marvin Fields, Pastor, Officiant.

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.