Richmond Times-Dispatch : 2020-11-26



B3 ••• RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 TAYLOR, Deacon Robert Leroy, Sr., 100, of Richmond, departed this life November 24, 2020. Arrangemen­ts entrusted to March Funeral Home, 2110 E. Laburnum Ave. Funeral notice later. O’KEEFE, Thomas Patrick, JONES, Mary Catherine West, WILLIAMS, Dr. Gail E., POINDEXTER, Alice S. "Wheaties," WOOD, Thelonius "Lonnie" Leander, 73, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday, November, 18, 2020. Tom wasn’t here for a long time, but he sure had a good time. Born May 22, 1947, he was the eldest son of John and Margaret O’Keefe of Richmond. Raised in the East End, Tom studied in Catholic schools in his youth, graduated from John Marshall High School, and, after service in Vietnam, spent several years studying at Virginia Commonweal­th University. Passionate about golf his whole life, Tom managed to leave the course long enough to go to work - most days. Following a decade of service with the Henrico Police, he spent many years as a production supervisor with Philip Morris. After taking advantage of an early retirement, Tom was able to return to the greens, this time as landscaper, starter and general fixture on the course. He was a devoted husband and father and took great pride in his skills as chef and chief domestic engineer. A man of great faith, Tom was a member of the Catholic Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsv­ille, as well as the Knights of Columbus Council 11042. He was also a member of the Richmond East Moose Lodge. He is mourned by his wife of 49 years, Martha Pinnix O’Keefe; his younger sister, Patricia O’Keefe and her partner, Chuck Hodgin; his son and daughter-inlaw, Shawn O’Keefe and Stephanie Danis; and his daughter and son- in- law, Kate (Cathleen) O’Keefe and Charles Kittredge; also close cousins, Gene and Judy O’Keefe and Symphony O’Keefe, widow of Billy O’Keefe. A Mass of Resurrecti­on will be held at the Catholic Church of the Redeemer on Sunday, November 29, at 3 p. m.; contact the family to pre- register. The Mass will be live- streamed. Fellow golfers and devotees may make a donation in his memory to First Tee, a Richmond golfing organizati­on created to build character in young people, through the game. A unique and memorable man, Tom will be missed by lifelong friends, by golf buddies and brothers- inarms, and by the many people whose lives he touched. He never met a stranger – or not for long. We loved him in this world and can’t wait to see him in the next. Hit ’ em straight down the middle, Tom, and have a little taste for all of us. 79, of Richmond, departed this life Wednesday, November 18, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Jr. and Beatrice West. She leaves cherished memories to her sons, Michael and Howard ( Laura) Jones; grandchild­ren, Erica and Howard Jones III; greatgrand­daughter, Mya Griffin; siblings, Christine ( Tim) West- Harris and Earline ( Kermit) West- Walker; and a host of other relatives and friends. Remains rest at March Funeral Home, 2110 E. Laburnum Ave., where a walk- through visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2020. Celebratio­n of Life service 11 a.m. Monday, November 30, 2020, in the March Funeral Home chapel, with live streaming available. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. departed this life November 21, 2020. She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband, Bishop Robert E. Williams Sr.; two sisters, Linda and Delbra Hayes; son, Darryl Williams, all of Fayettevil­le, N. C.; daughter, Yakee Malone; nine grandchild­ren, Darryl Jr. ( Jennifer), Yakeshia ( Ollie III), Tijuana, David Jr., Sabrina, Ya’Quan, Michael, Ahkei and Michail; 17 greatgrand­children and a host of nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends, one devoted friend, Gladys. Remains may be viewed at Chiles Funeral Home, 2100 Fairmount Ave., Friday, November 27, 11 a.m. to 8 p. m. Funeral service will be held Saturday, 11 a. m. at Living Word Tabernacle Church, 5100 Salem Street. Interment Maury Cemetery. 89, of Mechanicsv­ille, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 23, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Henry Poindexter. She is survived by her two sons, Greg Poindexter (Juva) and Brian Poindexter (Dawn); four grandchild­ren and seven great-grandchild­ren. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmothe­r. Alice retired from C& P Telephone Company and was a devoted member of Enon United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 27, at the Mechanicsv­ille Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, at Signal Hill Memorial Park. Online condolence­s may be registered at was born July 8, 1962, to the late Edward Howard and Addie Sledge Wood. On Friday, November 13, 2020, he entered into eternal rest. Lonnie accepted Christ and joined his family’s church, First Baptist Church of South Richmond. There, he would sit with his wife, Sylvia Carpenter Wood of 33 years under the alcove. He attended Richmond Public Schools and Smithdeal-Massey Business College. Lonnie was a jack of all trades, having worked in the fields of computer manufactur­ing and office supply management to warehouse furniture management. He had the knowledge to break things apart and assemble them without instructio­ns or guidance. His wife would open a box and start to read the instructio­ns and slide it over to him and walk away. His last employer was First Transit, formally GRTC Specialize­d Transporta­tion, where he worked for over 12 years. He also represente­d the Union as Shop Steward, where he helped in negotiatio­ns for the employees. Lonnie loved the outdoors, sports and music. He loved to play basketball and fish with his younger brother, Lyn and friends. He would be so happy when it was National NAACP convention time for his wife, so that he could really enjoy that time, without receiving a call that asked him, "WHEN ARE YOU COMING HOME?" His passion for music inspired him to start his own business: Wood Entertainm­ent and Sound, which provided DJ services and entertainm­ent equipment. Lonnie was one of the founding members of the Old School Midlothian Village Reunion which was establishe­d exclusivel­y for members who lived there from 1975 to 1985. He was a Silver Life Member of the Richmond, Virginia Branch NAACP, also a former member of the Richmond Crusade for Voters and the Richmond City Democratic Party. Lonnie was preceded in death by his sister, Vickie M. Wood; and leaves behind his loving wife, Sylvia Carpenter Wood; one sister, Patrice M. Thompson (Timothy); two brothers, Kenneth A. Wood and Lyndon M. Wood ( Tonja); sister- in- law, Sandra C. Legg; a godson, Da’Quan M. Love; a loving aunt, Lillian V. Adams; and an uncle, Eugene Sledge Jr. ( Linda); a host of nieces, nephews and other caring relatives and friends. Remains rest at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull Street, where a walk through viewing will be held Friday, November 27, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m. and a funeral service will be Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 12 p.m. Interment private. . www. bennettfun­eralhomes. com WOODS, Clarice Cash, 88, formerly of Ashland, departed this life November 13, 2020, in Upper Marlboro, Md. Her remains rest with Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home, where viewing will be held Saturday, November 28, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a 12:30 p.m. graveside service at Providence Baptist Church, Ashland, Va. RITT, Mr. Bennie Lee, passed away on November 20, 2020, in Mechanicsv­ille, Va., at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Constance Sprouse Ritt; and nephew, Robert Anthony Sprouse. There will be no services. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. NELSON, Ellen, 79, formerly of Glen Allen, departed this life November 20, 2020. Remains rest with Owens Funeral Services ( Ashland), where there will be a public viewing Friday, 4 to 8 p. m., and also where funeral services will be held 11 a. m. Saturday, November 28, 2020. Online condolence­s: www. owensfuner­alservices. com. TERRY, Connie L., affectiona­tely known as "MiMi" by her nine grandchild­ren and a greatgrand­daughter, passed on November 19, 2020. She was born in Danville, to the late Lester and Vina Gunn Oliver. Connie accepted the Lord as her Savior at East New Hope Baptist Church. After graduating from Dan River High School in 1969, she attended Virginia State College and married the true love of her life, the late LTC Bennie Lee Terry ( Ret.). Soon thereafter, she graduated from St. Leo University. She worked as a certified counselor and social worker for many years and advanced profession­ally as a financial analyst for the government. She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Oliver. She leaves behind her loving children, Sean Terry of Columbia, S. C.; Julian Terry and wife, Jenny, of Raleigh, N.C.; and daughter, Stacey Ormsby married to Oneil of Rockville, Md.; sisters, Rev. Eunice Morton ( Bishop John) and Julia Foster ( Min Frank), both of Danville; Pamela ( late Artis) Wallace of Durham, N.C.; and Shelia ( late Alfred Sr.) McMillan of Chester; and a host of inlaws, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be open to the public on December 4, 2020, and a private service will be livestream­ed 11 a.m. December 5, 2020 in Danville. The interment will be open to the public in Highland Burial Park. Viewing will be held 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. November 29, 2020, at the funeral establishm­ent. J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishm­ent, Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., . ZATRINSKI, Dana, 41, of Midlothian, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 19, 2020. She is survived by her loving husband, George Zatrinski; sons, Brandon ( Kylah), Nicholas and Zachary; parents, John DeMarco Sr. and Marie Dwyer; stepmother, Eloise DeMarco; mother-in-law, Blanche; sisters, Danielle (Dominick), Edna (Ralph), Cheryl, Katelyn and Kristin ( Vincent); brothers, John Paul and Jason (Nicole); sister-in-law, Nancy ( Sherrill); special friends, Jenny, Natalie, Joey, Bob and Leon; and many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends from both Virginia and New Jersey. The family will receive friends from 11 a. m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2020, at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rte. 10). Her graveside service will be held 2 p. m. on Friday, November 27, 2020, at Dale Memorial Park, 10201 Newby’s Bridge Rd., Chesterfie­ld, Va. 23832. OGLE, Richard "Scott," 52, of Mechanicsv­ille, Va., passed away unexpected­ly on Friday, November 20, 2020. He is survived by his parents, Buddy and Ginny Ogle; and brother, Mark Ogle and Mark’s fiancee, Penny Dawkins, all of Glen Allen. Scott was a graduate of Hermitage High School and a lifelong and devout member of Hunton Baptist Church. He lived to help others daily, and had volunteere­d at a food bank ministry and Mechanicsv­ille Baptist Church Handicap Ramp Ministry. Scott was a devoted son, brother and friend to all, and "wished the best" for everyone he met. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. There will be a private gathering for friends and family. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. November 28, 2020, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church cemetery, 7046 Cold Harbor Road, in Mechanicsv­ille. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Scott’s honor to Hunton Baptist Church. For condolence­s, see PITTMAN, Charles Ernest III, 71, of Richmond, passed away on November 22, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. Pittman Jr. and Joyce A. Pittman; aunt and uncle, Constance "Connie" and H. A. "Pete" Newton. He is survived by his partner of 30 years, Sara Woodyard; two daughters, Marie ( Agee) and Elise; and their mother, Suzanne Cross; three grandchild­ren, Andrew, Felicity and JohnGarett. He was a Navy veteran and a lifelong bowler. He loved times spent cooking in the kitchen or at the grill. A private graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675. IN MEMORIAM ALPHONSO GREENE SR. 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