Funerals & Obituaries

Posted 3 weeks ago

Smith Howard "Dizzy" Dismuke, 65, born May 12, 1955 of Goochland, VA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at his home. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Josephine Dismuke.  He is survived by his wife, Stephene Dismuke; son, Jason Dismuke (Marie); daughter, Kayce Dismuke; granddaughters, Mackenzie and Emma Dismuke; sisters, Lenora Maxwell (Raymond) and Melinda Dismuke; nephew, Andrew Maxwell; niece, Katie Jo Maxwell; step-son, Tony; step-daughter, Mollie; and a number of cousins and close friends. Dizzy was born in Jackson, TN and had a larger than life personality. He loved spending time with his family and is already sorely missed. A memorial service will be planned for the beginning of 2021. Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.


Posted 4 weeks ago

It is with heavy hearts we announce the patriarch of our family, Charles L. Clark, 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 30, 2020 at his home in Columbia, VA.  He was born on October 23, 1936 in Irvington, NJ and grew up in that area with his mother, father and siblings.   On February 15, 1956, he married Charlotte A. Mitchell, his best friend.  They raised 3 daughters, 3 sons, a grandson and went on to foster more children in their later years.   He was the Maintenance and Distributing Manager for Jack Bakers/Chefs International East Coast Operations located in Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ and spent 27 years with the company.  He dedicated his life to working for his family until his retirement in 1996.  Mr. Clark moved from New Jersey to Virginia in 1999 where he enjoyed his retirement with his beloved wife.   To our very own “Dean Martin”, gentle and gruff, dashing and kind, a rebel with blue eyes brighter than the sea, and a loving demeanor, filling our hearts with jokes and stories to share for generations to come.  He was exciting, strong, handsome, with infectious charisma, the gift of gab, kind eyes and an endearing smile.  We will miss his laugh, silly tacky jokes, stubbornness, strong-willed and relentless energy.  He taught us more than he will ever realize, and we will respectfully cherish every memory given.  From professional frisbee-moves, to camping in Knoebels, winters in Vermont, Merle Haggard serenades and of course those amazing dance moves.  Your love for your family was evident as you shared all that you knew.  Our memories will hold onto our cookouts, #1 mac and cheese, rum swizzles, game shows, football games, trains, go-karts and love of your music.   Mostly we will never forget your wisdom, ability to problem-solve, your hard work ethic and your forthright opinions.  Let’s face it - you were Google before Google was ever invented and you always “did it your way”.     You have filled us with respect for your wisdom and accomplishments, with gratitude for the value you’ve given us, and with the delight in the stories of our family that they remember and share. For this we are forever grateful and will miss you terribly.  Love to you Pops ~~~ Love to you Dad ~~~ Love to you always Poppy ~~~ Love to you Brother. His heart never left his wife, and he is now and forever will be with his Midgie.  If you close your eyes you can see them now singing sweetly to yet another duet swaying softly to the lyrics, “There’s nothing really to it, it’s easy, we love each other so. And we always will, and I know.” He is survived by his two sons, Charles Clark and Timothy Clark; his three daughters, Kathryn McCauley, Beverly Odell and Marie-Elena Gensel; a foster child and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two siblings, a brother, Jon “Pat” Clark and sister, Mary Francine Charniga.   Charlie will be greatly missed by his family as his life will be forever cherished in the lives of his 5 children, 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 foster child....


Posted 4 weeks ago

Mary Fisher Payne, 93, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 30, 2020.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Stuart Allen Payne; her daughter, Juanita Payne Bradford; and her sister, Beatrice Fisher Pryor.  She is survived by her son, Ronald S. Payne; her three daughters, Martha Bailey (Jerry), Linda Calhoun (Mike) and Jan Abernathey (Donald); her sister, Regina Pryor; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parham Road Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad Street, where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020.  Interment will follow at 2 Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery.


Posted 1 month ago

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Geneva Salmon Gordon was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 25, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Ricky H. Gordon; her sons, Ricky Jr. and Zachary Hunter; and her beloved dog, Ace. She is also survived by her grandparents, Bill and Marie Cook; her mother, Debbie Salmon; her other mother, Betty Scott; her sisters, Dawn Roberts (Jamie) and Melissa Proffitt; her brother, Mark Newman (Tyronne); her brother in law, Tony Gordon (Amy); her nephews, Shawn Jones (Ashley) and Stephen Roberts (Elicia); her nieces, Rachel Taylor (Comet), Taylor Bell (Cameron), Madison Gordon and Addison Geneva Proffitt; her great nieces, Maddi Jones and Lena Case; as well as many caring aunts, uncles, cousins and so many other friends and family members. She was preceded in death by her Nanny and Papa, John and Virginia Salmon; her father, Raymond Salmon; and her nephew, Thomas H. Jones. She was an amazing wife, mother, family member and friend and will be truly missed by all. There will be a Celebration of Life held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church, 3394 River Rd. West, Goochland, VA, 23063. In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude's or a similar charity.


Posted 1 month ago

DABNEY, William S. Jr. "Willie", 58, of Goochland, VA, passed away unexpectedly on October 26, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father, William S. Dabney, Sr. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; son, Matthew (Betty); grandsons, Beckett and Benton; daughter, Katie; mother, Joyce; sister-in-law, Becky (Dennis); brother-in-law, Danny (Pam); and numerous nieces and nephews. Willie was a member of the Goochland County Fire Department, Company 4, for 42 years and was a life member. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa and son. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He always looked forward to teaching his grandson, Beckett, all about the different trucks and tractors and seeing his newest grandson, Benton, with red hair like grandpa. A mechanic by trade, led him to always wanting to fix things himself and was only a phone call away when his family needed him. Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Forest Grove Christian Church in Goochland, VA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart Association or the Kidney Association. Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.


Posted 1 month ago

Frances A. Hawk Thurston, 97, of Columbia, VA went to be with the Heavenly Father on October 25, 2020.  She was born on August 27, 1923 to the late Frank and Berta Hawk.  Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles A. Thurston.  She is survived by four children, Shirley Blevins (Jimmy), Mildred Taylor, Lois Salmon and Howard Thurston (Linda).  She is also survived by many other family and friends.  Frances was a school bus driver for Goochland County for many years, a cafeteria worker at Goochland Elementary School and Goochland High School before then retiring from the Department of Corrections.  Services will be private due to COVID-19.  Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.


Posted 1 month ago

Dorothy Payne Ream, 81, passed away on October 19, 2020, from a tragic fall while playing with her grandchildren. She was born on August 19, 1939 in Darby,PA, a daughter of the late Paul Payne and Christine Sack Payne. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend to everyone. She was a member of Wesley Chapel in Rock Hall, MD. She loved to travel and was a very active member in the community. Mrs. Ream is survived by her husband, Raymond Charles Ream, of twenty eight years; brother, Robert P. Payne; sons, Russell Ashley, Glen P.Ashley, David Ream and Michael Ream; daughter, Nicole Wilkins; a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren;and other family and friends who will miss her. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, October 30, 2020 at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, VA,with a visitation held one hour prior from 10am – 11am. Interment will follow at MountGilead Baptist Church Cemetery in Tabscott, VA.  In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel, 6065 Rock Hall Road, RockHall, MD 21661 orMount Gilead Baptist Church, 4768 Shannon Hill Road, Columbia, VA 23038. Please sign a guestbook at Watson Funeral Services andCrematory, 2300 Hwy. 378, Conway, SC is serving the family.


Posted 2 months ago

Mary Catherine "Cathy" Clifton, 61, of Buckingham, VA went to be with her Heavenly Father on October 8, 2020. She was born and raised in Danville, VA, but lived in Chester, VA, Richmond, VA and Fluvanna, VA before settling in Buckingham, VA. She tried her hand at numerous careers, but her one true passion was taking care of children. She was employed by Fluvanna County Public Schools for almost 30 years where she drove a bus and was a substitute teacher. She was also a long time member of the Fork Union Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She is proceeded in death by her one true love, her husband, John Paul Clifton; her mother, Frances Edna Robinson (Shields); her father, Jack Edward Boaze, Sr.; her brothers, Jack Edward Boaze, Jr. and Bobbie Wayne Boaze; and her sister, Thelma Lorraine Robinette (Shields). She is survived by her brother, Victor Robinson; her only daughter, Frances Marie Clifton; and tons of extended family. She is also survived by many she claimed as family, particularly Sarah Lamb, who she considered a daughter, as well as Olivia, Sophia, Stephen, Chasity, Hayden, Alex, Dillon, Nevaeh and Mario, Jr., all of whom she considered her precious grandchildren. Cathy was a special person and will forever live in the hearts of those she touched. A celebration of life will take place at 2pm on October 24, 2020 at Fork Union Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to fund her memorial services or to your local fire department.


Posted 2 months ago

Laura Jeanette Vanderscheer (née Cranker)  After a brief illness, Laura passed away on September 29, 2020 at the age of 46.  Laura is survived by her husband of 25 years, Anthony “Tony”Vanderscheer, and her two beautiful children, Hunter age 11 and Emma age 3. Hunter and Emma take comfort in knowing that mommy loved them deeply and is now in heaven with her pink wings. Laura had a smile that would light up any room. She was a very generous, loving and thoughtful soul. She also had a contagious laugh that we will all deeply miss. Anyone that knew Laura knows that she loved animals. We are pretty sure it was common knowledge in the land of the four-legged that if you were lost orwithout a home to go straight to her house. Laura was predeceased by her father, Stephen Cranker (2017);paternal grandparents, Gerald and Doreen Cranker; and maternal grandfather, John Goff. Laura will be terribly missed by her mother, Pat Cranker;brother, Paul Cranker (Kim); and her Nanny, Elma Goff. She was the proud niece of Dale and Randy Neal, Stephen Goff, Stewart Goff and Anne and Gary Betts. She had many cousins and extended family members that were very important to her. Laura will also be sadly missed by her mother and father-in-law,Phyllis and Bill Vanderscheer Sr.; brother-in-law, Bill Vanderscheer (Angela); sister-in-law, Sandra Skeete (Warren);and brother-in-law, Jerry Vanderscheer (Crystal).  Laura was an immensely proud aunt to Kyle and Shawn Cranker, Ashley and Rachael Vanderscheer, Ava and Gabriel Vanderscheer and Kira Skeete. Laura had many friends and co-workers that she considered family both in Canada and the United States. Cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of life at a later date. Anyone wishing to honor Laura’s memory are asked to donate to an animal rescue of your choosing.    


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