Obituaries, week of March 27: Keeve, Hammond, McKenney, Vickers
William Luther Keeve
William Luther Keeve, “Boy Man”, son of the late Walter Melvin and Elizabeth Williams Keeve, was born on February 20, 1936. Boy Man, as he was affectionately called, was the fifth of eight siblings.
Boy Man attended Julius Rosenwald High School in Northumberland County, Virginia. He joined Shiloh Baptist Church in Reedville, Virginia at an early age under the pastorate of Reverend H. M. Ruffin. He remained an active member until his health began to fail. He was a member of the Brotherhood Ministry and served as a faithful usher for many years.
As a young man, William worked in the fishing industry with Zapata Haynie. In later years, he worked with Jimmy Douglas drilling wells all over the Northern Neck in the residential and business settings. Boy Man’s final career move was with the Northumberland County School System. He was a school bus driver transporting precious cargo for 20 years before retiring in June 2007. He loved driving the children to and from their destinations so much, that he continued to drive as substitute for an additional two years after retirement. William was known for his many talents and often called “Mr. Fix It”. He enjoyed repairing all things, especially small engines, and fishing by the river near his home in Reedville, Virginia.
On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, William Luther Keeve peacefully closed his eyes and quietly slipped away from his family and friends. He will always be remembered for his playfulness, generous helpfulness to others and quiet spirit.
Boy Man leaves to cherish his loving memory: two daughters: Michelle Keeve of Columbia, Maryland and Renee Keeve of Baltimore, Maryland; one son, Marcus Keeve, Sr. of Lancaster, Virginia; four grandchildren: Jose Keeve of Columbia, Maryland; Mario Keeve of Baltimore, Maryland; Marcus Keeve, Jr. and Shaniya Keeve of Lancaster, Virginia; one great grandchild, Isaac Keeve of Baltimore, Maryland; two sisters: Lillian Washington of Alexandria, Virginia and Jean Ashton of Reedville, Virginia; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Edward Lewis Hammond
Edward Lewis Hammond, Sr., 82 of Tappahannock, retired building contractor, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013. His wife, Helen Croxton Hammond, preceded him in death. Ed is survived by his children, Dorothy Rutledge (Mike), Edward Hammond, Jr. (Lynnette), Kenneth Hammond; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his brother William Hammond and sister, Elizabeth Revere. He served on the Tappahannock Town Council for nineteen years and as Mayor for eleven years. Ed was a life member of the Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department and the Essex Jaycees. He also served in the VA State Firefighters Association and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Ed was in the Naval Reserves, a member of Beale Memorial Baptist Church, a founding member of the Tappahannock Volunteer Rescue Squad and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Neck State Bank. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Beale Memorial Baptist Church. Interment followed in Essex Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Beale Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, P O Box 816, Tappahannock, VA 22560 or Tappahannock-Essex VFD, P O Box 807 Tappahannock, VA 22560. Pallbearers were Larry Gwathney, Jimmy Mitchell, Dr. Robert McKinley, Gill Whittington, Robert Croxton, and Harry T. Gladding. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Richardson, Bill Ball, Eugene Croxton, Andrew Hammond, Dr. Lewis Wilkins and Tyler Lowery.
Laura Ann McKenney
Laura Ann McKenney, 72, of Farnham died Sunday, March 24, 2013. She was a retired clerk at Get N Zip, Lottsburg, and was a member of Oakland UM Church, Farnham.
She was predeceased by her husband, William C. McKenney, Sr.
Surviving are four sons, William C. McKenney, Jr., Tom Akers, Michael Akers and Lee Dodson; three daughters, Pam Greber, Liz Akers and Sue Ball; two sisters, Mickey Sanders and Brenda McKenney; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Visitaion at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville, Wednesday, March 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28 at Jones-Ash. Private burial at a later date.
Carrie Irene Winstead Vickers
Carrie Irene Winstead Vickers, 99, of Callao, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013. She was the widow of Charles Smith Vickers and a retired sales associate for Best and Company. Mrs. Vickers was a member of Henderson United Methodist Church, The Henderson United Methodist Women Circle and the Northumberland Historical Society. She was the oldest member and the oldest Mother of Henderson United Methodist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Charles E. Vickers and his wife, Nancy of Hague and Wayne Vickers and his wife, Mary of Ashburn.
She is also survived by four grandchildren, Debra Fritzgerald and her husband, Junior, Richard Vickers and his friend, Lisa Griffin, Kellee Vickers, David Vickers and his wife, Dana; six great grandchildren, Matthew Fritzgerald, Mark Fritzgerald, Lauren Vickers, Jake Vickers, Dalton Vickers and Mandy Vickers.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Marks Chapel of the Welch Funeral Home, Warsaw. Interment followed in the Henderson United Methodist Church Cemetery, Callao. Pastor V. Wade Wilkins officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Henderson United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 22, Callao, VA 22435 or the Tappahannock Riverside Hospice, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560.