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Obituaries, week of Sept. 25: Prather, Harman, Jett, Goodwyn, Rose, Evans Jr., Tallent Sr., Gulick

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Robert Ellis “Bob” Prather


Robert Ellis “Bob” Prather, 73, of Montross, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 16, 2013. Bob was born in Pittsburg, PA. He is survived by his special friend, Marcia Jenkins and his granddaughter, Pamela Boone of Maryland. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis Smith and Margaret Wand Prather; his sister, Nancy Prather Laws; his wife of 35 years, Lorraine “Smokey” Prather and his twin step-daughters, Jane and June.

Bob operated a heavy equipment repair shop in Kinsale. Many considered him an angel for his unsolicited gifts of labor, money and helping hands.

Bob was a Untied Methodist Lay Leader and Lay Speaker and he attended Edgewater United Methodist Church.

His neighbors in Glebe Harbor are hosting a Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Glebe Harbor Clubhouse, 751 Glebe Harbor Drive, Montross, officiated by Rev. Jon Davis, pastor of Edgewater United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Edgewater United Methodist Church, c/o Yvonne Minor, Treasurer, 1441 Nomini Grove Road, Warsaw, VA 22572. Bob’s remains will be interred at a private service in Townville, PA.


Helen Inez Ingram Harman


Helen Inez Ingram Harman, 99, of Sanford, NC passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Peak Resources Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center. She lived in Montross for many years and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church there.

She was born December 16, 1913 in Washington, DC to Benedict Wilbert and Hattie Elizabeth Jones Ingram of Washington, DC and Burgess, VA. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Ensor Harman; one sister, Lillian Mae Settle and two brothers, Orville Jones Ingram and Weston Lee Ingram.

Helen is survived by four children, Michael Charles Harman of the Philippines, Bette Jean Padgett of Callao, Peggy Ann Nelson of Sanford, NC and Linda Susan Alwine of Miami, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 14 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sanford, NC. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


Lowell Thomas Jett


Lowell Thomas Jett, son of the late James Orie and Carrie Rogers Jett, was born on November 22, 1934 in Gonyon, Virginia and died September 26, 2012 in Aiken, SC. He was preceded in death by three children, Tommy Jett, Shelia Roberts and Brenda Adams, and two brothers, Russell Jett and Wilson Jett.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Sue Jett; his daughter, Debbie Sapp; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Also survived by his brother, Talmage Jett and two sisters, Katherine Harrison and Barbara Deihl and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was retired from the United States Air Force, an oil company in Saudi Arabia, and Sears. He was a Master Mason. He attended the Army Chapel at Fort Gordon, GA.

A memorial will be held at Afton UMC on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend.


Sara Florence Spiers Goodwyn


Sara Florence Spiers Goodwyn, 83, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2013. She was born on October 12, 1929 to Robert B. Spiers Sr. and Alva C. Spiers.  She was the widow of Robert A. Goodwyn Sr. She was born in Thomasville, GA and moved to Richmond in 1942. She graduated from John Marshall High School in 1946 and attended Madison College. She and Bob married on October 1, 1949 and were married for 63 years. Formerly of Richmond, they moved to Northumberland County in 1970. In the 70’s she was one of the group of people who went to the Northumberland County School Board and asked that they start a music program in the school system. She was a member of the of the American Revolution for 50 years. A member of the Woman’s Club of Northumberland for 31 years and a former member of the local Garden club. She learned to paint under the instruction of Sydney King. In her later life she fell in love with the sport of golf and was a charter member of the Village Green Ladies Golf Club and then a member of the Quinton Oaks Ladies Golf Association. She also loved to play bridge. She had been a member of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century since 1998.

Survivors are her three children, Jane Goodwyn Wood (Eddie) of Providence Forge, Robert A. Goodwyn Jr. (Terry) of Midlothian and Wesley E. Goodwyn (Cheryl) of Lottsburg; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert B. Spiers Jr. (Joyce) of Newport News and Conway H. Spiers (Donna) of Hampstead, NC; sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Carr (Jack) of Sandston and Trevor Phelps (Jim) of Sykesville, MD.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Bethany Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery.  The Reverend Kori Kiss officiated. Pallbearers were Donnie F. Davis, W. Travis Goodwyn,  Nick S. Goodwyn, Westley Woolard, Robert A. Goodwyn and Tony B. Wood. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560 or to the Bethany BC Building Fund, c/o Jennifer English, 3981 Canal Road, Farnham, VA 22460.


Joseph H. Rose


Joseph H. Rose, 93, of Falmouth died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mr. Rose was a veteran of World War II, having served with Headquarters Co., 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, 36th Texas Division in Italy, Germany, Austria and France. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in combat.

He was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and both he and his wife, Gaynelle, taught Sunday school there for several years. He was a member of the Lions Club and also served as a rifle instructor for the NRA. Joe was the first person to receive a mechanical license from the Shannon School of Aeronautics.

He and his wife were both great lovers of big band music, especially Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Joe often said that they had danced a thousand miles to the grand music of Glenn Miller. He believed that the highlight of his dancing was doing the Grandfather’s Waltz in The Nutcracker that was performed at Mary Washington College.

Mr. Rose was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 70 years, Gaynelle Rose; parents Melvin and Nannie Rose and several siblings. Survivors include two sisters, Barbara R. Bell of Montross and Gloria R. Shearwood (Richard) of Tappahannock; brother, Gerald Rose (Ann) of Tappahannock; devoted niece, Carol Embrey of Alexandria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 16, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.


Mr. Robert Dewey Tallent Sr.


Mr. Robert Dewey Tallent Sr., 84, of Richmond passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Monday, September 16, 2013. He was formerly of Warsaw.

Mr. Tallent is survived by his five children, Mrs. Ann Eller and Mrs. Arlene Spencer of Richmond, Dr. Deborah Stine of Brookeville, MD., Mrs. Robin Johnson of Port Royal and Mr. Robert Tallent Jr. of Powhatan; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Self and Mrs. Nellie Mae Swann of Warsaw and Mrs. Marie Conners of Arizona; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mrs. Ruby C. Tallent, who passed away in 2001, and his oldest sister, Mrs. Florence Burton.

Funeral services were held at Menokin Baptist Church on Friday, September 20, 2013 with interment following in the church cemetery. The Reverend Jason Patrick officiated. Pallbearers were Justin Stine, Wade Tallent, James Pippen, Bret Stine, Brandon Tallent, Edward Self and Todd Spencer. Honorary pallbearers were George Eller, Ralph Self and Ken Swann.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Menokin Baptist Church Building Fund, 86 Poplar Court, Warsaw, VA 22572.


James McDonald “Mac” Evans Jr.


James McDonald “Mac” Evans Jr., 85, of Tappahannock, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Beale Memorial Baptist Church in Tappahannock with Pastor David Donahue officiating. The family will greet friends and relatives at a reception at Beale Memorial following the service.

Mac was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 28, 1928. He attended St. Christopher’s High School in Richmond, followed by studies at the University of Miami and Hampton-Sydney College. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force on August 7, 1954. Most of his career was spent working in insurance and real estate businesses.

Mac is survived by one son, James McDonald Evans III of Ellenwood, Georgia; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Evans of Richmond; two grandsons, James McDonald Evans IV of Charlotte, North Carolina and William Justin Evans of Greenville, South Carolina; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Nicole Evans of Ellenwood, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Beale Memorial Baptist Church, the Tappahannock Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Tappahannock Police Department.


Lawrence H. Gulick


Lawrence H. Gulick was born October 17, 1928 to Hugh and Myrtle Gulick and departed this life on September 12, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Gulick; a brother,  James Gulick and a half brother, Marshall Groves. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews as well as many great-nieces and -nephews. Lawrence was raised in Lottsburg and loved the waterman’s way of life, which he always cherished from his home in Henrico.

Lawrence retired from Keiter, Stevens, Hurst, Gary, and Shreaves CPA’s at the age of 73.

He was a member of ACCA Legion of Honor and served as commodore of ACCA Yacht Club in 1979 and 1991. He also served on the ACCA Temple Board of Trustees for five years and was a member of Elks Lodge 45 in Richmond.

Lawrence was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond.

The family received visitors at the west chapel of Bennett Funeral Homes, 11020 West Broad St. Glen Allen, on Friday September 13, 2013. Funeral services were held in the Funeral home chapel on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Internment followed at Melrose United Methodist Church, Lottsburg