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Obituaries - November 29, 2017
Nov 29, 2017, 10:15

Carolyn June Rider Nicely, 81, of Hopewell, VA passed away, Tuesday, November 28, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Josephine Rider; and her husband, Paul Jackson Nicely. She is survived by her son, Thomas Nicely (Teresa); daughter, Wanda Stancil (John); daughter, Doris Nowlan (John); daughter, Cynthia Moore; daughter, Susan Wagner (Richard); grandchildren, Paul Stancil (Kristin), David Stancil (Niki), John Nowlan, Jr., Jennifer Perry (Sam), Sarah Wagner, Jessica Nicely; great grandchildren, Autumn, Brandon, Aaliyah, Caleb, Caden, and Colby Stancil; as well as, numerous extended family and friends. Carolyn was a member of First United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and a volunteer in John Randolph Auxiliary for more than 15 years. A private interment will take place in Merchants Hope Memorial Gardens at a later date. J.T. Morriss and Son Hopewell Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be registered at

Raymond Clifton Miller, Jr., 64 of Hopewell, VA passed away, Monday, November 27, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond C. Miller, Sr. and Ruth Vincent Miller; his Loving wife, Joanne P. Miller. He is survived by his children, Patricia A. Hypes (Gerald), Brian S. Miller, and Brandon S. Miller; grandchildren, Amber Cheatham (Wesley Hennigan), Autumn Cheatham, Christopher Miller, and Makayla Miller; great grandson, Cade Hennigan; sister, Helen Vincent (Billy); as well as, numerous extended family and friends. Raymond was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, and also occasionally attended Destination Church. Raymond was a hardworking diesel mechanic, and retired after 30 years with B.P. Short & Son Paving Co. The family will receive friends, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Woodlawn Baptist Church 3512 Virginia Street. Hopewell, VA 23860. A funeral service will follow at, 6:00 p.m. at the church. A graveside service will be held Monday, December 4, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Park. Condolences may be registered at

The Rev. Jimmy Lee Hallcom died peacefully on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the SpiriTrust Lutheran Home, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was 89 years of age, a devoted Christian, beloved pastor, tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a proud Texan, and an honored veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Jim was born August 25, 1928, in Waurika, Oklahoma, the fifth son of William Henry and Emma Lee Hallcom. He was raised in Vernon, Texas, graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in Music Education. He received a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His faithful and beloved wife, Bonnie, joined him in 67 years of adventuresome marriage and attended him in his last moments. They had four children together, Jimanne Hayes, wife of John Hayes, of Felton, California; Milo Hallcom, who preceded his father in death seven years ago; Leah Teague, wife of Charles Teague, of Gettysburg; and David Hallcom, husband of Debby Hallcom of Chester, Virginia. They rejoiced in nine blessed grandchildren, Briana, Andrew, Alexandre, Aaron, Hannah, Haley, Heather, Adam Cook, and Shayne Hayes, and four great-grandchildren. His great joy in life was being a pastor and for 56 years he and Bonnie served Baptist and Spirit-filled churches in Texas, Puerto Rico, Germany, Virginia, and Alaska. He was a gifted soul winner, bringing hundreds of people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and traveling in missions’ work to 31 countries. On a trip to China, he led an atheistic college professor to the Lord Jesus and at last count that professor has led over 1,500 Chinese students to the Lord Jesus. Early in his career he was a public-school music teacher, including assignments with the Department of Defense schools overseas. Jim was a wise counselor and his mentoring involved unconditional love, truthfulness, and responsibility. He was a compassionate and generous man who loved people of all ages and backgrounds. He once picked up a hitchhiker who had just robbed a bank. Jim witnessed to him in the car and within the hour the bank robber was regretting what he had done and had Jim take him to the police station to turn in the money. He was an accomplished musician both as a choir director and trumpeter. In addition to providing for his growing family, he was an exceptional golfer and mechanic, world traveler, and a pilot who built his own Teenie Two planes. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at New Jerusalem Fellowship in Prince George, Virginia, on January 6, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Contributions may be made in memory of Jim to your church, a Christian ministry, or charity of your choosing.

Mrs. Wilma H. Crowder of Hopewell,Va. died peaceably Nov.20,2017 surrounded by her family and loved ones and is now awaiting the return of Christ Jesus our Lord. She is survived by a sister Mrs.Peggy Metcalf, and a bother Mr.Bobby Baker of Burlington, NC.. She was the Mother of six children; Mr&Mrs. Jerry & Mary Crowder of Chesterfield,Va.. Mrs.Carol Linville of Dinwiddie,Va..Mrs.Elizabeth Williams of Midlothian,Va..Mr&Mrs. Brad&Peggy Williams of Chesterfield,Va.. Mr. Kenneth M.Crowder of Dinwiddie,Va.and Mrs.Kristi Harless of Dinwiddie,Va,. The Grandmother of 9 and Great Grandmother of 15 . She retired from ALLIED Signal (B/plant). She volunteered at working for the Tourist Information Center of Hopewell and at the John Randolph Hospital Gift Shop. She worked diligently in giving her time endeavoring to bless everyone she met. She will surely be missed.
The following is submitted by her granddaughter Carsie Williams:
When I think about my grandma, Wilma Crowder, I feel like the best way I can personally describe her as an instrument in an orchestra. It took me a while to figure out just which one.
She’s not a stringed instruments, whose notes fall out of tune with the change of the weather or the wearing out of the hairs on its bow. Wilma Crowder was an unmovable force and much too timeless. She’s wasn’t easily swayed in her beliefs to be tossed around with the change of climate. A string instrument is just too fickle to have any comparison to her.
I can’t imagine her as a woodwind, whose notes just seem to add to the effect of what the music wants us to feel. She doesn’t sit in the background and pipe in once someone has set the tone. No, when she spoke you knew to shut up and listen. Woodwinds can be soloist and have their important moments, but they are so very dependent on the other instruments to support their sound. No, Wilma Crowder isn’t a Woodwind because she was much to much of a leader.
She absolutely CANNOT be a percussion instrument because ... well I don’t know if you know this, it’s going to become sooo clear why she isn’t once I tell you.... but, for those instruments to speak you have to strike them. And when they are hit, their sound only lasts a moment before being lost. Imagine Wilma crowder waiting to be hit to speak. That wouldn’t end well for anyone involved. And if she was hit, her sound would last a lot longer than that as she put you in your place, as well as more than likely struck back. No, Wilma was not a percussion
She is not a low brass instrument. Those instruments needs years and years of practice before their low register notes become clear enough to hear and everything stop sounding like mud. No, I’m pretty certain it never took Wilma years and years to practice becoming clear with whomever she was speaking to. She always got to the point as crystal clearly as possible. She even had a knack of adding on disturbingly inappropriate sayings that helped her listener truly visualize her point and helped her drive it home. Usually those sayings involved an “asshole” and “puking” and fire”... not in that order. No, I’m certain she was always heard loud and clear from the very beginning.
No, Wilma Crowder is a French Horn. Whose tone is clear and beautiful. Who is not a follower, but a leader in the section. The French Horn is not a feminine instrument, and not a masculine one either. It’s perfect for anyone who hears it. It’s durable, and can weather many storms. Historically, it is the instrument who called soldiers to battle in war, and the instrument who healed the hearts of those who were grieving. Whose solo needs no support, and whose sound left the listener wanting more. Wilma Crowder, your sound and your legacy gave us something to build our family, our orchestra on. Because of this, we sing together all sorts of songs. Joyful, melancholy, angry, happy, and thankful songs at times, but always with the knowledge that we have one another and are together. We miss you with all of our hearts. We can’t wait to see you again, at Christ’s return.

Kelton Carl Honeycutt, 86, of Prince George, VA passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Loretta; his daughters, Lynn Wagner (Eric), and Carla Johnson (Danny); eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren; as well as, numerous extended family and friends. Kelton was a Navy Korean War veteran, having served on the Battleship USS Wisconsin from 1950-1954. After his military service he settled in the Hopewell area, and enjoyed a career with the Federal Government at Fort Lee until his retirement. Kelton was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. He managed the Fort Powhatan Group Hunt Club until his health declined. The family received friends, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home 820 W. Broadway, Hopewell, VA. A funeral service was held, 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment followed at Merchants Hope Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in memory of Kelton be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at

Marion “Jeannie” Webb Chiarky, of Hopewell, VA passed away, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Howard Webb and Blanche Elizabeth Edwards Webb; and her loving husband, Richard Walter Chiarky, Sr. She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Curwin (Dan), and Angela Bucciarelli; her sons, Richard “Rick” Chiarky, Jr., and Paul W. Chiarky, Sr.; grandchildren, Kevin, Matt, Eric, Laura, David Wayne, Emily, Jason, Brandy, Ricky, Elizabeth “Beth”, Benjamin, Paul, Jr.; Ten great grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Rudy; and brother, Billy Webb; as well as, numerous extended family and friends. Marion was a member of Calvary’s Love Ministries, and a lifelong Hopewell resident. The family received friends, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 27, 2017 at J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral 820 W. Broadway, Hopewell, VA. A funeral service will be held, 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Appomattox Cemetery. Condolences may be registered at

Aubrey Lee Blackburn, Jr., 83 of Hopewell, VA passed away, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey Lee Blackburn, Sr. and Mae Odell Crew Blackburn. He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Lee Blackburn; children, James L. Blackburn, John L. Blackburn, Karen M. Church, Diane R. Rae, Kevin E. Church; nine grandchildren; and one great grandson. J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral 820 W. Broadway, Hopewell, VA is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be registered at

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