, 2014


Joan B. H. Crosby
RICHMOND—Joan Bradley Hastings Crosby, 83, of Richmond died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward A. and Elizabeth Hastings; and her brother, Edward B. Hastings, all originally of Mount Lebanon, Pa.

Joan graduated from Pembroke College, now part of Brown University, where she met her husband, Ralph R. Crosby Jr. Mr. Crosby’s work took their family from Norfolk to Pittsburgh, Pa., and from West Hartford and Cheshire, Conn., ultimately to Richmond in 1972.

Joan immediately became a valued volunteer and innovator in the Richmond arts community, first as a docent and tour guide for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and designer of the impressive flower arrangements that greeted visitors in the North Wing and countless major museum galas. She served twice as president of the museum’s council, and created the VMFA’s fabled Fine Arts and Flowers fundraising event, chairing its committee for the first two years, and serving as honorary chair for its 10th anniversary. She also shared her time and talents with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League (then the women’s committee), serving as president, and co-chairing the inaugural Symphony Designer House event at Bloemendaal in 1984. She also served, along with her husband, on the advisory board of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Joan was an accredited and highly sought-after flower show judge and was particularly proud of her work in the Richmond chapter of Ikebana International. But she always claimed that her greatest achievement and legacy was her beloved family.

In addition to her husband, she leaves behind her five sons and their spouses, Douglas Crosby (Jennifer), Philip Crosby (David Ballas), E. Bradley Crosby (Terry), Ralph Robinson “Rob” Crosby III (Barbara) and Thomas Crosby (Beverley); as well as seven grandchildren, Alex, Ava, Bay, Daniel, Jack, Paul and Pierce, all of Richmond.

The family received friends December 16 at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond. A memorial service was held December 17 at First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary Street Road, Richmond. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the VMFA, 200 North Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220.


Martha N. Elbourn
WHITE STONE—Martha “Misty” Nunn Elbourn, 65, of White Stone passed away on December 16, 2014. She was a retired school teacher for Lancaster Primary School.

She is survived by her four children, Joseph Paul Elbourn and his wife, Maggie, Joseph Benjamin Elbourn III, Laura Elbourn Rainville and her husband, Chris, and Stephen Christopher Elbourn; three grandchildren, Bailey Elbourn, Ethan Rainville and Zach Elbourn; one sister, Katherine “Kay” Wallace of Delaware, and three brothers, William A. “Bill” Nunn III of White Stone, Albert “Spike” Nunn of Kilmarnock and Frank A. Nunn of Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Benjamin Elbourn Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 18, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Interment will follow the service at White Stone Baptist Church Cemetery. Family received friends December 17 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560, or White Stone Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 272, White Stone, VA 22578.


Francis M. Gough
SULPHUR, LA.—Francis McNeal “Mac” Gough, 78, of Sulphur, La., died Wednesday, November 26.

Mac is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lenore LeBeouf Gough; two sons, Francis McNeal Gough Jr. and wife, Betsy, of Reedville and Timothy S. Gough and partner, Loretta Dawson, also of Reedville; step-children, Joseph E. Durrett and wife, Veronica, of Sulphur, Regina A. Bourque of Lake Charles, La., Wade Durrett of Sulphur and Philip Schwark and fiancee, Chelsa Jebson, of Grand Lake, La.; brother Clarence Gough and wife, Peggy, of Burgess; sister Jane Hayden of Callao; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild, with another on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon McNeal and Francis Thrift Gough.

His funeral service was held November 28 in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel.


James R. Jones
REEDVILLE—James Ronald “Ronnie” Jones, 68, of Reedville died Sunday, December 7, 2014.

He retired after 30 years as a menhaden vessel pilot, and was a decorated Vietnam veteran, receiving medals such as the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star,

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Franklin Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie Jones; sons, Chris and Jason Jones; grandchildren, Tyler, Reghan and McKenna Jones; mother, Virginia Jones of Reedville; and brother, Jeffrey Jones of Mt. Holly.

A private family service was held December 13.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 656, Burgess, VA 22432, or to the Northumberland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Reedville, VA 22539.


Jan M. M. Mewhinney
DITCHLEY—Jan Mainch Marthinson Mewhinney, of Ditchley in Northumberland County, died peacefully at home on December 11.

She was predeceased by her husband of 33 years, Frederick Harrison Mewhinney, and former husband, Oliver Ashby Reardon, of Alexandria.

Born May 2, 1931, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Detlow Mainch Marthinson and Ruth Griswold Coleman Marthinson, and the sister of Sherrard M. Addison and Capt. Detlow M. Marthinson Jr., USN, all deceased.

She graduated from the Holton Arms School in Washington, D.C., and Wells College, Aurora, N.Y. While in the Washington area she was a member of the Junior League of Washington and the Society of U.S. Navy Sponsors. She christened the U.S. Navy ship USS Pierre while her first husband, Ashby Reardon, was its commanding officer.

During the 1970s she worked as the creative director of an advertising agency, then served as principal buyer for the International Kitchen Shop at Iberian Imports, both in Alexandria.

During the early 1980s she and her second husband moved to Ditchley and she opened her own high end kitchen shop, called Company’s Coming in Kilmarnock. It became very popular with cooks from as far away as Canada as well as the entire Tidewater area.

Mrs. Mewhinney was a founding member of the Northern Neck Rose Society and served as a member of the Lancaster-Northumberland Master Gardeners and as an emeritus member of the Rappahannock Garden Club. She was a longtime volunteer at Historic Christ Church in Weems, and served on the herbs committee. As a communicant of Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, she was an active member of their altar guild, of which she served as chair for several years. She also was a member of the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club and volunteered at the Lancaster Community Library.

Mrs. Mewhinney is survived by four children from her first marriage: Cary Nunnally of Newport News, Julia Lee Reardon of Orlean, Jennifer MacGill of Woodbridge and Brian Ashby Reardon of Baltimore, Md.

A private graveside interment at Historic Christ Church Burying Ground will be held for the family, and memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, December 19, at Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Church Altar Guild Fund, P.O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, VA 22482; or Historic Christ Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 24, Irvington, VA 22480.


William A. Umphlett Jr.
WHITE STONE—William Alexander Umphlett Jr., 91, of White Stone died December 14, 2014. He was born on February 12, 1923, in Norfolk, the son of the late William A. Umphlett Sr. and Ritchie Ingram Umphlett. He was a World War II Army veteran.

Surviving are two sons, Michael Umphlett and his wife, Mae, and Kevin Umphlett; a daughter, Michele Osborne; grandchildren, Britt Whaley, Walter Umphlett, Kerrie Walton, Briana Murphy and Maggie Osborne; great-grandchildren, Brennen Whaley and Morgan Whaley; and a brother, Dave Hinson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Vaughn Umphlett.

Alex was a retired tugboat captain. He was chairman of the Lancaster County Wetlands Board and a lifelong member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

He will be remembered for his lifelong love of the water, sports, God, his friends and especially his love for his family.

A special heartfelt thank you to the staff at Commonwealth Assisted Living and to Hospice of Virginia for the excellent care they gave Alex and for their kindness and compassion to the family.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Family received friends December 16 at the funeral home. Interment followed the service at White Stone Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, c/o Rev. Jack Bailey, 85 Chownings Ferry Road, Lancaster, VA 22503.


Joan B.Waring
WICOMICO CHURCH—Joan Bull Waring, 86, of Wicomico Church passed away peacefully at her home on December 10, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Robert Latane Waring Jr. and her parents, Roy I. and Elsie Bainton Bull.

She is survived by her son, Robert Latane Waring III, and his wife, Laurey, of Virginia Beach; a sister, Phyllis Campbell, of Wellesley Hills, Mass.; and a niece, Heather Re, and her husband, John, of West Falmouth, Mass.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 19, at Wicomico Parish Church, Wicomico Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, P.O. Box 1557, Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.