In Memoriam


Davis, Betty, 72, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 12, 2009.  She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ray C. Davis; four children, Lynn Cranmer (Mike), Susan Murdock (Willy), Sandra Shumate (Roger), and Chuck Davis (Jenn); eight grandchildren; two sisters, Patsy Perrin and Dawn Tyree; one brother, William Wood, Jr; as well as several nieces and nephews.  Betty was an active member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church, the Hanover Ruritan Club, delivered Meal on Wheels, enjoyed played softball, and wasan accomplished seamstress.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm Sunday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Road, where services will be held 11 am Monday, March 16, 2009.  Interment private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 8016 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, Va 23111.

APRIL, Martin Robin "Marty," died on September 8, 2008. Mr. April was born in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 1932. He was preceded in death by his parents, Israel and Myrtle Robin April; and his brother, Richard. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Marr April of Mechanicsville; son, Brian Doggett; daughter-in-law, April; and grandchildren, Britney and Ashley, all of Corpus Christi, Texas. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Patricia April Coshland and Gilbert Coshland of Reston, Va.; nephew, Jeffrey Coshland (Megan); and niece, Jill Coshland Perry; as well as three grandnieces and one grandnephew. Mr. April was a member of Temple Beth El and also attended Walnut Grove Baptist Church with his wife. He was a proud member of Virginia Blood Services' Society of 100, having donated over 144 pints. Mr. April served during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge he returned to the University of Maryland and obtained his degree. He was an active member and a past commander of the Mechanicsville American Legion. He also held numerous offices and was a longtime member of the Mechanicsville and the Richmond Host Lions Clubs. He worked at the Bingo games for both organizations for many years. He was also a member of the Ruritan Club. He was instrumental in the development of the Mechanicsville Civic Sign and was responsible for the Lions' yellow mailboxes to collect used eyeglasses. He also taught Adult Literacy for many years. He was an avid Redskins fan and a longtime season ticket holder. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 10, at Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville, Va. Interment will be at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Virginia Literacy Foundation, 413 Stuart Circle #303, Richmond, Va. 23220, or a charity of your choice.



McCAUL, Eugene Williamson "Bud," passed away on May 27, 2008 at Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville, Virginia. Born in Richmond, Virginia on June 15, 1916, he was raised in Highland Park. Eugene received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond in 1938 and was elected to membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honorary society. Bud was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity in 1935. He was an active member of the Alumni Board from 1946 to 1983, serving as secretary for 30 years and as legal counsel for over 33 years. In 1941 he received his LLB from the T.C. Williams School of Law and was a member and Chancellor of the McNeil Law Society from 1940 to 1941. Bud was the recipient of the McNeill Memorial Award for the highest grades in his second year of law school, and received the Charles T. Norman Medal for best all-around graduate in 1941. Eugene served in naval intelligence in the Pacific theater during World War II. Following the war, he served as commanding officer of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Division of the Fifth Naval District, and was promoted to the rank of captain before his retirement. On his return to civilian life following the war, he set up a law practice in Richmond and maintained an active practice for over 65 years. He also was an instructor in the T.C. Williams School of Law from 1947 to 1952. He was a member of the Virginia State Bar, a life member of the Virginia Bar Association, a Past President of the Richmond Bar Association, and a member of the Hanover Bar Association. He also served as a member of the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals. For over 30 years, Bud was a leader in Hanover County in the practice of real estate and zoning law, serving as a major architect in county development during that period. His practice was guided by his love for nature, the environment, and conservation. His legal presentations before the boards were consistently recognized for his eloquence and persuasiveness. In 1998 Eugene was made a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, a program that recognizes excellence in the practice of law and public service. Fellowship selection is limited to 1% of the active members in the Virginia Bar Association residing in Virginia; there are fewer than 350 Fellows statewide. Eugene was an active communicant of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Old Church, Virginia. He served on the Vestry and also acted as counselor for the church. Bud had a lifelong avocation for history, particularly enjoying the study of local Civil War history. He also was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was active in the Cohoke fishing club. Eugene is survived by Hiroko McCaul, his wife of almost 30 years; his two children from his first marriage, Eugene W. "Bill" McCaul Jr. of Huntsville Alabama, and Mary E. "Betsy" McCaul of Baltimore, Maryland; and his two stepchildren from his second marriage, Cecil Hooker of New York City, New York, and Rebecca Thomas of Richmond, Virginia. He also is survived by two nephews, Charles Brandt and Phillip Brandt; and four grandchildren, Sara, Allyson, Christopher, and Andrew. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles Hansford McCaul and Eugenia Wingfield McCaul; his sister, Josephine H. McCaul Brandt; and his grandson, Samuel A. Smith. A memorial service and interment will be held at Immanuel Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11 a.m. A reception in the parish hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immanuel Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 788, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111.
BOSWELL, Arthur Jennings, 80, of Mechanicsville, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Irene; son, Jay Boswell and wife, Andrea of Williamsburg; and a grandson, Thomas. He was a lifelong member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church, a long term member of Hanover Ruritan Club and President of Electro Mechanical Handling, Inc. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Rd., where funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Interment at Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

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