Obituaries, Week of Oct. 16: Thompson, Howard

Elsie Elizabeth Veney Thompson

Elsie Elizabeth Veney Thompson died Wednesday, October 2, 2013. She was born March 25, 1930 in Emmerton to Deacon Austin Lewis and Deaconess Marion Elizabeth Veney, who have preceded her in death along with her brother, Deacon Allen Veney and her husband, William E. “Pete” Thompson. She was a June 3, 1948 graduate of Richmond County High School and attended St. Paul’s Polytechnic Institute, Lawrenceville. She was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church where she sang in the Senior Choir. She worked as a cook and bus driver for the Richmond County School system and as a production worker at Scovill in Montross until her retirement.

Surviving are her brother, Marion “Tony” Veney; sister-in-law, Dorothy Veney; daughter, Marilyn T. Carter (Carroll); son, Cyrus B. “Sputnik” Thompson; four granddaughters, Tiffany R. Berz, Tonya M. Thompson, Heidi Y. Thompson and Crystal G. Thompson; eight great-grandchildren; aunt, Valoney Martin; uncle, Frank Veney and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services were held October 5 at Mulberry Baptist Church with Pastors Gernard Reed officiating and Darryl E. Fisher Eulogist.

Services entrusted to Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.

Courtney LaShae Howard

Courtney LaShae Howard was born on April 23, 1992 in Richmond, Virginia to Kimberly and Ryan Howard. Courtney was a very loving and giving person.

Courtney graduated from Rappahannock High School in May 2010. She went on to study Culinary Arts and Business Management at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and Rappahannock Community College. She worked at Nino’s Italian Restaurant and then as prep cook at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. In her free time, she also enjoyed doing makeup and drawing. At age 20, Courtney was diagnosed with leukemia. She faced the biggest obstacle of her life with such courage and faith. At all times, she placed her destiny in God’s hands believing that He had the final say. Her positivity often brought solace to those around her. On October 8, 2013, she ascended to heaven to be with her Heavenly Father with a smile on her face. She now rejoices with her grandfather, Clarence Howard, who preceded her in death.

Courtney leaves to cherish her memory mother and stepfather, Kimberly and David Glosser; father, Ryan Howard; siblings, LaToya Croxton and her husband Darvon, Tyler Howard, Ryan Helquist and Chloe Mann; her great-grandmother, Virginia Lewis; her grandparents, Evans and Faye Lewis, and Barbara Howard; stepgrandparents, Earl and Luanne Glosser; nephew, Ean Croxton; uncles, Mark Lewis (Michelle) and Bernard Howard; special friends, Kendrick Diggs, Stephanie Lancaster, Travina Cooper, JeourD’e Bullock and Brittany Reed and a host of other great aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

The family sends a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at VCU Medical Center, including Dr. Hess, Dr. Wiedle, Dr. Perkins, Dr. Abbate and Ashley Jones, RN; Riverside Hospice and Anita White, RN; and to the community who came together to support Courtney through her illness.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Lyell’s Chapel Baptist Church with interment in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. The Reverend James L. Johnson officiated. Pallbearers were Devontre Yerby, Keith Jones, Melvin Rich, Shawn Jackson, Patrick Barber, and Brandon Jackson.  Flower bearers were friends of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the VCU Dalton Oncology Clinic, 401 College Street, Richmond, VA 23298.

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm