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God's perfect will has once again been manifested in our lives as He has summoned our beloved, Mr. Herman D. Washington, of 3225 Loganwood Drive, South Chesterfield, Va., from life to eternal life on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 7:45 p.m., at the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center, located at 1601 Broad Rock Blvd. in Richmond, Va.

Herman confessed Christ as his personal Savior at a very early age and was baptized at Providence Baptist Church in Prince George County, Va. He was educated in the Prince George County Public School System. Herman demonstrated his civic duty and loyalty to his country as he served in the United States Navy for 3½ years. He began his employment with Defense General Supply Company (also known as Bellwood) and remained a loyal, faithful, dedicated worker for 29 years until his retirement. Upon retirement Herman worked part-time with Hanover Security until his health began to fail.

Herman was a former member of the Royal Lodge #77 of Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOEW), Petersburg, Va. Herman was well known for his preparation of delicious food for any given holiday and loved to prepare wonderful dishes for cookouts. He was a master caterer for many weddings, birthday parties and special events. Herman could fix, cook and prepare any dish to your heart's desire.

We will dearly miss his loving presence among us, but thanks be to God, though he is absent from his tired, weak physical body, his soul is present with the Lord!

Herman leaves to cherish his precious memories a loving and devoted wife, Catherine Saunders Washington; three daughters, Doris Coulthrust (Eric) of South Carolina, Angela Gilbert (Robbie) of Alabama and Celestine Day of Petersburg; one devoted son, Larry D. Washington (Mavis) of New York; one stepdaughter, Carnita Stewart of Petersburg, Va.; one adopted daughter, Beverly W. Harris (Milton) of South Chesterfield, Va.; one adopted son, Earl Williams (Denean) of Richmond, Va.; one devoted sister, Lucille Wells of Washington, D.C.; numerous loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; six sisters-in-law, Rosa Washington of South Carolina, Melinda Adams (Ernest) of Prince George, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Moody (Allen), Hopewell,Va., Gladys Saunders (Calvin) of Claremont, Va., Hester Jones of Prince George, Va., and Edith Jones of New Jersey; four brothers-in-law, Jesse Saunders of Williamsburg, Va., Herman Saunders of Claremont, Va., Floyd Saunders (Lakevans) and Jerome Saunders (Cynthia), all of Hopewell, Va.; devoted friends, Mr. and Mrs. Greg and Ann Blow, Mr. and Mrs. Ray and Debra Waller, all of South Chesterfield, Va., and Mrs. Dorothy Gary; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear neighbors and friends.

Services for Mr. Herman Washington will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va.; the Rev. Dr. Johnnie Fleming Jr., pastor of Second Baptist Church, Chester, Va., eulogist. Interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 3225 Loganwood Drive, South Chesterfield, Va.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Washington and watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from July 9 to July 10, 2014
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