Barbara Jean Wall Chaney-Scaia
March 8, 1932 – May 30, 2018
Barbara Jean Chaney-Scaia, 86, of Richmond, Virginia, went to be with her heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Barbara was born March 8, 1932, in Garner, NC, to Esther Cash Wall and Howard T. Wall.
On May 27, 1952, she married Reeford Lowell Chaney, Sr. She is survived by her four children, Esther Chaney Baker, Deborah Chaney Strickland Trenchfield (and Jonathan), Reeford Lowell Chaney, Jr., and Priscilla Chaney Winkler (and Glenn); her ten grandchildren, Jeanne Baker Schoch (and Tyson), Daniel Lowell Chaney, Ashley Michael Porter (and Molly), Jared Christian Baker (and Molly), Charles Glenn Winkler, III (and Sabrina), Amanda Winkler Vlasic (and Ryan), James Alexander Strickland, Renee Faith Chaney Davis (and Joseph), Grace-Anna Shannon Chaney and Megan Chaney Strickland; and three great grandchildren, Jessica Elisabeth Schoch, Lorelai Grace Schoch and Penelope Marie Winkler.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA 23113 and where services will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.woodyfuneralhomehuguenot.com.
- Howard Thomas Wall, Father
- Esther Cash Wall, Mother
- Visitation Sunday, June 3, 2018
- Celebration of Life Monday, June 4, 2018
Barbara Jean Wall Chaney-Scaia
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June 9, 2018
My husband, Robert, and I spent the summer of 1953 attending the Kailua, oahu, Hawaii Church of the Nazarene. He was serving in the U.S. Marines and was stationed there. We attended the church faithfully with perfect attendance where Rev. Reeford and Barbara Chaney served as Pastors. They were looking forward to the birth of their first child, Esther, at that time. They were friendly, great host and hostage during our visits to their home. We will always remember some of Reeford's messages. I kept in touch all this time until the last six or seven years. I also have pictures, a musical recording and daily devotional all produced by Barbara. We have the memory of Reeford and Barbara both etched on our hearts forever.
June 8, 2018
Knowing Barbara was a special blessing I shall always cherish. We first met when I invited her to be the speaker for our Kentucky District Ladies' Day. Her dynamic and charming personality quickly won the hearts of our ladies, and her message of John 10:10 was riveted in our minds and hearts. She encouraged us to live abundantly! That's the way she lived! We kept in touch for years, and she and Reeford came for revivals at our pastorate. They endeared themselves to us. Going out to eat with them was fun! As Reeford said, it was never just a meal for Barbara; it was an experience! And she made the most of it! We teased them about always sharing their meals, but Barbara said she got more choices that way! What a delightful lady who loved God wholeheartedly! She enriched my life, and I will be forever grateful. I still have her recordings and Heartbeats writings. We will meet again!
June 4, 2018
Such a sweet, funny & beautiful woman! I have many wonderful memories of Barbara "Bobbie Jean" Chaney. She loved her the Lord, her family and others with every inch of her being. She had many gifts - but I enjoyed her gift of hospitality and her ability to make me laugh no matter what the circumstances! Thank you for the gift of your friendship Barbara!
Leon & Sherian Figard
June 3, 2018
To all of Barbara's family members....Leon and I remember great times in the past with Barbara. We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to each of you on her loss. May the Lord bless and comfort each of you daily and give you the peace that only God can give. May he anchor you in a steadfast and solid rock of faith, trust, and hope in the upcoming days and months. We shall embrace the beautiful memories that we hold dear to our hearts of our times that we had together at Ladies' retreats, church services, special events, her lovely voice and singing ministry, and the many chats that we had. She was a wonderful lady and friend.
June 2, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Chaney's passing. I used to live across the street from her on Monza Dr. She was a very sweet person, I loved that she collected beanie babies. I also would see her when she came grocery shopping when I worked at Ukrop's. I definitely enjoyed my conversations with her and helped her out by bringing her newspaper to the front door sometimes. She will be truly missed. Her family will be in my thoughts!
June 1, 2018
I am honored to have known Ms. Barbara. Her love for our Lord is a shining example for us all. Our condolences to her family who shared Ms. Barbara with us all. Thank you. Ms. Barbara have fun hanging out with Jesus!
June 1, 2018
Love and prayers to all the family. Your mom (and dad) were always so dear and sweet to me. It was always a joy to see and talk with your mom. She gave me a book she wrote and signed it for me with the sweetest message. I was just thinking about her this past weekend when I was at the Va Nazarene Campground. Pray the Lord brings you all peace and comfort in this time.
Bill & Brenda Holley
June 1, 2018
The memories that flood my mind and heart today about the Chaney's. They were special friends of our family while our pastors at Mobile First Church, the Broad Street location. They kept in touch with Mom and Dad across the years. What a joy to have them conduct a revival for me in Forestdale and then to do the 70th Homecoming at Tuscaloosa Holten Heights back in 1998. They were some of God's choicest people. The Holley family will always remember Reeford and Barbara Chaney and their family. They made a difference in our lives. Our prayers will be with the family in these days. God bless you all!
June 1, 2018
I first met sweet Barbara at time when I was grieving and she immediately became my friend. I would see her in church and she always had a hug for me. A smile would come to me when I saw her as she always had such a lovely smile for me and for so many others. I truly believe God put Barbara in my path when I needed her the most. Barbara was very comforting and I loved visiting with her. She will be missed, but I know that God is getting another blessed soul.
Linda & Ken Melvin
June 1, 2018
We are so sorry to learn of Barbara's passing. She was such a wonderful woman and we loved knowing her. She always welcomed us into her home and made us part of her family. Even though we did not see her often in these last years, we will miss her so much.
June 1, 2018
What a beautiful sweet lady she was, she is in the arms of her loving heavenly father, she served for so long! There will be a day of reuniting, and what a day that will be! Love and prayers to the entire family! 🙏😇💖
June 1, 2018
I’m so sorry for you loss of such a fantastic lady. I got to know Barbara when she and Reeford came to Birmingham, Al. to be our district superintendent. My husband and I were teens then, and we were privileged to be in their home many times. We attended Birmingham First and they did too except Reeford was traveling a lot. I listened to Barbara sing as well as give many talks and she did both beautifully. I never forgot an example she gave in one of her talks; “I am so busy and my time is valuable, so when I need to go downtown, I need a parking space. So I pray and ask God to let there be a space right in front of where I’m going, and He does. God cares about little, inconsificant things in our life too.” I never forgot that and to this day, I still pray for little things too. That was fifty nine years ago. I loved your mom.
Lucy & Martin Horenstein
June 1, 2018
We are so very sorry to hear about your precious Mom's passing. We love and appreciate your Mom and Dad so very much. We have been their friends for almost 40 years. Even when we lived in FL, and would come back to visit my parents, we would get to see them. They were friends with my parents and taught their SS class, which we also attended. Thank the Lord for them and what a wonderful Christian Legacy they have left us all. We all are so blessed for having them in our lives. Your Mom had the most beautiful personally and voice. We had her sing at our 25 Renewing of our Vows. As you know, your Mom was such an incredible lady, full of life and love. Our hearts are broken for you all, as we share in your sorrow. Your Mom will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her, especially my family. We loved to go and visit her and thank the Lord we just saw her on Mother's Day. We sincerely send our love and condolences to the entire Chaney family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
May 31, 2018
I have childhood Memories of your Mom and Dad In Mobile.
On Broad Street Mobile First Church of the Nazarene. Loved them both they were sweet hearts to all of us Johnsons. We have special memories.
Valli Johnson Diamond
May 31, 2018
So sorry for ur loss. Got to know Barbara and Bro. Chaney when they were on Alabama District. Many fond memories of campmeetings and district meetings. They were a couple to be loved.
FROM THE FAMILY
Barbara Jean Chaney-Scaia, 86, of Richmond, Virginia, went to be with her heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Barbara was born March 8, 1932, in Garner, NC, to Esther Cash Wall and Howard T. Wall. On May 27, 1952, she married Reeford Lowell Chaney, Sr. She is survived by her four children, Esther Chaney Baker, Deborah Chaney Strickland Trenchfield (and Jonathan), Reeford Lowell Chaney, Jr., and Priscilla Chaney Winkler (and Glenn); her ten grandchildren, Jeanne Baker Schoch (and Tyson), Daniel Lowell Chaney, Ashley Michael Porter (and Molly), Jared Christian Baker (and Molly), Charles Glenn Winkler, III (and Sabrina), Amanda Winkler Vlasic (and Ryan), James Alexander Strickland, Renee Faith Chaney Davis (and Joseph), Grace-Anna Shannon Chaney and Megan Chaney Strickland; and three great grandchildren, Jessica Elisabeth Schoch (16), Lorelai Grace Schoch (3), and Penelope Marie Winkler, (2).
Barbara was predeceased by her father, Howard T. Wall, and mother, Esther Cash Wall Aldridge, and her stepfather, John Aldridge, sisters Lois Wall Weldon, Katherine Wall Stoddard, brother Howard T. Wall, II, nephew Mike King, niece Barbara Weldon Hawkins, and grandson Jesse Claude Baker, Jr.
Barbara was survived by her sister Hilda Wall King, of Columbia, SC, brother John Aldridge, Jr. (and Diane), of Southport, NC, as well as nephews Ed King of Florida, Tim King of Cayce, SC, Howard T. Wall, III, (and Kim) of Nashville, TN, nieces Linda Bondurant Snow, Garner, NC, Christie Rose Stoddard Foltz (and Gene) of Germantown, NC, and Brenda Stoddard Bentley (and Scott), of Cincinnati,, OH.
Following the death of Dr. Reeford Chaney in 2005, Barbara felt quite alone for some time in their large beautiful home on Monza Drive. Having gone from her parental home to a married life with Reeford, she had never lived alone. Fortunately, Albert Earl Scaia entered the picture some time later and Barbara was privileged to find love once again. Lowell married his Mom and Al on 12/16/2006 with family and a few friends present. He made the remark at one point of the ceremony, “Since Al and Barbara have 110 years of martial experience between them, I think we should give this young couple the benefit of the doubt that they know what they are doing.” Al and Barbara spent 10 lovely years together before Al’s passing in December 2016. This union also brought two stepchildren, Karen Scaia Kingsley (and George) until recently of Chesterfield, VA, and Terry Scaia (and Marcia), of Matthews, NC. Mom enjoyed good times with her children, as well as these new additions, following her marriage to Al.
Near the end of Al’s life it was necessary for him to move to the Veteran Barfoot and Sitter location for memory care due to an Alzheimer diagnosis. Shortly after Al’s placement Barbara suffered a heart attack, was in the hospital for 10 days followed by cardiac rehab for 4 weeks. After that time her home was sold and she went into Chesterfield Heights assisted living. During her 90-day stay there it was discovered that Barbara was having some cognitive decline. Neurological and pulmonology workup revealed that she had the onset of vascular dementia (similar in symptoms to Alzheimer disease), and thus she made a move to The Memory Center, an exceptional memory care facility run by Bon Secours. She was well cared for and appreciated by the staff there, who will miss her for sure. This is where she resided for the last 2-1/2 year of her life until her death on May 30, 2018.
Barbara served in various ministry roles throughout her life beginning with playing the piano in her home church at Raleigh First Church of the Nazarene in NC. Following the marriage of Reeford and Barbara in 1952 they were appointed as missionaries to Hawaii, (back when Hawaii was still a U.S. territory). What a honeymoon that was…although far from family when their first born came along.
Reeford was called back to the states where he pastored at Mobile First Church of the Nazarene, in Alabama, where the church size doubled during his pastorate there. Barbara was alternately pianist, organist, and/or choir director during his pastorate at Mobile.
Then Reeford was appointed District Superintendent of the Alabama District Church of the Nazarene in 1963, and later District Superintendent of the Virginia Church of the Nazarene in 1977 where he served until 1986. Barbara served alongside him supporting his role as District Superintendent in both Alabama & Virginia for a total of 22 years. Following retirement, he and Barbara became evangelists, travelling the country holding revivals where Reeford would speak and Barbara would sing and bring along the musical side of that outreach.
Barbara was always working on a project! She was very committed to missions and served as President of both the Alabama and Virginia District Missionary Societies; as well she served on the General Board for Nazarene Missions for several years. Reeford and Barbara knew missionaries from all over the world. Upon his retirement the Virginia Nazarenes blessed them with a love offering that allowed them to fulfill Reeford’s lifelong dream to take a trip around the world. They visited 33 countries in 95 days, and the airlines never lost a piece of luggage! In all but 2 countries, those being Russia and China, they knew missionaries who met them at the airport, either hosted them in their homes or found then affordable accommodations, showed them sights in their country; and at some point a service where Barbara sang and Reeford preached. Not many of us will ever have such an opportunity.
Barbara had a beautiful singing voice and was able to pass along four recordings of her favorite songs entitled, Heartbeats with Faith, Heartbeats with Praise, Heartbeats with Love, and Heartbeats with Hope. Barbara loved to sing & used her talent to praise God & encourage his church whenever she could.
Barbara helped to schedule missionaries on furlough to make presentations at churches all over the districts. She was often asked to be the keynote speaker at Women’s Retreats and Conferences. She wrote a devotional book, titled “Heartbeats”, which included scripture and insights for each day of the year. She formed a nonprofit ministry named Heartbeats Ministries which allowed her to raise money for various charities within the church.
Barbara loved her flower garden, especially her roses. There were always fresh flowers in the house when they were blooming.
She taught her children to be kind and loving. She taught them the importance of acceptance and hospitality. But mostly, she modeled a Christ-like life for her children who were always taught that the most important thing in life was to “Live for the Lord.”
Barbara loved God and loved people. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother & great-grandmother. There was nothing she loved more than spending time with her family and friends. Her unconditional love and acceptance was felt by all. She was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.