OBITUARY

Harold Lee Trentham Jr.

March 22, 1949January 3, 2019
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TRENTHAM, Harold Lee Jr. (Hal), 69, of Midlothian, Virginia, died on January 3, 2019 after a long battle with dementia. He is survived by his son Austin Matthew Trentham (his wife Stephanie Kaminsky Trentham and their son Ellis), his daughter Colleen Valentine Trentham, and their mother Penny Ausherman Trentham, his wife of thirty-six years.

Hal was born and raised in Houston, Texas with his sister Marsha Trentham Hunter and brother Gary Lee Trentham. An accomplished athlete, he accepted a scholarship from the University of Virginia to play football. He said that during a recruiting trip he stepped onto the Lawn as a light snow began to fall and his decision was made. After playing four years at U.Va., he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. He then immersed himself in the music scene he loved so much at the popular Back Alley Disc record shop in The Fan District. He welcomed two children while living in Richmond before eventually settling in Midlothian.

A memorial Celebration of Life will be held at Woody Funeral Home (1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian VA, 23113) on Saturday, January 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances in Hal’s name be made to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. You may send a check made out to “Trustees of Boston University - BU CTE Center”, Boston University School of Medicine, Office of Development, 72 East Concord Street, L-219, Boston, MA 02118 or, the online link here: https://trusted.bu.edu/s/1759/2-bu/giving/interior.aspx?sid=1759&gid=2&pgid=422&cid=1060&dids=114&appealcode=WEBMED-DV Online condolences may be made at: www.woodyfuneralhomehuguenot.com

  • FAMILY

  • Harold Lee Trentham, Father
  • Marjorie Jeanette Valentine, Mother
  • He is survived by his son Austin Matthew Trentham (his wife Stephanie Kaminsky Trentham and their son Ellis), his daughter Colleen Valentine Trentham, and their mother Penny Ausherman Trentham, his wife of thirty-six years.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Harold Lee Trentham Jr.

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Dunn Dillard

January 10, 2019

Penny, Austin and Colleen,

Carrie, Andrew, Meredith and i share your sorrow but Hal is in a better place. My greatest memories are when we all lived on Devonshire Road and when one of our biggest decisions in life was whose yard and grill were we all going to be at on Friday and Saturday nights. When our kids could safely go from one end of the street to the other knowing all of us looked out for each others kids. I cannot think of those days without bringing a smile to my face. Please know that you are in our prayers.

Love,

The Dillards

Jay Stone

January 9, 2019

Penny, Austin, Colleen and Family,

I offer my sincere condolences in the passing of husband and father.... and loyal Wahoo, Hal Trentham. You are in my prayers, and may God comfort you at this difficult time.

God Bless,

Jay Stone

Dave Hunter

January 8, 2019

My deepest condolences to all of Hal’s family. He was a great brother in law and certainly one of the finest athlete’s I saw in 36 years of coaching—he could do it all. He was such a happy and friendly guy and was a special human being. I respected and cared for his whole family. Beverly and I wish all of the family peace and comfort.

Philip Taft

January 8, 2019

Along with many others from his Kinkaid days, I am deeply saddened to learn of Hal's passing. He was such a likable, outstanding guy.....a friend to all and a gifted student and athlete. Having known his heart and courage as a teammate, I can only imagine how bravely he fought in his last days. God bless and keep him always.

Jack Lee

January 7, 2019

Gary - I am very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Hal as a great guy (and great athlete) who was nice to everyone. God works in ways we don't understand, but it seems this happened way too early. Hang in there, and may all your memories of Hal bring happiness to you.

Jack Lee

JC Clemens

January 7, 2019

Dear Family and Friends of Hal,
I am deeply saddened to hear of Hal‘s passing.
Hal and I were among an all-Wahoo crew who rented the vintage and amazing Port-A-Ferry Farm main house, near Batesville Virginia, our fourth year at the University of Virginia. From the kitchen window, there was an astonishingly beautiful view of rolling hill and dale with the Blue Ridge beyond.
Seeing that his white Mercedes sedan was in the driveway, I would head to Hal’s upstairs room. “Hey man” and I was instantly welcomed into Hal’s easy going world of amiable good cheer. I found him to be irresistibly friendly and charismatic. He loved music, and would put on the latest rockin vinyl. His hilarious bedroom sidekick was a strange little black bristly skipperkey dog named Guan. The laughter was easy and the good times were super fun.
I moved out to Santa Fe New Mexico in 1977 and lost touch. Then I went to a 20 year alumni reunion at UVA in 1992, and Catherine and I had the opportunity to stay at his place near Richmond with Penny and the kids for a few days. I saw Hal again and tailgated with him and Eddie Mckeown and other old pals at a Georgia Tech football game in fall, 2010, I believe.
I always felt he was a very close friend of mine. Like family. I have a feeling many others felt that way too. Even though he is gone from this world, his spirit will live on in my heart.
JC Clemens




Bill Idle

January 7, 2019

I am saddened to hear of Hal's passing. May God walk with you, give you strength and guide you and family thru this difficult time. I remember when I first met Hal when he was introduced to me by Penny, when he volunteered at VCU Medical Center. We crossed paths again at a Christmas party and I found him good humored and talkative. I am praying for you and your family and hoping that you find comfort in your memories of all the happier moments. Please know that many hearts do understand, care and thinking of you during this time of sorrow.

Allen Andrick

January 7, 2019

Penny & Family,

So sorry to learn of your loss. I certainly understand how difficult losing a family member can be. I only hope you are able to recall memories of the good times you had with them and that those memories bring a smile to your face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.


God Bless, Allen & Vickie Andrick

Mike Cubbage

January 6, 2019

To Penny and Hal’s family,

So sorry to read about Hal’s passing in today’s Charlottesville paper. Also very sad to learn about his long battle with dementia.
I enrolled in 1968 with Hal at UVA. We were classmates, teammates, and close friends. He was such a talented athlete- I marveled at his skills as a wide receiver, punter, and even as a basketball player. I think Hal was perhaps the best athlete in our UVA class of 1972! He was a free spirit with a happy go lucky disposition., and a wonderful friend back in those college days.
I last saw Hal years ago at Back Alley Disc on West Main Street in Charlottesville when I stopped in one day to say hello. I regret losing touch with him after he moved to Richmond. Seeing that handsome photo of a young UVA football player today was sad, but brought back some good memories of my old friend and a really good guy!
My sincere condolences for your loss.

Mike Cubbage

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Biography

TRENTHAM, Harold Lee Jr. (Hal), 69, of Midlothian, Virginia, died on January 3, 2019 after a long battle with dementia. He is survived by his son Austin Matthew Trentham (his wife Stephanie Kaminsky Trentham and their son Ellis), his daughter Colleen Valentine Trentham, and their mother Penny Ausherman Trentham, his wife of thirty-six years.

Hal was born and raised in Houston, Texas with his sister Marsha Trentham Hunter and brother Gary Lee Trentham. An accomplished athlete, he accepted a scholarship from the University of Virginia to play football. He said that during a recruiting trip he stepped onto the Lawn as a light snow began to fall and his decision was made. After playing four years at U.Va., he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. He then immersed himself in the music scene he loved so much at the popular Back Alley Disc record shop in The Fan District. He welcomed two children while living in Richmond before eventually settling in Midlothian.

A memorial Celebration of Life will be held at Woody Funeral Home (1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian VA, 23113) on Saturday, January 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances in Hal’s name be made to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. You may send a check made out to “Trustees of Boston University - BU CTE Center”, Boston University School of Medicine, Office of Development, 72 East Concord Street, L-219, Boston, MA 02118 or, the online link here: https://trusted.bu.edu/s/1759/2-bu/giving/interior.aspx?sid=1759&gid=2&pgid=422&cid=1060&dids=114&appealcode=WEBMED-DV
Online condolences may be made at: www.woodyfuneralhomehuguenot.com