OBITUARY

Gatewood Holland Stoneman

November 23, 1928May 5, 2018
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STONEMAN, Gatewood Holland, of Varina, died Saturday, May 5, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard E. Holland Sr. and Katherine Gatewood Burruss; her husband, Wilmer N. Stoneman Jr., their daughter, Carol Ann Stoneman; her sister, Elizabeth Wills Robinson; and her brother, Richard E. Holland Jr. She is survived by her six children, daughters, Gatewood H. Stoneman, Susan K. Stoneman, Marion S. Baronian and her husband, Samuel; and sons, Wilmer N. Stoneman III and his wife, Peggy, Richard Edward Stoneman and his fiancee, Julianne Gronen and Allan R. Stoneman. She is survived by seven grandchildren, Samuel Baronian III, Caroline E. Baronian, Renee S. Tuttle and her husband, Lloyd, Corporal Wilmer N. Stoneman IV (USMC), Meredith K. Stoneman, William J. Stoneman and Cooper E. Stoneman; and one great-grandchild, McCoy A. Tuttle. She is also survived by her late husband’s sister and brother, Irene Stoneman Ellis and Bronson E. Stoneman Sr. and his wife, Janet; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Stoneman was born in Wilmington, Virginia, and her family later moved to Dumbarton, Virginia in western Henrico County. She was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School (Class of 1946) and Westhampton College (Class of 1950) in Richmond, where she remained an active participant in alumni activities throughout her life. In 1950, she married Billy Stoneman and became a citizen of Varina, and lived on Varina Farm for over 65 years. For many years, Mrs. Stoneman oversaw the farming operations of her husband on Varina Farm following his death in 1980, and became active in numerous agricultural and conservation issues, serving on many boards in furtherance of the agricultural industry. In early 1997, she received a Gubernatorial Appointment to the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In addition to her devotion to agriculture, she found time to be active in the Varina community and beyond by volunteering countless hours to Varina High School sports, Boy Scouts of America, 4-H clubs, and the State Fair of Virginia. She was a member of Varina Episcopal Church for 68 years, and taught Sunday school there for decades. Along the way, she inspired many children to participate in community activities, sports, get a college degree and otherwise pursue excellence in his or her own way. She was rarely without an opinion, and was always ready to engage in conversation on numerous topics of the day. Her approach to life was selfless, and although she received numerous awards and recognition for her service, she was always at a loss for understanding the attention placed on her. Visitation will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, Laburnum Chapel, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday, May 9, from 2 until 4 and from 6 until 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 10, 11 a.m. at Varina Episcopal Church, 2385 Mill Road, Henrico, Virginia 23231 with interment immediately following in the church cemetery. The family would like to thank everyone at Sunrise of Richmond for their caring oversight of our mother and grandmother, particularly in the last several months of her life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060 or to Varina Episcopal Church. Well done thy good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21). Online condolences received at nelsenrichmond.com.

  • FAMILY

  • She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard E. Holland Sr. and Katherine Gatewood Burruss; her husband, Wilmer N. Stoneman Jr., their daughter, Carol Ann Stoneman; her sister, Elizabeth Wills Robinson; and her brother, Richard E. Holland Jr. She is survived by her six children, daughters, Gatewood H. Stoneman, Susan K. Stoneman, Marion S. Baronian and her husband, Samuel; and sons, Wilmer N. Stoneman III and his wife, Peggy, Richard Edward Stoneman and his fiancee, Julianne Gronen and Allan R. Stoneman. She is survived by seven grandchildren, Samuel Baronian III, Caroline E. Baronian, Renee S. Tuttle and her husband, Lloyd, Corporal Wilmer N. Stoneman IV (USMC), Meredith K. Stoneman, William J. Stoneman and Cooper E. Stoneman; and one great-grandchild, McCoy A. Tuttle. She is also survived by her late husband’s sister and brother, Irene Stoneman Ellis and Bronson E. Stoneman Sr. and his wife, Janet; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Interment Thursday, May 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gatewood Holland Stoneman

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Glenn Rudacille

May 9, 2018

Allan and family,
What a wonderful legacy left to others by your sweet mother. She touched so many lives and did so many great things for the Varina community and beyond. Your mother is a great example of helping others, volunteerism and being a community leader. My heart aches for you and your family during this difficult time. Please reach out to us if you need anything, need to talk or need to cry and we will cry with you.
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Mitch Albom

Faye Throckmorton. Jones

May 8, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I remember her always being at the school for some event with one of her children. She was a very nice person and I'm sure she will be missed by many who knew her.

Beth Gryder

May 8, 2018

Dear Stoneman family, I am truly sorry for your loss. My aunt & uncle Reba and Richard Inge always spoke so highly of your mom as part of the Farm Bureau. I will keep you in my prayers for your loss.

All the Best, Beth

FROM THE FAMILY