2018-7-30

Arthur Edward Avent, Sr.

Arthur Edward Avent, Sr., 99 ½ passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Shelby, NC.  Born in Sussex County, he was the son of Gracie Grizzard Avent and Vernon Thomas Avent.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He loved the Lord, his family, and his friends as well as his church, Adams Grove Baptist, where he taught Sunday school for over 55 years.  Arthur spent most of his life in Southampton County.

Left to cherish his memory is a daughter, Dot A. Griffith, son, Art E. Avent, Jr. (Patsy), and daughter, Diane A. Seward (Wilson).  Also left to cherish his memory are his seven grandchildren: Stacy A. Young (Michael), Stephanie S. Rose (Randy), Dee P. Greene (Kevin), Stephen C. Seward (Pamela), Christy A. Powell (Tom), Kimberly A. Wyngaard (Todd), Patty A. Wyngaard (Peter).  These grandchildren blessed him with 22 great-grandchildren.  The Young’s:  Timothy, Zachery, Benjamin, Hannah:  The Powell’s – Tyler, Madisen, Ryland, Blakely, Joshua, Dawson:  The Todd Wyngaard’s – Jacob, Gracie, Kyndall Rose, Kyle: The Peter Wyngaard’s – Makena, Ike, Edy Rose:  The Rose’s – Kelsey, Nick:  The Greene’s – Kaylee, Marshall, and Garrison.  His special family also includes Greg Sledge (Barbara), Randy Woodruff (Faye), and Albert Delbridge Jr. (Rebecca). 

Arthur was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 73 years, Ada Belle, and brothers, Leroy, Irvin, and William and sisters, Alice, Rosaleen, Louise, and Virginia Belle. 

Arthur was a member of Adams Grove Baptist Church and served the Lord in as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member, and a faithful steward of the Lord.   Arthur served in the US Army in WWII, was a charter member of the Adams Grove-Grizzard Ruritan Club and a member of the Gideons.

We would also like to thank the caregivers, Clara Clark, Carolyn Clontz, and Nancy Griggs that made Arthur’s life much easier and made him very loved.  A special thanks goes to Clara Clark for being with Arthur at hospice. 

The funeral will be at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, VA.  The funeral will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, July 31.  Visitation will be just prior to the funeral from 12:00-1:00 pm with burial in the Greensville Memorial Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to organizations of your choice or Adams Grove Baptist in memory of Arthur Avent.  Flowers are also welcomed. 

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VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for June, 2018

W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (far right) presented John Watson, Jr., DPT, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for June.  There to congratulate John was (L to R) Todd Howell, VP of Professional Services; Mike Simmons, Respiratory Manager; and Donna Jarrell,  Director of Rehab Services.

You know you’re doing it correctly when a patient’s family takes the time to write a note to your supervisor about your workday.  John Watson, DPT, from the physical therapy department, was calm, cool and collected when an emergent situation happened while he was working with a patient in the hospital recently.  To quote the family member, “John was instrumental in getting quick assistance when my son passed out while visiting.”

For his efforts, John was named the VCU Health CMH Star Service Team Member of the Month for June.  The family member also wrote about John’s effort working with her mother following knee replacement surgery.  “He has a friendly disposition and demonstrates caring for his patients. He is very articulate,” she wrote.

John works in Acute Rehab in the Physical Therapy Department and spends quite a bit of his time in the hospital. He’s been with VCU Health CMH for almost nine years and enjoys the teamwork his department shows and he’s really enjoying the new hospital.

Originally from Weldon, NC, John did his undergraduate work at Winston Salem University and stayed there for his post graduate degree. He received his doctorate from Chatham University and another from the Neuro Recovery Institute.

Mike Simmons, his supervisor, said John is an exemplary employee who takes customer service seriously. Mike was also proud of the way John handled the emergent situation with the family member.

In addition to the award certificate, John received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of his choice for the month.

John resides in LaCrosse, VA

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