New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | October 29, 2020

William Howard Gammon

William Howard Gammon, 85, of Providence Forge, Virginia, passed away May 18, 2020.

Howard moved to Richmond from Dinwiddie with Southern States in 1954. He started Gammon Well Company in 1968 and was the owner and proprietor for 52 years. Howard was a National Certified Master Well Driller, Virginia Certified Master Well systems provider, and a member of the VWWA.

Howard loved sports, especially watching New York Yankees baseball. He enjoyed golfing and was a dedicated gardener. Howard was a member of Providence Forge Presbyterian Church for 60 years, where he was a Trustee and an Elder. He was also a member of the New Kent Planning Commission, Providence Forge Ruritan Club, Charles City Ruritan Club, and the New Kent Ruritan Club as a Tom Downing Fellow. Howard was a 50-year Masonic veteran with Mann Page Masonic Lodge 157 A.F. & A.M., where he served multiple times as Worshipful Master. He was also a Past District Deputy Grand Master with the 57th Masonic District.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, William Whitfield Gammon and Louise Barden Gammon; four brothers, James Gammon, Russell Gammon, Nelson Gammon, and Donald Gammon; and a sister, Dorothy Gammon.

He is survived by his faithful wife of 66 years, Janette Gammon; son, Bill Gammon (Donna); daughters, Nancy Gammon Gray (James), and Joan Gammon Tipton (John); grandchildren, Kellie Gray Holmes (Steve), Jenna Lynn Gray, William Davis Gammon, and James Slater Gammon; and two sisters, Janie Wilkins (Carroll) and Karen Bowen (John).

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date, around the time tomatoes start coming in. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 21, 11 a.m., in the Olivet Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 5700 Olivet Church Road, Providence Forge, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Providence Forge Presbyterian Church, 9310 Townsend Road, Providence Forge, VA 23140.

Virginia Funeral Home, Providence Forge chapel, is handling the arrangements. Tributes can be posted at