Stephen Herbert DeMuth, Sr.
Stephen Herbert DeMuth, Sr., passed away after a long battle with cancer on March 19, 2019, with his wife, Ilene, by his side. Steve was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on January 9, 1942 to Herbert and Orleta Demuth. He was raised in Medina, Ohio and graduated from Capital University in Columbus with a degree in Biology. In 1965, he married Dianne Scheffler, whom he met in college, and spent 35 wonderful years with her until she passed in 2000. They were the proud parents of two children, Christine and Stephen, Jr.
Upon college graduation, Steve accepted his commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He was an F-4 Phantom pilot in Vietnam where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and later flew F-15s out of Langley AFB. As a fighter pilot, calling his F-15 cockpit his “office,” he was awarded several other medals including Air Medal with eleven oak leaf clusters and Vietnam Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. During his service time, he traveled to/or was stationed around the world, including England, South Korea, Libya, Greece, Italy, and Oman. He also served as a squadron commander at Shaw AFB in South Carolina. He retired as Lt. Colonel in 1986.
In retirement, Steve followed his passion, teaching others as a private tutor in math and science while also working in Library Sciences for Newport News Schools, helping to shape young minds and futures for the better.
He was a Renaissance man and enjoyed expanding his considerable knowledge by avidly reading math and science books, biographies of our country’s leaders, and later exploring the simple fun of crime dramas. Steve also had a talent for writing poetry and documenting through drawings and statistics the beauty of nature. He was a talented musician, playing several instruments and working with the York River Orchestra, the Shipyard Band, many theatre and church bands, among others, playing trumpet, his instrument of choice since childhood.
In 2002, Steve married Ilene and became a father to her daughter, Whitney. Sharing their love of travel and adventure, Steve and Ilene visited several foreign countries and explored the beauty of Virginia and other states.
He will be dearly missed and was loved unconditionally by his friends and family.
Steve is survived by his wife, Ilene; daughter, Christine Pilger (Scott) and grandchildren, Brandon and Ashley; son, Steve, Jr. (Susan Brown); daughter Whitney Stacy (John); brother, Bob (Janice) and nephew Michael; and his sister, Phyllis Movius (Jim).
Chris: I remember watching the Road Runner and Wiley E Coyote cartoons with my dad on Saturday morning as a child, watching my first NASCAR race on TV with him, seeing my dad dress up like a scarecrow on Halloween and scaring the adults who thought they were not scared of anything. He designed and made my costume for my third-grade play. I had the best costume in the whole cast! Knowing my dad’s absolute love of the one subject that makes me crazy, Math, and having to ask him for help when I didn’t understand topics for homework. Sometimes those tutor sessions were rough; just not my cup of tea. He liked to solve problems for fun. Dad was meticulous in everything he did. From his military career to making an eight-year-old’s costumes, he took pride in his work. I loved that pride and dedication about him.
Steve: What I really admired about my dad was he didn’t like to talk about himself. You’d never know all the interesting things he’d done. He didn’t talk badly about others and he didn’t want to hear others do so either. It didn’t make him feel better to tear people down. Respect and dignity were critical. I never heard or saw him treat someone differently because of who they were. He always tried to see the positive side of life even when things weren’t going so well. He liked being helpful to others. Always true to his word. He was very creative artistically and mechanically. I was always awed by it. I didn’t inherit that part. He was happy doing his own thing even if it was different. He encouraged me not to do things just because others did. He didn’t push his beliefs or preferences on me. He let me be my own person. He encouraged me not to covet things, especially other people’s things. Growing up, I always wanted to be like him. As I got older, I realized that he was the perfect role model. I was very lucky to have such a great dad. I wish I could be more like him.
Bob: Steve was a role model par excellence. As a Boy Scout, he earned his Eagle Scout badge and was always prepared. As an Air Force officer, he attained the grade of Lieutenant Colonel and served as a fighter pilot and squadron commander: ever ready to expect the unexpected. As an educator, he passed on this trait to all of his math students. As a brother, he readily stood by (and in front of) his brother and sister in ways that can be neither explained nor repaid. Always ready to learn, in 2018, he chased trains across the state of Nebraska trying to figure out horsepower to tonnage ratios.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, any contributions and donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Alice Mae Colbourn Barrs
Alice Mae Colbourn Barrs, 81, died in York County on March 21, 2019. She was born June 23, 1938, in Warwick County, Virginia to Alice and Ernie Colbourn. She was a lifelong Peninsula resident. As a result, she had many long and endearing local friendships – some from her early days at Trinity United Methodist Church and Hilton Elementary School. Alice Mae, as she was known by those from the early days, remained active with her Warwick High School Class of 1956 attending every reunion and social gathering of her classmates. She was engaged in the community throughout her adult life through organizations and clubs such as the Hilton Women’s Club, the Junior League of Hampton Roads, Community Bible Study, Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, as a volunteer at Riverside Hospital, James River Garden Club, and James River Country Club. In the mid-1980s she opened and operated The Young Virginian, an upscale clothing store, in a quest to provide Newport News with fashionable clothing options for children.
Though Alice was diagnosed at an early age with Multiple Sclerosis, she minimized its impact on her life and her family. She defied physical setbacks with enduring resilience, and embedded those broken parts of her story into a larger one of grace, dignity and gratitude that rippled through the lives of her family and caregivers. She maintained a resolute peace regarding her final rest. More than one doctor attributed her extraordinary longevity to her strong faith.
Alice loved living life to the fullest and particularly enjoyed going to concerts and shows, traveling and usually had that next trip booked. Her happy places were the beach and pool, and Alice was forever working on the perfect tan, well beyond the time she knew better. Her sense of style and beauty infused life and celebration into her home, holiday decorating, flower arrangements, and most of all, her own appearance. Whether at home, about town, at the beach or in the hospital, she sported snappy outfits in her colors of light blue, pink, fuchsia or purple, along with perfect hair and nails even to the final hours. Her tiny stature belied her taste for sweets in between, after or instead of meals.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Alice Hutchins Colbourn and Ernest Jefferson Colbourn and her former husband and father of her children, Carl Albert Barrs.
Alice is survived by her children David Barrs (Amy) of Atlanta; her daughter, Suzanne Barrs Roski of Richmond; and her son, Stephen Barrs (Karen), of Gloucester. She was a wonderful grandmother to her seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter: Laura Green (Jeremy) of Decatur, GA; Anna Ogrodnick (Jon) of Atlanta; Sarah and Teddy Roski of Richmond; and Cole, Brad and Caleb Barrs of Gloucester; and great granddaughter, Evelyn Green of Decatur. She also leaves behind her devoted sister, Kathy Powell of Poquoson; niece, Katie Sylstra of Virginia Beach; and nephew, Will Powell of Poquoson. Alice is also survived by several cousins; her sister-in-law, Joan Hammack of Poquoson; and her friend, Bob Cummings of Keene, New Hampshire. Alice was blessed to share the special friendship of Helen and Doug Kellis of Newport News since their high school days.
Her family is grateful to and extends its thanks to the many people who treated and cared for Alice over the years including her doctors and therapists; her friend and caregiver, Kris Monroe; her “beauty team”; and the nursing staff at Warwick Forest. The team at The Hamilton, Virginia Health Services, has been extraordinary and provided loving and tender care to Alice during her final weeks.
Clara E. Scott
Clara E. Scott died Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Riverside Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Jenkins, KY on December 21, 1930 to Henry and Elizabeth Blankenship. She was a resident of Newport News, VA for 66 years, working as an accountant for Montgomery Ward for 25 years. Clara was also a faithful member of Open Door Baptist Church for 40 years and will be sadly missed by her church family.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her sister, Sylvia Smith of Centerville, Ohio; niece, Elizabeth O’Hara (Bob) of Bristol, VA; four great-nephews, Scott O’Hara (Tracie), Devin O’Hara (Amy), Brendan O’Hara (Brittney), Cullen O’Hara (Emily) and several other nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her friends, family, close neighbors and McDonalds friends.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Open Door Baptist Church, 14 Deep Creek Rd., Newport News VA 23606.
Betty A. Hawks, 89, died on March 15, 2019. She was a native of West Virginia, and was a resident of Newport News for 65 years. Betty was a sales clerk and bookkeeper for Lerners Shop for 10 years. She was a former member of Morrison Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Organization.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Elbert L. Hawks Jr., the love of her life for over 65 years, a sister; Nellie Mahady, and a brother; Robert C. White.
She was survived by her daughter; Pamela K. Hackney (Fred), son; Elbert Lester Hawks III (Les), three grandchildren; Forrest Warren (Angie), Jason Warren, Chrissy Joyce Hawthorne, seven great-grandchildren; Cole Warren, Dylan Warren, Brandon Warren, Briana Warren, Connor, Eli and Oliver Hawthorne, one nephew; James A. Mahady Jr. (Sue), one niece; Tina Hawks Buchanan. Special thanks for all the loving care from Angela Warren and also Riverside Hospice. There will be a private graveside service held at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Jerry Weldon Steward
Jerry Weldon Steward, 89, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 and was a lifelong resident of Newport News. He retired from Lockhead Martin as an Aerospace Engineer and was a US Navy Veteran, where he was a Radar Technician. Jerry was also a member of Denbigh Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce M. Steward and son, Michael Weldon Steward. Survivors include his two daughters, Lou Ann Almond and her significant other, Neal Powell, Deborah Robertson and her significant other, Dr. N. Ray Lee; sister, Hilda Claire; grandchildren, Ryan (Jon) M. Schneider, Courtney (David) Acevedo, Kelsey Almond, Katelynn and Lauren Robertson, Caleb Steward; and five great-grandchildren, Zachary, Wyatt and Brooke Schneider, Ava Almond and Preston Acevedo.
The family will receive friends at Denbigh Church of Christ, Saturday, March 23, 2019 beginning at 12:00 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to operationrestoreoralhealth.org. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Sandra F. “Sandy” Spangler
Sandra F. “Sandy” Spangler, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019. She was a lifelong resident of Newport News. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jimmy and Bruck Fitzgerald. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Chuck Spangler; two sons, Scott and Todd Spangler; and two grandsons, Joshua and Brennon.
The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Friday, March 22, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Williamsburg Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188, www.williamsburghospice.org. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Annette Fay Absher
Mrs. Annette Fay Absher, 83, passed away at York Convalescent & Rehab Center on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born in Buchanan County, VA on February 10, 1936, to the late Hazel B. Lovell and Homer L. Perdew. She has been a Hampton, VA resident since 1961. After her youngest son entered school, she went to work at Maida Development. A short time later she went to work at Newport News Shipbuilding where she retired after 22 years of service. She loved to spend her time at home hosting countless family holidays and birthday parties. She especially spoiled us all at Christmas time. If she held you in her arms as a baby, you would forever have a place in her heart.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, John L. Absher Sr.; step-father Hubert Lovell; sisters Marie Bonniwell, Joan Massengill and brother Tony Perdew.
Mrs. Absher is survived by her three children; John Absher Jr. and wife, Debbie, James Absher and wife, Anna, and Jeffery Absher Sr.; sister Helen Howell; brother H.G. Lovell and wife Barbara; four grandchildren, Kelly Johnson, Jamie Absher, Linda Absher, and Jeffery Absher Jr.; five great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A graveside service, conducted by Pastor Buddy Chapman, will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Marie W. Sweat
Marie W. Sweat, 93, went home to be with her Lord on March 9, 2019. Marie had been a lifelong resident of Virginia since 1942. She met the love her life, Liston W. Sweat, Sr., and they were married August 15, 1945. They were blessed with three children.
Marie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Liston; son, Warren; grandson, Gregory Wiseman; a brother and her parents. Survivors include her daughter, JoAnn Wiseman and her husband, Don; son, Rogers; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., with the funeral service being held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Judith D. Riddle
Judith D. Riddle, 77, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. She was a native of Indiana and had been a Newport News resident for 48 years.
In 2001, after a career spanning 35 years, she retired as a teacher from the Hampton school system. She taught at Mallory and Bryan Elementary School. She was a member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church and was a former member of its choir and participated in the knitting group. Her joy of singing led her to be in the Virginia Choral Society and was an avid supporter of the Virginia Opera.
Preceding her in rest are her parents, George and Sadie DeGraaf; and brother, Lee DeGraaf. Surviving members of his family include her husband of 44 years, Stephen Kerry Riddle; sister, Marilyn Heyes (David); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 1209 Hampton Highway, Yorktown, VA 23693.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kirkwood Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Howard Michael Adelman
Howard Michael Adelman, 76, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, at his home in Newport News, Va.
Dr. Adelman retired from NASA as a manager after forty years of service. He was a member and board member of Adath Jeshuran Synagogue.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ernestine; daughters, Marla A. Puckett, Valarie (Matthew) Blaes, Pamela (Kumar) Adelman; brother, Barry R. Adelman, Groton, Conn; and granddaughter, Abigail Madison Puckett.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 12, at 1 p.m. in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, King David Section, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23502.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Susan Garth Brookman
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, Susan Garth Brookman, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 67.
Susan was born in 1951 and was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. She was the second daughter of Egbert T., Jr. and Vera Garth. Susan graduated from Newport News High School in the class of 1969. Early in life, she was a secretary at the Newport News Police Department, where she met a dashing young soldier stationed at Fort Eustis, who she later married. Susan was a teacher’s aide at Trinity Lutheran School and later an administrative assistant for the lower school at Hampton Roads Academy.
Susan loved roses and grew many varieties in her yard. As a dedicated Duke basketball fan, she rarely missed a game. Everyone loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Egbert, Jr. and Vera Garth. Susan is survived by her husband; Michael and her two sons, Mark and Adam; and her sister, Linda Muse.
A visitation for friends will be held Thursday, March 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.at Peninsula Funeral Home with a funeral service on Saturday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Viola M. Olin Kessler
Viola M. Olin Kessler passed away March 9, 2019 at 95, with her husband of 63 years by her side. She was born on June 12, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn. to John and Tilda Olin, who had come to Minneapolis from Sweden in 1910. She was the eighth child and her parents found it necessary for John who was a builder, to construct a new house for the family. So, Vi grew up in a large family (two more siblings were to come) in a city surrounded by parks and lakes. The entire family, along with Vi, was inspired by the Rev. Clarence Granlund, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Along with other Minneapolis students, Vi found her way to school during the winter months on long snowy paths. She progressed from Northrup grade school to Bryant Junior High, graduating from Central High School. During WWII, she worked for Lloyds of London and was employed at a plant making military clothing. Later she attended Lutheran Bible Institute, graduating in 1950. For several years, Vi worked under the auspices of her church, the Augustana Synod of the Lutheran Church (now a part of the ELCA). She served a congregation in Torrance, Calif., surveyed for new churches in various parts of the country, and became parish secretary of Augustana Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas. In Houston, she assisted her church to become a pioneer in church integration.
In 1956, Vi was married to Dr. Charles L. Kessler at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, her home church. They lived in Zion, Ill. where Dr. Kessler was a minister. There, Vi taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and helped her husband with his work with church fellowship groups. She was employed by a local bank. Vi represented the area in a family council for northern Lake County, Ill. She enjoyed socializing with other faculty wives in Evanston, Ill. where her husband taught part-time at what is now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
In 1971, the Kesslers moved to Hampton Roads, Va. where her husband had accepted a teaching position at Virginia Wesleyan College. They made their home in Virginia Beach. For twenty years, Vi was a member of the Cantata Chorus of Norfolk where she sang in such works as Bach’s Mass in d minor and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. She also served as librarian for the Chorus. A few years after her husband’s retirement, the Kessler’s moved to the Chesapeake Retirement Community in Newport News, Va. They were members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Newport News.
Vi was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters, S. John Olin, P. George Olin, Gustaf A. Olin, Mabel VanTassel, Lilly Guetzlaff, Martha Hendriksen, E. Karen Kesler, and Olga Lewis; nephews Phillip Englund, Peter Olin and Mark Englund. She is survived by her husband; her sister Ruth Englund (Ronald) of Falmouth, Mass.; nephews Paul Olin, Carl Olin and John Englund (Mary Sue); and nieces Victoria Daugherty (Wes), Mary Olin and Miriam Englund (Paul).
There will be a private committal service at Trinity Lutheran Church, with a memorial service to be held there at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Shirley Caywood of Yorktown, Va. passed away peacefully, at her home with her family by her side, on March 6, 2019, at the age of 82. She was born a West Va. girl on November 1, 1936.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Caywood. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters Debby Walden (Denny) and Trisha Carr (Mark); stepson Bruce Caywood; grandchildren Shelley Quatro-Abel (Barry), April Firth (Ricky), and Brian Carr; great-grandchildren Alexis Quatro, Devin Quatro, Caleb Firth; and great-great-grandson, Sage Kendall.
She was a wonderful blessing to her family, extended family, and friends. No one was a stranger, she talked to everyone as though she had known them for years. Her passions were shopping and Dr. Pepper! Her greatest joy and love were her family, especially her grandchildren. Shirley was beautiful inside and out, and funny and feisty! She will truly be missed.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. At Shirley’s request, no funeral service will be held.
Debra Rodman Cope
Debra Grace Rodman “Debbie” Cope, sixty-four, passed peacefully with her family by her side on March 6, 2019 in Newport News, Virginia. Debbie was born on July 1, 1954 in Montgomery, Alabama to Dale Martin and Grace LaVerne Rodman and lived in Newport News since she was three years old, where she made lasting friendships with many people.
Debbie grew up spending her summers boating, water skiing and riding motorcycles at Lake Gaston, or driving cross country with her family to visit relatives in Montana and Wyoming while exploring the great American West. She was a member of the cheerleading squad at Menchville High School, graduating in 1972. After high school, she joined the US Postal Service where she was the first female letter carrier in Newport News. She met the love of her life, Johnny Curtis Cope, and married him in 1979. They were blessed with two children, Curtis Martin Cope and Mackenzie Grace Cope. Debbie devoted her life to her family and their many wonderful friends – she remained involved in the community and school system, boating on the James River, and spent many weeks at their cottage in Nags Head. Debbie was an artist, spending many years hand smocking her children’s clothes, sowing curtains and creating beautiful stained glass. She was selfless and thoughtful; the person family and friends would call when they were faced with a problem. She would happily take anyone’s burden upon her own shoulders and because of this became family to so many. Debbie only bore two children but was known by all as “Mamma Cope.” She took all the neighborhood children under her wing and treated them all as her own.
Debbie’s memory will live on in those who survived her: her parents, Dale Martin and Grace LaVerne Rodman; her husband of forty years, Johnny Curtis Cope; their son, Curtis Martin Cope; their daughter, Mackenzie Grace Cope and her fiancé, James Foster. She is also survived by her sister, Colleen Rodman Pittman and her husband, Jimmy and children Ryan and Avery; her brother, Rodney Frank Rodman and his wife, Patti and their three sons, Josh, Jake, and Justin; her parents-in-law, John Raymond Cope and Betty Joyce Cope; her brother-in-law, Steven Cope and his wife Jeanne and their two daughters, Danielle and Collette; and countless friends that were like family.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11th at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601. The service will be followed by a reception at the Warwick Yacht Club, 400 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, VA 23606.
Flowers are welcome or gifts in Debbie’s name may be made to the Peninsula SPCA. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
In the words of one of Debbie’s favorite songs, Amazing Grace:
“T’was grace that brought us safe thus far,
And grace will lead us home.”
Allen Franklin Love, Jr.
Allen Franklin Love Jr. (OOPER), 52 passed away March 2, 2019 at his home. He was born in Newport
News, VA and was a lifelong resident of Hampton. He was preceded in death by his mother Jean Love.
He is survived by his children Allen Franklin III (OOPIE), Amanda Love and grandson Karsten Allen Love,
his father Allen Franklin Love Sr. and sisters Cindy, Kim, and Mickey. Funeral service will be held at 6:00
pm on March 7 th at the Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., N.N. VA; visitation following
Harry Timmons Brown
Harry Timmons Brown, 89, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019, He was a native of Mathews, VA and resided in Smithfield, being a Peninsula resident his whole life. He was a Master Shipbuilder for Newport News Shipyard for forty years and also served in the Army, being a Korean War Veteran. Harry was a member of the Masonic Lodge #205 in Yorktown and was a Master Mason for fifty years.
Harry was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion Brown; second wife, Diane Brown; three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include his children, Pennie Brown (Paula), Paula B. Higgs, Phillip H. Brown (Kelly), Charles Rodgers (Clara), and Cheryl Egler (Kevin); grandchildren, Jennifer, Amy, Suzanne, Christopher, Eric, Sean, Brittney, Mahala, and Sarah; and three great-grandchildren, Ryan Drew and Owen.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Riverside Hospice. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
David Reece “Dave” Johnson
David Reece “Dave” Johnson, age 92, passed away on Feb. 28, 2019 and was a native of Hampton and a resident of Newport News.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Dave was a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Engineering. He retired from NASA Langley Research Center as Chief of the Instrument Research Division, after 40 years of government service. He was instrumental in developing the Space Radiation Effects Laboratory and the Virginia Associated Research complex in Newport News which is now the site of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab).
Dave is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Moore Johnson; daughter Joanne Johnson of Newport News; son David R. Johnson, Jr. and wife Stacy of Fredericksburg, TX; grandson Clayton R. Johnson and wife Callie of Houston, TX; granddaughters, Elise Detering and her husband Carlos of Houston, TX and Amy Johnson of Washington, D.C.; four great-grandchildren of Houston, TX; and sister-in-law Linda Schell of Virginia Beach.
The family would like to give a special thanks to nieces Betsy Taylor and Susan King and the staff of the Health Care Unit of the Chesapeake Retirement Community for their loving care and support.
The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday, March 9 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a privately held family graveside service at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
Thomas Wayne Pruitt
Thomas Wayne Pruitt, Sr., 60, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, son and friend passed away surrounded by his family and friends on Feb. 24, 2019.
“Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard E. Pruitt, Sr., daughter, Anne Marie Pruitt and nephew, John R. Kidd, Jr.
Tommy is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Patricia Lepski Pruitt; his devoted children, Thomas Wayne Pruitt, II and Patricia Eileen Pruitt; his mother, Anne J. Pruitt; his in-laws, Ted and Philomina Lepski; his brother, Richard E. Pruitt, Jr.; his sisters Debbie Accardi and Donna Pruitt; and numerous members of the Pruitt, Lepski, Hicks, Krotseng, Accardi, Summerlin, Eschenbach, Harvey and Adan families.
Tommy was a graduate of Menchville High School and will be remembered for his entrepreneurial abilities starting at a very young age. He was the owner of many restaurants and bars including The Rack, The Corner Pocket, Nutty Buddy’s, Not Betty’s, The Wave and Bridges. While operating his businesses, he also worked for United Airlines and retired after 15 years of service.
Tom Pruitt was a unique Force of Nature. As he moved through this life, accomplishing so much, he still was the champion of those he found troubled or downhearted. Taking each on as a priority to be respected and helped. He was a powerful and protective Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Tommy Pruitt truly will be missed.
The Pruitts will receive family and friends on Monday, March 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Jung Hyun Kim
Jung Hyun Kim, age 69, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019. A long-time resident of Hampton Roads, Mr. Kim, with his family, immigrated to the U.S. in 1975 from South Korea.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ok Keum Kim; two daughters, Mi Jung Choe and husband Chris Min Choe and Song Mi Kim; one son, Dae Il Kim. He was a doting grandfather to seven grandchildren, Kristen Ji-Hyun Choe, Ellen So-Hyun Choe, Kathryn Mi-Hyun Choe, Ryan Jung-Min Choe, Jason Tae-Min Choe, Keyteh Kyle Thongvathsa, and Juno Tylor Thongvathsa. He was a son to Hae Won Chung and Soon Dan Park; brother to Duk Young Chung and wife Mi Ok Chung, and Young Ja Chung. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and many other family members.
Mr. Kim was an avid golf enthusiast, a successful entrepreneur, and business owner of the community for over 20 years. Once coming to the Hampton Roads area, he had worked hard to not only establish himself in the community but to be a role model for his family. He came with nothing but left so much behind. A loving husband, father, and friend that passed too soon and too quickly. He will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The funeral service is scheduled on Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Carol Cameron Kiser
On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Mr. Carol Cameron Kiser passed away at the age of 89. Mr. Kiser was born May 4, 1929 in Concord, NC to the late Homer Clarence Kiser and Mary Ann (Cameron) Kiser. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Aircraft Radio Electrician aboard the USS Sicily and obtained the Korean Service Medal 3 stars, Navy Occupation Medal, and United Nations Service Medal, among others. He had a distinguished career with NASA as an electrical engineer working on projects such as Mercury, LDEF, Space Shuttle launches, and others. He was well respected and revered among his other amazing colleagues.
He married Joan Carolyn Hagler of Concord, NC on February 10, 1952 and they shared 63 wonderful years together, having one daughter, Monica Gwyn Kiser.
Mr. Kiser had a passion for his cars and enjoyed “tinkering around in the garage” with them, as he would say. He was an avid collector of NASCAR memorabilia and enjoyed watching the races, all of them. He enjoyed the many years he got to know and spend time with his neighbor Richard Harold who became a great friend to him later in life.
Mr. Kiser was preceded in death by his wife Joan Carolyn (Hagler) Kiser, his daughter, Monica Gwyn (Kiser) Stevens, his brother Julius Wayne Kiser, and his sisters Lottie Sue (Kiser) McLain and Mary Ellen (Kiser) Suther.
He is survived by his two grandchildren, Anthony Cameron Stevens of Schuyler, VA and Marci Robyn (Stevens) Graham of Henrico, VA; nephew Terry Allen Suther and wife Ann of Fayetteville, NC; niece Karen Suzanne (Suther) Kearns and husband Carey of High Point, NC; nephews Billy Eugene McLain, Jr., of Kannapolis, NC, David Alexander, Jr., of Newport News, VA and Robert Kiser; and grand-niece Brandi Michelle Kearns of High Point, NC: and great grandson, Atraiu Cameron Stevens, of Virginia Beach, VA. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home and Wilkinson Funeral Home.
Ageliki “Angie” Karatskis
Ageliki “Angie” Karatsikis, age 88, passed away on February 25, 2019, at Northampton Convalescent Center in Hampton, VA. She was born November 30, 1930, in Klavsion, Greece, to John and Agapoula (Kortesi) Hamberis. She came to the United States and married Constantinos Demetrios Karatsikis on February 21, 1949, in Newport News, Virginia.
Theirs was the first wedding celebrated at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Newport News. She and her husband owned and operated Jack’s Place restaurant on Warwick Boulevard. After the untimely death of her husband, she worked in various restaurants on the Peninsula. Angie was a member of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society for over 50 years.
She is survived by her sons, James Karatsikis of Los Angeles, CA, and John (Rebecca) Karatsikis of Yorktown, two granddaughters, Alexa (Braxton) Vinson and Sophia (Bradley) Ruiz, great grandson, Luca Ruiz, and sister, Maria Vlahos of Winston-Salem, NC and relatives both in Greece and the United States. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister Vasiliki Papaioannou.
A Trisagion service will be held February 27, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, with the family receiving friends afterwards until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on February 28, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the church. The Reverend George Chioros will be officiating. The burial will take place at Peninsula Memorial Park.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Northampton Convalescent Center for their care and support during her illness.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial donation in Angie’s name to Saint Helen Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, 60 Traverse Road, Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Larry Russell Woodard
Larry Russell Woodard, age 72, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019. He was a native of Nash County, NC and had most recently been a Newport News resident.
Preceding him in rest are his parents, William Russell and Mecie Beddingfield Woodard; and brother, William Phillip Woodard. Surviving members of his family include his sister, Phillis Summerlin; brothers, Wayne, Donald, Michal, Ricky, and Anthony Woodard; aunt and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating Larry’s life will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Liberty Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity in Larry’s name.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Robert “Bob” Earl Satterthwaite
Robert “Bob” Earl Satterthwaite passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Riverside Hospital in Newport News Virginia (VA), surrounded by his family. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Lucille “Billie” Burks Satterthwaite of Norfolk Virginia and grandson Trevor of Williamsburg VA. Bob, a retired Aeronautical Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Faye Everett Satterthwaite; children: Rich (Kelly) Bradley of Winter Garden Florida, Jeff Satterthwaite of Lenexa VA, Jennifer Satterthwaite of Norge VA, David (Denise) Bradley of Prairieville Louisiana, and Michael (Jessica) Satterthwaite of Ashburn VA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: David Jr., Ally, Ryan, Sophie, Grace, Taylor, Jack, and Preston. Bob was a member of First Baptist Church Newport News. Services will be held on Saturday March 2, 2019 at First Baptist Church Newport News, 12716 Warwick Blvd. Newport News VA 23606. Visitation is scheduled for 10 am with service following at 11 am. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Food Closet/Compassion Ministry of First Bptist Church Newport News.
Frank Louis Snyder
Frank Louis Snyder died peacefully in his sleep on February 21, 2019. He was 85 years old. He served in the US Army in the 50’s and retired from Newport News Shipyard after thirty-five years as an electrician. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Gay Curtis, his parents, Harry and Dora and his sister, Frances, Betty, Margaret and Harriet. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Talley (Chuck), Betty Downs (Charles), and Ellen Charles (Lee); his six grandchildren, and his eight great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park with US Army Military Honors on March 1st, 2019, 11:00 a.m., with the family receiving friends afterwards at Providence Mennonite Church, Fellowship Hall, 13101 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VFW, Post 8545, Smithfield, VA or to the American Legion, Post 49, Smithfield, VA. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Jane Stanley Goetz
Jane Stanley Goetz, 82, of Lee Hall, Va. peacefully passed to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Though petite in stature, she was a strong and determined woman who dedicated her life to raising her three sons. Jane was the cherished mother of Steve (Sherie), Mike (Catherine), and Greg (Jannine) and the beloved grandmother of six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Garvin, a niece, a nephew, and other family.
Jane was a graduate of Norview High School, in Norfolk, Va., class of 1955. She was also an active member of Warwick Memorial UMC for many years. Jane retired after 17 years as a buyer at BASF. Afterward, she continued to work, using her love for gardening, at Dean and Don’s.
The family would like to thank the wonderful Memory Care staff at The Crossings on the Peninsula for their loving care. Friends will be received by the family at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019, to be followed at 2 p.m. with a Celebration of Life, at the Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, VA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jane’s name to the charity of your choice.