Sondra Schaffer lived a long and fulfilling life of 87 years. She was born and raised in
Brooklyn, New York and always told the world that all things that reminded her of
New York were superior to anything from anywhere else.
She was the daughter of Jewish immigrants who raised her to be strong and
assertive. Sondra was the devoted wife of Stanley, who adored her. They met as
teenagers and their lives were intertwined for fifty-two wonderful years.
Sondra and Stanley’s family covers four generations. A son, Bruce, and his wife
Rhoda, of Newport News. Their children Ben and Leah, and Bruce’s daughter
Stanzie. Their daughter Jyl, and her daughter Alyssa, who live in Vermont. Alyssa is
married to Eric Decker and they have three sons, Samuel, Wyatt, and Gabriel.
A private service will be held at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula.
In honor of Sondra’s love of dogs, memorial contributions can be made to the
Animal Aid Society at 80 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.
Betty Tragle Blanchard
Betty Tragle Blanchard passed away May 20, 2019.
She was born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, the daughter of Maude Stark Moss and Richard Hunter Moss.
She attended Pan American Business College in Richmond before moving to Hampton with her husband and two children in 1952. She was an accountant for WVEC Television for 29 years. Following she was an Office Manager with Commonwealth College for 8 years. She was an active member of Hilton Baptist Church from 1953 until her health declined in recent years. She was President of Credit Women International and a member of the Professional Club, Wythe Junior Women’s Club and Newport News Women’s Club. She volunteered at Riverside Hospital for 14 years. She was a member of Mariners Museum Bronze Door , Peninsula Fine Arts, and James River Country Club. She was an accomplished Bridge player. Her family was her pride and joy. She encouraged family bonds with a Family Beach Week that will continue beyond the 20 years that she was able to participate.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas E. Tragle Jr., her second husband, Gordon Blanchard, sisters Leora Manson, Jean Branton, and brothers James Macklin Moss and Richard Hunter Moss. She is survived by devoted friend Bill Clarke, son Thomas E. Tragle III (Elizabeth), daughter Cynthia Tragle Ford (Glenn), five grandchildren Aaron Tragle (Jamie), Henry Tragle(Christina), Cynthia Powell (Trey), Laura Hunter Kirk (Aaron) Garrett Ford., two sisters Marion Bigham and Laura Shirey, great-grandchildren Aaron Tragle Jr., Lexi Tragle, Tori Powell, Madi Powell, Addi Powell, Henry Tragle III, Harrison Tragle, Ezra Kirk and Lou Lou Kirk as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday May 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Hilton Baptist Church, Newport News, VA followed by a fellowship reception at the church and a graveside service at 2:00 at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hilton Baptist Church Building Fund, 101 Main Street, Newport News, Va 23601.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Warwick Forrest Keswick Building for their kindness, care and attention.
Russell W. “Russ” King
Russell W. “Russ” King passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was a lifelong resident of Portsmouth, and he retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He absolutely loved being in his camper on the Outer Banks and spending time with his daughter. He was a good person, a great father and would do anything for anyone.
Survivors include his daughter, Ashley “Rusty” King and her husband, Shannon Leggette; his couch buddy, Maizey; and a number of nieces and nephews and other loved ones.
Ashley would like to thank Karen Flaherty, Donna Hartman, Erin Brnich and Sherry Reagan for their care and support in her daddy’s last days.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 5615 Portsmouth Blvd., Portsmouth Va, 23701.
Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
James “Jimmie” Call
James “Jimmie” Call, 90, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at home surrounded by family. He retired from C&O/CSX as a Master Electrician after 42 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Was a member and deacon of Deer Park Baptist Church for 22 years.
Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Hazel Lewis Call, daughters Dani Jo Colley (George) and Elizabeth Al-Kareh, (Chady), step children Renee Bostic, Fredrick Sanderson, Jr. and Michael Scott Sanderson and sister Mary Lou Call. Nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and host of nieces and nephews.
Jimmie was born in Swords Creek, VA and moved to Warwick County in 1946. He was preceded in death by his parents James L. and Mary V. Call. Jimmie was the 5th child of eight and six of his seven siblings preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, Peninsula Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be on Wednesday 11:00 AM at Deer Park Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Randy Fields and followed by interment at 3:00 PM at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Deer Park Baptist Church, 826 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606.
Jean B. Shannon
Jean B. Shannon, 85, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019. A native of Oxford, NC, she was a Hampton resident for most her life.
Jean was a member of Northampton Lady Lions, an Election Official for the City of Hampton, an active member of Bethany United Methodist Church, and enjoyed a good game of cards with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Shannon and parents, William and Annie Mae Ball.
Survivors include a daughter, Diane Petri; son, Greg Shannon and his wife, Vickie; and granddaughter, Hannah Petri.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m. at the funeral home with interment to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany UMC, 1509 Todds Lane, Hampton, VA 23666.
Wesley Julian Gibson
Wesley Julian Gibson was born on January 13, 1931 and passed away on May 17, 2019. He served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict with the 24th Infantry Division. After his service, he attended V.C.U. and graduated with a business degree. He also attended several banking schools. Wesley retired from SunTrust Bank as Vice President of the Credit Department in Norfolk, Va. with 28 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Left to cherish his memory is his soul mate, his wife of 47 years, Catherine L. Gibson; his son, Jonathan Gibson (Debra) of Mobile Ala.; his daughter, Julie Lewis; his stepson, Stephen Thomas (Jana) of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren Gregory Gibson, David Gibson, Megan Uraller, Stephen Pacilyco, Lauren Feliciano, Ealana Lewis; step-grandchildren, Jeffrey Moore, Lyndsey Colason, Ashley Handley, Hillary Thomas, Brian Thomas, Avery Thomas and Jack Thomas; many great-grandchildren; and a brother Edward Gibson (Gloria), a niece and nephew and many good friends.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park, with a reception to follow at First Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Betty Lockhart Anglin
Betty Lockhart Anglin enjoyed 82 years of living life to its fullest. She died in the loving arms of her family on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in her home.
Betty touched many people throughout her life as a teacher. She taught art for over 62 years. She was a celebrated and noted artist who accomplished so much with brushes, color, and imagination. Betty began painting when she was 12 years old, after her mother and father, also both teachers, encouraged her. “I started taking watercolor lessons and I loved it, so I stuck with it.”, she said. Betty had always thought of herself as a teaching artist, which made her retirement in May 2011 a difficult decision to make. She served at Christopher Newport University for almost 40 years. Her career started there in 1972. She was hired and never had a job interview. Betty was a leader as the Director of Fine Arts and Art History. She also taught for Trinity Lutheran Church, The Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center, and the Lifelong Learning Society. Betty taught until the last days of her life and helped us all to see the beauty around us.
Betty’s father used to tell her there comes a time in your life that you have to turn the page, and that’s what she did. She was given the title Professor Emerita after retiring from CNU. Betty studied and worked with Jack Clifton, Barclay Sheaks, James Warwick Jones, and too many talented artists to name them all. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Art, Leading Female Artists of the 20th Century, and had works hang in private/corporate collections throughout the country.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie Anglin. Betty is survived by her daughter Nancy Deel, her son Malcolm Anglin, her grandson James Brown (Kristen) and a great-granddaughter Jordyn Brown. She is also survived by her loving sisters, Bonnie Mathews, and Mary McKinney.
There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNU Ernie L. Anglin Art Scholarship Endowment Fund, Christopher Newport University, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
John Joseph Gillespie, Sr.
John Joseph Gillespie, 84, passed away on May 11, 2019 in Pensacola, FL. He was born on December 1, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of John Leopold Gillespie and Elizabeth M. Gillespie.
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy L Gillespie; their four children, Nora Gillespie of York County, VA, John Gillespie Jr of Newport News, VA, David Gillespie and his fiancée Melissa Preston of Pensacola, and Diane Mendoza of Pace; eight grandchildren, Lindsey Magnotta, Taylor Gandy, Brian Gillespie, Anthony Mendoza, Lauren Burnham, Victor Mendoza, Karly Blankenship and Cory Gillespie; nine great grandchildren; his brothers James D. Gillespie and William C. Gillespie and his sister Lillian Gillespie.
After graduating from Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia, he met his beloved Nancy. They married on New Year’s Eve of 1953. In 1957, John graduated from the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company Apprentice School and began his management career in steel fabrication and manufacturing. In 1976, John accepted a leadership position in Jacksonville working with the Offshore Power Systems division of Westinghouse.After 6 years in Jacksonville, John made his permanent residence in Pensacola, FL working as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer for the Nuclear Component Division of Westinghouse where he remained until his retirement in 1994.Once retired, John volunteered for various organizations in the community. He was an avid gardener and a member of the African Violet Society where his violets won several awards. He was a 32nd degree mason as a member of the Masonic Lodge. John also enjoyed playing tennis, golf, fishing, and rooting for his Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 beginning at 10:30am at the Peninsula Funeral Home of 11144 Warwick Blvd in Newport News, VA. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. John’s family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at Baptist Hospital and Covenant Hospice for their hard work and compassion.
Marsha B. Wright
Marsha B. Wright, age 66, finished her earthly journey on May 14, 2019. Early in her life, her calling was made clear and that was to serve people with compassion and professionalism as a registered nurse. After completing Riverside School of Professional Nursing, her journey began. In 1983, she received her BSN from Old Dominion University. She served in many capacities in her 42-year career, including teaching nursing at Thomas Nelson Community College. She touched every life she encountered and when she took a break she loved her home in the Outer Banks. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 44 years, Bernard Wright, sister Peggy Eichmann and her husband, Glen of Galena, Ill. and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday, May 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church with interment following at Peninsula Memorial Park.
She truly was a servant of our Lord, she finished the race and is in her Heavenly Home.
Rhonda Sue Woods
Rhonda Sue Woods passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the age of 63 in Hampton, VA.
Rhonda was born on February 19 th , 1956, in the town of Waynesville, NC. Shortly after, Rhonda moved to Hampton, VA, where she raised a beautiful family. Being a woman of all trades, Rhonda followed many career paths. Her most prideful work was volunteering her services in creating a reading program for various Hampton City Schools. In these reading sessions, Rhonda created a home like environment reading books and engaging the students in arts, crafts and letter writing, which she used as an opportunity to send to troops overseas as a show of support. Rhonda’s true passion in life was her love and support for her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. She cherished each and every moment she had with them.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Thomas and Harriet Elizabeth Woods, her brother, Ricky Woods and Grandson, Jose Thomas Torres. She will be remembered by her Fiancé, Michael Weiss; Her kids, Suzanna Hatter and husband Wilson, Jennifer Torres and husband Brian, Ian Weiss and wife Jamie, Stephen Weiss, and Cathryn Woods and Fiancé Kai Weaver. Rhonda will be missed by her loving grandchildren, Victoriah Hatter, Devin Hatter, Wilson Hatter III, Breanna Torres, and Aiden Torres; and her Great Grandchildren, Adrian, Chaz (C.T.), Braxlee, Elizabeth, and Alayna. Rhonda will also be survived by the multitude of friends and acquaintances she held so dearly.
A memorial service will be held Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Peninsula Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hampton ASPCA in honor of her love for her surviving four legged children, Smush and Annie.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Bld., Newport News, VA, 23601.
Barbara L. Landes
Barbara L. Landes passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
She was born in Waynesboro, VA on August 21, 1938, but was a long-time resident of Gloucester, VA. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and nanny to many, even to those that were not her own. Nothing made her happier than visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always there to give advice or lend an ear and a hug. She loved her flower beds, especially her roses and would spend multiple hours outside to help them prosper.
She will be reunited with her loving and devoted husband, William (Bill) L. Landes, Sr. who passed in 2014 after 63 wonderful years of marriage and her sorely missed son Robert J. Landes who passed in 2007. Also proceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Florence Fitzgerald, and 2 sisters, Mary (Sissie) Hanger and Kitty Cash.
Barbara leaves behind a host of family members to cherish her memories, to include her children, William L. Landes, Jr., wife Kathy, Barbara J. Workman, Donna R. Carter and husband Joe, Lorrie A. Coates and husband Calvin. Close grandchildren William L. Landes, III, Shane Williams, Jamie and Brent Williams, C.J. Coates, Matthew H. Carter and Jessica Coates. 5 additional grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 4 of which she was extremely close to and were very important to her, Austin Landes, Hailey and Hannah Williams and Robbie Carter. Also, a brother, K.C. Fitzgerald and 2 Sisters, Betty Rankin and Shirley Fitzgerald. In addition to this large family she had a great family friend Raymond Anderson and wife Laura.
Special thanks to Medi Home Health & Hospice of Oyster Point for the loving care they provided during her illness and the support they provided the family.
A funeral service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held graveside on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Hampton – Veterans Memorial Gardens in Hampton, VA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – in memory of Barbara Landes.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA, 23601.
Blandy Chalmous Haynes, Jr.
Blandy Chalmous Haynes, Jr., 96, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at The Chesapeake Retirement Community in Newport News, Virginia. He was born in Florence, South Carolina, on October 11, 1922 to Blandy Chalmous Haynes, Sr. and Olive Mae Haynes.
Retiring as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army, Blandy was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Following his military career he continued to support the U. S. Army as a Civil Service comptroller for the Reserve Officer Training Command.
A member of Liberty Baptist Church, he was a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and served in hospital ministry. He touched many lives with his compassion, generosity and deep faith. In addition to his Christian commitment, Blandy was a green-thumb gardener and an enthusiastic bowler. His joy, though, was at the Outer Banks where he terrorized the local fish with his skills.
Blandy was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Janie Edge Haynes, and his daughter, Donna Jane Haynes.
Survivors include his daughters, Kathryn (Dean “Chip”) Rhody and Debora (Richard) Griffith; four grandchildren, Matthew (Angie) Rhody, Jason (Lisa) Rhody, Lauren Griffith, and Patrick (Brittni) Griffith and five great-grandchildren, Evalyn, Claire, Catherine, Adeline and Nathan plus several nieces and nephews.
Following the passing of Janie, Blandy was married to Faye Estes Haynes for 16 years. She is joined in her loss by her children, Kristi Estes, Barry “Andy” (Angie) Estes, Jon (Pam) Estes, and Todd (Lisa) Estes along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Blandy’s life will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, Saturday, May 11, at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment with military honors at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, Va.. Visitation will be Friday, May 10, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at The Chesapeake Retirement Community for their compassionate, loving care of Blandy. Memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Baptist Homes (VBH) Foundation, designated to the Chesapeake Retirement Community benevolent fund.
Doris Joyner Robertson
Doris Joyner Robertson, 78, native of Isle of Wight County, passed away in Hampton, VA, on April 26 while attending a prayer meeting.
She was preceded in death by her late husband, Dr. A. Andrew Robertson and her parents Robert & Doris Joyner. Doris is survived by her children, Nicholas (Marcae) Robertson of Minneapolis, MN; Jennifer (Gil) Brown of Hampton, VA; Renee (Rey) Peralta of Sherman Oaks, CA; and John (Anjali) Robertson, serving in Thailand, and four grandchildren: Keagan, Grace, Natalie, and Hope.
Doris graduated from Westhampton University in Richmond and briefly taught elementary and middle school in Florida and Tennessee before moving back to Virginia, where she taught in Newport News for several years.
Doris was known for her Christian faith and served faithfully in the churches she attended, including singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and feeding the homeless. She loved to sing and wrote many worship songs. She also loved to host parties in her home, to travel, and to be with people. The beach was a favorite place to go with her family. Furthermore, Doris is remembered for the many missions trips she made with her late husband, Andy.
As one who prayed daily for her children, grandchildren and country, Doris leaves a huge spiritual legacy for her family.
A visitation will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Doris’ funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 10 at Bethel Temple Church in Hampton. A burial service at Peninsula Memorial Park will follow at 2:00 p.m.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Bld., Newport News, VA 23601.
Carl Irvin Campbell
Carl Irvin Campbell, 88, died Saturday, April 20, 2019 following an episode of heart failure. Carl was born on October 30, 1930 in Newport News, Va., the son of Caleb and Ruth (Giddings) Campbell. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1948 and worked at the Newport News Shipyard until drafted in 1952. Cal was stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan during the Korean War.
On August 22, 1954, Carl married his hometown sweetheart, Tommie Anne Herndon and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va. on the G.I. Bill. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and began a career with the U.S. Department of the Navy. Carl worked with electro-optics and was a program manager for submarine periscopes in Washington, D.C. before his retirement in 1989.
Carl and Tommie Anne were long-time residents of Woodbridge, Va. before moving to Rolla in 2004. For many years in Virginia, Carl served in the local church as leader for the Royal Ambassadors, guiding boys to live a life dedicated to Christ. He also translated for the deaf, taught children’s Sunday school, and served as a Deacon. While in Rolla, Carl became a member of Rotary Club, Korean War Veterans, and the National Association for Retired Federal Employees. He was also an active member of Salem Avenue Baptist Church, serving as Deacon and adult Sunday School Teacher. He enjoyed volunteering in the childcare, as well as working with the retirees on landscaping projects. Carl will be remembered for his smile, his hugs, and his infamous question: “Have I told you today that I love you?”
Besides his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his brother, Caleb Guy Campbell, Jr. Carl is survived by his wife of 64 years, Tommie Anne of Rolla, Mo.; daughter, Lynne (Ken) Bergman of Rolla, Mo.; son, Michael (Petya) Campbell of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren, Jeff (Amanda) Bergman of Springfield, Mo., David Bergman, and Eva Campbell; and nieces and nephews in Virginia.
A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Salem Avenue Baptist Church, Hwy. 72, Rolla, Mo.65401.
Dr. Edgar E. Peltz
Dr. Edgar E. Peltz, nearly 91 years old, a lifelong Peninsula resident, died Thursday, May 2, 2019, after a relatively short decline. Born May 27, 1928, at Elizabeth Buxton Hospital in what later became part of Newport News, he was the younger of two sons to Anna and Nathan Peltz, co-founder of Peltz Bros. ship chandlers. The newborn had bright red hair, unlike that of his parents and brother. His mother was asked jokingly several times on the street, “Where did you steal that baby?”.
Dad could be at once combative and gracious. He wasted no time demonstrating this when he refused to study for his bar-mitzvah under his parents’ nominal orthodox rabbi, whom he did not like. His mother was determined that he complete this rite, so, by compromise, Dad agreed to prepare his bar-mitzvah under another rabbi, the leader of the original Rodef Sholem Temple, then in East End Newport News.
Dad attended the old John W. Daniel School and then Newport News High School, graduating in 1945. At the University of Virginia, his success as a long-distance runner prompted a stern reminder from his father not to neglect his pre-med studies. Dad heeded the warning and was graduated in 1948; four years later, he earned his M.D. After performing his internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, he joined the Army, which sent him to Fort Bliss, Texas, and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. He then completed his residency requirements at George Washington University Hospital (D.C.). It was at that juncture that he permitted himself to turn his thoughts to matrimony, and, in particular, to the young New York woman seven years his junior, whom he first met at a party in Virginia years earlier when she was but sixteen. After a short courtship, Dad married Marilyn Lichtenstein of Jamaica, NY, at none other than the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan on June 29, 1958.
The marriage produced four children, and Dad’s medical practice of internal medicine produced much goodwill among many patients for over three decades. Opening his first office on West Avenue just blocks from his father’s Newport News business office, Dad in time served simultaneously on the staffs of Riverside Hospital, Mary Immaculate Hospital and the former Dixie Hospital in Hampton. During the 1960s, he also served as medical examiner for the City of Hampton. His medical training once came to the rescue of an unlikely patient: our family dog somehow got a meat bone stuck at the back of her jaw; Dad removed the bone with a pair of pliers, only to be repaid by a sudden bite by the frightened dog.
Dad adored and honored his parents, as they did him. Taking after his father, he was generally slow to anger, and never coarse in speech. Taking after his mother, he cherished the quiet life of reflection far above social achievement. He made the best of things after 42 years of marriage ended in a divorce he did not seek, and his late second wife, the former Irma Kate Zernes Perzekow, brought him consolation and companionship for over fifteen years.
Edgar E. Peltz is mourned by his three sons, Richard of Hampton, Joseph of Delray Beach, Fla., and Michael of Atlanta, as well as his only daughter, Wendy R. Blount, her husband Bill and their son Nathan of Canton, Ga. Our mother, Marylyn Peltz survives him in Florida. Dad is also survived by his step-sons Ross and Jon Zernes, as well as his late wife’s step-daughter, Kelly Murphy and her husband Don, all of the Peninsula. Many of Dad’s 21 first cousins survive him, as do his very caring neighbors at Marina Bluff. His former housekeeper, Erma Draughn of Newport News will mourn him too.
In his young days, Dad loved to travel to some of the places he contemplated on his many folded maps. He was a true conservative, never an angry reactionary. He loved the Wall Street Journal, old well-made studio-era movies, American history, long daily power walks, TV football and golf, flounder, duck, chocolate cake, Mary Jane candy and lately, Dunkin’ coffee. Although never a religious man, he avowed his Jewish heritage, history and a sympathy for modern Israel. Dad disliked overt confrontation, but he loved to argue on a high verbal plane (they say it once drove his old-fashioned grandfather out of the room on him). He was proud of his independent-minded children and his grandson, but not possibly as proud as we were of him. His influence on our lives will reverberate for years to come.
The burial will be private, as per Dad’s wishes. Expressions of sympathy are encouraged toward your favorite charities. The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful services provided by the many nurses, doctors, technicians and/or aides at Riverside Hospital, Riverside Rehabilitation Hospital, Hidenwood and Riverside Hospice. We most especially thank the ladies of Visiting Angels for their conversation, cooking and chauffeuring over the past two years. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Carolyn S. Kelpien
Carolyn S. Kelpien, 82, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2019. She was born in Jay County, Indiana, lived in Virginia since 1968, and had been a resident of Carrollton since 1981.She was a graduate of Perdue College in Indiana. Always trying to assist people, she became an Extension Agent for Virginia where she retired after many years of service. She was a member of the Hampton Roads Power Squadron and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Some of her hobbies were sewing, gardening, and genealogy.
Preceding her in rest is her husband Ted Kelpien. Surviving members of her family include her sons, Terry Kelpien and wife Pam of Smithfield, and Bradley Kelpien and wife Kimberly of Rincon, GA; grandchildren, Nicholas Kelpien and Karina Kelpien; sister, Sharon Mallard of Carrollton; brother, Larry G. Denney and wife Debi of Blountville, TN; niece, Elaine Federico of Canton, GA; and nephew, Brian Mallard of Riverdale, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
Services will be held privately. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Tyson Perry (Bob) Tolbert
Tyson Perry (Bob) Tolbert, 91, passed away on May 1, 2019. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Dot) Tolbert. He is survived by his son Robert Tyson Tolbert and wife Gloria, grandchildren Shelley Lynne Tolbert and Jeffrey Tyson Tolbert and his wife Robin; and great grandson, Cash Tyson Tolbert.
Bob and Dot met in the Army and were married for 68 years. Both retired from Bell Atlantic Telephone Company. Both were members of Temple Baptist Church. He was also a member of the James River Country Club.
He was very active in many organizations to include Jaycees, Lions Club, Warwick Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Warwick Moose and the Republican City Committee. His past responsibilities included: Director of Hampton Roads Jaycees, President of Warwick Lions Club, District Governor of D24 Lions Club, District Lions Medical Eye Bank Board, President of Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center, President of Pioneer Club, Chairman of Peninsula Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society and Lifelong Citizenship Award Newport News.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 10AM followed by the Funeral Service at 11AM at the Peninsula Funeral Home. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at “The Gardens at Warwick Forest” for their kind and loving care. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Lions Medical Eye Bank & Research Center of Eastern Virginia, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk, VA 23507.
Suzanne Knox died peacefully at home on April 26, 2019 at the age of 93. Her husband, George C. Knox, Jr., predeceased her in 2002. Both were active in Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, which they joined in 1965 upon moving to Newport News. There, Susie volunteered tutoring young children and working in the church library. She was active in many civic clubs and volunteer activities, of which the following two were also very important to her. She was a devoted member of Merrimac Dog Club where she taught obedience training. She also worked with Therapy Dogs International and took her own to visit hospital and nursing home residents.
Susie was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Marjorie Gard; and her sister, Barbara Shook Collins. She is survived by her daughter Dianne Fix of Wake, VA; her son Bruce of New Haven, CT; her daughter Georgianne (Georgie) Johnson and her husband Gary of Suffolk; her grandson Joshua Fix and his wife Amberly of Woodbridge, VA; a niece and three nephews by her sister; her sister-in-law, June Knox Hopkins of Scarborough, England; and by very dear friends always considered part of her family.
The family thanks Jennifer, Marianne, Connie, Betty, Julian and Susie’s other care givers from Home Instead and the staff of Heartland Hospice for their dedication to her care.
A memorial service celebrating Susie’s life is planned for Thursday, May 2, at 11 AM at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. Burial will be private.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of S.E Virginia, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502 or the Hidenwood Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements by Peninsula Funeral Home.
Georgia I. Rodgers
Georgia I. Rodgers, age 90, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019. She was a native of Hampton and a life-long resident of the Peninsula. Georgia was of the Baptist faith.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Grover Vance Rodgers, Sr.; sons, Grover Vance Rodgers, Jr. and John Kelly Rodgers; parents, Effie and George Wyatt, Sr.; three sisters, Mary, Barbara and Shirley; and one brother, George.
Georgia is survived by her three daughters, Lisa Ellis, Pamela Rodgers and Joan Carter; two sons, George Rodgers and Wesley Rodgers; numerous grandchildren; two sisters, Gloria W. Jones and Anne Walloch; two brothers, Robert Wyatt and Herbert Wyatt; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Gladys and Daniel.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics, 184 Business Park Dr #202, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (give.specialolympics.org/virginia).
Crystal Hayes Brockwell
Crystal Hayes Brockwell, 55, passed away on April 27, 2019. She was a native of Yorktown her entire life. Chris joined 4H, she loved animals, she loved the beach and her family, and was always bubbly and willing to help anyone. She had a big heart and was a very caring person.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marie and James Hedgepeth, M.D. and Sarah Hayes; aunts, Ann Marshall and Jean Love; and uncles, Tony Hedgepeth, Walt and Robert Hayes.
Survivors include two sons, Ryan Craig and Samantha, and Christopher Mizelle; mother, Charlotte M. Hedgepeth Hayes; father, Kenneth R. Hayes; sisters, Sarah Robin Hayes and Tracy Hayes; brother, Kenneth R. Hayes, Jr.; eight grandchildren, Luke, Logan, Kody, Brett, Sean, Evelyn, Leo and Kylie; eight nieces and nephews, Jenny, Kevin, Kenny, Danielle, Robert, Jessica, Josh, Justin and Jazlyn; and thirteen great-nieces and nephews, Breyana, Kaelyn, Maddie, Landyn, Abby, Kaya, Jacory, Lilly, Matthew, Logan, Claire, Eli and Mila.
A memorial service will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m.
Samuel McCulloch Whitesell, Jr.
Sam Whitesell, passed away with grace and peace at home in Williamsburg on April 29, 2019, surrounded by his family. Sam was born in Fries, Virginia on February 19, 1932, the second of four children to Sam and Nellie Whitesell.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lou Agee and a grandson, Thomas Brown. He is survived by the love of his life for 62 years, Kay Whitesell; his brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Phyllis Whitesell, and David and Diane Whitesell; his daughters, Susan Brown and fiancé, Paul Dolan, and Debbie Stephens; son-in-law, Lloyd Stephens; four grandchildren and spouses whom he adored, Sam Stephens, Matthew and Kaitlin Stephens, Robert Stephens, and Will and Katie Townsend; his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Sue Bass; many nieces and nephews; as well as other family, including Bobby and Carolyn Bass and Nancy Hall.
Sam attended Virginia Tech for two years prior to enlisting in the Navy, where he served for four years. After the Navy, he attended the William and Mary extension in Norfolk. In 1961, he became an independent dealer for Esso where he first operated at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Harpersville Road. In 1972, he relocated to an Esso/Exxon Station on Warwick Boulevard which stood until 1997, at which time he opened the business still bearing his name: Whitesell’s Automotive. For over 45 years he provided reliable and honest service for his customers. Sam was an active member at Morrison Methodist and a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Newport News.
Sam often spoke fondly of growing up on the New River, where his love of the outdoors and fishing grew amongst the trees and mountains. He loved to read and learn new things of the world around him. He was an accomplished wood worker, making beautiful furniture that still adorns the homes of his family members. Sam carried himself with respect, integrity and gratitude for what God provided for him through his life. Most of all he will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
A special thank you to Riverside Hospice and Comfort Keepers for all the support and help. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Hospice House in Williamsburg.
The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday, May 4, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, May 5, at 2:00 p.m., officiated by The Rev. Walter Satchell, Jr. Burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Sergeant Major Alexander A. “Al” Sears
Sergeant Major Alexander A. “Al” Sears, (Ret.) died Thursday, April 25, 2019. A native of Hazel Park, Mich., he had been a Peninsula resident for 60 years.
After an early departure from Hazel Park High School in 1941, Al joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC). He received his discharge from the CCC shortly after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
Al’s first enlistment in the U.S. Army was from September 1943 to November 1945. He received his basic training at Camp Callen, Calif., and advanced training at Fort Bliss, Texas. In mid-October 1944, via England, he landed in Normandy, France. It was at St. Die, Al entered ground combat along with the 103rd Infantry Division. On November 21, in the Village of Barr, France, he received shrapnel wounds and was evacuated to England. Al rejoined his division on March 15, 1945, and remained in ground combat until the conclusion of the European War in Austria. He was honorably discharged in late November 1945. After a one-year sabbatical, Al re-entered the U.S. Army in January, 1947.
From January 1947 to October 1973, he participated alternately between stateside duty, mainly at Fort Eustis, Va. as an Instructor in the Army’s Transportation School and overseas duty in Korea (twice), France (twice), Germany (once), Iran (once), and Vietnam (twice). It was a Fort Eustis on October 31, 1973, as Sergeant Major under the Director of Military Arts, that Al retired after 28 years of active military service.
Among his awards and citations, he was the recipient of the Combat Infantry Man’s Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with cluster, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal with four knots, Army Commendation Medal with first oak leaf cluster, National Service Defense Medal with cluster, Occupation Medal (Japan), EAME Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, Al accepted employment with Bell Helicopter International in Tehran, Iran as a Transportation Specialist responsible for receiving and processing military aircraft for the Government of Iran for two years and a second time for fifteen months with Lockheed Aircraft, again as a Transportation Specialist.
Upon his return from Iran in January 1979 Al was employed at a local marine supply company as the company’s DOT Representative until late 1983. At this time, he secured employment with the Department of Defense at Fort Eustis, Va. Al remained there until late 1992 at which time, he retired. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 605 Paris, Frances and a member of the Peninsula Coin Club.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 66 years, Frances Royer Sears; two daughters, Roxanne St. Prine and Kim Ives (Joe); and granddaughter, Rachael Tyo Williams (Peter); he was preceded in death by his grandson, Alex Prine.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
In conclusion, for those of you who remember Al Sears in his younger years, he quotes “If I offended you, I apologize.” “And by golly, it’s been an exciting and full life!” “I’ve had an angel on my shoulder all the way!” “See you on the other side.”
Barbara Pearson Stortz Jobe
Barbara Pearson Stortz Jobe, widow of John Thomas Jobe III, died April 21, 2019. Born in Newport News, VA on July 8th, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Gordon Pearson and Annie Trout Pearson. Barbara graduated from Newport News High School in 1947 where she was very active in several organizations to include the Honor Council, Chorus, Glee Club, Dance Committee & Cheerleading. After graduating she worked for JC Penny, Rancorn, Wildman & Krause, The VA Employment Commission & Thomas Nelson Community College where she retired in 1981. Barbara was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for many years and was also active with the Girls Auxiliary (GA’s). She was also a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church and North Riverside Baptist Church. Barbara was a member of the Newport News Women’s Club where every year she dressed up like Mrs. Claus and read Christmas Stories to the children.
While living at the Chesapeake Retirement Community since 2007 she belonged to “Chicks with Sticks” and knitted baby hats for needy children for the hospital. Barbara was always so Full of Life. She was creative, loved to draw, paint, sew, quilt & cross stitch and we can’t forget dancing. Barbara was known for her gardening and always had the most beautiful yards and was very proud to have hosted a few weddings and was the photographer for the events. She was probably best known for her and their father’s, Dr. John Robert Stortz (Bobby) dedication to their children & grandchildren while attending every sporting event they participated in. During the early years of Bethel High School in Hampton, VA she was responsible for many of the sporting event photos in the Bethel Yearbooks.
She is survived by four children, Robin Stortz, Jack Stortz (Tonya), Nelson Stortz (Gayle) & Dana Stortz Rayford (Jeff); seven grandchildren: Jeremy Hewitt (Jennifer), Terri Beirne, Shay Edwards (Josh), Anne Marie Mertz (William), Drs. Kaitlyn Powell (Tim) & Eric Stortz; 10 great-grandchildren, Madeline, Jordan, Emily & Annabelle Beirne, Marty Edwards, Neil Olson, Lola Stortz & Lindley Powell, Casey & Caleb Meadows. Additional surviving family members who have been a great support to Barbara over the years include several dear nieces & nephews, Avon (Vonnie) Pryor, Virginia (Ginny) Rehr, Lynn Burcher, Ed & Tim Whitlock and Donna Jo Chapman and a great great nephew, Graham Rogers. Barbara was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon T. Pearson (Eloise); four sisters, Estelle Pearson, Edd Whitlock (Doug), Marian Burcher (George) & Hope Presson (Jimmy).
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, April 30, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held Wednesday afternoon, May 1, 2019 at 2:00 at the funeral home. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.
The Family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses & staff at “The Chesapeake” for their kind, loving and tender care throughout Barbara’s stay over the past eight years. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to your charity of choice. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Victor S. Harris, Sr.
Victor S. Harris, Sr. passed away on April 19, 2019 at the age of 75. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Willie Harris. He is survived by his wife, Javonne Harris; sons, James V. Harris, Victor S. Harris, Jr.; daughter, Letitia V. Harris; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; four sisters; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Va. on Monday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Sung Bong Park
Sung Bong Park, 80, born on July 8, 1938, native of Korea and longtime resident of Newport News, peacefully passed away on April 19, 2019.
He was preceded in death by Jung Ja Park, his loving wife. He is survived by daughter Miae and husband TK Gil, son Chris and wife Hyunmi Park, and son Craig Park along with six grandchildren.
He came to USA on March 1978 and started businesses to tirelessly support and raise his children. He was an avid golfer and loved helping those in needs. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Tue, April 23, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home followed by a reception.
Dorothy M. “Smokie” Phillips
Dorothy M. “Smokie” Phillips passed away on April 18, 2019 in Newport News, Va. She was a native of Braddock, Pa. and a resident of Newport News for 62 years. Smokie was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She graduated from Braddock High School and she served as a WAVE – 2 machinist mate from August 1, 1944 to October, 1945. Smokie was a Red Cross Volunteer for 25 years, Lifelong Learning Society of Christopher Newport University, member of the Catholic Choir, volunteer for Mary Immaculate Day Surgery, and worked at the Thrift Shop and the Blood Bank at Fort Eustis. Smokie was passionate about exercise and she attended Body Fusion classes at Christopher Newport for over 25 years.
Smokie was preceded in death by her husband, Thompson S. Phillips and six brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her two daughters, Bonnie Lewis and Janet Jackson; son, Thompson S. Phillips, Jr.; six grandchildren, Matthew Weingart, Megan Ahsens, Tommy and Nathan Phillips, Justin and Logan Jackson; and five great-grandchildren, Adam and Daniel Weingart; Isaac, Ryan and Paisley Phillips.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christopher Newport University, Lifelong Learning Society, Yoder Barn Theater, 660 Hamilton Drive, Newport News, VA 23602 (757) 269-4368.
Frances Murray White
Frances Murray White died on April 19, 2019, at the age of 90. She was a native of Newport News, Va. Frances graduated from Newport News High School, class of 1946 and from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Va., Class of 1950. She taught Sciences at Warwick High School from 1950 to 1957.
Frances was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was a Trustee. She served her community as a member of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board, serving a term as Chairman. Frances was a member of Williamsburg-James City County Regional Library Board. She was a former member of the Hampton Roads Junior League.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert L. White, III; parents, Ethel Robertson Murray and Philip W. Murray; brothers, Philip W. Murray, Jr. and David M. Murray; and her beloved Robertson aunts. She held each of them in her heart.
Frances is survived by her daughters, Martha W. Goodson and Royden, their children, Emily, Caroline and Charlie; Catherine W. Kelley and Nelson, their children, Allison and Amanda; her sons, Albert L. White IV and his children, Albie, Ann Frances and George; Andrew M. White and Katharyn, their children, Andrew and Elizabeth; and her sister-in-law Anne Forbes Murray and her brother-in-law, Douglas R. Lord.
“Murph” asks that you remember her by hugging someone who is close to your heart.
Burial will be private. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Lenora N. Johnson
Lenora N. Johnson, 90, of Hampton, was called home by her Lord and Savior on April 17, 2019. She was born on Backus Mountain, West Virginia to Emmette and Leadith Neely. Lenora married John Carlos Johnson in December 1952 in Newport News. They had just celebrated 60 years of marriage before John passed away in February 2013. Lenora retired from the City of Newport News where she was a school bus driver and a cafeteria worker for many years. She was a devoted wife to John and a loving mother to her three daughters. Lenora actively volunteered with Post 140 of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center for more than 50 years, helping in the kitchen, summer camp, and the bowling program. She greatly enjoyed cooking, baking, and tending her gardens. No one could make a better fruitcake or pound cake than Mom. Lenora was a long-time member of Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton where she was very active in the Happy Class program.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings and her beloved daughter, Regina, in 2007. Lenora is survived by her daughters Linda (Chuck) Johnson and Denise (Les) Walker, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. In the last years of life, she was loved and cared for by five amazing women that were truly a blessing from God and for whom the family is so grateful. We could not have cared for Mama without their loving care and thank you, Ann, for being such a faithful and loving friend.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed by interment at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a cause dear to you. Mama, we love you and will miss you terribly but rest easy until we are all together in Heaven.
Mary Louise Tennant Smith
Mary Louise Tennant Smith died Sunday, April 14, 2019. Mary was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, on December 19, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Joseph Earl “Mike” Tennant and Edna Mae Dennison Tennant. She moved to Virginia early in life and spent most of her life on the Virginia peninsula. Her beloved husband of 61 years, George Jackson “Jack” Smith; and sister, Nettie Jean Swiger preceded her in death.
Survivors include her brother, James Earl Tennant and his wife, Betty Lou Tennant; son, B. Michael Smith and his wife, Dolores, of Sun City Center, FL; daughter, Karen Smith Corbett of Poquoson; grandchildren, Onalee, Carter and Jackson Smith and Erin Corbett; and great-grandchild, Olivia Hintz.
Mary graduated from Newport News High School in 1947. She worked a variety of jobs in retail and in administration with Newport News schools, but her true avocations were as a mother and a wife. Mary spent many hours supporting Jack and the rest of the East End Blue Devils during the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Mary was active in the Warwick Lions Club beginning in the 1970’s, was presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award and contributed to the club’s annual variety show.
Mary was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church beginning in the 1950’s when it was still located on Orcutt Avenue. She volunteered in a variety of activities and committees over the years and, as a member of the Maggie Roaten Sunday School class, received warm support from their prayer chain in recent months.
She never received her driver’s license but Jack would tell anyone she knows how to drive since “she’s always telling me what to do behind the wheel.” Mary was known on Griffin’s Beach in Poquoson for her crab dip, chocolate éclair cake and pimento cheese.
There will be a memorial service and celebration of Mary’s life at Orcutt Baptist Church on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Orcutt Baptist Church or to the Warwick Lions Club of Va. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Elsie Mae Lyle
Elsie Mae Lyle, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 15, 2019. She was born in Pittsylvania County, VA and was a resident of Newport News for almost 70 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jessie James Lyle. She is survived by her three sons, Curtis W. Lyle (Brenda), Richard L. Lyle (Susan), and Jerry S. Lyle (Karen), and one daughter, Debra A. Shemanski. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at First Christian Church in Hampton. Arrangements are made in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Special thanks to Riverside Hospice for their care and support. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Leonard “Lenny” Roy Schneider
Mr. Leonard “Lenny” Roy Schneider, born on July 28, 1943 in Binghamton, New York, to the late Julie “Lilly” Kohn Schneider and the late Josef Schneider, passed away at age 75 on March 19, 2019 in Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Broome Technical Community College. He was in the Aerospace Electronics industry as a Field Electronics Technician at Obici Hospital.
Leonard was the loving husband of Susan Mae Schneider. He was preceded in death by his dogs, Luna, Rusty, Max, Sandy, and Blackie. Leonard is survived by his daughter, Heather Schneider of Baltimore, MD; twin sister, Lucille Mehl of Milford, DE (Tom Mehl); cousin, Alice Bonis of Newton, MA; niece, Lisa Werner of Binghamton, NY; and nephew, Loren Svetvilas of West Orange, NJ (Narisa Svetvilas). He also leaves behind his dogs, Pepper, Sparky, and Chloe.
Leonard enjoyed dog sitting and walking, electronics repair, and sitting outside and was a member of DeMolay International. He was a Leader of Indian Guides and Civil Air Patrol, a graduate of Citizens Fire Academy and Fire Auxiliary and Citizens Police Academy, the president of Neighborhood Watch, the secretary of Mended Hearts, and a volunteer at Riverside Hospital and CERT.
Those who wish may donate in Leonard’s name visit to https://mendedhearts.org/donate/. Friends and family are welcome to attend the celebration of life, officiated by Rev. Andrew Millard, on Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula, 415 Youngs Mill Lane, Newport News, Virginia, 23602. He was interred at Parklawn Memorial Park, 2551 N Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA 23666.
Mary Patricia Blalock
Mary Patricia Blalock passed away on April 13, 2019 surrounded by her husband and two daughters after a 13-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Mary was born on March 27, 1961 in Dorchester, Massachusetts and spent her early childhood in her beloved Ireland.
She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fitchburg State College in 1983, and earned her master’s of science in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1987. She practiced as a Pediatric Intensive Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. She then started working in development and spent over 15 years at Hampton Roads Academy, holding numerous titles before spending the past 3 years as Director of Advancement.
Mary was incredibly involved in her community and her church. She was the Chair of the Port Warwick Arts Festival for 8 years, and served as the National Chair of the Parent’s Council at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her husband from 2014-2015. She also served on the board at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center for many years, much of the time as President, and was recently named an honorary fellow. She was involved in the Junior League of Hampton Roads for 31 years as an active member, President, and then Sustainer. Mary was a parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, along with her daughters.
Mary is survived by her husband of 32 years, Julian Harward Blalock, Jr.; her daughters, Nora Catherine and Marnie Lalon; her father, Maurice Gleeson; her 5 younger brothers; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nora Driscoll Gleeson, and her stepmother, Catherine Brennan Gleeson.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church on 100 Harpersville Road, Newport News, Virginia, 23601.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Hampton Roads Academy, or your favorite charity.
Barbara Peach Auby
Barbara Peach Auby, 84, passed away on April 9, 2019 at The Gardens of Warwick Forest. She was a native of Newport News her entire life and retired from the Newport News Police Department after 30 years of service, where she worked as an Administrative Secretary. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Newport News and was a member of its Adult Choir. She attended Longwood College, where she earned an Associates Degree. She was also a member of the VA Choral Society and the Peninsula Community Opera. Barbara also loved watercolor painting and was an avid reader.
She was preceded in death by her father, Chief W.F. Peach, Sr. and her mother, Edith Spady Peach. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Tony R. Auby, Sr.; two daughters, Kathie Pipkin Sutton (Darrell) and Melody Gayle Livengood (Bob); two sons, Tony R. Auby, Jr. (Renee) and Michael G. Auby (Laura); brother, Dr. William F. Peach, Jr. (Betty); twelve grandchildren, Tony III, David, Jarom and Jacob Auby, Hannah Lilly, Phillip Auby, Rob and Brandon Pipkin, Nick Livengood, Holly Gilbert, Connor and Corbin Auby; twelve great-grandchildren, X-Zavier and Jayden Pipkin, Jarom Addison, Carter, Fiona, Carl Auby, McKenna and Abby Lilly, Liam and Ewan Pipkin; niece, Dr. Cheryl Peach (Neal); nephew, William F. Peach (Dana); and numerous cousins and extended family in Virginia.
Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., with a private interment in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Riverside Hospice. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Sandra Keithley Johnson
Sandra Keithley Johnson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 9, 2019. Sandra was born on Nov. 27, 1941, to Edythe and David Keithley. She was a graduate of Newport News High School. She was a homemaker to her husband and four children and later joined her husband working in their family business, Don’s Jewelry, Inc. They retired in April 2000 when they closed the family business. Sandra served for more than 30 years at Calvary Baptist Church, Newport News as Nursery and Preschool Director and was a member of the Adult Choir.
Sandra is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, William D. Johnson of Yorktown; son, William R. Johnson and wife, Patti of Charlottesville; daughters, Donna J. Blanchard and husband, Joseph of Yorktown, and Deborah J. Scott and husband, Mack of Chesapeake; son-in law David W. Rudloff of Williamsburg; nine grandchildren, Amber Swindle, Jennifer Moore, Stephanie Sensi, Courtney Johnson, Michael Rudloff, Brittany Roberts, Megan Blanchard, Andrew Blanchard, and Esi Blanchard; seven great grandchildren. Sandra is also survived by her brother-in-law, Jack Morgan; brothers, David Bud Keithley and wife Nadia of Newmanstown, PA and Tommy Keithley and wife Janet of Winchester, VA and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, David Keithley, mother, Edythe Fowler, daughter, Karen J. Rudloff and sister Mariam Dee Morgan.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News, Va. The family will also have a visitation, Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 12:00 p.m. at Mill Swamp Baptist Church, 6329 Mill Swamp Rd., Ivor, VA 23866. The burial will be at Mill Swamp Cemetery following the service adjacent to the church.
The family requests that donations be made to the Peninsula Rescue Mission, Newport News, VA or Riverside Hospital Hospice Unit, Newport News, VA.
Robert Louis D’Agostino, Sr.
Robert Louis D’Agostino, Sr., age 86, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019, surrounded by loved ones at the VCU Critical Care Hospital in Richmond, Va. He was born on July 19, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pa. to Alessandro and Mary (DeStefano) D’Agostino. During his school years, he was a gifted athlete and artist and dreamed of becoming a pilot. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served in the Korean War. He later became a Warrant Officer in the Army where he fulfilled his dream of becoming a pilot and served for two years in Viet Nam where he was decorated multiple times for valor in combat, and later as part of the Executive Flight Detachment for President Gerald Ford. During his service, he advanced his education at Hampton Institute (now University) and graduate and post-graduate studies at Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary. Upon his retirement from a 26-year military career, he embarked on the next chapter as an industrial arts teacher and high school administrator in the Newport News Public School System. He was a devoted educator and was regarded as a long-term mentor by many of his former students at Dunbar Middle School, Warwick High School, and Denbigh High School.
Robert was extremely active in his community and spent countless hours volunteering at St. Jerome Catholic Church and Warwick Forest Assisted Living Facility. In addition, he prepared taxes for those in need and was a Boy Scout Leader for Troup 6 out of Denbigh. His volunteer work also included being a Master Mason.He is preceded in death by his loving wife of over 50 years, Louise Elizabeth (Albone) D’Agostino; his sister, Frances Gordon; and his brother, Bernard D’Agostino.
Robert is survived by his sons, Robert Louis D’Agostino, Jr. (Sheila) and Troy Alexander D’Agostino (Rebecca); four grandchildren, Lauren Michelle D’Agostino, Claire Elizabeth Roberson (Robert), Audrey Jane D’Agostino, Sophia Rebecca D’Agostino; one great-grandson Owen Alexander Roberson; and loving companion, Monica Pinciotti. Coming from a large extended family, he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A viewing will be held at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The family will greet friends on Friday, April 12, until the beginning of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd., Newport News. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank the valiant efforts of the Riverside and VCU Critical Care Hospital staffs.Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Thomas N. Hunnicutt, III
Thomas N. Hunnicutt III-86, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2019. Tom (Tommy) was born July 8, 1932 in Cambridge, MA the only child to Dr. TN Hunnicutt, Jr. and Cecil Griggs Hunnicutt. Tommy grew up in Warwick County and attended Woodberry Forrest School for Boys. From there he went on to attend the College of William and Mary before enlisting in the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1956 as a First Lieutenant. In 1959, Tommy earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. After college Tommy went to work for a small construction company in Hampton. In 1967, Tommy and two of his colleagues decided to buy the company. Tommy has been sole owner and CEO of Pembroke Construction since 1981.In 1979, he married the love of his life, Ann Hunnicutt. The two have been practically inseparable for 40 years. Together they received the City of Hampton’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 1994 and in 1998 the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award. In 2017, in honor of the Hunnicutts’ many years of service, the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA announced they were renaming the Warwick Blvd. location to the Tom and Ann Hunnicutt Family YMCA.Tommy loved being on the water starting at an early age with his parents to his first racing boat, a 1945 Snipe called Snippy, to the Viking power boats that he and Ann took many long trips to Nantucket and surrounding areas. His love for the water was undeniable. He also enjoyed traveling the world with Ann. When the two were not at the office working or out seeing the sights, they could be found at their Palm Springs, CA home on the golf course. Tommy served on the board for the YMCA for 53 years, on the Mariners’ Museum board of trustees for 30 years, where he also received the Museum’s most prestigious recognition, the Huntington Medal and on the board of directors for Towne Bank. He was a member of the Hampton Yacht Club, James River Country Club, Virginia Peninsula Rotary Club, Greater Peninsula NOW and countless other civic organizations. Tommy will be remembered as a determined individual with a heart of gold that would do anything for anyone and for his unique since of humor. He will forever be in our hearts. He is proceeded in death by both of his parents. He is survived by his wife Ann, 5 children, Kay Roman, Warren Hunnicutt, Jeff Martone (Kelly), Page Smithers (Billy), Lisa Mullikin (Trevor), 12 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren and all of his Pembroke Construction, Interlock Paving and Westwood Contractors family and friends. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, 41 Old Oyster Point Rd., Suite C, Newport News, VA 23602 (www.peninsulaymca.org/donate) or the Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Dr., Newport News, VA 23606 (www.marinersmuseum.org/gifts-of-tribute).
James Harold Hollifield
James Harold Hollifield, 88, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019. A native of North Carolina, he was son of the late Quince and Garnie Stone Hollifield; widower of Doshie Faye Hollified; and preceded in death by his four brothers, Junior, Bill, Kenneth and Carl; and sister, Faye Denton. Harold retired from Newport News Shipbuilding after 30 years of service. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Frances (John) Patterson and Norma Jean (Bob) Born; sister, Pauline Holgate; brother, Cecil Hollifield; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and loving dog, Scoobie. The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care provided by his granddaughter, Angie. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Services will be private. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Janet S. Spruill
Janet S. Spruill, 85, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Jan was born in Pittsfield, Mass. to Winthrop Earl and Alma Shepardson. She was raised in Norfolk, Va., graduated from Granby High School, and became a Dental Assistant – serving as Secretary of the Virginia Organization of American Dental Assistants. She married Melton G. Spruill on July 16, 1955, at Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church. Jan was as a devoted military wife. During her husband’s service years, she served as a Gray Lady with the American Red Cross.
Jan was later an active member of Denbigh United Presbyterian Church. She nurtured countless Denbigh children through their Pre-K program, served on the wedding and funeral committees, and volunteered with PORTs’ (People Offering Resources Together) Emergency Winter Shelter Program of Newport News. Her greatest joys were time spent with family and friends. Her life will be remembered by those she touched, because of her positive and encouraging influence. Her frank sense of wit was priceless. She truly touched everyone she spent any time with.
Jan was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, retired US Army Lt. Col. Melton G. Spruill and her daughter-in-law, Michele P. Spruill. Survivors include her children Melton G. Spruill, Jr., Janet Evans (Michael), Douglas J. Spruill (Lisa), and Charles W. Spruill (Trish); seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; her sister, Carol S. Henry of Spring, Texas; many nieces and nephews; and her Newport News daughter Debbie Fullhart (Ed).
In memory of her work with PORT, arrangements have been made with the Arbors at Port Warwick to provide an evening of meals to those served by the program, and staff. Our family wishes to thank the staff of the Arbors for their attentive and personal care during Mom’s time there.
A memorial service will take place at Denbigh United Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m., officiated by The Rev. Deborah Dail. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow in the fellowship hall of the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to the flower committee, building fund, or PORT program of Denbigh United Presbyterian Church. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Interment will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
Ruby Powell Binder
Ruby Powell Binder, 95, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019. A native of Fuqua-Varina, N.C., she was a peninsula resident for more than 75 years. Mrs. Binder retired from The Lunch Bell after more than 30 years of service.She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Samuel Binder and her son-in-law, Butch Morris. Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Binder Barrack and her husband Gerald, and Wilma Morris; brother-in-law, Theodore Binder; and many nieces, nephews, and caring neighbors. Ruby put everyone else first and was an inspiration to many.
The family will receive friends Sunday, April 7, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with a service to follow at 2 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Burial will be in The Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of choice.
Dora Lee Jacob
Dora Lee Jacob, 84, daughter of Clarence Frizzell and Roberta Thompkins, passed away on April 3, 2019. She was a native of Conway, S.C. and a resident of Newport News, Va. for over 60 years.
Dora was extremely dedicated to her family. She had a love of cooking and preparing nightly family meals was something she treasured. Dora enjoyed music and singing and had a wicked sense of humor. She was the bookkeeper for C & J Restorations, Inc., as well as an earnest caregiver for many family members. One of her favorite roles was being a football team mom to several Warwick Youth Football teams in the ’80s.
Dora is preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, Samuel T. Jacob, Jr., her sister, Ruth Cook, as well as both of her parents. Survivors include sons Samuel T. Jacob, III, and Michael W. Jacob; daughter, Catherine J. Lawler all of Newport News, VA; four grandchildren Aubry Horne (Jonathan), Sara Lawler, Lydia Jacob, and Byron Mills.
A visitation will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., officiated by Chaplain Matthew McCauley. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
Rosalie D. Lackey
Rosalie D. Lackey, a native of Nathalie, Virginia and a Peninsula resident most of her life. She was a telephone operator for C&P Telephone Company and retired in 1982 after 28 years of service. She was also a member of Newmarket Baptist Church and the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was preceded in death by her sister, Anne Williams, from Arlington, VA. Survivors include her daughter, Donna Jean Karnes of Gloucester, VA; two sons, James Randolph Lackey and Daniel Betts Lackey, both from Hampton, VA; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Smithland Baptist Church Cemetery, Heathsville, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Andy Petry, 68, of Newport News, passed away with family by his side on March 31, 2019. He was born December 8, 1950 in West Virginia. Andy “Hank” was a singer/song writer who enjoyed singing and playing the guitar at local music events. He loved spending time with his family, fishing, gardening, and was an avid collector.
He is preceded in rest by his wife of 43 years, Linda Petry; and parents, Alonzo and Treva Petry.
Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Candi (Jimmy) Elder; grandchildren, Summer and Christian; brothers and sister, Dale, Donald, Jack, Roger, Shirley; and many nieces and nephews. Andy had a kind heart and soul and will be deeply missed by all.
The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Funeral services will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Eugene Williams, 78 of Newport News, VA passed away peacefully on April 2, 2019. He was born in Fair Bluff, NC on February 14, 1941 to George Williams and Vanice Blackwell, and married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Thompson on September 23, 1961. Eugene retired in 1999 from the Boilermakers Local 45. He was an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newport News where he served several years as a deacon and on various committees. He loved his church and his church family. He was known and loved by many and never met a stranger. His goodness and kindness touched many and he leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Ann Williams, son Gregory Eugene Williams (Jody), of Newport News, grandson & buddy, Rusty Allen Williams of Newport News, sister, Sara Jean Coleman of Chadbourn, NC, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George Williams, his mother, Vancie Williams and sister, Estelle Nobles of Kannapolis, NC.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Lucas Creek Road, Newport News. The family will receive friends between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM at the church. Entombment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that all expressions of sympathy be made in donation to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 401 Lucas Creek Road, Newport News, VA 23602. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Estelle Lillian Morgan Payne
Estelle Lillian Morgan Payne, 88, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Monday, April 1, 2019.
Mom was a member of the Hampton Roads Seventh Day Adventists Church in Hampton for over fifty years. She enjoyed spending time with us, but especially with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her two great-great-granddaughters. She loved showing them how to make crafts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Samuel Payne; son, Marvin Webster Payne; mother, Lillian Taylor Morgan; father, Daniel Webster Morgan; three sisters, Charlotte, Viola and Evelyn; and one brother, Sammy.
She leaves behind to cherish her precious memories, son, William “Billy” Payne (Cathy); daughter, Carolyn Estelle Payne Holt (James) – all of Newport News; six grandchildren, Billy (Amy), Jeff (Tiffany), Craig (Holly) Payne, Michelle Kibble (Jimmy), Chris and Christopher (Tori) Holt; thirteen great-grandchildren, Carter, Kaylee, Ava, Kia and Hunter Payne, Cameron, Haley, Case and Chancellor Holt, Taylor, Jimmy, Chase and Landon Kibble; two great-great-granddaughters, Aubree and Paisley Holt; her brother, Franklin (Betty) Morgan; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Stoian. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
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Lynn Ann Matos Revels
Lynn Ann Matos Revels, 63 passed away peacefully Saturday, March 9, 2019 at her home in Newport News, Virginia with her beloved dog, Gizmo by her side.
She was born January 16, 1956 in New York City to George Matos and Carol Franco. Later in Lynn’s life, her step-father Michael Haspadora would become a father figure. Lynn met her husband CWO3 David Revels during the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration in New York City. Together they lived in a few places before settling in Boykins, VA with their young children.
Lynn is survived by her four children: Stepdaughter Laurie Kay Revels of Corpus Christi, Daughter Tiffany Jeannine Cruz of Denham Springs, Louisiana, and sons Christopher James Revels of Norfolk, VA, and Benjamin Wesley Revels of Denham Springs, LA; four grandchildren Cristal Lynn Aizenman, Kathern Ann Dodson, Jasmine Lynn Cruz, Sean Christopher Cruz, II and a great-grandson Evander Wesley Mendiola; sister Donna Capers, brother-in-law Harry Capers of Trenton of New Jersey and brother, Vincent Matos and Carol Kuykendall of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Her uncles Vincent Franco and his wife, Eileen, and Daniel Franco and his wife, Claire. Lynn’s numerous nieces and nephews: Eric Capers, Andrew Capers, Kelly Capers, Jillian Capers and Geoff Capers all of New Jersey.
She was predeceased by her husband, David Revels and Son-in-Law, Sean Christopher Cruz.
Lynn’s children remember her as a strong and independent mother and shining example who loved to travel, read and spend time with her friends and of course, her dog, Gizmo.
Lynn received her nursing degree in 1999 from Southampton Memorial Hospital and held various jobs caring for senior citizens in nursing homes, hospitals as well as private duty nursing. She had recently retired in February of 2019 from a long career as a nurse where she positively affected the lives of many.
A celebration of Lynn’s life is scheduled for April 3, 2019 at 2 pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 99 East Mercury Blvd, Hampton, Virginia. Interment will be private and held at a later date. Flowers can be delivered to church prior to service.