Obituaries

Nancy Ellen Crow

Nancy Ellen Crow, 54, passed away suddenly January 4, 2019, due to complications from cancer. Born in Livingston, NJ, she has been a Yorktown, VA resident since 2009. Nancy led a life of service to her country as a military spouse. Fiercely devoted to her family, Nancy made a home wherever they landed and was most proud of her role as the mom to her girls.Nancy is survived by her husband of 30 years, David; daughters, Erin, Allison, and Megan; mother, Marylou Crummey; and four siblings, John, Dennis, Tricia, and Eileen. She was preceded in death by her father, John Crummey. Her family will carry on her incredible legacy by striving to live the life of strength, compassion, and love that Nancy embodied. A memorial service will be held at 11 am? on Thursday, January 10th at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News, with visitation to follow. The family will receive friends later that evening from 4 – 7 pm at the Running Man Community Recreation Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisher House, Ronald McDonald House, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The family would also like to thank the staff of York County Fire and Rescue for their responsiveness and professionalism.

Published in Daily Press on Jan. 8, 2019

James R. Beason

James R. Beason, 85, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019. He was a native of Lee County and a Smithfield resident for 31 years.
After a career spanning 20 years, he retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant. He was a member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church.

Preceding him in rest is his wife, June Beason; parents, Minnie and Burl Beason; and sisters, Naomi Evans and Bonnie Brooks. Surviving members of his family include his children, Janet Linthicum (Tim) and David Beason (Sandy); grandchildren, Erin Linthicum, James Beason, David Beason (Erin) and Markie Beason; great grandchild, Layla Kay Beason; sister-in-law, Rita Jewitt (Des); and six nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, January 11, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A service celebrating James’ life will be held Saturday afternoon, January 12, at 2:00 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Hampton-Veterans Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

 

Rolland Bradley Tinnon

May 17, 1956-December 16, 2018 Beloved father, husband and martial arts teacher Rolland Bradley Tinnon, 62, of Newport News, was welcomed into heaven on Dec. 16, 2018. To all his students, he was “Master T” and Sa Bum Nim, a “fathering master” in Korean. A fifth-degree black belt in taekwondo, he opened Action Arts Academy in 1999, after earning state titles as a sparring competitor. Incredibly patient and kind, Brad put his soul into the school, promoting dozens of his own black belts. While teaching with wisdom and inspiration, he enjoyed imparting lessons from his failures. He would say he left his butt prints on every martial art school’s floor from getting knocked down. He modeled how to be a leader, yet was humble and generous. His friends and family knew he loved them unconditionally. He had a memorable hearty laugh and his loved ones can be comforted with what Master T would say: “No worries.”

Born in Texarkana, and a self-proclaimed “Texican,” he loved to tell stories about growing up in Nash, Texas. He intended to make a short stop in Newport News but stayed in the area and sold insurance. Greeting him in heaven were his mother Betty Lois Lane Tinnon, father Karl Rolland Tinnon and brothers Vernon Leon Tinnon and Karl Udele Tinnon. He is survived by wife Tricia Tinnon, daughter Nicole Tinnon, stepson Logan Boesch, and stepdaughter Lauren Boesch.

A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Jan. 19, 2019, at NorthSide Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown.

Carlton Gammon, Sr.

Carlton Gammon, Sr. of Newport News, passed away on January 5, 2019, at the age of 92. Born on July 4, 1926, in Washington, D.C., He was a lifelong peninsula resident and owner of Gammon’s Antique Shop. Loving, kind and compassionate, Carlton was a dedicated family man, avid golfer, civic minded and a good friend to many. He was referred to by many as a true Southern Gentleman.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Jean Winn Gammon, two sons, James C. Gammon, Jr. (JoAnne), Donald W. Gammon, daughter Vicky A. Gammon, granddaughters Carey Gammon Pierce (Ken), Leslie Gammon Rogers (Drew) and four great-grandchildren.Preceded in death by his parents, James Daniel and Vernell Skinner Gammon.

Carlton was a proud graduate of Newport News High School, attended William and Mary College and served in the Army Air Corps during WWII.He was past-president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Jaycees, the Kiwanis Club of Newport News and twice served as president of Williamsburg Country Club. Also, a member of The Hampton Roads Assembly and Hidenwood Presbyterian Church.Carlton’s greatest joy in life was being surrounded by family and friends.

Family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, January 8 from 6pm – 7:30pm at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home, Wednesday, January 9 at 2:00pm, with a graveside service immediately following at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Garmon W. Mangrum

Garmon Wayne Mangrum, 66, passed away, Friday, January 11, 2019.  A native of Danville, he was the son of the late Linwood G. and Delma Ruth Davis Mangrum and was preceded in death by a brother, Don Mangrum and sister, Cathy M. Garrett.

Garmon graduated from Warwick High School, Class of ’72.  He was an artisan watchmaker and repairman and worked for several jewelry stores, including Barr Jewelry and Ft. Eustis.  Garmon was a loyal Dallas Cowboys Fan.

Survivors include his brother, Gary Mangrum and his wife, Barbara; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

The family will receive friends Monday, January 14 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Rusty Beck officiating.  Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Dorothy Olmsted

Dorothy was born in a stable converted to a hospital in Wadsworth, Ohio on July 29, 1936, to Wayne Miller Vance and Thelma Ruth Bunner. After graduating from Wadsworth High School, she married John Hafer Olmsted on November 22, 1953.  John died May 2005. Seven children were born: Christina Langer, Esq., St. Louis, Mo., Christopher (Alice) Olmsted, Chicago, Ill., Janis (Steve) Harper, Kingsman, Ariz., James (Marilyn) Olmsted, Newport News, Va., Deborah Olmsted, Ironton, Mo., Douglas Olmsted, Moneta, Va., and Karen (Larry) Spiewak, Milwaukee, Wis. In addition to her children, she is survived by a brother, Donald (Lydia) Vance, Wadsworth, Ohio; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Dorothy died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.   A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, Va.  Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the church of your choice.

Joseph Allen “Joe” Jarrell

Joseph Allen “Joe” Jarrell, age 73, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019. He was a resident of Hampton, Virginia. A memorial service celebrating Joe’s life will be held graveside at Peninsula Memorial Park on Friday morning, January 25, 2019 at 10:30.  Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Irmgard “Irma” Dragosh

Irmgard “Irma” Dragosh, 87, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Chesapeake. She was a native of Germany and a resident of Newport News for 53 years.

Irma retired from Catherine’s Plus as a salesperson and attended St. Jerome Catholic Church. She was a member of the German Club, she also loved to bowl and garden. Irma was preceded in death by her husband Eugene A. Dragosh and her son Gary Dragosh.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Strait (Jerry); two grandchildren, Julia Pape (Brandon); Scott Strait (Kimmy); one great-grandson, Dylan Hudgins; one great great-granddaughter, Allie Rae Hudgins; two sisters, Ericka Gallaher and Luise Gardner and one brother, Gunter Sethmaker.

A Graveside service will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Hampton Memorial Gardens at 11:00 a.m.

Tho’Von Needham-Featherston

On Thursday January 10, 2019, Tho’von “Vonnie” Thomas Needam-Featherston gained his wings and ended his life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis.
Tho’von was born December 9, 2000 in Norfolk, Va., to Terry Featherston and the late Thomas Needam. He was later baptized at the Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughters.

He was educated in the Hampton Public School system and was a Junior in the Special Education program at Phoebus High School. Vonnie loved the Lord and he could often be heard saying “God is good.” He enjoyed playing video games on his Playstation 4. He loved Jordan shoes and was a sports car fanatic. Vonnie enjoyed going to school and interacting with his teachers and classmates. They affectionately called him Skillz. Most of all Vonnie had a smile that was contagious. His smile could truly light up a room. He will surely be missed.

Tho’von leaves to cherish his beautiful memories a mother, Terry Featherston of Hampton; a sister, Caterry Featherston; a brother, Dalarrian Featherston of Hampton, a brother, Dimitri Squire of West Virginia, and a brother, Jalyn King. He lived in the home with his Grandmother, Sandra Featherston, a twin brother, Tay’von Needam-Featherston and two younger brothers, Dahveon Featherston and Tyler Featherston of Hampton. He also leaves behind a Grandmother, Mary Needam; a Great-grandmother, Rosa Needam of Hampton; two nephews, Damari Featherston and Kai Featherston of Hampton; three aunts, Cynthia Johnson of Chesapeake, Sandra K. Featherston of Hampton, and Crystal Skinner (Gary) of Norfolk; two uncles, Westley Featherston (Danielle) and Dewayne Needam of Hampton; and a host of cousins, family and friends.

A visitation will be held Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday, 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Hampton.

Evelyn Lorraine Farr

Evelyn Lorraine Farr went home to her Lord at 79 years of age on Monday, January 14th. She passed in the early morning hours.

Evelyn was born on September 14th, 1939 to James and Marion Rowse. She was educated in the Boston public schools in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Evelyn married Peter Farr in the Charlestown Baptist Church on October 10th, 1959. The couple bought their first home in Merrimack, N.H. in June of 1967. She earned an associates degree in accounting and worked at various companies until her retirement in 2004 from Brookstone.

Evelyn is survived by her husband of 59 years; her son Christopher S. Farr and his wife Karen of Chesapeake, VA; her son David A. Farr of Laporte, TX; her daughter Dawn A. Nichols
and her husband Jerry of Florham Park, NJ; seven grandchildren; her two sisters; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was an avid reader who enjoyed playing cards and board games with friends and family. Evelyn crocheted many colorful afghans for most of the children born to family members.

Joan Beth Taylor

On January 17, 2019, Joan Beth Taylor went to be with Jesus.  Joan was born in Fairmont, NC, on September 25, 1942.  She and her husband, Claude, moved to Newport News, VA, in 1962 where they spent their adult life.  God has blessed them with a daughter, Claudia, who was the light of their life.

Joan was a hair dresser and worked for five years at the Dainty Lady Beauty Shop before opening her own salon in her home in 1972. God blessed her with a wonderful clientele whom she loved and appreciated, and they felt the same way about her.  She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter and her husband, Claudia and Steve Wilson, and her grandson and his wife, Aaron and Malena Wilson, of Chesterfield, VA, her sister and her husband, Daphne and Don Bennington, of Smithfield, VA, her brother and his wife, Arland and Susan Hill of Lumberton, NC, and her brother, Dan F Hill of Roseboro, NC.

The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, at Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11 a.m. led by the Reverends Joe Hunt and Rusty Beck.  Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Please join us at Parkview Baptist Church for fellowship following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Liberty Baptist Church and/or Parkview Baptist Church. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Maurice Penn Snapp

“I am the resurrection and the life… everyone who believes in me shall never die.” John 11:25

Maurice Penn Snapp, 91, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, went peacefully to be with his Lord on January 16, 2019. While Penn had an active career his entire life, his most important role was that of Patriarch to a large and extended family. He recently celebrated 70 years of marriage that produced 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a lifetime of love, joy, support and a legacy of Christian service.

Penn was born in Hagerstown, MD in 1927 but soon thereafter moved with his mother and sister to Winchester, VA. In 1943, Penn relocated to Newport News, VA and began working at Beck’s City Bakery. Eager to join the war, he enlisted in the Army as soon as he turned 18 serving in the European Theater. Returning to Newport News in 1947 he met and married his wife Hilda. By 1961 he had moved to a new position at the Newport News Shipyard, retiring as a Buying Supervisor in 1989. His simultaneous career with H&R Block as a tax preparer would span 40 years. Penn satisfied his strong entrepreneurial spirit by creating several small businesses over the years, primarily in tax accounting and bookkeeping.

Penn always found time to be a fully involved husband and father. He attended every ballgame and school event, cheering on his children and grandchildren in their many endeavors giving them support and encouragement to try new things and dream big dreams. His greatest legacy is his love of Christ and His church. Penn joined Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church in 1962 where he served as a teacher of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, a Lay Leader, a Sunday School teacher, and was the church Treasurer for over 50 years. His deep faith was evident in his daily life as he tirelessly and sacrificially served those in need. Never judging, always encouraging, he modeled a life lived as a true follower of Christ.

Penn is predeceased by his mother, Georgia Clayton Snapp, his son Ronald Penn Snapp, his grandson, Michael Ryan Snapp, and his sister Anna Mae Snapp Smith. Left to cherish his memories are his beloved wife of 70 years, Hilda Tyree Snapp, his daughter, Constance Snapp DeBord and her husband David DeBord of Virginia Beach, his daughter Bonnie Snapp Blount and her husband Ron Blount of Chesapeake, his grandson Adam Penn Snapp and his wife Emily of Virginia Beach, his daughter-in-law Trish Todd Snapp of Virginia Beach, and his wonderful grandchildren, Esther and Hannah DeBord and Joshua and Jeremy Blount. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Michael Penn and Georgia Ann Snapp. Additionally, he leaves behind nephews Bill Reynolds of Williamsburg and Garland and Scott Smith, both of Winchester, VA.

The family will receive friends Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 3-4:30 PM at the Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00AM at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, 1024 Harpersville, Rd., Newport News, immediately followed by a Graveside Service at Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery. The Church is hosting a lunch for family and friends after the Graveside Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.