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Barry Ollin Stewart

      

Barry Ollin Stewart, age 65, set his trim for the open ocean on Jul. 8, 2019. He was born to Joyce Lucille and JD Edward Stewart, Jr. on Feb. 2, 1954, in Cedartown, GA. From there, they moved to Jacksonville, FL where a sister, Linda was born. Next stop was Oahu, HI where sister Debbie came on board. Other duty stations for this Marine Corps family included Beaufort, SC; Camp Lejeune, NC and finally Albany, GA.

As a young man, Barry enrolled in Albany Junior College, where he studied physics and cultural anthropology. He had thought to become a pilot but when that was ruled out due to an eye injury, Barry changed tack. He enlisted in the U.S Navy submarine force and struck a rate of FTGC (Chief Fire Control Technician — Gunfire Control). He served for 20 years and was the longest-serving sailor on board the USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689). He also served on board the USS Phoenix (SSN 702) and at the Submarine Training Facility in Norfolk, VA. Citations and awards include the Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal Battle “E” Award, and Enlisted Subsurface Warfare Specialist Insignia (ESSS).

He met the love of his life, Rebecca Lee Hudgins, doing what they loved best: scuba diving. Both went on to become NAUI-certified divemasters with certifications in cave, cavern, wreck, and rescue diving. Barry and Becky were married in September of 1993 and aside from short trips overseas for business, were inseparable ever after.

Barry was honorably discharged from the Navy in July of 1998 and began a second career at E-42 Engineering Division in what is now Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News. He worked there for 20 years, retiring in January of 2018. Professional and fraternal affiliations include SAWE (Society of Allied Weight Engineers) and the US Submarine Veterans Association.

He was an avid motorcyclist and always spoke of a trip to Sturgis, SD with brother-in-law “Mac” and others, as a highlight of his life. He returned to the West with his wife — although this time they went in the Cadillac — to visit as many of our national parks as was humanly possible. Barry was a proud member of the Harley Owners Group for many years and enjoyed many a poker run with the Hampton Roads chapter.

Besides Rebecca, he is survived by his sister, Linda Kay and her husband Edward “Mac” McIntosh, their daughter Erin and her husband Andy Crain and their daughters Avery Kay and Hallie Reese Crain. He is survived also by sister Debbie Ann and her husband, Lex Lloyd Dorminey, and their daughters Jennifer Ann (wife of Danilo, mother of Daviel Cruz) and Ashley Llonita (wife of Parker Ray Huskey).

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 19 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Following the service, the family invites all to attend a meal at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Judith (Judy) Hogg Edwards

Judith (Judy) Hogg Edwards, 76, of Newport News, passed away Monday July 6th after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. She was the daughter of the late Percy Everett Hogg and Ettamae Smith Hogg.

Born in Newport News, Judy grew up in Dandy York County along with her late brother Percy Everett Hogg, Jr. She graduated from Warwick High School and received a B.A. in Marketing and Business Administration, Cum Laude, from Christopher Newport College (now Christopher Newport University). Judy retired from Knoll, Inc. in 2002.

Judy was active in her community, proudly contributing to and serving numerous local organizations including the James River Garden Club, Junior League of Hampton Roads, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Altar Guild, Hampton Yacht Club, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She had a life-long love of the water, choosing to spend much of her free time on it or nearby. Judy was an avid boater, a passion she shared with her husband Greg. Whether racing sailboats or cruising the bay, you could always find the pair enjoying life together.

To her friends and family, Judy will be remembered for her warmth, sincerity, and infectious smile. She was loving and thoughtful, always putting the needs of others before her own.

Judy is survived by her devoted husband, Greg Edwards, daughters Jennifer Hall, Laura Freed and Logan Edwards, son-in-law Chris Hall IV, grandchildren, Madeline, Christian, Lillian, Gabe and L’ea, cousins Stephen P. Ham Sr., Stephen P. Ham III, Betty Bartek, and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Everett, and immediate family members Anne and Carthur Watson, Elizabeth and Coleman Shields, and Peggy and Steve Ham.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 15th, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 16th at 1:30 p.m with a reception to follow in the Parrish House. The Rev. Anne Kirchmier will officiate. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Grafton Christian Church cemetery.

Peninsula Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 45 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601 or Home Away From Home, 10701 W. Baseline Rd. Little Rock, AR 72209.

Kenneth O. Coombs

Kenneth O. Coombs, 73, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019, surrounded by his family, after a 4-month long battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by his family.  His favorite pastimes were playing golf with his friends and family, watching golf, riding his Harley, and enjoying the Chesapeake Bay view from his Virginia Beach condo he shared with his wife, Carla.

Kenny was born on January 26, 2946, in Seattle, Washington, was the second oldest of 7 children, and was raised in Mesa, Arizona.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era from 1966 to 1969, and was stationed at the Nike Missile Site in Smithfield, Virginia.

Kenny retired from the Amoco Oil Refinery in 2010 after 12 years, and had previously retired from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union #540 in Newport News after 24 years.  Kenny was a great husband and father and loved and cherished his family.

Kenny is the son of the late Kenneth Lynn Coombs and Anna Lee Kennec Coombs.  He was preceded in death by his brother Eddie, his brother Gordon, and by his closest friends in life, Charlie Spain (brother-in-law) of Mesa, Arizona, Gary Boyters (brother-in-law) of Newport News, Virginia, and Charlie Head of Hampton, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carla Ann Coombs; daughters, Shelly Coombs Vieth (Greg) and Kelly Coombs Lowry (Derrick); sons, Kenneth Jay Coombs (Ann) and Curtis Allen Coombs (Georgia); sisters, Ruth Hill (John) and Deycie Coombs; brothers, Richard Coombs and Stanley Coombs; granddaughters, Alexis Vieth and Amelia Coombs; grandson, Tristan Coombs; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Kenny’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the service.

Roy W. Mitchell

Roy Mitchell, age 96, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019.

He was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran serving from 1943 to 1946. For over 80 years he was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He was a 1941 graduate of Hampton High School.  In 1958 he founded and operated Beach Hardware in Hampton. During his over 50 years of dedicated service to his community he was affectionately referred to as “Mr. Beach” by the store’s patrons.

Preceding him in rest is his wife, Nettie M. Mitchell. Surviving members of his family include his sons, Jim Mitchell, Ray Mitchell (Mary), and Bill Mitchell; grandchildren, Michelle, Jimmy, Christina, Luke, Robbie, and Erica; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Pat Messer.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, July 12, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A service celebrating Roy’s life will be held Saturday morning, July 13, 2019 at 10:00 at Bethel Baptist Church followed with interment in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 1004 Yorktown Road, Yorktown, VA 23693.

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

Walter Oliver “Vince” Vinson

October 16th, 1930 – July 6th, 2019

Walter Oliver Vinson, age 88, passed away unexpectedly in his home with his loyal dog by his side in Newport News, Virginia on July 6th, 2019.

A long time resident of Newport News, VA Walter Oliver Vinson was born in Murfreesboro, NC on October 16th, 1930 to Jesse Walter and Lila Warren Vinson. Walter served his country proudly for 27 years in the United States Air Force. He retired as a Master Sargent in 1990. He also retired from Basic Construction Company, and had been currently employed at AMSEC. Walter enjoyed spending time outdoors either on the water fishing or on the golf course with his daughter and golf buddies.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his parents, Walter was preceded in death by his son John Travis Crockett, his brother Calvin Vinson, and his brother-in law John Francis.

Left to cherish Walter’s memory is; his beloved wife Patricia of 46 years; his daughters Dawn and husband Anthony Urdiales from Longmont, CO and Melinda and husband Cliff Hodges from Mims, Florida; daughter-in-law Ella and husband Paul Warner of Newport News, VA; five granddaughters Anna and husband Reid Dismuke of Newport News, VA, Hannah Hodges of Alexandria, VA, Dr. Haleigh Hodges Bodeau and husband Johnny Bodeau of Roanoke, VA Marissa and Allsion Bonday of Longmont, CO; four great-grandchildren; Zahara, Liam, Genevieve, and Jolene; his sister Peggy Francis of Murfreesboro, NC; and sister-in-law Linda Vinson of Murfreesboro, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the viewing on Wednesday July 10th at 2:00 PM at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, VA. A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 PM immediately following the viewing officiated by Pastor Tag Kilgore. Grave-site service will be held on the following day Thursday July 11th at 2:00 PM at Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery in Murfreesboro, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made directly to American Diabetes Association by calling 1-800-DIABETES or by mail at P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

Peninsula Funeral Home is handling all the arrangements for the Vinson family with assistance from Garret-Sykes Funeral Home in Murfreesboro, North Carolina.

Michael Steven Wolsh

Michael Steven Wolsh passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the age of 70.  Mike was born in Phoebus and was a resident of Hampton his whole life.  He retired from the Hampton Fire Department, as a medic firefighter, after 31 years.

Mike is survived by Carol Wolsh; daughter, Jamie Phillips (Patrick); son, Joe Wolsh (Leah); three grandchildren, Evie, Ivan and Elliot; sister, Michele Queen; and his best buddy, Samson.

The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at Peninsula Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at The Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, 1817 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, VA 23661.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Leo Clay Williams

On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, Leo Clay Williams, loving husband and wonderful father of 4 children, grandfather of 10, and great-grandfather of 9, peacefully passed away, at the age of 90, while at home in Newport News, Va., surrounded by family.

Leo was born October 1, 1928 in Danville, Virginia to Berkley Broddus and Sallie Motley Williams. After moving to the Hilton Village area of Newport News, Va. as a teenager, he attended Morrison High School (Warwick High) and served as the first SCA President of the school. After graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corp. as a Sergeant and Platoon Commander. Afterwards, he attended the College of William and Mary and later went on to marry Miriam Barrett of Staten Island, NY on June 5, 1954.  He initially made his career in radio advertising for WVEC radio and left for a short while to assist his parents in the family business, Hilton Cleaners, before returning to WVEC and later 2WD radio, where he became a legend in the advertising world. After his retirement at the age of 65, he was not done yet. He proceeded to open his own advertising agency, Impact Ad Group, Inc., where he worked side by side with his wife, Miriam for the next 25 years. He closed the business in March of this year, at the age of 90. Leo’s particular fascination with writing would eventually become a central component of his success in his advertising career. Primarily in sales in the beginning, he would later become the creator of many eloquent ads and TV commercials. His talent was unprecedented and he was honored many times for his successes. Leo was a man where a handshake was his word. He was a master storyteller and completed his book about his life, just days before his death. He was a family man who adored his family beyond anything else and was adored back.

He is preceded in death by his father Berkley B. and mother Sallie M. Williams and his sister Gail W. Lambiotte. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Miriam B. Williams, his 4 children, Leah W. Shearin and her husband Doug, Caron W. Jones and her husband Bruce, Susan W. O’Connell, and Berkley L. Williams. Also surviving is his sister Barbara Mathews of Newport News, Va., and grandchildren Christopher Shearin, Lara Overy, Melanie Walton, Brandon Honeycutt, Cristen Treu, Andrew O’Connell, Patrick O’Connell, Katherine O’Connell, John Williams, Daniel Williams, 9 great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Newport News-Warwick Chapter/NSDAR, Sarah Lou Whitehead fund, to be used for the Good Citizen award presented to outstanding Newport News high school seniors.  Donations may be sent to 100 South Maple Rd., Yorktown, Va. 23693.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.   A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 10 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

June V. Mitchell

June V. Mitchell, 91, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019. She was born February 23, 1928. June retired from civil service after 30 years. She was a 67-year member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and was also a member of Warwick Chapter #43 Order of the Eastern Star. She was an active member of over 50 years at Temple Baptist Church. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed her time spent in the Outer Banks.

June was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Daisy Vermillera. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Walter J. Mitchell, Jr.; daughter, Terri M. Taylor (John) of Newport News, son, Mark S. Mitchell (Audrey) of Orlando, FL; grandson, Nicholas Taylor ( Erica) of Newport News; granddaughter, Jacqueline Mitchell of Orlando, FL; brother, Robert Vermillera; nephews, Scott and Tony Vermillera of Richmond; and many loving friends.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Steve Baehr. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

Joseph “Joey” E. Green

Joseph “Joey” E. Green, 33, passed away on June 26, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was a native of Virginia and resident of Newport News for 28 years. He was an electrician with Unique Environmental Energy Services. Joey was a loving husband, father and son. He loved life and helping others. His favorite pastime was working on cars and motorcycles.

Joey was preceded in death by his grandparents, Chester and Marianne Piekielniak and his uncle, Chester Piekielniak. He is survived by his wife, Ashleigh N. Green; daughter, Ryleigh N. Green; son, Jeramiah D. Maldonado; mother, Celia C. Green; aunt, Vicky Piekielniak; cousins, Karen Tucker and David Ellis; and several second cousins. He will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.

Alisa Hanson

Alisa Hanson, of Newport News, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Surviving members of her family include her husband, William J. McCurley; daughter, Jamie Hanson; and son Quince McCurley
A memorial service will be held Friday evening, July 5, 2019 at 6:00 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Following the memorial service, there will be a visitation until 7:30.

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

Betty C. Overman

Betty C. Overman passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the age of 81. She was born on May 21, 1938, in Hindmond, Kentucky, in a “holler.” Her daddy rode the donkey into town to get the doctor when it was time for her to be born. When she was four, the family moved to Newport News to find work. Betty spent the rest of her life as a resident of Newport News. After graduation from Warwick High School, she began secretarial school in Washington, D.C. Shortly after she graduated, she returned home and began working at Langley Air Force Base, where she worked until she retired 27 years later. It only took her six months to realize she did not like being retired, so she went to work for the City of Newport News Parks and Rec Department.

Betty loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a loyal, dependable friend. Betty loved vacationing in the Outer Banks where she rented a cottage and took her family every summer. After the children were grown, she continued her visits with friends. Betty loved flowers, gardening, needlepoint, painting, crafting, bluegrass music and, of course, her books. She created many beautiful works of art that her family and friends treasure. Her love of travel began with her family’s cross-country trip from Virginia to California when she graduated from high school. Her travels took her far and wide from Massachusetts to Florida, St. Croix and Europe where she visited Holland, Germany, Austria, France, and Belgium.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Olive and Mitchell Thacker; husband, Ernie Overman; and her son, Jeffrey Harris, Sr. She leaves behind her loving daughter, Tammy Jo Price (Bill) and their three children, Amanda, Mitchell and Billy (Morgan); a daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen and her three children, Jeffrey Jr., Lindsay and Paige; brother Bobby Thacker (Cathy); granddaughter, Amanda who moved in with her Mimi to help her over the beginning of her illness. While living together, they did many things like paintings, drawings, reading books, college advice and talks of what life holds for Amanda; grandson, Mitchell, who spent many mornings and nights helping his Mimi. During that time, he filled her heart with laughter and love and helped make her life complete. Jeffrey, Jr. was important to her always and she loved him with all her heart. She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, including Skyla, her precious jewel, who came for sleepovers and would show her Mimi2 her artwork. She also was Mimi2’s mini-nurse. Betty also leaves behind two wonderful and caring friends, Jill Figuenick and Stephanie Kerns. Jill remained by her side always. Her caregiver, Kristi, took wonderful care of her and was like a second daughter and whom she cared for dearly.

Her daughter Tammy and husband Bill spent a lot of time caring for her, which enabled her to remain in her home through most of her illness. Her son-in-law, Bill prepared the family home for her where she would live the rest of her life surrounded by family.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, with interment following at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Caroline Elise Wheeler

Caroline Elise Wheeler of Virginia Beach, Va. received her angel wings on June 27, 2019. She was born November 14, 2015 in Norfolk, quickly stealing her family’s heart, earning numerous pet names and receiving endless amounts of love and snuggles. She was Daddy’s Girl and Mommy’s “Mini-Me”; a beautiful child with bright, wide eyes and the cutest crooked smile.

Caroline was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder at the age of 7 months. Although her illness took many abilities from her, she is now running free, chasing butterflies, picking wildflowers and feeling the warm sunshine on her face, as any 3 year old should.

Caroline will be forever loved by her doting parents, Josh Wheeler and Stephanie Phillips-Wheeler of Virginia Beach; maternal grandparents, Jeri and Michael Phillips of Norfolk; paternal grandparents, Cece Wheeler and John Wheeler of Hampton; aunt and uncle Jessica and Ralph Chesson of Norfolk; uncle Luke Wheeler of Hampton; three very special cousins, Jack and Henry Chesson and Kate Wheeler, and extended family throughout the country.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday,  July 1 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601, immediately followed by visitation with the family.

Flowers are welcome or donations in Caroline’s memory may be sent to: Bereaved Parents Council, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Attn: Larissa Trinder, Director of Major Gifts CHKD, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507; OR Edmarc Hospice for Children, Edmarc. org.

Lisa Kay Gross

Lisa Kay Gross, 59, of Newport News, Va. transitioned to her Heavenly Home on Friday, June 28, 2019.  Lisa was born on December 10, 1959, in Newport News.  She taught pre-school for the NASA-Langley Day Care for 13 years and was a nursery worker for 27 years at Temple Baptist Church.  The last 8 ½ years before her fight with cancer, she worked as an executive administrative assistant for NCPS.

She was preceded in death by her father, Martin J. Gross, Jr.   Her survivors include her mother, Loretta Sue Hollis Gross; her brother, James M. Gross (Gigi); her sister, Julie L. Owsley (Scott); three nephews and one niece, Gregory Owsley (Lindsay), John Gross (Emily), Susan Owsley, Michael Gross; and one great-nephew, Cade Gross.

A private Celebration for the family will be held in the future.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Baptist Church Missions 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Etta Edmondson Morton

Etta Edmondson Morton, 77, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. She was a native of Norton, Va. and resident of Warner, Va. for 36 years. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

Etta was preceded in rest by her husbands, James Edmondson and James Robert Morton; parents, Worley Hammonds and Eliza Thompson; son, Dana Morton; daughter, Doris Edmondson; brother, Dallas Hammonds; and sister, Lucy Hammonds.

She is survived by her children, Angela Morton Moore (Stacey), Donna Mae Edmondson, and Wanda Sebastian; Donna Dunlevy and Gail Bennett who were daughters of her heart; sons, James Edmondson (Cindy) and Shawn Morton; family friend, Timothy Trainham, who was like a son; grandchildren, Melinda S. Weis; Amber, Joshua and Cody Jones; William, Christina, Chris and Teresa Solitro; James and Kristen Edmondson; Shawn II and Samantha Morton; and Zachary Halstead; more than 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including nephew, David Morton.

A graveside service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Richard Lee Matthias

Richard Lee Matthias, age 79, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019. He was a native of Beecher, IL and had been a resident of Gloucester for 27 years.

Richard was a veteran of the U. S. Army where he was a 1St Sergeant and was awarded numerous medals and honors while serving in Vietnam. He was a member of Apostles Lutheran Church in Gloucester. Other hobbies and interests included being a member of the Model A Club and the German Club of Gloucester.

Surviving members of his family include his wife of 36 years, Lieselotte Matthias; children, Beate, Charlie and Mike; three grandchildren, Karina, Samantha and Avery; a feline companion, Harley.

A memorial service celebrating Richard’s life will be held on Monday afternoon, July 1, 2019 at 2:00 at Peninsula Funeral Home officiated by Pastor Judy Cobb.

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

Teresa Matilda Phillips

Teresa Matilda Phillips, age 80, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at her home in Hayes, VA with her loving son, daughter, and beloved poodle Daisy by her side.

Affectionately known as Mamaw. She was a generous person and will always be remembered for her love of family and children. She was young at heart, fun, and her smiles were endless.

Preceding her in rest is her husband, Lt. Col. Robert “Bob” Preston Phillips, U.S. Air Force (Retired); mother, Ethel Resto; and daughter, Janice Marie Holt. Surviving members of her family include her children, Debra L. Campbell (K.R.) and Eugene S. Holt, Jr.; grandchildren, Kerry R. Campbell III, Marie N. Campbell, Shelly Tomlinson (Jeffrey), Erik Sutton, and Sarah Schwartzott (Jason); seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister, Madeline Davis (Frank); brother, George Resto (Bev); and numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends Monday, July 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial graveside service celebrating Teresa’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park officiated by Pastor Lynwood Wells.

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

Edith K. Spritzer

Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Edith K. Spritzer, resident of Newport News since 1944, went to her final rest the evening of June 26, 2019, at the age of 101. She was born and educated in the schools of New York City.

Edith was a remarkable woman. Her life was one of significant contribution both personally and during her 33 year professional career at NASA. She quickly became respected as a hardworking, take charge person. She made an immediate impact as a no nonsense, highly professional individual.

Early in her career at NASA Edith became the Administrative Assistant to Division Chief Christopher Kraft who had managerial responsibility for the original seven astronauts. She was rightfully proud of “her boys” and often spoke of witnessing John Glenn’s space flight from Cape Canaveral. She received certificates of “contributions for excellence” from NASA Langley Research Center every year. As a NASA Management Analyst, she was awarded the NASA-Langley Exceptional Service Medal. In 1992 she retired as Head, Directives and Forms Management.

Some of her significant accomplishments at NASA included establishment of a form’s management program. Implementation of margin caption formats, creation of the services directory section for Langley Research Center and creating a no smoking program.

Her volunteer work included serving in numerous capacities for the Sisterhood of Rodef Sholom Temple and for The Council of Jewish Women. The Council honored her with The Hanna G. Solomon Award for 50 years of important contributions.

She was active in the community concentrating on children’s activities. She pioneered the Girl Scout movement in the Hidenwood area serving as a troop leader, council secretary and district coordinator. Edith also helped lead in formulating The Peninsula Swimming Organization which won the local AAU swim team competition and competed at the state level. And she volunteered as a Red Cross Safety Instructor.

Edith K. Spritzer was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Louis Paul Spritzer. She is survived by her children Stephanie Spritzer Gelman (husband Jack K. Gelman) of Westport CT and Ira B. Spritzer (wife Janice C Spritzer)) of Flagstaff AZ as well as by grandchildren Ian Gelman (wife Jessica Lynn Gelman), Jessica Gelman (wife Corbin Petro), Siena Spritzer and Olivia Spritzer as well as by great-grandchildren Rees Petro-Gelman and Brooks Petro-Gelman.

Graveside service will be held at 1pm on Friday- 6/28/2019 at The Jewish Cemetery of The Virginia Peninsula in Hampton, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly make a donation to your favorite charity. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Carole Bridges passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the age of 83. She was a native of the peninsula and had been a resident of Smithfield for 31 years. Carole was the Merchandising Manager of fine jewelry for J.C. Penny Department Store in Hampton. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Smithfield. Carole graduated from Peninsula Catholic High School.

Carole was preceded in death by her husband, John Bridges.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Clark Stockton and Patricia Lynn Clark; sons, Steven Patrick Clark, Robert Douglas Clark, David Kevin Bridges and Sean Christopher Bridges; nine grandchildren, Steven, Michael, Nick, Kyle, Travis, Lauren, Dallas, Meagan and Rachel; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, James Adams and Michael Adams.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 300 Smithfield Blvd., Smithfield, Va. with a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Bellamy United Methodist Church Cemetery, 4870 Chestnut Fork Rd., Gloucester, Va.

John E. Garrett

John E. Garrett, 72, of Newport News, passed away from complications of bulbar ALS on June 21, 2019.

He was a graduate of Warwick HS (1965), the Armed Forces School of Music, and a musician in the U.S. Navy (band). A businessman, he worked in Garrett’s Glass, a family business of 50 years in the Hilton area, and established and operated Pack and Send. He retired from business in June 2007.

Music was his avocation and passion, a career which spanned 56 continuous years. An accomplished and classically trained pianist and organist, he studied privately for nine years beginning at age ten, began his first organist’s job at age 14, and, while in the Navy, played military church services and held a church position in Charleston, SC. In Newport News, he served Warwick United Church of Christ, Hidenwood Presbyterian, Chestnut United Methodist Church, and retired in 2016 from First United Methodist Church in Hilton, after 34 years. He was also accompanist for the Peninsula Choral Society for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ira “Duck” and Jean Hargrave Garrett (Newport News natives) and his first wife, Nancy Umphlet. He is survived by his wife, Mary Matthews, voice teacher; his son, John Christopher Garrett (Christine); grandsons, David and Michael Garrett of Newport News; his daughter, Jean Kristin of Hampton; step-daughter, Kelly Lucas (Dominic); granddaughter, Josephine of Sterling; brothers, Billy (Susie, deceased) of North Carolina, Steve (Doria) of Texas, and Fred (Faye) of Yorktown; sister, Kathy of Nevada; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family expresses appreciation to the many doctors, nurses, and caregivers, especially Kathy and Melodie, both private and at the Hampton Veterans Hospital, Jeri Prosser of the ALS Foundation, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Riverside Hospice, and the help of family and friends during the difficult journey.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Elizabeth A. Lutz, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter, 30 W. Gude Dr., Rockville, MD 20850, Paralyzed Veterans of America, 210 Franklin Rd., SW Rm 804, Roanoke, VA 24011 or First United Methodist, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Irene McClelland

Irene McClelland went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the age of 86.  She was born to Marvin Odell and Betty Pauline Garner on February 10, 1933 in Johnson County, NC.  Irene later relocated to Virginia where she met her late husband, Bernard C. McClelland, Sr., married and raised her family.

She is survived by her five children, Bernie (Pam), Melvin, Brad, Jack (Cheryl) and Lynn (John) Alligood; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Odell Garner and his family.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A Homegoing Graveside service will be held Monday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Wendell James Pile

Wendell James Pile passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 16th at his home in Smithfield on the day that he and Billie (deceased, March 2015) would have celebrated their 75th wedding Anniversary.

Wendell was born in Ray, North Dakota to Ann Catherine and Fred Webber Pile on August 5, 1922. Raised in nearby Fargo, he was enamored with the local Native American culture.

He attended North Dakota State, the University Medical School and University of Illinois Medical School. He served as a US Army surgeon during that time. Dr. Pile completed his residency at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg before moving to Newport News to establish his private practice, as the first Psychiatrist on the Peninsula. In 1959, he founded Bayberry Psychiatric Hospital in Hampton, where he was Medical Director until 1978. He continued his practice and served on boards and as a consultant to Langley AFB and NASA until his retirement. Dr. Pile was highly decorated and published in his specialty.

As a child, Wendell began a lengthy and accomplished musical pursuit, playing piccolo and flute in local symphony, church organ and became a consummate classical pianist. His love for classical music, especially Opera, led him to a leadership seat in the Virginia Opera Association and support of local arts community. He enjoyed challenging outdoor sports. He became an avid golfer, an enthusiastic Equestrian and competitive tennis player. He loved sailing and yachting and eventually captained a total of 5 family “PILE INN” vessels.

Dr. Pile became a creative investor, business entrepreneur, and real estate developer, credited for many area neighborhoods and successful business ventures. A longtime member of James River Country Club, he was also a founding and charter member of Cedar Point Country Club, and co-founded 2 local banks.  He supported his wife’s vision and enterprise, building the Newport News Ramada Inn and popular night club of the 80’s.

Dr. Pile is survived by sons, Jim (Beth), and William (Lisa); daughters Virginia King and Nancy Griffin (Clay); ten Grandchildren; eight Great-grandchildren; and was predeceased by daughter Margaret Anne (Peggy) Pile in 1974.

Wendell was slow to anger, quick to laugh, and his listening skills made him an effective and well-loved Psychiatrist. He will be missed by family and friends, including the hundreds of families he served through the years.

A visitation will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News on Saturday, June 22nd from 3-5 pm.  A Memorial Service will take place on June 23rd at 2:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar St, Smithfield.

Contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Smithfield and St Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Daniel Meyerson

Daniel Meyerson, age 93, passed away on June 18, 2019.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at The Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula.

Edith McKinney Sutton

Edith McKinney Sutton, 98, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert James Sutton, Jr., her son-in-law, Richard Dennis Cox and her grandson, Cory Michael Sutton.  Edith is survived by her children, Brenda Cox, Richard Sutton (Lil) and Keith Sutton; her grandchildren Amy Cox-Young (Scott) and Angela Whyte; her great-grandchildren, Brandon and Grace Sutton and Sawyer Young.

Edith was a loving and caring woman of faith and will be missed by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 21 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home with the funeral service following at 6:00 p.m.  Burial will be in Elizabethton, TN. Please send memorials to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.

Dr. James H. “Harry” Howard

Dr. James H. “Harry” Howard passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the age of 89.  He was a native of Tazewell, Va. but had been a resident of Newport News for the past 57 years.  He was a naval officer with the U.S. Navy from 1953 until 1957.   After his service with the Navy, he graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.  Harry enjoyed his career as a veterinarian with Colony Animal Hospital for 39 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lucille Howard, first wife Margaret Howard and son, Kevin Howard.

Harry is survived by his second wife, June Howard; step-son Stephen J. Owens; two step-grandchildren, James R. Owens and Janette J. Akins; and four step-great-grandchildren, Ayvin J. Akins, Kerrigan J. Akins, Adelyn J. Owens, and Kaylyn R. Owens.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park with The Rev. Carleton Bakkum officiating.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Harry’s name to either the  Alzheimer’s Association (www. alz.org); Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601 (www.peninsulaspca.org); or Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 123, Yorktown, VA 23690.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

David O. Garrison

David O. Garrison passed away June 11, 2019.  David was born in Hampton, VA on February 15, 1950.

David attended Hampton High School, Atlantic Christian College, and Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School.  David retired after 42 years of being a master shipbuilder.  He loved to spend time on his boat fishing with the family, woodworking, gardening and refurbishing cars with his brother.  David was a jack of all trades, you name it, he knew how to fix it.

David was married to his loving wife Deborah R. Garrison for 45 years.  David was preceded in death by his parents, Owren and Lucille Garrison.  He is survived by his wife Deborah R. Garrison; their children, Michelle G. Hernandez (Richard) and Amy Garrison (Junior Napoles); their grandchildren, Aubrey and Ryan Hernandez;  his brother William H. Garrison (Sandy), nephew, Adam Garrison (Sarah); brother-in-law, Danny Russell (Betsy), sister-in-law, Jennifer Lewis (David), and nephews Joey and Taylor Russell and Jason Adams.

The family will receive friends Monday, June 17, from 6-7 pm at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at 11 am at Peninsula Funeral Home.

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

Relissa Jutorae Eddings

Relissa Jutorae Eddings, 14, of Newport News, VA, was given her wings on Monday, June 10, 2019, following a valiant battle against her second cancer occurrence.  She was born January 20, 2005, in Richmond, VA.  Relissa attended George P. Phenix PK-8 School in Hampton, VA, where she was an Honor Roll student, member of the Phenix Panther Band, and Bethel High School Marching Band.  Relissa exceled at the fine arts.  An Artist, she would draw pictures and designs for friends and family.  A musician, playing the clarinet and being honored in the Hampton City Schools All-City Band and All-District Band.  A dancer and gymnast, participating in school talent shows, the Riverview Royals competitive cheer team, and posting countless dance videos on Instagram to share with friends.

Relissa is survived by her parents, Sam and Kimberly Sharpe, of Newport News, and her biological mother, Shawntae Sharpe, of Richmond; her maternal grandmother, Betsy Sharpe Lofton of Colonial Beach, paternal grandmother, Brenda Eddings, of Richmond, and maternal great-grandmother, Alberta Byrd; brothers and sisters: Travonti Sharpe and Ramani Goode of Richmond, Talaya Pittman and Sam Sharpe III of Fredericksburg, Jeffrey Pittman, Rynesha Goode, Dwayne Goode, and Rodnay Eddings of Colonial Beach, and Ametria Johnson of Newport News; uncles and aunts: Yoneko (Africanus) Sharpe and Millicent Eddings of Richmond, Galadreia (Tania) of King George, Napolean (Tyeis) Sharpe,  Shayla (Dwyane) Newman, and Cabot Sharpe of Colonial Beach; and four nieces, four nephews, and a host of great aunts, great uncles, cousins, and friends.

Relissa was preceded in death by her biological father, Dwayne Eddings of Richmond, maternal grandfather, Sam Sharpe Sr. of Richmond, and maternal great-grandfather, Charles “Bo” Byrd of Colonial Beach.

A Memorial Service will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home (11144 Warwick Blvd.) in Newport News on June 16, 2019, at 3:00pm following a viewing from 1:00 – 3:00pm.  The funeral services will be held at Little Zion Baptist Church (7748 Leedstown Road) in Colonial Beach, VA, at 1:00pm following a viewing at 11:00am.  A graveside service will be held at Robb’s Hill Cemetery on Leedstown Road in Colonial Beach, VA. The family will receive flowers or in lieu of flowers donations to Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (Norfolk) Hemotology and Oncology Department or Buddy Brigade.

Kory Hyon Joo

Kory Hyon Joo passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019.  He was a native of Yorktown.  Kory graduated from Tabb High School, Class of 2013.

Kory was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jae Kyung Lim and his cousin, Kwan Yoo.  He is survived by his mother, Lisa Joo and father, Hyon Joo; sister, Angel Joo; grandmother, Nam Do Lim; aunts Yong Ja Yoo, Judy McKin, Anna Smith, Yun Lim, Gin Suk Joo, Sun Hee Lim, Gina Lovell; uncles Yong Soo Lim, Yong Ho Lim, Myung Sun Park, Steve Lovell ; and cousins, Chul, Ahndrae, Kameron, J.R., Soo Mi, Ivan, Jamie, William, Izzy, Alicia, Faith and Nicole.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with interment following at Peninsula Memorial Park.

George “Ed” Harrah

George “Ed” Harrah passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the age of 76.  Ed was a native of West Virginia but had been a resident of Newport News for 58 years.  He was self-employed and retired from Triad Machine Shop, as President, after 35 years of service.  Ed was a Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School graduate and in 1973, became a Master Mason, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason at Warwick Masonic Lodge 336,  a Member of the Shrine and Elk’s Lodge 315 Newport News.  Ed loved all things outdoors, including golfing, fishing, boating, ATVing and motorcycling.  He loved his family and was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother and will be missed by all who knew him.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Hazel Harrah.  He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years, Sharon Jane Harrah; two sons, George “Eddie” Harrah II (Diane) and Todd J. Harrah (Kelly); one brother, James R. Harrah; and seven grandchildren, Justin M. Harrah, Benjamin A. Harrah, Stephen W. Harrah, Patrick E. Harrah, Rachel L. Harrah, Mary Kathryn Harrah and Megan E. Harrah.
A special thanks from the family to Dawn, Elaine, Bridget and Mara of Personal Touch Hospice for their exceptional and compassionate care.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.

Gwenith “Gwen” V. Holland

Gwenith “Gwen” V. Holland, 75, a life-long resident of Newport News, Va. passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at home.  She was an active member of Temple Baptist church.  Gwen graduated from Warwick High School and attended Blue Field College.  Her career endeavors included school teaching, banking, and real estate.

Gwen was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John James “Johnny” Holland and her parents Russell and Peachie Howard.  She is survived by her two sons, John “Jay” James Holland, IV and Michael “Marty” Holland; brother, Russell Howard, Jr.; grandson, Christopher A. Holland who she raised as her third son; three other grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends, Thursday, June 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held Friday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Wes Taylor officiating.  Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.  Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

Nelson Charles Rancorn, III

Nelson Charles Rancorn III, Chuck, passed away on Sunday June 2, 2019. He was a loving father to his two children, John Charles Rancorn and Emily Anne Rancorn.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Anne Jones Rancorn and his father, Nelson Rancorn Jr.. He is survived by his two children, his wife Genay Bryan Rancorn, his cousin Diane Jones, Grace Jones Morrison, Aunt Carolyn Rancorn Berg, as well as numerous cousins beyond. Chuck graduated from high school at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Chuck worked as a free lance artist for many years. His preferred medium was water color and ink. His work was featured in newspapers, magazines, and business journals.

Chuck returned to his hometown of Newport with his family in 2002. He worked as a cad technician at Rancorn Widman Architects, and later as a structural engineer. In addition to supporting the pursuits of his two beloved children, Chuck enjoyed music, spending time with his friends, time near the water and his cats. He was also an automobile enthusiast and a relentless wit. Chuck had suffered with declining health in recent years. He will be greatly missed and for eternity, dearly loved. The family will have a private graveside service. They ask you to join them at 1:00 pm Friday June 7 for a Celebration of Life at First Church Ministries, Port Warwick.

Dorothy F. Heffinger

Dorothy F. Heffinger was born on January 12, 1927 and passed away on June 1, 2019.  A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Chaplain Piotr Bialkowski.

Eugene Felix Criner

Eugene Felix Criner died on June 4th surrounded by his loving family. He was mostly known as Gene, Dad, or Grandpa, and occasionally as “Old Paint” when his grandkids rode him like a horse. He was known to all as a man who made the most of his ninety eight years of service, integrity, and devotion to his family and friends. As a child Gene traveled the country with his dad who played in the band Ace Brigode and His Fourteen Virginians. As they traveled from city to city, Gene and the other band member’s children would live in a tent outside of the city. He later traveled the world with the Navy when he enlisted at age 19 in 1939. He chased pirates up the Yangtze River, and served during three wars including WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Through his 24 years of service he earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander and the reputation of being considerate and a true gentleman. His second career settled his family in Newport News. He became one of the first stock brokers for Mason and Company which later became Legg Mason where he worked for 24 years.His third career as a volunteer docent at the Mariner’s Museum was clearly his favorite. He loved the details of Nautical History, like how ships were named in colonial times. He had a knack for making the dust of history come alive again for countless visitors from far away tourists to local school kids. More than his three careers,

Gene loved his family, and cherished his wife, Naomi, who he married in 1945 while he was in the Navy. He would come home from work when she was cooking dinner, wrap his arms around her waist and kiss her on the back of her neck. Gene always sent Naomi yellow roses, and the card was signed by the “mysterious stranger.” This tender, secure love set the tone in the home of the Criner Family, and he considered his family his greatest achievement. The things that Gene loved to do were intertwined with family and friends. He loved to Volksmarch (hike nature trails) around the country with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved the Outer Banks so he hosted 20 years of family gatherings at the beach. He loved games – all kinds of games like Tripoley, dominoes, cribbage, spades, and Acey Deucey. Family game night was a sacred tradition in the Criner family. Gene loved planting moonflower seeds and giving plants to all his friends. Then when the time came to watch his plants bloom in his back yard, he would invite them over for wine and a game of Bocce Ball.

The last chapter of his life was spent at Warwick Forest – where he still lived life to the fullest. He read constantly and was known among the staff as “Mr. Encyclopedia” as he played trivia games like Jeopardy and Who Wants To be a Millionaire? At 98, he was still able to complete the Daily Press cross word puzzle every day! We would like to offer special thanks to the staff and friends at Warwick Forest for their extraordinary devotion and support for him during his time there as well as our family as the end drew near.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lucien F. Criner and Celine Criner and by his brothers Lucien J. Criner and Louis E. Criner as well as his wife of 67 years Naomi R. Criner. He is survived by his children Carol Barlow, Susan Becker and her husband O.J.; Timothy Criner, and his wife Karen, John Criner, Robert Criner and his wife Aggie; nine grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors Saturday, June 8th at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church (100 Harpersville Road; Newport News, VA 23601). The funeral mass will start at 1:00 PM followed by entombment at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Warwick Forrest Residence Association Christmas Fund (WFRA) 1004 Old Denbigh Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602.

Dr. Norman D. “Woody” Glasscock

Dr. Norman D. “Woody” Glasscock left this world unexpectedly to join his Heavenly Father on June 2, 2019.  He was born on August 1, 1928, to Norman and Sudie Glasscock in Wichita, Kansas.  After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, he served in the Navy Reserve and was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Woody returned to the University of Oklahoma for his Master’s Degree, then graduating from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry.  After practicing family dentistry in New Mexico, he returned to school to specialize in Periodontics and joined the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical School, later working at the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City.  Subsequently, he was promoted to the Department of Veterans Affairs National Office in Washington D.C. serving in several official positions for the dental and medical activities of the VA Hospital.  He came to the Hampton VA Medical Center as Chief of Dental Service in 1981, before being reassigned to National Headquarters in 1993.  During his career, he taught at several schools of Dentistry including the VCU School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia.

Upon retirement, he and his wife made their permanent home in Yorktown, Virginia.  Woody was a Sunday School teacher in the Nelms class of Chestnut United Methodist Church, serving on numerous committees as well as being Lay Speaker for the Peninsula District.  He was active in the Exchange Club of Hampton Roads and a tutor at Peninsula Roads.  He served as a docent at the Mariners Museum for 25 years.  Woody and his wife also delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.  He loved traveling with his wife, family, and special friends.  One of his favorite places to spend time was at their house in Nags Head and he relished time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Woody was a member of several professional organizations; however, he felt his greatest accomplishment was his marriage to his loving wife, Kathryn, for almost 67 years and their special offspring: two daughters – Janet Hawkins (Richard) of Midlothian, Va., Jerri Karstetter (Paul) of Centreville, Va. and one son, Jack Glasscock (Georgia) of Annandale, Va.  He was very proud of his seven grandchildren – Jenni Thompson (Ashley), Bernadette Hawkins (Brent), Kyle Hawkins, Philip Karstetter (Kelli), Amanda Karstetter, Jake Norman Glasscock, and Karly Glasscock and three great-grandchildren – Brynn Hawkins and Scott and Kevin Thompson.  Woody was especially proud of his grandson, Brent Hawkins’ accomplishments, as a graduate of Virginia Tech, who was taken from this earth too soon.  He was also preceded in death by his parents and one son, Joseph Harold.  Woody is survived by one brother, Gary DeLaune of San Antonio, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private.  A memorial service will be held at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church on June 6 at 1:00 p.m.  Family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.  The family wants to thank the exceptional staff in the SICU at Riverside Regional Medical Center for the sterling care they provided.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Chestnut Memorial Church, 1024 Harpersville, Rd., Newport News, Virginia 23601 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org).  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Dr. Norman D. “Woody” Glasscock left this world unexpectedly to join his Heavenly Father on June 2, 2019.  He was born on August 1, 1928, to Norman and Sudie Glasscock in Wichita, Kansas.  After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, he served in the Navy Reserve and was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Woody returned to the University of Oklahoma for his Master’s Degree, then graduating from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry.  After practicing family dentistry in New Mexico, he returned to school to specialize in Periodontics and joined the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical School, later working at the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City.  Subsequently, he was promoted to the Department of Veterans Affairs National Office in Washington D.C. serving in several official positions for the dental and medical activities of the VA Hospital.  He came to the Hampton VA Medical Center as Chief of Dental Service in 1981, before being reassigned to National Headquarters in 1993.  During his career, he taught at several schools of Dentistry including the VCU School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia.

Upon retirement, he and his wife made their permanent home in Yorktown, Virginia.  Woody was a Sunday School teacher in the Nelms class of Chestnut United Methodist Church, serving on numerous committees as well as being Lay Speaker for the Peninsula District.  He was active in the Exchange Club of Hampton Roads and a tutor at Peninsula Roads.  He served as a docent at the Mariners Museum for 25 years.  Woody and his wife also delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.  He loved traveling with his wife, family, and special friends.  One of his favorite places to spend time was at their house in Nags Head and he relished time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Woody was a member of several professional organizations; however, he felt his greatest accomplishment was his marriage to his loving wife, Kathryn, for almost 67 years and their special offspring: two daughters – Janet Hawkins (Richard) of Midlothian, Va., Jerri Karstetter (Paul) of Centreville, Va. and one son, Jack Glasscock (Georgia) of Annandale, Va.  He was very proud of his seven grandchildren – Jenni Thompson (Ashley), Bernadette Hawkins (Brent), Kyle Hawkins, Philip Karstetter (Kelli), Amanda Karstetter, Jake Norman Glasscock, and Karly Glasscock and three great-grandchildren – Brynn Hawkins and Scott and Kevin Thompson.  Woody was especially proud of his grandson, Brent Hawkins’ accomplishments, as a graduate of Virginia Tech, who was taken from this earth too soon.  He was also preceded in death by his parents and one son, Joseph Harold.  Woody is survived by one brother, Gary DeLaune of San Antonio, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private.  A memorial service will be held at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church on June 6 at 1:00 p.m.  Family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.  The family wants to thank the exceptional staff in the SICU at Riverside Regional Medical Center for the sterling care they provided.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Chestnut Memorial Church, 1024 Harpersville, Rd., Newport News, Virginia 23601 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org).  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Gloria Jean Keith

Gloria Jean Keith passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  Gloria was a native of Philadelphia, Pa. but had been a resident of Newport News since 1980.  She was a trainer in human resources for Busch Gardens Theme Park for over 30 years.  Gloria was also a U.S. Air Force Veteran.   Her hobbies included different styles and types of handcraft.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolf and Naomi McAllister Von Wittkamp.  She is survived by her husband of almost 58 years, Donald Keith; two daughters, Deborah Jones (Douglas) and Donna Reed; one son, Richard Keith (Donna); five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 6  from 6:00  to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gloria’s name to the American Cancer Society, Virginia Beach Office, 477 Viking Drive, Suite 130, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (www.cancer.org/involved/donate).

Carl B. Langley

Carl B. Langley, a resident of Newport News for over 70 years, well known for his professional career in real estate development, passed away on May 31, 2019.

Carl was born on December 29, 1935, in Rocky Mount, N.C.   A self-made man, his life and accomplishments were achieved by hard work and determination.  He was known for quietly helping others.  He was a very special man who was well loved.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Jennie (Coggin) Langley.   He leaves behind his daughter, Aubrina C. Schryer-Langley; his companion of 50 years, Patricia A. Pollard; her daughters Sharon P. Torborg (Harry Lee), Nancy A. Niehous (Craig), Pamela A. Snavely (Gene); their children; and a great-grandson.  He is also survived by a cousin, Marlyn Rae and a special friend, Charles Batts.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A graveside service, officiated by Pastor Wesley Wooten,  Jr., will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Virginia Enolia Humphrey Coleman

Virginia Enolia Humphrey Coleman, 95, passed away on May 29, 2019 in Lima, PA. She was a native of Fayetteville, NC and former resident of Newport News, VA for fifty years.  Mrs. Coleman was a member of West Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, VA, and it’s Doris Yeatts Sunday School Class.

Preceding her in rest is her husband, William Edgar Coleman. Surviving members of her family include her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Tina Coleman of Millsboro, DE; daughter, Rhonda Gay Lupyon of Newport News, VA; seven grandchildren, Diane Davis (Norbert), Mike Coleman (Laura), Missy, Tom Jr. (Rachel), and Dennis Coleman, Scott Collins (Michelle) and Billie Gay Gunter (Butch); eight great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

 The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

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

Robert E. “Bob” Luther

Robert E. “Bob” Luther, 86, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019. He was a native of Asheville, NC and had been a resident of Newport News for over 60 years.

Bob was a U. S. Navy Veteran and had a full civilian career in the home heating oil industry. He was a member of the Warwick Masonic Lodge AF & AM and enjoyed his hobby of radio-controlled aircraft.

Preceding him in rest is his granddaughter, Jacquelyn C. Luther; brothers, Russell, John, and James Luther; and former wife, Donna Baber.Surviving members of his family include his sons, Joseph C. Luther, James R. Luther, John T. Luther, and Jeffrey A. Luther; grandchildren, Jessica C. Luther, James R. Luther, Jr., Whitney A. Luther, and Aleta C. Luther; great grandchildren, Jamis F. Luther, Finnegan J. Luther, Freya F. Luther, and Natalie J. West.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, June 6, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:00 at Peninsula Funeral Home with a memorial service held at 7:00 to honor Bob’s life. Interment in Peninsula Memorial Park will be held privately.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.