Jeffrey Louis Mendelsohn
Jeffrey Louis Mendelsohn passed away peacefully in his home on December 10, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jeffrey came into this world on December 18, 1951, born to Nathan and Jennie Mendelsohn of Norfolk, VA. In 1976, Jeff married the love of his life, Margaret Beazlie Mendelsohn. Together they enjoyed an active social life in Newport News.
They had two wonderful children, Mariann Mendelsohn Brush (Wil) and Michael Bryan Mendelsohn (Marie) who were the light of his life. Jeff was also graced with five beautiful grandchildren who were the joy of his grandpa years, Maggie, Mallory, and Hudson Brush and Maddox and Amanda Mendelsohn. The highlight of every summer was the family vacation to Duck, NC, where Jeff always said it was the best week of the year.
Jeff was an employee of Virginia Health Services beginning July 11, 1976, as an Administrator of James River Convalescent Center and rising shortly thereafter to become President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, the company grew into one of the largest businesses headquartered on the Virginia Peninsula.
In the community, he served as a board member or trustee of Hampton Roads Academy, the Peninsula Rotary Club (past president), the Virginia Living Museum (past Chair), St. Andrews Episcopal School, and the James River Country Club.
Jeffrey’s true passion was family. He was the coach in many sports leagues, attendee of every sports game and other events, personal and business advisor, and the essence of a role model and mentor. He was a provider for his family who taught the values of honesty, hard work, and determination.
In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Jeffrey is survived by his brother, Howard Mendelsohn, and sister, Helene M. Schacter.
The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to charities of your choice.
Ernest “Ernie” Jerome Wran Edwards
Ernest “Ernie” Jerome Wran Edwards entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. His life began on January 22, 1965 to the late Janie Mckelvin and Bernard Wran Sr. in Washington D.C. At the age of seven, he was adopted by Robert and Doramae Edwards and relocated to Petersburg, Virginia. Later, Ernest moved to Hampton, Virginia where he attended and graduated from Phoebus High School in 1983. Ernie’s highlight at Phoebus High School was playing in the marching band. He started his career at the Langley Air Force Base Commissary in 1979.
The joy of his life was spending time with all of his family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always made everyone laugh. He spent his spare time playing the slot machines and bingo. Ernest’s love for the slots resulted in him working as a manager at several casinos.
He was proceeded in death by three brothers, Bernard Wran Jr., Sterling Peterson, and Eugene Peterson; and two sisters, Doreen Dorsey and Donna Stewart.
Ernest leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, LaWandra Edwards; one son, Robert Edwards II (Latasha Edwards); one daughter, LaQuasha Edwards (Timothy Anderson II); three sisters, Valerie Mccree, Janie Southerland (Thomas Southerland Sr.), Daiyyah Edwards; one grandson, Robert Edwards III; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. He was loved by all of his family and friends, and will be greatly missed.
The celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 P.M. on December 14, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA. 23601.
Harry Michael “Mike” Cash
Harry Michael “Mike” Cash, 68, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Warwick Forest Retirement Community in Newport News, VA. Mike was born January 14, 1951 and grew up and later resided in Newport News. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1970 and served three years in the United States Army. He later worked and retired from Newport News Shipbuilding after 27 years as an Electrician in Department X31. After retirement, he moved to Yorktown, where he enjoyed more time for his hobbies and working part time at the True Value Hardware store in Yorktown.
Mike was artistic and painted as a young man, but spent most of his life working with his hands and sharing his talents in the form of woodworking through handmade wood furniture and decorations for his home. He also enjoyed landscaping, working in his yard, and making his own home improvements. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend who enjoyed helping and spending time with others.
He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Ann Cash Pugh; father, Harry Junior Cash; older brother, Ronald C. Cash; and younger sister, Eva Jo Cash. He leaves to cherish his memory his ex-wife, Mary Sue Cash of Catawba, VA; older son, Jason Cash and his wife Lisa and their daughter Maisey, of Catawba, VA; and younger son, David Cash and his wife Jesi and their children, Lily, Emma, and Brody, of Newport News. He also leaves behind many loved family members, including nieces, nephews, and cousins
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held Friday at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Larry E. Haynes
Larry E. Haynes passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the age of 86. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Larry went on to get a degree from North Carolina State University and, after graduating, he moved to Newport News and worked at the Newport News Shipyard for 37 years. Upon retiring, he enjoyed extensive cruising and travel with his wife and especially enjoyed watching the Washington Nationals win the World Series.
Larry was preceded in death by his 12 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne; sons, Richard, Kenneth and Robert Haynes and daughter, Teresa Herrin; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Yolanda Haynes.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, Va. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Miners Rd., Suffolk, Va.
Shirley Saylor, 77, passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2019. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.
Shirley treasured her children and especially loved being “Grams” to her grandchildren. She enjoyed working outside with her flowers and plants. The comfort Shirley brought to so many lives will truly be missed.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin D. Saylor. She is survived by her children, Karen Saylor, Debra Ryan (Mike), Gordon Saylor, and Mark Saylor; Holly Allison; and grandchildren, Shannon Ryan, Jacob Saylor, and Emily Saylor.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601. The family will receive friends following the service until 7:30 p.m
Larry Walker Thompson
Larry Walker Thompson, 71, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. He was born in Radford, Virginia on February 27, 1948. Larry graduated from Dublin High School in Dublin, Virginia and attended New River Technical Institute in Radford. He spent most of his years in Newport News working as a marine designer for a number of companies, the last one being Newport News Shipbuilding.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Erroll Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Charlene Spain Thompson; a son, Matthew Walker Thompson; and two brothers, William Douglas and Michael Erroll Thompson.
Larry was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a quiet person, a family man who loved holiday get-togethers with family and friends. He was especially proud of his son, Matthew, who gave him much love and joy.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff in the Emergency Room and the excellent care of the ICU nurses at Riverside.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 3 beginning at 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with interment at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Missions Program (SBC), First Baptist Church, Newport News, 127816 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23606.
Eugene C. Pointer
Eugene C. Pointer, 90, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019. He was a native of Clayton, Georgia and a peninsula resident since 1960. He began working in 1975 as an Inspector for the Department of Defense and retired after 30 years of service. Eugene was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church, and member of the Virginia Turf Grass Association and Tidewater Turf Grass Association.
Eugene was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Julia C. Pointer, a native of St. Martinville, Louisiana; his son, Robert E. Pointer; his parents, John and Elmer Pointer and many beloved brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He is survived by his two sons, Gene S. Pointer and D.J. Pointer (Amy) of Newport News; daughters, Pamela P. Muncy (Steve, deceased) and Gwendolyn A. Pointer (Neala); grandsons, Adam Muncy (Pansy) and Allen Muncy of Georgetown, Kentucky; granddaughters, Heather and Taylor Pointer of Newport News; great-grandsons, Aaron Muncy of Georgetown and John Robert Sydnor of Newport News; and great-granddaughter, Arianna Muncy of Georgetown.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with interment following at Parklawn Memorial Park.
Buford “Bud” Duane Young
Buford “Bud” Duane Young, 80, passed away on November 26, 2019. He was born on September 11, 1939 and was a Martin, Tennessee native. Bud retired from the U.S. Army, after 24 years of service and was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. He became a Ford automobile salesman, after leaving the service, and worked an additional 12 years.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Travis Young and Georgia Chapman Young, brothers, James Young and Thomas Young and granddaughter, Rhonda Jacuzzi. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Jonna M. Young; son, Raymie Young and his girlfriend Crystal Fisher; and daughter, Karina Arntz and her fiance, Thomas “Butch” Walsh; brother, William “Bill” Young (Kentucky); grandchildren, J.D. Arntz and wife Joni Hogge; April Eller and husband, Shane; Heather Marrs and husband, Mike; and Shannon Valentin; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends, on Thursday, December 5 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org/donate), or Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. (www.woundedwarriorporject.org/donate).
Dillard Crockett, age 79, passed away, surrounded by his family, on November 27, 2019. He was born on August 5, 1940, in Harrogate, Tennessee to Ishmael and Naomi Crockett. Dillard was a master shipbuilder in the Production Control Department at Newport News Shipbuilding and retired in 1995. He was an expert rifleman with his National Guard unit. Dillard enjoyed traveling, gardening, fishing and spending precious time with his three grandchildren. Some of his favorite travel was to see his grandchildren play baseball and volleyball.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Troy and sister, Janell (Noah). Dillard is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Maxine; his sons Gary (Diane) and Rodney (Michelle); three grandchildren, Adam, Kyle, and Kayla; brother, David; and sisters, Merrill and Benny-Joe.
The family will receive friends on Monday, December 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park
Toni Barnett Wainwright
Toni Barnett Wainwright, 76, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister passed away on November 19, 2019 in Williamsburg, VA. She was born Oct. 2, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Gene Harold Barnett and Elizabeth Ann Sheppeard. Toni was a career personnelist for the Department of Defense where she dutifully served for more than 40 years.
Toni led a distinguished career serving in a multitude of leadership roles both domestically and internationally. In 1990, she was the first woman appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) at Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, serving as the Civilian Personnel Director, making her the first woman to ever be the director of a major Army command.
In her career with the Army, she held positions in six Army operating Civilian Personnel Offices, three Major Command staff assignments, and three staff assignments at Headquarters, Department of the Army. Her last Army assignment was Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Installation Management at Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany. Toni also directed operations for the Civilian Human Resource Management Agency (CHRMA), which provided personnel services to six different countries. She also served as the official Command spokesperson in negotiations with other U.S. Forces, the Sending States of other nations, and representatives of host nation governments.
Although she officially retired in July 2003, Toni described herself as a ‘failed retiree’ and was selected for appointment as the SES Director of the Defense Support Agency in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2005, she returned to the Army once again as the Deputy to the Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel, followed by an assignment in 2008 as a personnel adviser in the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs in the Department of Defense.
Toni was a member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Army Civilian Personnel Alumni Association. She also served on the boards of the Association of the United States Army and the Timothy J. Maude Foundation.
Over her four decades of service, she received many awards and commendations, some of these included the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (twice), Presidential Rank Awards of Meritorious Executive (twice), Meritorious Civilian Service Award (with Gold Leaf Cluster), Superior Civilian Service Award, Commanders Award for Civilian Service, Army Achievement Medal, Exceptional Performance Awards (numerous), Army Staff Identification Badge (for Pentagon service), VII Corps Command Award for Individual EEO Excellence, V Corps Scroll of Appreciation, Coalition Provisional Authority (for Iraq service), and the Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany (Das Grosse VerdienstKreuz).
After retiring for the fourth time, Toni occupied her time enjoying her grandchildren, traveling with her husband Tommy, and visiting friends. She was also lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.
Toni is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “Tommy” R. Wainwright. She is survived by her son, Sean H. Wainwright (Mary); grandchildren, Corey Richard Wainwright and Ella Grace Wainwright; sisters, Pat B. Bausman and Kristin B. Watkins (John); aunt, Wilma B. Hensler; nieces, Carol K. Knott (Bryan) and Lindsey B. Morgan; nephews, David Kessler (Lisa), Philip E. Briglio, Mike Parsons (Patty), and Kevin Wainwright (Candi); and sisters in-law, Janet W. Kessler and Judy Wainwright.
The family would like to thank the New Kent and Williamsburg Rescue Squad, the doctors and nurses at both the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA, and the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, VA, and the staff of Brookdale Chambrel Williamsburg for their loving care and compassion.
A memorial service for family and local friends will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, Newport News, Virginia. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.
Additionally, a ceremony will be held in the Washington, D.C. area after the New Year for the larger community of friends and co-workers to celebrate and remember the life and times of Toni. Final arrangements will be posted on the Facebook and the ACPAA page.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Paul Allen Patrick
Paul Allen Patrick departed this life at home peacefully on Monday, November 25, 2019. Paul was born September 6, 1959, in Bluefield, West Virginia.
A lifelong resident of Newport News, Paul graduated from Warwick High School in 1978 and enjoyed nearly 40 years as a dedicated and accomplished employee of Newport News Shipbuilding’s RadCon department. He was an avid marksman and loved to travel.
Paul was preceded in death by his father, George Patrick. He is survived by his daughters, Melissa Davidson and Ashley McGowan; son, Jonathan Patrick; three grandchildren, Madilynn Dickens, and Ryan and Campbell Davidson; mother, Sandra Patrick; brother, Ralph Patrick; and nephew, Harley Patrick; as well as many friends and loved ones.
A celebration of life, officiated by Rev. Cory Newell, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, followed with a visitation until 7:30 p.m. Other services will be privately held by the family.
Charles L. Mitri
Charles L. Mitri, 86, of Yorktown, passed away on November 22, 2019. He was born in 1933 in Hackensack, NJ, where he grew up with his older brother Sal. In 1956, he graduated from the Naval Academy and took a commission into the Air Force where he flew B-52s during the height of the cold war, then later F-4 fighters in 1969 in Vietnam with the 366th TFW at Da Nang. He served in the Air Force for 24 years before retiring and taking up another career as an administrator for the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Charles is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara Mitri; daughter, Laura; son, Charles; grandchildren, Chauntielle and Cierra; and great-grandchildren, Noah, Lacie May, and Kayden.
He enjoyed playing golf, being a member of the Yorktown library board of trustees for many years, and volunteering his time to the Coventry Home Owners Association, and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 100 Harpersville Road, in Newport News. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the church or you may send flowers to the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Rodney K. Squibb
On November 8, 2019 Rodney K. Squibb, known by many as Admiral Squibb, departed this life at the age of 91. He was born on January 13, 1928 to parents, Glen and Elma Squibb on a family farm near Morton, Minnesota. In his early years, he grew up tending the farm between studies with his 7 siblings. In October 1945, at the minimum age of 17½, Rodney was intent on joining the United States Navy where he would serve for the next 44½ years. He is believed to be the first Supply Corps officer to serve in every Navy rate and rank from seaman to rear admiral. Rodney is the only Supply Corps officer to achieve Flag rank through the Seaman to Admiral Program. He reached the mandatory retirement age of 62 in January 1990 and retired on February 1. Rodney had worked for 16 Supply Corps Flag officers and 11 line Flag officers during his career. At his retirement, he was awarded a gold star in lieu of a fourth Legion of Merit.
Outside of his very impressive career and devotion to his country, Rodney was a true family man. In 1951, while working in Chicago, IL, he met a young woman, Lavada Carpenter. They fell in love and were married March 21, 1954, welcoming two children, Mark and Sandy, in the years to come. Rodney credited his wife as the number one reason behind his career success. They shared 58½ years of marriage until her passing in 2012. He was the kind of man who never missed a birthday and was always there to see that those he cared about were okay. Throughout his life Rodney was always greatly looked up to as one of the most knowledgeable, honest, and hardworking people in the room. His love and mentorship were felt deeply by his family, co-workers, and friends throughout the years in his many great teachings. He was a mentor, a friend, but most importantly, he was a great guy. He will be dearly missed as the world shines a little less without his presence.
Rodney is preceded in death by his wife, Lavada; parents, Glen and Elma; and seven older siblings. He is survived by his son, Mark Squibb; daughter, Sandra Copland (Albert); granddaughter, Abigail Copland-O’Hare (Michael); and great-grandchildren, Ava O’Hare and Adrian O’Hare.
There will be a visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, VA. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, with military honors.
Shirley Perdue Holbrook
Shirley Holbrook, 82, a longtime resident of Newport News, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Florence, South Carolina, where she recently resided. She was a native of Stanleytown, Virginia. Shirley was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Newport News and Bethea Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde R. Holbrook; parents, William T. and Mable A. Perdue; and nephew, Chris Gibson. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Davis of Conway, SC; sons, Keith and Brett Holbrook; grandchildren, China Edwards, Jesse Davis, and Brian, Jason, Maria and Joanna Holbrook; great-grandchildren, Alexander Holbrook and Sadie Edwards; sister, Sue Gibson (Robert); nieces and nephews, Vicki Charles, Larry Gibson, Kim Gibson, Karen Enos, Beth Davis, Gina Bush, Megan Koewler, and Ricky Twidell; and many dear friends.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
Elizabeth B. Mulac
Elizabeth B. Mulac, much loved wife and mother, died on October 25, 2019. She was born in Lexington, Va. on July 5, 1922. She graduated from Lexington High School and Madison College (now James Madison University) with a B.S. in Business Education.
She was first employed as a legal secretary in Lexington and later moved to Hampton where she worked for N.A.C.A. (now N.A.S.A.). While there, she met and married her husband of 57 years, Robert W. (Bud) Mulac.
After their four children were grown, Betty was employed by Colonial Williamsburg for 16 years as a historical interpreter.
Betty and Bud enjoyed traveling, most often to the British Isles. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, and needlework.
Betty was a lifelong Presbyterian, and she and Bud were members of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church for over fifty years where she served as an elder, Sunday School teacher, Circle chairman, and on various committees.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two older brothers. She is survived by her four children, Toni Tharpe (Don), Sandra Bevelacqua, Carolyn Mulac, and Timothy Mulac (Jann); three grandchildren, Nathan DeHoff (Beth), Allyn DeHoff, and Karl DeHoff (Kelly); and, great grandson, Calvin DeHoff.
A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of the Hidenwood Presbyterian Church on November 30th at 2 P.M.
Any donations may be made to the Hidenwood Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.
Charles D. Folwell, Sr.
Charles D. Folwell, Sr., 86, passed away on November 18, 2019. He graduated from NASA Apprentice School in 1956 and retired after 30 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen; sons, Charles, Jr. and wife Debbie of Wilmington, DE, and Larry and Mary of Newport News; granddaughter, Katie Carrada and husband, Brandon of Baltimore, MD; and grandson, Michael Folwell of Wilmington, DE.
A memorial visitation and gathering will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home.
James (“Jim”) William DeBerry
James (“Jim”) William DeBerry, Jr., age 73, died on Thursday, November 14, 2019 of complications due to a stroke. His last hours were spent peacefully at the Williamsburg Hospice House, where he was given generous care and attention in the company of loved ones and friends.
Jim was born on August 19, 1946 to James Sr. and Virginia DeBerry in Newport News, Virginia. He grew up in the downtown area of Newport News and spent much of his youth active in sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball. Jim attended Newport News High School, Class of 1964, and played all three of those sports for the varsity squad of the Typhoons. After graduation, Jim enrolled in the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, graduating in 1968 and transitioning to a career in the Shipyard that spanned four decades. As an Apprentice Builder, Jim was an iconic local sports figure and a frequent standout in the local press.
Jim married Melody Ann Clendenin in 1967 and, soon after, they took up residence at 3 Rugby Road in the Deer Park area of the city where they raised their family. Both being Newport News natives, Jim and Melody’s community of friends throughout the city was extensive, and for nearly 50 years 3 Rugby Road was known to many as the DeBerry “headquarters” – a place both visible (in plain view of J. Clyde Morris Blvd.) and inviting. Life on Rugby Road was nothing if not memorable, and being in the anchor house at the head of the street gave Jim and Melody the tacit responsibility of “neighborhood gatekeepers” – a role they served with the type of forbearance and pride that could only come from a true sense of place: it was home. Melody left this world in November of 2018, and with her the heart and spirit of the DeBerry stronghold at 3 Rugby Road were broken. Just shy of a year later, Jim has followed.
Jim is survived by his children Amy Davis of Hertford, NC and Douglas DeBerry (Linda DeBerry) of Williamsburg; his mother Virginia DeBerry of Newport News; and, his brother Wayne DeBerry (Vicky DeBerry) of Yorktown. He has three grandchildren: Taylor Davis (26) of Winston-Salem, NC; and Grayson DeBerry (20) and Jordan DeBerry (18) of Williamsburg.
A memorial service for Jim will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home,
Judene B. Hartless
Judene B. Hartless, a longtime resident of the Tidewater area and New Jersey, died on November 11, 2019, at Sentara Obici Hospital at the age of 76. She was born September 29, 1943, in Newport News to John W. and Elsie Mae Branch. She subsequently graduated from Warwick High School, Christopher Newport College, in the first graduating class, and finally the College of William and Mary in 1965. Judene married her husband, Ray L. Hartless on August 28, 1965, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Judene first worked as a chemist and taught chemistry, but her true love was telling stories to children. She worked as a children’s librarian in the Phillipsburg Public Library in New Jersey and the Russell Public Memorial Library in Chesapeake, Virginia. She volunteered at the Sentara Obici Hospital’s Library and Education Department, Growing Up at Obici, and Lake Prince Woods Retirement Community. Judene’s hobbies included playing piano, quilting, and painting.
Judene is survived by her husband, Ray Hartless; sons, Glen and David Hartless, and three grandchildren: Rosemary, Evelyn and Reika Hartless; and brother, Earnest Branch
In lieu of a funeral service, a Community Visitation is scheduled for Monday evening, November 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News. A private family interment at Peninsula Memorial Park is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to well-wishers’ charity of choice.
James W. Starboard, Jr.
James W. Starboard, Jr. (Jimmy), surrounded by his loving family, passed from the restraints of this earthly life into the presence of the God he loved and served on November 8, 2019. “Jimmy” was born in Newport News on June 7, 1937 to James W. Starboard and Sadie Jane White Starboard. As a young boy just entering Newport News High School (NNHS), he was up at 5:00 a.m. every morning to sell the Daily Press at the 50th Street Shipyard gate which he did for the next five years. After his day in college prep classes, he would spend the after-school hours practicing on the football field or with the Track team. He served his classmates as president of their class and later as president of the NNHS student body. He became a star hurdler and set new state records in the high and low hurdles. His outstanding performance on the Track team earned him a full scholarship to the University of Maryland (UM) where he continued his record-breaking performances in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC); his record for the 70-yard indoor high hurdles still stands.
In addition to the Track team, he was involved in student government where he served on the first Student Court at UM. He was tapped for induction into the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa, a National Leadership Honor Society. Other honors were the Evans Track Award for the most outstanding track man at UM for scholarship, leadership and athletic ability, ACC Academic Honor Roll, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
During his sophomore year, he married the love of his life, Kiddy Jean Dickens, his high school sweetheart and they had a son in his senior year. He graduated with a BA degree in 1959 and entered Law School in D.C. He soon found that he had no passion for studying law and returned to Va. to begin a Master of Education degree at William & Mary. He was an elementary and high school teacher for four (4) years, an elementary school principal for two (2) years and Warwick High School principal for 12 years.
During those years, he was instrumental in getting the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals incorporated and became its first President.
In 1976 he earned a Doctorate of Education from Nova University and subsequently became an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and Regent University.
Community service was important to Jimmy, so he served on the Board of Thomas Nelson Community College for 10 years including terms as Chairman and Vice-Chairman; also the Boards of Hampton Roads Speech and Hearing Clinic, Youth for Christ, and Peninsula Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was honored by his community by being inducted into the Newport News Track Hall of Fame and by the Peninsula Sports Club.
Because of his deep commitment to God and His Word, he became Administrator of Hampton Christian Schools. Soon after retiring for the second time, he had a call from a superintendent who needed an experienced high school principal because their principal had left a few weeks before school was to begin. He took that interim position and just a month after school started, he was given a copy of the letter that the faculty had written to the superintendent thanking him for bringing Dr. Starboard to their school because he had “created order out of chaos, enthusiasm out of apathy, and confidence out of insecurity”. It was very satisfying to him that his work was so appreciated.
Dr. Starboard was predeceased by his parents, James and Sadie Starboard, and his sister Martha Rierson (John). He is survived by his wife Kiddy, his son James, III (Mary), his daughter Lauren Fields (Michael) and his grandchildren Micah, Monica, and Aaron Fields, Anna Fields Hopkins (Hunter); his nieces Diane Curry (Jay) of FL and Joanie Emhardt (John) of Indianapolis and their children Amanda Curry Brown(Dave), Brian Curry, John and Andrew Emhardt (Allison) and Katie Emhardt Clark.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed by a time of visitation until 7:30 p.m. with his family.
Because he felt a good education was of utmost importance, it is requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the James W. Starboard, Jr. Education Scholarship Fund at Regent University, Office of Advancement, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Checks should be made to Regent University with a notation that it is for the James W. Starboard, Jr. Education Scholarship Fund.
This was your life, Jimmy Starboard, and we are so blessed to have been a part of it. …Kiddy, Jim, Lauren, Micah, Monica, Anna and Aaron.
Larry B. McLamb
Larry B. McLamb, passed peacefully surrounded by his devoted and loving wife
Redia Casebolt McLamb and other family members by his side on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Larry was a loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He was born on July 20, 1948 in Dunn, North Carolina. He moved to Virginia in 1951. He was a graduate of Newport News High School in 1968. Larry was drafted by the Army on January 13, 1968 and left for Vietnam in July 1969. When he arrived in country, he was assigned to the 170th Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter) Buccaneer Platoon. This unit was to become one of the most elite helicopter units of the Vietnam war. While in Vietnam he had several helicopters shot down which earned him multiple purple hearts. Larry flew many covert assignments. After returning back to the states, he was fortunate enough to fly with the Silver Eagles, US Army Aviation Precision Demonstration Team which utilized seven OH-6A Cayuse Helicopters. The Silver Eagles were the only helicopter demonstration team in America at that time. They traveled along with the Blue Angels, Golden Knights as well as other flying teams. The team accomplished many stunts or daredevil feats throughout the United States. During his military career Larry was presented with numerous Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Air Medals and other awards. He was awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal for participation in the Air Florida Crash Recovery Operation in Washington D.C. on the 14th Street Bridge during the period of 13-27 January 1982. He retired from the Army on March 1, 1989 after 21 years of service. After his military career, he was employed as a Computerized Machinist at Grapha/Muller Martini in Newport News for 19 years.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Derry B. and Thelma Geraldine Tanner McLamb; uncles, J.E. McLamb, Stacy D. McLamb, Walter McLamb (Doris), and Warren McLamb (Patricia); and aunt, Edna Hickman (Dean). He is survived by his dedicated wife of 50½ years, Redia Casebolt McLamb; sons, Stacey D. McLamb (Lisa) and Anthony Ryan McLamb (Kim); daughter, Gabriell McLamb; granddaughter, Rachel Gary (Alex); grandson, Ryan Gary; sisters, Thelma Diane Thomas (James Bell aka JB) and Phyllis Joann Shepard (Dean); aunts, Margie Garland (late Ray), Gertrude King, Emmy Lou Royal (late Earl), and Hilda Raynor (Fred). He also leaves behind a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. He always had a smile on his face for all to see. He loved life and being with family and friends. As everyone knows, in his spare time, he loved to garden and cook.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Chapel at Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Blvd (and Jefferson Ave) Newport News on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1:00pm. Pastor Rusty Beck will be officiating. Family will receive friends immediately after the service in the Fellowship Hall.
Lucille “Lu” P. Morris
Lucille “Lu” P. Morris, 95, passed away at home on Friday, November 8, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends. She was a longtime resident of Newport News and retired from First Baptist Church as their church secretary. She was a longtime member of Temple Baptist Church where she served on various committees, was a Sunday school teacher and a valued member of the church community.
Lu was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Betty Padgett; her loving husband of 70 years, John C. Morris; and her son, Robert M. Morris. She is survived by her son, Roy B. Morris (Caroline) of Smithfield; five grandchildren, Leigh Kight (Lee) of Griffin, GA, Katharine Owens (Brian) of Smithfield, Jonathan Morris (Angela) of Smithfield, Elizabeth Theologus (Basil) of Charleston, SC, and Andrew Morris of Griffin, GA; six great-grandchildren, Gavin, Sabrina, Faith, Christopher, Jacob, and Asher; and several nieces and nephews. During her lifetime, Lu touched so many lives and had a close extended family.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 10:30 am at Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. Wes Taylor officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.
The family would like to express heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful caregivers for their exceptional care; Belinda Hammond, Gail Futrell, Barbara Matthews, and Debbie Shaw. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Beulah Rozell Lewis
Beulah Rozell Lewis, 94, widow of Robert Emmett Lewis, died November 6, 2019, at York Convalescent Home. She was born in Dillwyn, Virginia on February 21, 1925, and had been a resident of Newport News since 1947. Beulah was a member of Christ United Methodist Church since 1956 and participated in the Leisure Club. Beulah was an avid gardener, she loved her flowers and yard.
She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters Virginia Skillman, Viola Rose, and brothers Orlando, Earl and Billy Rozell. Beulah is survived by her son, Steven E. Lewis and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on November 15 at the Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Tim Tipton, will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on November 16 at Christ United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church 133 Deep Creek Road,
Mildred Rakes Ellicott
Mildred Rakes Ellicott, 98, of Hampton, VA, peacefully went to be with her
Heavenly Father on 8 November 2019, surrounded by her children and friends.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many and was
loved by us all. We will miss her greatly.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Charles Rakes in 1972 and Charles
Ellicott in 1991. Parents – Rufus and Princella Chandler; Sisters – Kathleen Edwards
and Edith Spain; Brothers – Clayton and Earl Chandler; grandson – Corey Midkiff.
Left to cherish the many special memories are her children Curtis Rakes and
Sandra Rakes Midkiff; grandchildren – Jared Midkiff (Sarah), “Jay” (Susanne),
Mike (Valarie) and Chris Rakes; great-grandchildren – Shawn and Steven Rakes,
and Madilyn and Emily Rowe; and many nieces and nephews.
A peninsula resident continually since 1952, she drove a Hampton City school
bus for a few years, going to beauty school to complete her training, and then
opened Mildred’s Beauty Shop in the mid-late 1950’s. Her shop was located in a
spare room in her home in Hampton. She was known for her great hair cuts and
good perms. She continued until her retirement in the 1990’s. She loved fixing hair
and making the ladies look pretty, and valued the many lasting friendships that she
had with her customers. She was always a busy lady. She studied nutrition and
exercised daily before going to work, and after she retired she walked 5 days a week
in the “Mall” with her friends. This was a health benefit as well as socializing event.
She was strong in her Christian faith which she shared with many others. She
was a charter member and faithful attendee of Tidewater Primitive Baptist Church in
Norfolk for about 50+ years. These last few years, thanks to many of her church
family, especially Jon and Julie Snyder and Lois Guiltinan who provided
transportation for her to attend services up until a few months before her death. She
loved being a part of church and family gatherings. She always loved music and
singing in Church and passed this on to her family. Her happiest times were when
the whole family was together celebrating a birthday or holiday—the more the
merrier! She loved cake and ice cream.
Thanks so much to the special folks who helped provide daily care that made it
possible for her to stay in her home, and loved her– Georgia Simek and Terry
Clardy. Grace Hospice folks are the very best and during these last weeks insured
her/our every need was met with comfort, compassion and caring.
Mavis T. Fleming
Mavis T. Fleming, 95, passed away on October 30, 2019. She was a native of Lenoir, North Carolina. Mavis retired from Newport News Shipbuilding and D.D.Co. as an office assistant.
She is survived by her son, Kevin Riggins, and a very close friend, Sallie Banks.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Wes Taylor.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Jack Anthony McClelland
Jack Anthony McClelland, 59, passed away at home on October 29, 2019. He was a born in Newport News, Virginia and was a resident of Yorktown for 23 years. Jack was a mold prep with Howmet/Alcoa for 33 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Alice Irene McClelland. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Ann McClelland; daughter, Sarah Ann McClelland (fiancé, Kendall Roller); son, Wyatt Reed McClelland (Rachel Bratsveen); grandchildren, Ava Marie Porter and Kinsley LeeAnn Roller; sister, Lynn Alligood (Johnny); brothers, Bernie McClelland (Pam), Melvin McClelland, and Brad McClelland; 10 nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Linda Comer; brother-in-law, Charles Comer; and his best friend and companion, Marley.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed with a funeral service at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Joseph Conner Williams Guido
Joseph Conner Williams Guido, better known as “Gweedo” to all of his friends died tragically at age 16 in an automobile accident on October 26, 2019 in Yorktown, Virginia.
Conner was born on April 16, 2003 in San Diego, California where he resided with his parents Joseph and Tammy Guido and his sister Alexis. In 2006 they relocated to the Yorktown area where he was a student at Tabb Elementary, Tabb Middle and a junior at Tabb High school.
Conner was a very active member of various sports and clubs at his high school. He played his 8th and 9thgrade years for the Tabb Junior Varsity soccer team. Conner was the starting Goalkeeper for JV his 9th grade year. Conner advanced to play for the Varsity soccer team in 10th grade as the starting Goalkeeper. He started 18 games and was instrumental in leading his team to the final four in Class 3A. Conner’s most memorable game was against Jamestown where he recorded 13 saves and performing several acrobatic saves. His determination lifted the team to win their next 5 games placing Tabb in the semifinals.
Conner also played travel ball for Virginia Legacy for many years until being picked up by VB City, an EDP League based in Norfolk, VA, and also participated in the Olympic Development Program. Conner was able to join a professional college recruiting firm, NCSA, where he had full time College Recruiters working to make Conner’s dream come true.
The soccer field is where Conner felt most at home. Whether he had a game or not, once Conner woke up he wanted to play soccer. Trying to get breakfast, chores and homework done were holding him back from getting to the field; however, once accomplished you could find him practicing with his best friend Justin Frick almost anywhere they could find a field to play on. Soon Christian Aunapu, Chris Begansky, Aidan Montieth, Jason Hoffman and Ben Heckler would join in. Conner lived to play soccer. Literally. Conner planned to attend any College where he could put his soccer passion to work while majoring in Athletic Physical Training with an ultimate desire to work with Wounded Warriors.
To help keep himself in shape for soccer, Conner was convinced by his long time best friend Kynedi Crawford to try out for Indoor Track. He lettered for 2 years in Varsity Indoor Track and 1 year Varsity Outdoor track, he earned All Region 55 meter hurdles and team region runner ups for the 2018/2019 indoor season. Conner ran the 55 meter hurdles and finished 4th in the Class 3 Region A Indoor T&F Championship. Conner also placed 5th in 110 meter hurdles at the VHSL Class 3 Region A Outdoor T&F Championship. He did all of this while still making all soccer practices and games each day. Conner finished All Region Indoor & Outdoor track and his team finished first place overall for the 2018/2019 outdoor season. He was also in the top 30 for his grade in the state for the 55 meter hurdles and 110 meter hurdles.
Conner was a 3 year member of the Tabb Student Ambassadors unit who provided tours to new students, community members and new student orientation because of his overwhelming positive attitude and dedication to the student community. Conner never hesitated to volunteer for any activity that would share his love of the Tabb Community. Conner was a 2 year member of the DECA program. He actively participated in all quarterly meetings offering suggestions and feedback. He also attended multiple field trips with his DECA group.
With his big smile, Conner was easily identifiable at school, walking down the hallways. It was always Kynedi, Keegan, Drew Chris and Dahmani. Conner was always joking and joshing around making everyone near him smile. Conner had the ability to light up any room he walked in.
And all of this while maintaining a 3.8 GPA
In addition to his sports, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, beach time, skim boarding, hunting for sea glass and hanging out with an extensive list of friends and family.
From the Maternal side of Conner’s family he is survived by his mother Tammy Williams Guido, sister Alexis Guido and maternal grandmother Beverly Williams as well as Tammy’s partner Daniel M. McGee, and his daughters Katie and Megan, and Daniel’s parents Don and Karen McGee. Conner was surrounded almost daily by his large family and cousins who played an integral role in his upbringing. Uncles, Bo (Susan) Williams, Tim (Tracy) Williams, and Earl Sullivan. Both of Conner’s Aunts, Debbie Sullivan and Diane Williams were taken by cancer in 2015 and 2017, another shocking blow to this family. He found comfort in his cousins, Scott & Catie Ashe, Peyton, Harper and his favorite dog Rusty. Leslie Ashe & Tim Holland, Katelynne and Chloe. Cathy & Cory Napier, Alissa & Dylan, and Brista, Kevin & Chelsea Williams Raelyn & Saylah. Laura& Jami Ditto, Taylor and Jami Jr. Josh Williams & Terri and Carter. Amber Williams & Carson Cushman, Oakley. Melissa Jarrell& Brooklyn.
From the paternal side of Conner’s family he is survived by his father Joseph D. Guido, sister Alexis, grandmother Helen Guido, as well as girlfriend Lisa S. Grounds, her daughters McKenna, Madalynn, and Lisa’s parents Betty Schwartzkopf, Tom Zeitler, and Lynn and Katrina Schwartzkopf. He is also survived by his uncle Billy (Jana) Guido and their children Matthew and Carolyn, uncle Danny (Diane) Guido and their children Sara, Amy, and Christopher, and aunt Marianne Guido and her children TJ and Will.
A celebration of life will be held on November 2, 2019 at 11am at Tabb High School. It will be held on the soccer field at the back of the high school. Please join us in celebrating Conner’s life in his “final game”. Some seating will be available, but please bring a blanket or bag chair if you would like and dress in Tabb colors. There will be a time where we will welcome anyone who has brief memories and stories that they would like to share about Conner during the celebration. Please try to keep this brief in the essence of time.
In the event of inclement weather the Celebration of Life will be relocated to Waters Edge Church 6830 George Washington Memorial Highway Yorktown VA 23692 to begin at 12:00 noon.
Valla Ree Lawson Myers
Mrs. Valla Ree Lawson Myers, 80, of Daleville, Va., passed away at The Glebe Retirement Community, where she made her home the last 14 years, on Saturday, October26, 2019.
Born on April 8, 1939, in Blackwater, Va., to Carson Vinzet and Sarah Venus Wallen Lawson. Graduated Blackwater High School, 1956, Class Salutatorian. Graduated 1959 Radford College with major in Elementary Education. Married Alvin Lee Myers in 1959 and taught in the public schools of Montgomery County, Va., prior to the birth of her son. While living in Newport News, she tirelessly organized many Boy Scout events, taught Sunday School, and raised her son and several other “sons” she and Al nurtured and mentored.
They opened their home to all and loved the constant activity and laughter. Becoming a grandmother was one of the joys of Valla’s life. She never missed an event or opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments, and was a model grandma, loving her granddaughters completely and unconditionally. After Al’s passing (2005) she made her home at The Glebe. Valla was one of their earliest residents; she was known for her engaging personality, being the consummate hostess, and her kindnesses to residents and staff. Like her mom, she loved a “beautiful blue sky day”.
She was preceded in death by husband of 46 years, Alvin Lee Myers. Surviving are her son, Michael D. Myers, and his wife, Susan, Greenwood, Va.; two granddaughters Kaitlyn E. Myers of Chicago, Il., and Kristen E. Myers of Crozet, Va.; two sisters Ella Ree Lawson Jordan, and her husband, Dick, of Troutville, Va., and Brenda Joyce Lawson Mays, and her
husband, Jim, of Kingsport, Tn.; niece Karen Dean, and her husband, Tony, of Kingsport, Tn.; two nephews Chris Jordan, and his wife, Darlene, of Angier, NC, Tony Mays, and his
wife Brittany, of Kingsport, Tn.; and special friend Dan Janosko, of Daleville, Va.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Father Robert Cole.
Pauline Volhein Healy
Mrs. Pauline Volhein Healy, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 26, 2019 surrounded by her daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. The family will receive friends during a visitation at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 2nd, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church followed by a funeral mass at 12:00 noon at the same location. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park at 2:00 pm.
Mrs. Healy was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. She married the love of her life William “Bill” Charles Healy on August 29, 1959. Pauline was a graduate of Warwick High School and Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse for 25 years at Newport News Shipbuilding. She spent most of her retirement in Hampton, Va. before moving to Greenville, NC in 2015. Pauline loved to socialize, travel, and she especially loved being with her extended family – just being together, telling stories or playing cards. Pauline was known for her wit and feisty personality. She was known for her one liners and always made people laugh. She will be missed by many.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents Ed “Dear” and Anna Uzel Volhein, her husband William Charles Healy, and infant granddaughter, Jessica Anne Garcia.
She is survived by her daughters, Beth West of The Woodlands, TX, Kathy Garcia (Jay) of Madison, AL, and Michele Reisch (John) of Greenville, NC; and grandchildren, James (Florence) and William West, Alex (Natalie) and Jillian Garcia, and Thomas and Megan Reisch.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (P.O. Box 258, Newport News, Virginia 23607).
Linda Muir, our beautiful Mother, passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Mom made us laugh every day. She loved nature, animals, and reading, and had a quick wit, always seeking to learn more about the many topics that interested her.
She was born on January 25, 1942, in Michigan, and has lived in Virginia for over 30 years. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Peggy Carraway (Mike), Cathy Carraway (Larry), and Paul Muir (Tracy), 4 grandchildren, 7 nieces and nephews, 3 sisters-in-law, close friends, and very special companion of 25 years, Robert Turner.
The family will welcome friends on Friday, October 25, from 12:00 – 1:30 PM at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, followed by private interment.
Merle DeAlba Bounds
Merle DeAlba Bounds passed from this earthly life peacefully on October 22 after a brief struggle with cancer. Merle Jean was born on December 17, 1937 to the late Christopher C. and Winifred Amory DeAlba.
Raised in the Wythe section of Hampton, Merle was a proud graduate of Hampton High School where she was nominated the wittiest in her class of 1955. She loved her alma mater where she met many life-long friends, most notably the love of her life, Jimmie Bounds. Through the years, she actively served on the reunion committee and always looked forward to attending.
After high school, Merle worked for a short time at NASA. When Merle and Jimmie began their family, she became a dedicated and loving mom to four girls. On a small household budget, Merle put her children and all others first, giving her family a life that was rich with happiness and love. Her world always revolved around her family!
Merle, like all moms, was “the best cook in the world” but, really she was! Everyone in the family had their favorite dishes and knew on their birthdays, they would be treated to theirs.
Losing both of her parents to young, untimely deaths, Merle became the matriarch of the family. She assumed a role of not only aunt to her sisters’ children but also grandmother. They all adored her and thought of her as such.
Merle was actively engaged in politics throughout her life. She was involved in many campaigns on the local, state and federal levels – most notably, John Warner and Ronald Reagan. When working for John Warner’s senate campaign in the 80s, she helped to host a tea for Elizabeth Taylor. She also attended many inaugurations, parties and balls.
In her words, “at the ripe young age of 50”, she went into business with her sister, Win, and established the Shoppe on Wythe Creek – a lovely, small antique shop. She was later joined in business with her daughter, Cathy. She was very proud of the shop and of being a small business owner.
Merle had many interests and hobbies. She loved antiquing and finding a good deal. She was an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction, making her hard to beat at Jeopardy. She played bridge and various card and board games. But, her absolute favorite hobby was gambling – always happy at the slot machines!
In the early days, Merle, Jimmie and the kids enjoyed many family vacations and weekends throughout the states. Great times were had with the family at their cottage in Nags Head. Merle and Jimmie also experienced many of the world’s spectacular wonders with their daughter, Amy, as a travel guide and companion.
Merle loved her water front home in Poquoson. She said she could never imagine a more wonderful place to live. She enjoyed just looking out of her windows and watching the wildlife on the water. She especially loved the hummingbirds, finches and bluebirds that frequented her backyard.
Of all of Merle’s accomplishments in life, there is no doubt that she was proudest of her girls, grandkids and great grandkids!
Her husband of 64 years, Jimmie, adored her more than life itself and was heard almost daily asking one or all of his girls, “Isn’t your mama, beautiful?” Yes, yes, she was – inside and out!
Left to cherish and honor her memory are her husband, Jimmie; Daughters; Cheryl Oliver (Barry), Cathy Brandt (Mike), Amy Corbett (Hobert), Jamie Janik (Stan); Grandchildren; Jimmy Greene (Crystal), Perry Janik (Mary), Brent Corbett, Melanie Janik (Andrew), Patrick Corbett; Great grandchildren; Wyatt, Drew, Adalynn, Ophelia, and Owen; Sisters; Carolyn Schaffer (Joe), Win Sowder (Terry); Brother-in-law, David Bounds (Sharon); Sister-in-law, Sandra Moore; and her adoring cat, Louie.
A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. The family will receive visitors directly following the service in the adjoining hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Merle’s favorite charity, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Elizabeth Gwaltney Whitley
Elizabeth Gwaltney Whitley, 95, went to be with the Lord on October 23, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Ethel and Doc Allen Gwaltney. She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church.
Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband Waverly Leon Whitley; grandson Donald Allen Whitley, Jr.; granddaughter Shannon Whitley Abreu; sisters Jean Johnson, Barbara Powell, and Marie Garner; and brothers Francis Allen Gwaltney and Dale Atwood Gwaltney. She is survived by her son Donald Allen Whitley and wife Carolyn O. of Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, VA; three grandchildren, Rachel Abreu Bays and husband Allen, Lauren Tarkenton and husband James, and Brandon M. Abreu; and three great-grandchildren, Braden Dablemont, Jimmy and Lily Tarkenton.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Elizabeth requested, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in her memory to her niece’s scholarship fund: The Connie Patterson Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Renee R. Felts, Paul D. Camp Community College, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851; or to Bethany Presbyterian Church, PO Box 41, Zuni, VA 23898.
Earl Douglas Powell, Jr.
Earl Douglas Powell, Jr. “Doug”, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. He was born April 6, 1929, to Albertine and Earl Douglas Powell in Newport News, Virginia.
Doug was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Wilma. He is survived by his son, Wayne and his wife, Vanessa and his daughter, Wendy and her husband, Jim. Doug and Wilma were also blessed to have six grandchildren, Lindsey, Clay, Trevor, Summer, Skylar and Tanner, as well as two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Brinkley.
Doug was a musician who began playing drums at Newport News High School and played in local bands for many years. He met his wife Wilma, who was also a drummer, while playing in those bands. He worked at Newport News Shipbuilding until his retirement and then went to work at Peninsula Funeral Home for many years.
Doug was loved and admired by his family and will be truly missed. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 29, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor Jim Paisley. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Garnett J. Alexander
Garnett Jernigan Alexander, 103, of Hampton, rejoined her husband, Lou on October 18, 2019 at her home, The Devonshire. Garnett and Lou were longtime residents on May Street. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Louis E. Alexander; parents, Thomas Edward and Bessie Ellis Jernigan; two brothers, Eugene Jernigan and Forest Jernigan; two sisters, Norma Bulls and Janet Bulls. Garnett is survived by her last sibling, 97-year-old sister, Evelyn McCleney of Roanoke Rapids, NC; many nieces and nephews; and good and faithful neighbor, Joyce Alexander. Garnett was born in Bertie County, NC on May 6, 1916, grew up in Chowan County, NC and lived all of her adult life in Newport News or Hampton, VA. She was a genuine, independent and strong woman, at times stubborn, who deeply loved her family. Friends will be received from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA. Following the visitation, family and friends will go in procession to Peninsula Memorial Park for a 2:30 pm. graveside service. Hospice Chaplain Ron Halsey will preside. Her nephew would like to express tremendous and heartfelt thanks to Director of Nursing, Michelle Peterson and her ENTIRE staff in assisted living at The Devonshire and to the Interim Hospice Team for their support and compassionate care in her final days.
Virginia Byrd Coleman Kostyal
Mrs. Virginia Byrd Coleman Kostyal, 93, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Riverside Regional Medical Center. She was raised in Louisa County and Hinton, West Virginia and had been a resident of Newport News for nearly 70 years. Virginia married Stuart J. Kostyal, Jr. on August 9, 1952.
She graduated from Marshall University (BS) and West Virginia University (MS). She retired from Newport News Public Schools after serving for 38 years as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and guidance director. Mrs. Kostyal took great pride in her role as an educator and positively impacted thousands of students during her tenure as an educator. She was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church for many years, Delta Kappa Gamma – Honored for 50 years of service, Woman’s Club of Newport News, Virginia Peninsula Rose Society where many hours of labor and love were often rewarded with blue ribbons for her best in class roses, Peninsula Council of Garden Clubs, Peninsula Counselors Association, Member of Newport News Retired Teachers Association, and the Women’s Club of Newport News where she helped coordinate and implement their “Santa House” event which was enjoyed by those who were young and young at heart. One of her proudest accomplishments was being chosen Counselor of The Year for The State of Virginia in 1987.
Mrs. Kostyal enjoyed attending performances at the Ferguson Center for the Arts as well as traveling. She enjoyed her trips abroad but especially enjoyed her trips to the Outer Banks with her family and she cherished her holidays spent with family.
Preceded in death by her parents, Byrd and Helen Hiter Coleman; her beloved husband of 50 years, Stuart J. Kostyal, Jr.; her brother, Joseph A. Coleman; and her sister, Ann Goodwin. She is survived by her sisters, Mary Page Coleman Taylor (W.C.) and Frances Coleman Vawter; her brothers, William R. Coleman (Peggy) and Carl E. Coleman (Jean); sisters-in-law, Carol Coleman and Marilyn Gibson; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News, VA. She will be taken to Woodward Funeral Home, in Louisa, VA for visitation at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 26 and service at 2 p.m. followed by burial at Hillcrest Cemetery Louisa, VA.
David Clarke Sawyer
David Clarke Sawyer, 75, passed away on October 21, 2019. Born in Newport News on February 19, 1944 to the late Mildred and Lewis Sawyer, he was the third of four siblings. He graduated from NNHS in 1962, and immediately entered the Army, serving three years. After returning to Newport News, he got a job at NNS&DDCO., working in 053/058 as an inspector until his retirement in 2002. But David’s main interests weren’t’ military or shipbuilding; what he loved most was history, art history in particular. Almost entirely self-taught, he acquired an impressive store of expertise about artists he admired, and their place in history. Books also were a great interest of his, especially history, philosophy, art, and world events. It was always a fun learning experience to visit a museum or gallery with David; he could provide far more info on the exhibits than was displayed by the accompanying info. His keen mind and vast store of knowledge were a treasure that was tragically taken from him by his disease.
Never married, David was predeceased by his older brother Raymond Sawyer, and niece Nancy Suddeth. He is survived by his sisters, Shirley Grice and Anne Turpin, and their children and grandchildren, as well as his deceased brother Ray’s three sons, and their children. David was a good man, content in his own company and in the pursuit of his own interests, but generous and caring to his family. He appreciated the basic values that made our country and society great and contributed to that greatness by the way he lived his life.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Judith Ann Saville
Judith Ann Saville passed away peacefully on Sunday October 20, 2019 with her husband of 66 years at her side. On July 31st Judy celebrated her 90th birthday in the company of a group of her oldest and closest friends.
Judith Ann Bloomgren was born on July 31, 1929 the only child of Dorothy and George Bloomgren in East Liverpool, Ohio. Judy enjoyed an idyllic and privileged childhood affording her the opportunity to ride horses, spend time at the local country club and travel. She excelled in school skipping the sixth grade in order to join a group of older friends in the seventh grade.
Judy graduated from Stephens College and matriculated to RPI, now Virginia Commonwealth University, to study retailing. While in Richmond she established life-long friendships and met her future husband Byrd H. Saville Jr. Judy and Byrd married on April 11, 1953 and lived on the Peninsula thereafter including 47 years at their home in the Hidenwood section of Newport News. Judy was a member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school and later First Presbyterian Church. Judy was a schoolteacher, President of the Newport News Girl’s Club and member and later President of the Huntington Garden Club. She had a love of fine arts and antiques and was a long time volunteer at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.
Judy developed a close relationship with her obstetrician through numerous pregnancies spanning ten years finally resulting in the birth of her only child B. Hagen Saville. Judy loved life by the water and maintained a wide group of friends who appreciated her quick wit and sense of humor.
Judy is survived by her husband Byrd H. Saville Jr., her son B. Hagen Saville, his wife Victoria Eve Saville and three granddaughters, Eva Alexandra Saville age 19, and twins Charlotte Anne Saville and Victoria Leigh Saville, age 16. The family would like to thank the caregivers at The Huntington assisted living and The Newport skilled nursing facilities for their patient, tireless service during the final year of Judy’s life.
A service celebrating Judy’s life will be held at a later date.
Steven Lyle Simpson
Steven Lyle Simpson, 66 of Newport News passed away Saturday, October 19, 2019 peacefully in the home he grew up in, held in the arms of his only daughter.
He is survived by his daughter, Shannon Lee Simpson, his “Sweetie”, and his grandson, Ryan Maverick, his “Big Boy”. They shared a very special bond and he loved them both with all of his heart for all of his days. He was the adored only child of mother and father George and Shirley Simpson who preceded him in death.
Steve retired in 2017 from the Newport News Shipbuilding as a Master Shipbuilder with 47 years of dedication. He was a very skilled craftsman, had a love for classic muscle cars and an amazing guitarist who played in many popular local bands, most recently Freesilver. Steve will always be remembered as a loving son, wonderful father, and proud grandfather.
A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park at 3pm on Thursday October 24th and all arrangements are being handled through Peninsula Funeral Home.