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Jeanette Johnson Keener

Jeanette Johnson Keener, 80, of Newport News, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Born in Newport News on August 25, 1939 to the late Leonard and Edna Johnson, Jeanette spent her early life in Virginia before moving to Sanford, North Carolina. After graduating high school in Sanford, she moved back to Newport News where she met her husband, Fred Keener. Together they built a successful auto salvage business, Keener’s Auto Parts.

Jeanette loved entertaining and was active in her children and grandchildren’s lives as a stay at home mom. She enjoyed traveling with her family, and was always ready for a new adventure. Throughout her life she was actively involved in her church, where she spent many years serving in the children’s ministry and on the hospitality team. In 2002, she began attending New Covenant Church where she was still a member.

Jeanette is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Edna Johnson, brother, Larry Johnson, and her loving husband of 43 years, Fred Keener. She leaves behind two daughters, Lorie Collins (Keith) of Newport News and Karla Atkins (Justin) of Yorktown; and three granddaughters, Brittany Grim (Steve) of Carrollton, Ashleigh Collins of Newport News, and Mary Atkins of Yorktown. She also leaves behind her brother, Wendell Johnson (Judy); sister, Linda Shean; and sister-in-law, Mildred Johnson, all of Sanford, North Carolina.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Hidenwood Retirement Community and Hospice Community Care, especially Naomi, for the excellent care she received during her illness. We would also like to thank the loyal friends who have spent countless hours by her side over the past six months.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:30pm on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23 at New Covenant Church, 1079 Big Bethel Rd.

David Flakowitz

David Flakowitz, 71, son of Sara and Sam Flakowitz, passed away at home with family by his side on September 17, 2019. David was a Class of ‘66 NNHS Typhoon and was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Vietnam conflict. He retired from Anheuser Busch after 35 years of service. He was an avid sports lover. David came to know the Lord and was baptized in the York River.

David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Vicki; sons, David (Sarah), and Scott; and grandchildren, Brandon, Kristina, Callie and Cammie.

A celebration of David’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Coastal Community Church, in Yorktown.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Coastal Community Church or your favorite charity. David and Vicki were blessed with a loving family and so many special friends.

Monroe Duane Keene

Monroe Duane Keene, 52, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019. He was born in Dayton, Ohio to Monroe and Shirley Keene on October 31, 1966.

Monroe served 8 years as a member of the Ohio Air National Guard. He was a resident of Yorktown and a science teacher at Dozier Middle School. This was his 29th year teaching in Virginia schools. Being an avid bass fisherman, Monroe enjoyed spending time outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Chris and his two children, Cassie and Cody. He is also survived by his parents and his brother, Ken (Renea).

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, September 21, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. A memorial service will begin at 11 :00 a.m. officiated by The Rev. Robert M. Chapman II. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church Praise Team, 1024 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

Linda Darlene Harvey

Linda Darlene Harvey, 72, a lifelong resident of Newport News, passed away on September 17, 2019. She was born July 25, 1947 to the late Marshall and Martha Sawyer.

Linda is survived by her husband of 51 years, David Harvey; her daughter, Carey Harvey Lee and her husband, Robert of Newport News; son, Michael Harvey of Newport News; grandchildren, Aaron and Austin Lee, and Landon Caroline Harvey; and sisters, Peggy Lowe, Phyllis Fletcher, and Sandra Drummond.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Gregory Charles Hayes

Gregory Charles Hayes Age 55, passed on Thursday 09/12/19. He is survived by his loving children Robert and Lavonne Hayes as well as his girlfriend Dawn Burnside. A visitation will be held Friday 09/20/19 between 6 and 7pm at Peninsula Funeral Home 11144 Warwick Blvd Newport News VA. He was loved and will be missed.

Rosa Lee Huff

On Thursday, September 12, 2019 Rosa Lee was received in heaven after suffering from complications from pneumonia.

She was born Rosa Lee Snyder on Oct. 25, 1933 to the late Benjamin Snyder, Sr. and Beatrice Johnson Snyder. She grew up one of nine siblings in the Woodfin area of Asheville, NC. Those that have predeceded her in death are her devoted husband of 54 years, Harold Huff; brothers Goldman Snyder and Benjamin Snyder, Jr.; and sisters, Ethel Robinson, Katherine White, Ruth Kennemore, all of North Carolina and Ruby Lynch and Virginia Towe of Florida.

Rosa Lee is survived by her sister Shirley Ford (Robert); daughter; Judy Polentz (Michael); son, Lewis Huff (Sherry); six grandchildren, Christopher Huff (Holly), Jennifer Napier (Josh), Leigh-Ellen Treadwell (Michael), Jaimie Polentz, Micayla Polentz, and Chelsea Doster; four great-grandchildren, Cyleigh and Hayden Huff, Connor Napier, and Jacob Porter, all of Virginia.

In addition to cross-stitch, and corresponding with family and friends, she is best remembered for her love of family. Family was the most important lesson she taught to all who knew her.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, VA. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Bell United Methodist Church Cemetery in Leicester, North Carolina.

John D. Lee


John D. Lee, beloved father, grandfather, and friend, went to his eternal home on November 18, 2018. John was born on September 17, 1960 in Manassas, VA. He was a graduate of Bend High School, Class of 1977. He married his childhood sweetheart, Doris. John was a proud veteran, served over 24 years in the United States Coast Guard and retired as a Lieutenant.  He was employed at Blue Crab Appliances. John is survived by his son, Jonathan Lee; his daughter, Cristyna Urquhart and her husband, John; and grandkids Mariah, and Maceo. Also left to cherish his memory are his mother Hazel, his brother, Rick and sister, Wanda, along with many other family members and friends.  A service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA.

Barbara Rochelle Ray

Barbara Rochelle Ray, 60, passed away on September 9, 2019. She was a native of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Barbara was a longtime employee of the Public Works Department of the City of Hampton with 24 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Pat Ray; daughters, Connie D. Ray and Sara D. Ray; and granddaughter, Hailey R. Ray.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Parkview Church of God Family Life Center, 1116 Briarfield Road, in Hampton.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Lester “Les or Jake” L. Knight

Lester “Les or Jake” L. Knight, Jr., 90, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2019.   He was born in Portsmouth to parents Lester L. Knight and Carol R. Knight on January 14, 1929.

Les received his Mechanical Engineering degrees from Virginia Tech (BS) in 1951 and Purdue University (MS) in 1955.  He was a reserve officer on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954.

Les retired from the Newport News Shipyard in 1987 and alternated sailing his beloved 34-foot Oday sailboat to Key Largo, Florida and working at Jonathon Shipyard and then Engineering Inc.  He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Hampton Yacht Club, and Newport News Parks Radio Control Club.

Les is survived by his wife of 8 years, Gilda A. Knight; four step-children; five step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; niece, Mary Carol Abercrombie (Roy); three nephews, Thomas Cook (Jill), Cecil Cook (Pam) and Spady Cooke.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Delores M. Knight and son, Lester L. Knight III; and his sisters, Caroline K. Green, and Cynthia K. Cooke.
A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. followed by a 2:00 p.m. reception at Hampton Yacht Club, 4707 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, Va.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Carrie Randolph

Carrie Randolph, age 97, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Regency Healthcare Center in Yorktown, Va.  She grew up in the peaceful mountains of Yancey County, North Carolina where her gentle spirit was reflected.

She was a kind and loving mother and she made friends with everyone she met.  More than anything, she loved the Lord and her family.  Her love and kindness were beyond measure.  Carrie loved cooking for family and friends and having everyone gather around the table.  Most everyone who knew her called her “Nanny”.  She loved to read and work in her puzzle books.

Carrie was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Randolph, and daughter, Bobbie Cox.    She is survived by her children, Clarence Randolph (Nancy); Kathy Kershner (Dale); Phoebe Tomlin (Johnnie); adopted daughter, Marie Hall; eight grandchildren, Kimberly, Sara, Danny, Cathy, Joe, Mike, Marty and Stephanie; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild, Bryan; brother, Hoover Higgins; a nephew who was like a son, Gordon Higgins; six other nephews; and four nieces.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 10 at 1:00 at Peninsula Funeral Home and a funeral service will follow in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Pete Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.  Afterward, the family and friends will gather at the home of Kathy and Dale Kershner at 215 Jethro Lane in York County.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff, RNs, and aides who lovingly cared for Carrie at Regency and treated her with kindness.

Judy Mosier Trogdon

Judy Mosier Trogdon passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the age of 76. She was a native of Newport News and a resident of Corapeake, NC. Judy retired from Verizon as a dispatcher after 40 years of service and she later worked as a receptionist at Suffolk Eye Care. Judy graduated from Newport News High School and was a member of Happy Home Church in Tyner, NC.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her son, and her sister and brother.

She is survived by her husband, Walter “David” Trogdon; daughters Tammy Sinks and Christine Townes; grandchildren Angela Darroch, Ashley Sinks and Robert Worrell; sister, Linda Matern (Junior); son-in-law, Richard Sinks; stepson, David Trogdon (Joanne); step-daughter, Joyce Anne Street; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Judy was a beloved wife, mother, and MeMaw to all. She believed in living life to the fullest with a bubbly personality. She never met a stranger. She was so giving and had a heart of gold.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, with the funeral service following at 12:00 p.m.; interment will follow the service in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Odell C. Swall

Odell C. Swall, 88, of Carrollton, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Odell was born on December 9, 1930 in Isle of Wight County, VA, to Ben and Sadie Crocker. She was an active member of Parkview Baptist Church, where she had been a member of the Caring Sunday school class.

Odell was married to Jacob Swall, Sr. from 1949 until his death in 2013. In addition to her husband, Odell was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. She is survived by sons, Jake Swall (Jenny) and Ben Swall; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Parkview Baptist Church in Newport News, followed immediately by a memorial service at noon. Interment will take place at Peninsula Memorial Park after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Parkview Baptist Church (604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News, VA, 23605), the Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department (15020 Carrollton Blvd., PO Box 77, Carrollton, VA 23314), or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Virginia Corbett


Virginia graduated from Parksley High School and Newport News Business College. She retired from the Virginia State ABC Board as Executive Secretary after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Warwick Chapter #43 Order of the Eastern Star, and Newport News Women’s Club. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church since 1961, the VIPs, Joy Sunday School Class, and the Women’s Missionary Union.

Virginia was married for 60 years to Hobert Joseph Corbett who died in April, 2008. Survivors include sons, Edward Joseph Corbett of Hampton, and William Hobert Corbett (Amy) of Yorktown; and grandsons, Ryan Corbett, Reid Corbett, Brent Corbett and Patrick Corbett.

All family and friends of Virginia are invited to her visitation, celebration of life and interment.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A celebration of life will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Wes Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park with a committal service at the mausoleum immediately after the celebration of life.

Having been a member of Temple Baptist Church for more than 50 years, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith of the Future, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Thomas Jeffries Morgan

Thomas Jeffries Morgan, 73, died August 27, 2019.  A gathering celebrating his life will be held privately.

Caroline Kegel Blume

Caroline Kegel Blume, 90, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019. She was the wife of the late Kenneth Martin Blume, her loving husband of 57 years.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Deborah Pratt.

Caroline is survived by her daughter, Kathi Evans and her husband, Allen; two grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

The family wishes to acknowledge her wonderful friends, nurses, and staff at St. Francis Nursing Center for their loving care.

A graveside service will be held at Thursday, 3:00 p.m., September 5, at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home.

James N. Daniel, Jr.

James N. Daniel, Jr., age 81, died August 25, 2019. A service will be held on September 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Church, Cismont, Virginia.

Ruth Ann Silverman Schoenbaum

Ruth Ann Silverman Schoenbaum, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019. Born in 1926 to Bernice and Samuel (Nubby) Silverman, Ruth Ann lived in Norfolk until her marriage to Leon Schoenbaum in 1946. She met Leon during WWII when he was living next door to her family while serving in the United States Navy. She graduated from Maury High School and went on to attend Ohio State, where Leon had also attended. In 1949 they moved to Newport News, where they raised three children, and started Shoney’s Drive-In.

Ruth Ann was a tireless volunteer throughout her life for many charities and community organizations including Riverside Hospital Pink Ladies, the American Cancer Society, and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Her favorite “Job” was the Christmas Eve overnight shift in the Mary Immaculate Hospital nursery. She enjoyed sitting with the newborns so that nursery staff could spend the holiday with their families.

Having moved to Kingsmill early in its development, she was a very involved member of the Women’s Golf Club as well as the annual Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic. Ruth Ann was dedicated to serving the organizations she supported and accepted all of her responsibilities with deep commitment and devotion.
Ruth Ann and Leon moved to Harbor’s Edge in 2008. After his passing in 2010 she continued to live there with her beloved and mutually devoted dog, Josie.

Ruth Ann was predeceased by her son Ray in 1968. She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Schoenbaum of Norfolk and Bernice (Bunny) Schoenbaum of New York; granddaughter, Rachel Schoenbaum of Los Angeles; brother, Louis Silverman (Bobbi Sue) of Kingsmill; nephew, Jason Silverman (Natalie) of Kingsmill; and her extremely cherished niece, Risa Silverman of Virginia Beach. She is also survived by many deeply loved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

The family would like to thank Lynn Klinger, Paulette, Daphne, Jackie and Ruth Ann’s other wonderful caregivers at Senior Corp. A special thanks to everyone at Harbor’s Edge, especially for all of their help and caring these last few weeks.

After a private burial, on Tuesday, August 27, the family will receive friends at Harbor’s Edge, One Colley Ave. Apt 1409 from 3:00 until 7:00.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the charity of your choice.

Richard E. McClune


Richard E. McClune, 97 years young passed away on August 22, 2019 He was a native of Lancaster, PA and a resident of Newport News, VA for over 63 years.  His career began in the Army/Air Force in 1942 where he proudly served, working on B-17’s, B-24’s and P-51’s, retiring after 20 years as a MSGT.  His second career was for Noland Company where he worked for over 23 years as an accountant.

Dad’s favorite hobbies were golf and cars and he was passionate about both.  He played golf 3 days a week until the age of 95 years.  He made eleven holes-in-one during his lifetime.  He was always a fashion plate on the golf course, styling with plaid shirts & striped pants and always having the brightest outfits.  He told Mom, “all the guys dress this way.”  Of course, he had matching socks in every color and the golf shoes boasted their own style.  We called him a dreamsicle on one particular orange outfit with shoes to match.  His nickname was “Down the Middle Dick” for his straight drives down the fairway.  His happiest moments were when he took his grandsons, to play and show them off.

He took apart more cars then put back together again.  He was an ace until computer technology took over.  He wasn’t about to let someone else change the oil in the car so once a computer chip diagnosed “time for an oil change” in his Lincoln, he took care of the oil himself but then placed a piece of masking tape over the oil light on the dashboard.  His pride and joy was the ’64 Thunderbird.  Every piece of that car was polished till it shone, then polished some more.  The body color was gold, and oh so sleek, but the hood was replaced and it was black.  We never knew why he didn’t have the car painted.  He actually let me drive it to school back in the day but Lori wouldn’t be caught dead driving this two-toned wonder.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Davis, for 61 years; daughter, Lynn of Wrightsville, PA; son, Jeri (Lonie) of Pottstown, PA; and daughters, Patti (Bob) of Williamsburg and Lori (Glenn) of Newport News, along with eight grandchildren (seven boys and one granddaughter) and seven great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.  He is predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Carl McClune and his one sister, Edith Keyser.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4:30 pm on Thursday, August 29 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Attire for the Service:  You are challenged to match Dad’s golfing attire – bright & bold and be ready to share a story or two of Dad’s shenanigans.

Howard Timothy Ewing

On Monday, August 19, 2019, Tim Ewing, 58, was fatally injured while working on the USS George Washington (CVN 73) at Newport News Shipbuilding. A Newport News native for his entire life, Tim studied at the NNS Apprentice School, and served the Shipyard family admirably for 39 years. Rising to the position of Construction Supervisor, he was recognized for his work ethic, meticulous inspections, and preparation for tank closeouts on aircraft carriers. Tim’s leadership team recently presented him with an ethics award for “credibility in his actions, honesty and ‘never quit’ attitude.”

Tim graduated from Menchville High School in 1979, and started working the next Fall with the Virginia High School League as a referee. He was charged with running the clock for local high school football games and continued in this position right up until the time of his death.

Tim was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church – his childhood church – where he served as a UMC Board of Trustees and Nominations Committee member, Sunday school teacher, choir member, landscaper, and coffee maker. In his younger days, he was active in the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 1976 at Troop 43. Tim remained passionate about scouting throughout his life, and he enthusiastically served as a liaison between the shipyard and the Scouts, coordinating Boy Scout volunteers serving for ship christening events.

Tim was a lifelong Scouter, earning the coveted Silver Beaver award, Wood Badge beads, and Vigil Award in Order of the Arrow. He was also awarded the prestigious National Outstanding Eagle Scout award last year by his Eagle Scout brother. Like his father, he mentored many younger Scouts and assisted them on their journeys to Scouting’s highest award – Eagle Scout. He served as the Advancement Committee Chairman and was well respected for his leadership on Eagle Scout Boards of Review for the Monitor Merrimac District. Tim served the United Methodist Church at the District level as the District Scouting Ministry Coordinator.

Tim is survived by his brother, Wayne Ewing, of Yorktown, VA and his wife Gail; and niece Heather Ritter and her husband Devin of Charleston, SC. Tim was preceded in death by his father Hugh C. Ewing, Jr., his mother, Margaret L. Ewing, and eldest brother, C. Kent Ewing.

On Wednesday August 28 at 11:00 a.m., Reverend Robert Chapman will preside over a memorial service highlighting Tim’s life at Chestnut Memorial UMC, 1024 Harpersville Road, Newport News 23601. Family and friends will be available prior to the memorial service. A graveside service will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Contributions in Tim’s name may be made to Chestnut Memorial UMC or to Colonial Virginia Council, Boy Scouts of America at 11834 Canon Blvd., Suite L, Newport News, Virginia 23606.

Edward Richey, Jr. (USMC, Maj. Retired)

Edward Richey, Jr. (USMC, Maj. Retired) passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019. He was a native of Evans, Georgia and had been a resident of Hampton for 38 years. Ed retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Major, after 26 years of service. He had many distinctions, among them were the Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V, Combat Action Ribbon, and a Vietnam Veteran. Ed was a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Business Degree and he retired as a mortgage banker after 20 years of service. He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, actively serving in the church choir and as a Deacon, he was a  DAVChapter 13 member, member of the Peninsula Retired Men’s Club, life-long member of the Kiwanis Club and received the Kiwanis Hixon Fellow. Ed’s motto was God first, then family, and then his country. Ed’s favorite past time was singing gospel music, he enjoyed sharing the love of God through his music, and he loved sharing his music at the VA Hospital.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Virginia Richey and his sister, Patricia Anderson. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Billie Mae Richey; two daughters, Beth Barnwell (Richard); Dawn Bloch (Matt); and one son, Edward Richey III (Angie); grandchildren, Elizabeth Myers (Chris); Jenny Dennis (Emily); Anna Barnwell (and future grandson-in-law, Hunter Wright); Hailey Bloch; Morgan Bloch; and Michaela Richey.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 26, at Memorial Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Larry Biermann. Interment services will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, 317 Lee Street, Hampton, VA 23669.

Donna Edmundson

Donna Edmundson, age 85, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019. She was born on February 22, 1934 in Richmond but she lived most of her life in Newport News. She graduated from Warwick High School and the Medical College of Virginia. Donna taught at Second Presbyterian Preschool and ultimately retired from Riverside Clinical Laboratories, but went on to work part-time for Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. and the Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center.

Donna is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, William D. “Bill” Edmundson; daughter Teri Edmundson; sons, Tab Edmundson and Randy Pieper (Anne Nelson); two grandchildren Katie and Maclay; and brother Maclay Brown (Linda).

She was preceded in death by her parents Potter Maclay Brown Jr. and Dolores Brockett Brown of Asheville, North Carolina.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at The Hidenwood and at Hospice Community Care for their constant attention and sacrificing care.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Dallas W. Miller

Dallas W. Miller, 90, of Newport News, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 17, 2019 at the Mennowood Retirement Community.

Dallas will be remembered by loving family and friends for his keen sense of humor, his uncanny ability to repair anything mechanical, and his love and devotion to family, community, and country.

Born on June 30, 1929, in Sampson County, North Carolina, Dallas was the son of Ethel King Miller and Henry L. Miller. He moved to Newport News in his youth, where he graduated from Warwick High School before joining the U.S. Air Force.

Throughout his career Dallas served the United States during assignments in Virginia, Wyoming, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Mississippi, California, and Morocco, working as a master electrician on sensitive military technologies and ballistic missiles. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1969. Dallas returned home to work for the Newport News Public Schools in the audiovisual maintenance department, enhancing educational opportunities for thousands of students before his retirement in 1990.

He committed the remainder of his life to volunteering for the betterment of his community, serving as an Elections Officer for local, state and national elections; working on a wide range of projects with the Senior Volunteer Program of the Virginia Peninsula; and devoting thousands of hours to the Newport News Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and the Community Education and Outreach Center. Dallas also enjoyed socializing with friends and square dancing, having served several terms as president of the Swinging Squares square dance club.

Dallas was preceded in death by his mother and father; his daughter, Cynthia (Cindy) Miller Gipson; and his sister, Patsy M. Freeman. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Jean Miller, and her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter, who were very special to Dallas; his daughter, Ivy Miller Nilluka and her husband Michael Nilluka; his sister, Sue Dearnley, and her husband Ted; his grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Keith and Marie Gipson; his grandson and granddaughter-in-law Neil and Keira Gipson, and great-grandson Isaac Gipson; his grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Adam and Jane Bear, and great-granddaughters, Artemis and Evangeline Bear; his granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Lauren and Alex Pettee; and his many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Dallas’ family extends its deepest thanks to Donna O’Hara, advisor and special friend; the caring staff at Mennowood Retirement Community; and Hospice Community Care for the excellent care Dallas received.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who wish to honor Dallas’ memory consider a contribution to the Newport News Police Department’s Dallas Miller Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, c/o Newport News Police Department, 9710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23605. Checks may be made out to Dallas Miller Scholarship Fund.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News.

Robert William Baker

Robert William Baker, 74, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at his home. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran and served in the Vietnam conflict. Bobby was an apprentice graduate of Norshipco and retired from federal service at Supervisor of Newport News.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Gladys Baker; his sisters, Irene Wallis, Betty Sietz, and Jean Anderson; and brothers, Johnnie and Larry. He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Alice Liverman Baker; his daughter, Kim Wilson (Mark) and her children, Shelby, Mandy and Jacob; his sons, Robbie Baker and his daughters, Gracie and Gina, and Brian Norcutt (Cindy) and their daughters, Lexi and Lauren (fiancé, Jesse).

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Gloria Dorinda Woodcock

Gloria Dorinda Woodcock, 72, passed away far too soon on August 17, 2019. Dorinda was nothing short of an amazing person. Her love touched anyone who met her. Her smile always brightened up any room she walked in. She was an amazing wife, mother, as well as Gran.

Dorinda is survived by her loving husband, Wayne Woodcock Sr.; children, Cindy Garrett (Billy), and Wayne Woodcock, Jr. (Chelsea); grandchildren, William Garrett (Molly), Landon Garrett, and Connor Woodcock; and brother, Freddie “Brother” Hamm, Jr.

The family welcomes family and friends to the visitation from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the funeral home.

Michael James Martin

Michael James Martin, 54, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. He was a native and lifelong resident of Newport News, Virginia. He was a welding supervisor with Jefferson Laboratories for 16 years and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Michael is preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Atkins. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Angela Joyce Martin. He also leaves behind numerous friends, neighbors and co-workers, and his loving pet, Samantha.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

William “Bill” Robert Sharp, Jr.

William “Bill” Robert Sharp, Jr. died peacefully at his home on August 11, 2019 in Southern Shores, North Carolina at the age of 76.

Bill is survived by a son, Charles Robert Sharp of Round Hill, Virginia; a son, Grant Harrison Sharp, his wife, Natalya Gurskaya Sharp, and their two children, Alexander Michael Sharp and Luke William Sharp of Southern Shores, North Carolina; a sister, Joan Sharp Bowen, Ed.D., her husband, Rev. Richard Landrum Bowen of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and their children, Scott Richard Bowen of Richmond, Virginia and Kelley Leanne Charpentier of Charlotte, North Carolina; and a brother-in-law, John Willard Roark of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Maj. William Robert Sharp, Sr. and Martha Reese Sharp née Allen; his wife of 45 years, Ann Rachel Sharp née Roark; and a second wife, Margaret Biggins Sharp née Sacra.

Bill was born on August 17, 1942 in Fort Lewis, Washington. As the son of an active-duty United States Army officer, he lived in many places during his childhood, including Linz, Austria and Stuttgart, Germany. He took his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1964 and his Master of Science in Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1983. While a student at North Carolina State University, he was inducted into the Rho Chapter of Theta Tau, the North Carolina Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. After taking his undergraduate degree, he began a career with Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company that encompassed a number of engineering and managerial roles and spanned more than 50 years. In 2015, he was recognized by Newport News Shipbuilding as a Master Shipbuilder. He married his first wife, Ann, in 1966, and they resided in Newport News, Virginia during their marriage.

While in Newport News, Bill joined Hilton Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon, Elder, and Treasurer for many years. After moving to Williamsburg in 2013, he and his second wife, Margaret Biggins Sharp, attended Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Bill was a long-time member and a past-President of the Warwick Rotary Club. As a Rotarian, he enthusiastically supported Rotary International’s polio elimination efforts and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his efforts. Additionally, he was an active member of several professional organizations, primarily the Nautilus Society of Reactor Test Engineers, the Engineers’ Club of the Virginia Peninsula, the United States Naval Institute, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Bill was an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as the long-time treasurer of BSA Troop 14 in Newport News and as a member of the board of the Virginia Peninsula Council.

The family will be receiving visitors from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 14 at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, Virginia. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 15 at 11:00 am at Peninsula Funeral Home. There will be a private interment at Peninsula Memorial Park. As an alternative to flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the End Polio Now campaign.

Edward Lee Parker

Edward Lee Parker peacefully entered into eternal rest on August 11th 2019. Lee was born on December 15th, 1943 in Newport News, Virginia to the late Eddie and Edna Parker. He graduated from Warwick High School. Lee served in the US Army during the Vietnam war and was honorably discharged in 1971. In 1985 Lee married Doris and she worked with him at the family business Parkers Auto Parts.

Lee never met a stranger and was never at a loss for words. He was always ready to share a story and a laugh.

Lee was predeceased by his wife Doris Parker and two sisters Patsy DiCarlo and Rosemary Rollins. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his nieces and nephews, Doug DiCarlo, Elizabeth DiCarlo Terry, Jennifer Jones Todd and Jon Jones ; stepdaughter, Angela Dunkailo; and grandson, Aaron Dunkailo; and a host of other family and friends.

William (Bill) Franklin Haskins, Jr.

William (Bill) Franklin Haskins, Jr., 87 of Newport News, went to be with his savior, Jesus Christ, surrounded by family on August 12, 2019.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Haskins, his wife, Lois Haskins and his brothers, Robert and Leslie. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Agnew Haskins and 5 sons, David (Kim), Chris (Theresa), Billy (Teresa) Haskins and Thad (Totty) and Bill (Karen) Shelly, as well as 14 grandchildren.

Bill, affectionally known as Bones, was a lifelong resident of Newport News and a graduate of Newport News High School and The Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. He served his country as an Army Paratrooper (82nd Airborne). He served the City of Newport News in various capacities for 24 years, as a City Councilman and a term as Vice Mayor. Bill was a member of various committees and boards, with a few of his favorites being the boards of Mary Immaculate Hospital and Riverside Regional Medical Center, as well as the Hampton Roads Transit Authority. He had a 43-year career with Newport News Shipbuilding where he began as an apprentice pipefitter and retired as the Manager of Marketing Research and Development in 1996.

Bill was an inspirational leader and faithful member of Northside Christian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder for many years. He was a wonderful and devoted father, husband, and dear friend to many. His most precious legacy is his grandchildren, who he loved dearly, and was extremely proud of them all. He loved to talk about the shipyard, City of Newport News, the state of the country, and anything dealing with basketball.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may take the form of contributions to Northside Christian Church or Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Visitation will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 at Northside Christian Church.

Arrangements are being made by Peninsula Funeral Home.

David D. Alexander, Jr.

David D. Alexander, Jr., 99, left his earthly home on Sunday, August 11, 2019. He was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina on December 19, 1919. David moved to the Peninsula in 1944 where he worked for NASA until his retirement in 1974.

David is preceded in death by his wife, Mary. He leaves behind his son, David, III, and two granddaughters, Debbie and Lisa. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. No services are planned.

Frances K. Smith

Frances K. Smith, 100, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born in Brooklyn, New York on August 2, 1919, Frances met and married her husband, Morris in New York City. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Newport News, Virginia, where they spent the majority of their married life.   Frances was an active member of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue and its Ladies Auxiliary.  A loving person, she always kept a stash of candy and chocolate in her refrigerator for visiting grand and great grandchildren. In 2001, the Smiths moved to Minneapolis, MN, to live close to family. Morris Smith passed away in 2007. Frances is survived by her two sons,  Dr. Norman S. Smith and Rabbi Mitchell E. Smith, seven grandchildren, and twenty great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, in the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Jack C. Bright

Jack C. Bright passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.  He was a native of Gaffney, South Carolina and had been a resident of Newport News for the past 56 years.  Jack retired from the U.S. Army, as a Command Sergeant Major, with 24 years of service, serving in Korea and Vietnam.  After retiring from the Army, he worked for the City of Hampton and was retired at the time of his death.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Bright and his parents, Howard W. and Sarah Mason Bright.  He is survived by his sons Donald Bright (Carla) of Surry, David Bright (Anne) of Newport News and step-son Michael Duncan (Judy) of Mooresville, Ind.; his step-daughter, Beverly Wilson of Bloomington, Ind.; brother Charles Bright of Spartanburg, S.C.; as well as grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Lera Lloyd

Lera Lloyd passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was born near Ferrum, Va. to the late Harvey and Virgie Peters. Lera enjoyed attending church, bowling with friends, crocheting, and arts and crafts. She was retired from Sturgis Newport Business Forms.

Lera was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey Lloyd; daughter, Carolyn Moore;  son, Harvey O. Lloyd;  brother Grover Peters; sisters Ora Annie Peters and Geneva Foy; four half-sisters and three half-brothers.

She is survived by sisters, Edith Haskins of Belleview, Fla., Clovice Cooper, Rhoda Fulcher and brother Eugene Peters, all living in the Martinsville area; two granddaughters, Terri Yannitello (Rick) and Shannon Kolechi; three grandsons, Larry Moore (Sue), Kevin Lloyd, and Shawn Hirano; eight great-children; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home with interment following at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Naomi Blake

Naomi Noelle Blake, was born on March 10, 2004 to Kevin Ellerbe and Ashley Blake. On August 3, 2019, at age 15, she passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family following a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Naomi was a rising 10th grader enrolled in the visual arts magnet program at Woodside High School. “Omi,” as close friends and family called her, was a foodie who loved to dine with family and try new foods. She loved to travel and was able to visit many destinations in her lifetime. Those closest to Naomi recognized her as an “old soul.” She would always speak words of wisdom beyond her years.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Leon Blake and Lynne Ellerbe.  She is survived by her mother, Ashley Blake; brother, Elijah Blake; father, Kevin Ellerbe; siblings Jeremiah Duncan, Adriah Ellerbe, Micah Armour, and Malachi Ellerbe; her aunts, Taryn Blake, Elizabeth Blake, and Janaya Howard; grandparents, Lester Ellerbe, Marcia Blake, and Claude Howard; as well as many cousins and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Toby’s Dream Foundation or EdMarc Hospice for Children.

Naomi’s wonderful spirit will be celebrated this Saturday, August 10, 2019 in a 10:00 a.m. memorial service at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, Virginia. The internment will be immediately after at Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends for the repast this Saturday, August 10, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Hampton, Virginia.

Elizabeth (Betty) Tanner

Betty Tanner Obituary

Elizabeth (Betty) Tanner of Williamsburg, formerly of Newport News, died peacefully on August 3rd, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born January 5th, 1925 in Jacksonville, Florida to DeForrest and Elizabeth Rathbone, and spent her childhood growing up in Miami Beach with her mother and her brother, Jacque. She lived a block from the ocean and loved swimming and riding horses on the beach.

It was in Miami Beach that she met a young sailor returning home from World War II, and Betty married the love of her life and soul mate, Mark Tanner, in August of 1945. Betty and Mark made their home in Newport News, Virginia, where Mark was employed at Newport News Shipbuilding. Together they raised three sons, Randy, Ronny, and Rusty.

Betty and Mark were long time members of Calvary Baptist Church in Newport News, where Betty was the church secretary and taught Sunday school, while Mark served as a deacon. They loved square dancing, gardening, camping, and spending time with friends and family, whether at home in Newport News or at their vacation home in Lake Gaston, NC.

Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and faithful friend. She was a gracious host and loved preparing for countless get-togethers for friends and family. She enjoyed celebrating holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and any event that made those she loved feel special.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Mark, her brother Jacque, and one daughter-in-law, Debbie Tanner. She is survived by her children, Randy Tanner and his wife Joy, Ronny Tanner, and Rusty Tanner and his wife Rita. She also leaves behind twelve grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staffs of The Cottage at Spring Arbor, the Memory Care Unit of Edgeworth Park at New Town, and At Home Care Hospice for their dedicated and compassionate care for Betty over the last five years.

Visitation will be at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News VA on Friday, August 9th, 2019 from 5:30 until 7:30 PM. A graveside service celebrating her life will be held on August 10th, 2019, at 1 o’clock PM at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.

Eunice Pennell Lowe

Eunice Pennell Lowe, 94, of the Beaconsdale area of Newport News, passed away on August 5, 2019, at Elite Eldercare from complications due to dementia. Born in Chase City, Virginia, she was the daughter, the fifth of seven children, of Onie Josephus and Lillie Belle Pennell.

In 1955 she received an associate’s degree from Averett College (now University), in Danville, Virginia, and soon afterward married Clifford M. Lowe, Jr., in Portsmouth, Virginia, a marriage that lasted for 54 years until his death in 2010. Moving to Newport News in 1964, she was at first a homemaker and went on to work as a teacher’s aide at Saunders Elementary School in Newport News for 19 years. As a devoted member of Temple Baptist Church in Newport News, she also spent many years serving as a volunteer in both the church’s library and administrative office. She loved writing in her journals, reading, and caring for her family.

She is survived by her two sons, Stephen Lowe and his wife Marcia Bartusiak of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and Robert Lowe and his wife Melanie Lowe of Newport News; three grandchildren, William Dowdy III, Thomas Dowdy, and Jessica Mulder; three great grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice Reese of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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

The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. A service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, at Temple Baptist Church with Pastor Wes Taylor officiating. The burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.legacy.com/dailypress.

Dora Mae Smith

Dora Mae Smith, 80, a native of Robinson County, North Carolina, passed away quietly Tuesday evening, August 6, 2019. Dora was devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ and stayed strong in her faith throughout her life. She enjoyed shopping, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Although Dora was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Smith and son, Gary Edwards, they were always in her thoughts and heart. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Finley and husband, James; son, Michael Edwards and wife, Kim; 4 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9 at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Lieutenant Commander Gerald L. Ranes


Lieutenant Commander Gerald L. Ranes, a longtime resident of Yorktown, Virginia left us on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, to be reunited with his parents, Charles T. Ranes and Martha Liles Ranes, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Jerry was born on June 8, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the Coast Guard for 23 years protecting the shores of Alaska, Hawaii, and many other parts of the country. After leaving the service, he worked for American Bureau of Shipping, where he continued his travels and made countless friends. Jerry loved to play golf, especially with his family. He also loved to travel, his favorite destination being The Big Island of Hawaii where he, his wife Sue, and much of their family vacationed for many years. He also enjoyed taking cruises with Sue, their most recent adventure being earlier this year in the Mediterranean.

To cherish his memory, Jerry leaves his loving wife, Sue “Honey”; brothers, Robert (Marilyn), and Charles T. Ranes; and daughters, Jeri Lee Jordan (Rusty), and Sheri Mouring. From his second family, Tammy Geuin Smith, Jim Geuin (Debbie), and Julia Geuin Armstrong (Patrick). In addition, he leaves twelve wonderful grandchildren, eleven precious great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

“I will miss my best friend, my love, and my partner.” (Sue Ranes)

In lieu of flowers, a friendly donation to the American Cancer Society or the S.P.C.A. would be nice.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Jerry would love for his friends to dress in Hawaiian attire if practical.

Gary B. Holden

Gary B. Holden, 66, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Newport News, Virginia. He was a native of Fayettville, North Carolina and a resident of Newport News. He was of the Baptist faith.

Gary served in the U.S. Army and received the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was employed with the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station.

Gary was preceded in death by wife, Janell Holden; son, Jeremy Holden; and parents, George and Vivian Holden He is survived by his son, Joseph Holden; two grandchildren, Taylor and Breanna Holden; and brother, George T. Holden.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park, with interment to follow.

Thelma Camden Aydelott

Thelma Camden Aydelott, 93, died August 6, 2019 in Morningside Assisted Living under Hospice care in Newport News, Virginia after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Thelma was born on October 23, 1925 in Nelson County, Virginia to Nina Massie Camden and John H. Camden. She graduated from Fleetwood High School of Massies Mill, Virginia. She married Loren Herbert Aydelott of Fort Eustis and became a wife and homemaker and enjoyed the years in France when “Herbie” was stationed in France.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Singing Seniors choir and served on various committees in the church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Warwick Chapter No. 43. She was a past member of Olivet Christian Church and Orcutt Baptist Church of Newport News. She was very strong in her faith and rarely missed any church service or Sunday School while able to serve the Lord.

Thelma is survived by her children, John H. Aydelott (Frieda) and Ann A. Talley (Joe); two grandchildren, Michael Moody and Ashley Moody; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Moody and Suzanne Moody. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, three brothers, her husband and one daughter. She was loved by all who came in contact with her.

The family will receive friends at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed with a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Robert “Bob” Louis Wiggs

Robert “Bob” Louis Wiggs, 80, passed away on August 4, 2019. He was born in Newport News, Virginia and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Warwick High School in 1958.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy and was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Peninsula Bonsai Society. He was employed with Newport News Shipbuilding for 39 years and retired as Supervisor in X-31 Department.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, William “Tom” and Ila Wiggs; sister, Miriam Rice Boyer; and brothers, Richard P. “Dick” and William T. “Bill” Wiggs. He is survived by his wife, Janet Savage Wiggs; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Lyons (Tommy, referred to as “3rd son”); sons, Kevin Louis Wiggs and David Wiggs (Teresa); grandchildren, Nathan (Jessica), Dustin (Lydia), Tyler, and Lauren; three great-grandchildren; and many cherished nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his Yorkie pups.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606.

Nell Keeter Seward Hauser

Nell Keeter Seward Hauser, 92, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019. She was a native of Newport News, Virginia where she was also a lifetime resident. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Nell is preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Elizabeth Keeter, and former husband, Joseph C. Seward, Jr. She is survived by her sons, James Evans Seward (Ashley) of New Orleans, LA, and Robert Eugene Seward (Cindy) of Newport News, VA; grandchildren, Margaret Nell Seward, Riley Evans Barrios-Seward, Sarah Seymour, and Michael Tillema; and great-grandchildren, Nash and Sage Seymour.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Liza and Daniel Bayangos for their wonderful care during Nell’s illness.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 at Peninsula Memorial Park.

James “Shep” Trant

James “Shep” Trant was granted eternal freedom by the Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, August 1, 2019. “Shep” was a life-long resident of Newport News and spent his happiest moments surrounded by loving family and friends. He found the most joy while watching his grandchildren on the baseball and softball field, watching NASCAR races, or building model cars.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Edwards Trant and is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Peggy Trant; daughter and son-in-law Amanda and Jason Kelly; grandchildren Brandon and Drew Kelly; father James Parrish Trant; sister Jean Trant; and his nieces.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life at Peninsula Funeral Home on Monday August 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Shep’s name to the National Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

Elizabeth Ann Moore

Elizabeth Ann Moore, 67, of Newport News, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. She was born on September 13, 1951, in Norfolk, VA to Robert Eastwood and Frances Patricia Orebaugh. Ann graduated from Norview High School in Norfolk and the Norfolk General Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1972. Over the years, she worked at Riverside Regional Medical Center, Williamsburg Community Hospital, and Sentara Careplex Hospital in Hampton.

Ann is preceded in death by both her parents. She is survived by her three children – Jennifer Trinkle, Aimee Moore, and James “Chris” Moore, Jr.; her three grandchildren – Jamie Moore, Olivia Moore, and Dylan Trinkle; her brother Robert “Bobby” Orebaugh and his wife Kathy; three nieces – Ashley Narkawicz, Leslie Edwards, and Kate Vernon – and their families; and many close, lifelong friends. Her three feline children – Jinxy, Jasper, and Daisy – will miss her dearly.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 5, 11:00 a.m., at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. A service will immediately follow at 12:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk (Granby Street) where she will be buried beside her Daddy.

Flowers may be sent to Peninsula Funeral Home or a donation may be made in her honor to SMILE. SMILE is a local organization that helps the local community get the medical equipment they need that insurance will not cover. Her grandson, Dylan, received his adaptive bed from them after several denials through insurance (visit www.smileasier.org).

Lillian Marie Jordan Roberts

Lillian Marie Jordan Roberts, 85, our angel on earth, gained her heavenly wings on July 27, 2019. A Carolina native, she was born in Halifax County NC, but called the Peninsula her home. In her early years, “Sapphire” could be found at Freddy’s Diner, knocking three times on the ceiling to her favorite music on the jukebox. She spent many long, hot nights working in the “metal shack” at the Newport News Shipyard before she retired in 1994. After retirement she spent most of her time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed going to hear her bluegrass music. Her greatest love in life was her grandchildren, there wasn’t anything “Nanny” wouldn’t do for them. With a heart larger than life, she loved everyone she met, never passing judgement because she knew it wasn’t her place to judge. Most recently she spent her time in Virginia Beach, in the loving care of her daughter and son-in-law. We are forever grateful to them, the friends she made while there, all the nurses and her hospice nurses for her care. While our hearts on earth are broken, we rest assured that we will see her face again and she is living it up in heaven with her family and friends that have gone before. We can only imagine the celebration they had Saturday night.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Roberts, her parents Joe and Rosa Jordan, her son Emmett Stephenson; her sisters, Dorothy Hendron, Carolyn Fulson, and her brother Joe Jordan. She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Edwards and her husband, Randy; two sons, Donnie Stephenson, Mike Stephenson and his wife, Rhonda; two sisters, Jannell Best and Mary Harris; three grandchildren, Jennifer Cunnison and her husband, James, Maxie Bolton and his wife, Larissa, and Michelle Campbell and her husband David; seven great-grandchildren, Ciera Bolton, Adriana West, Robert Cunnison, Ian Cunnison, Joshua Cunnison, Reagan Cunnison, and Mackenzie Byers; two great-great children, Adalei Athey and Lilah Athey, many nieces, nephews and friends that were her chosen family. The family will receive friends Saturday, August 3rd at Peninsula Funeral Home from 3-4:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 2pm Sunday August 4th at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Josh Crozier. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Jessica Autry

Jessica Autry, 34, loving mother, aunt, sister, wife, daughter and our angel, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019. She was born in Newport News, Virginia, where she was also a resident.  Jessica was a homemaker and Christian.

Jessica was preceded in death by her father, Mark Keatts, her grandparents and other loving family members.  She is survived by her husband, Richard Autry; daughter, Kyla Autry; son, Torian Autry; parents, Anna and Walter Shelton; sister, Tina Thompson; brother, Joseph Shelton; nieces and nephews, Bryce, Kelsea, and Sabastian Thompson; and many others who loved her like family.

A celebration of Jessica’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Breakthrough Worship Center, 1709 Hampton Highway, in Tabb.

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

Gene Paschall

On July 28th Gene Paschall of Yorktown Va., our “MacGyver” accepted the opportunity to continue his journey with no more obstacles, but with his loving Mom and Pop Sudie and Robert Paschall; Uncles, Aunts & Friends who proceeded & carved his path to heaven.

Here to miss Gene & carry on his life lessons are his best friend & loving wife of 30 years, Patricia (Pattie) Paschall; his children Steve Paschall of Eugene Oregon, and Cathy Williamson (husband Jeff); Dawn Holihan with whom Gene is devotedly known as Dad; grandchildren Zachary & Courtney Jean Williamson (Cathy & Jeff) & Bobby Holihan IV (Dawn), all of Yorktown; his brother (& also best friend) RV Paschall (Debbie); nieces Debi & Kay Kay (families); Pattie’s family including her Mom Betty Price, siblings Nanette Stickles, Theresa Fuller, Mike Price (families); his first wife and lifelong friend Nora (Turlington) Paschall (Wayne); The Turlington family whom remained Gene’s family since he married Nora.

Gene was born to Sudie & Robert Paschall in NC on May 31, 1940. He grew up in Newport News. As a boy he became involved in The Boys Club and worked there as a young man. He graduated from NNHS in 1959 & married Nora shortly after. Although he was a young man, he worked hard & was seriously devoted to building a strong foundation for his family. He took jobs for Commercial Printer, & Sturgis Newport until he started and retired from a 25 year career at Anheuser Busch. He remained an advocate of The Boys Club (BCOA) his entire life; was an active member of The Moose Lodge 1711; and took interest in a variety of charity programs but especially St. Jude’s.

Gene would say that he wasn’t creative but he was and this was demonstrated whenever he put his mind and hands to work from “turning cars over” to designing and building beautiful homes. He was a patient worker and If something was broken he didn’t fuss about that broken thing, he just went to fixin’ it making him the handyman of every gals dreams and the “go to” for advice on repairs for just about anything.

Gene’s main love was his family but taking a close second was his immaculate garage, complete with pictures hanging. But the cherry on top was his workbench & man toys, hanging about and enticing him daily as there was “tinkering” to do. His day started when the door was pulled up, inviting macho passerby’s to slow down for a peek and sometimes “giving in” to the temptation of pulling in to say hello. Here, Gene would pull himself away from his work, offer a cold drink & grab a couple of chairs.

Gene loved summertime; fast cars; a country song that told a good story; watching people dance; & his country. He believed in being a man of his word; living beneath his means, yet generous all the while. He took joy in leaving a $20 tip for a $10 burger. He was a man of balance…a teacher and a listener; a “good ol’ boy” and a ladies best friend; no-nonsense yet easy to laugh; old school but respectful for inevitable change. He was not the “life of the party” but the kind soul, that gave the party “life”, as if…”Gene is here. Now everything is gonna be okay”.

Everyone knew that Gene battled the feats that came with his chronic disease (CML), but he certainly never said so. Instead he owned it. He owned it like “A Boss”. He was a smart and generous player volunteering to be an active participant in the Gleevec trial at MD Anderson in 2001, journaling and reporting to assist with ongoing studies. He turned his travels to & from Houston into road trips while fulfilling his thrill of nothin’ but a Chevy between him & the open highway. It turned out that Gleevec rewarded Gene and his family a remission for nearly 16 years and has remained an active treatment for CML patients to date. In the meantime he didn’t spend much time talking about it, but more about his appreciation for family & especially his wife, who in turn became his loving caregiver. Of Pattie, he liked to say “That’s One Good Woman!”

Gene and his family would like to thank Dr. Watson and Dr. Kruger at VOA; Personal Touch Hospice; RN’s Dawn and Elaine. They would also like to acknowledge the late Dr. Mark Ellis with whom he began his CML journey. Dr. Ellis worked closely with Gene and MD Anderson all while he shared his own stories and gave Gene a hometown vibe, which was a perfect fit for his lifestyle.

Gene appreciated & put into motion the teachings that were instilled in him by his father which he in turn, and with a “little twist” blessed his family the same. Recently, he shared that he was given the gift of “seeing his entire life”, that he liked what he saw, it showed him he had lived a “good” life…had been a good man…and although he had been told the same…Man, if he only knew! Our lives won’t be the same, but are certainly enriched because of his love. We miss him already!

A memorial service will be held on Friday August 2nd, 2019 at 4:00pm at Peninsula Funeral Home Newport News. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Gene Paschall to the Leukemia Society

John Coombs Barker

John Coombs Barker, 75, of Newport News, Virginia, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Friday, July 26, 2019. Born March 2, 1944 in Salisbury, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Thomas Ralph Barker and the late Elizabeth Morton Barker.

John was educated in the Salisbury city schools and graduated from Boyden High School and North Carolina State University. He moved to Newport News in 1966, where he worked as a nuclear engineer for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company for 39 years before retiring in 2005.

John’s love of sports was only matched by his love for animals. He lived his life with a kind and generous spirit and always offered assistance to anyone with whom he came in contact. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Please let John’s spirit continue to live on through helping others. He attended Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, served as a Sunday greeter and assisted with the Blessing of the Animals service. He enjoyed college sports and was a member of the NCSU Wolfpack Club. He also cherished time spent with family, which included trips to Hilton Head, South Carolina, Clearwater, Florida, and Hiawassee, Georgia.

John is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Katharine Hood Barker of Newport News. Also surviving are his siblings, Elizabeth Barker Murphy of Dallas, Texas, Ralph Morton Barker of Yadkinville, North Carolina, and Angie Barker Painter (Max) of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is also survived by a host of beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

His family wishes to thank Riverside Hospice as well as Dorothy and Jack Stonebraker for their loving care and support.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Rebekah J. Johns will officiate. The family will receive visitors following the service in McKeithen Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, Newport News, Virginia or Peninsula SPCA, Newport News, Virginia.

JoAnne Porch Robinson


Daughter, sister, friend & mother.  Joanne passed after a long battle with Huntington’s disease.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Shirley Porch, her sister Bonnie Porch and is survived by her 8 children.  Joseph, Jessie, Jackie, Jeffery, Justin, Janice, Jamie, Jon-Jon, along with her sisters Sherry and Kim and her lifelong best friend Corky.

Jill Kay Chandler Jones

After a courageous battle with cancer, Jill Kay Chandler Jones, 55, of Newport News, went to be with her Lord and Savior on the evening of July 27th, 2019.

Jill was born to James and Betty Chandler in 1963. Jill graduated from Virginia Tech in 1990 and worked for Newport News Public Schools Transportation for 19 years. Jill’s joy in life was raising her three daughters, Jillian, Jahnel, and Jayla. Jill was known for her friendly personality, her infectious sense of humor, and her resilience.

Jill is preceded in rest by her father, James Chandler. Jill is survived by her daughters, Jillian Jones, Jahnel (Spencer) and their children Winter and Meadow Bashford, and Jayla Jones; mother, Betty Chandler; siblings, Jamey Chandler, Dale Chandler, and Cheryl Rose; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, July 31, 2019, from 6:00 to 7:30 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A service celebrating Jill’s life will be held at 12:00 PM on August 1, at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Rupert H. Rose Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

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

Sandra Martin Henderson

Sandra Martin Henderson passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019, and is now in Heaven with her Heavenly Father. She was born on March 22, 1936, in Mobile, Alabama and has resided in Newport News since 1968.
Sandra is preceded in death by her parents, George F. Martin and Lois Corley Martin; brothers George and Ludlow Martin; and her former husband

William H. Henderson, Sr. Sandra is survived by her sister, Cynthia Miller; son, William H. Henderson, Jr. of Newport News; niece Dee Bowman; and nephews Chris and David Miller.

Sandra’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, reading, and traveling. She loved her three grandchildren Kallan, Kiera, and Ava with all heart.

She worked for over 30 years for Prudential Life Insurance Company, as an Office Manager. She received numerous awards, but greatest joy came from helping people.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Peninsula Funeral Home at 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 23601 on Saturday, August 3, at 11:00 a.m.

If you’d like to leave a message for the family or leave stories about time spent with Sandra, please go to Daily Press Obituaries at www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sandra’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society at 225 N. Michigan Avenue, 17, Chicago, IL. 60601 or use the web address at https://act.alz.org/.

Robert Malone Wynne

Robert Malone Wynne, 81, of Newport News, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019, after a long battle with dementia.
A native of Hampton, Bobby graduated from Hampton High School and Hampton Roads Business College.  After many years in banking, Bobby enjoyed a long career, spanning over 32 years, in the Accounting Department of Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, George Houston Wynne and Virginia Shrieves Wynne and his brother, George H. Wynne, Jr.  He is survived by his beloved sister, Joyce Wynne Dick (Bob); niece, Cynthia L. Barnes; nephews, Michael A. Wynne (Kate) and Robert M. Dick III (Jessica); and a very close friend, Robert J. Labourene.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 213 McLaws Circle, #2B, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or online www.alz.org or a charity of your choice.

A graveside service will be privately held at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Newport News, VA.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Carolyn Skinner Fleck

Carolyn Skinner Fleck passed away on July 10, 2019 at age 90.  She was a 1946 graduate of Newport News High School and lived in Newport News for most of her life.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Hurley J Skinner Sr and Edna Lenz, her husband Vincent J Fleck, and her youngest son Kim Noel Fleck.  She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Knoeller of Chester; sons Vincent “Joe” Fleck Jr (Lindy) of Poquoson and Michael G Fleck (Shari) of Smithfield; daughter-in-law Kathy Fleck of Newport News; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren with another due in October.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Mennowood Retirement Community and Intrepid Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.  A very heartfelt thanks goes out to Donna O’Hara of Geriatric Care Advisors for providing expert guidance and assistance to mom and the family for the last five years.

A graveside service will be held on August 26, 2019 at 2 pm at the Hampton National Cemetery.  Donations to the Mennowood Foundation,13030 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23602 are requested in lieu of flowers.