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.
Alan Arnold Diamonstein
Alan Arnold Diamonstein, devoted public servant and beloved community leader, died at his home in Newport News, Virginia on Thursday, October 17, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.
It was once written that “Alan Diamonstein could give politicians a good name. He is a mover and shaker, for sure. A power broker par excellence. But the beneficiaries of his political savvy are ordinary people, children in public schools, moderate-income families who dream of owning a home, students at Virginia colleges, and parents caring for retarded children.”
When a reporter asked what he was most proud of in his career in public service, he answered simply “I was able to make a difference.”
Alan was the son of the late William and Lillian Becker Diamonstein. Born in 1931 in Hampton, Virginia. Alan grew up on Cherry Avenue in Hampton and attended Newport News High School and Augusta Military Academy.
As a child, he often helped at both his grandparents’ grocery store and his father’s furniture store in Newport News. Alan’s mother, Lillian, instilled in him the lessons her own mother taught her – “One pays rent for one’s time on earth”. It was from Lillian that Alan inherited his energy, determination and commitment to public service. As a member of a thriving Jewish community in the city, he experienced religious bigotry and cultural isolation that laid the groundwork for an unwavering commitment to civil rights and social justice.
Alan attended the University of Virginia, and, after completing a tour with the U.S. Air Force, received his Bachelors degree in Commerce. In 1958 he earned a law degree from the University. Upon graduation, he returned home to open a law office with his friend Stanley Drucker. He later became a partner in the nationally-known law firm Patten, Wornom, Hatten, and Diamonstein (PWHD) in Newport News, where he practiced business and real estate law.
Alan was appointed in 2005 to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors by Governor Mark Warner and reappointed to a second term by Governor Tim Kaine. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the College of William and Mary and Christopher Newport University.
First elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from Newport News in 1967, Alan was re-elected every two years, for 34 years until he retired in 2001, to run an unsuccessful campaign for the office of Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor. He continued to practice law at the PWHD law firm until earlier this year.
Alan’s legislative accomplishments include the creation of one of the first housing development authorities in the nation to finance workforce and low-income housing. He also sponsored legislation creating the Virginia Housing Study Commission, which he chaired for more than 20 years. The Housing Commission led to anti-discrimination laws, the Virginia Landlord-Tenant Act and regulations for condominium development, to name a few legislative landmarks.
He also introduced successful legislation requiring the University of Virginia to admit women on the same basis as men in the 1970s. As Chairman of the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee, Alan had a transformative impact on higher education in the Commonwealth, securing funding to meet the record growth in students attending Virginia’s colleges, universities and community colleges, as well as financing for capital projects and student aid.
Arts and cultural organizations across the Commonwealth were also the beneficiaries of Alan’s legislative leadership. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Virginia Living Museum all expanded their public services and exhibits with his help.
He was especially proud to be able to help Christopher Newport University become a leader in higher education in Virginia with the investment of significant state funding over several decades.
Alan was a trusted advisor and confident to several Virginia Governors beginning with Governor Charles Robb. Alan served as a key political advisor to Robb and was also tasked with modernizing the Virginia Democratic Party. Alan’s work led to continued Democratic Party victories, including the election of the most diversified ticket in Virginia’s history, with Governor Jerry Baliles, L. Douglas Wilder, the first African American Lt. Governor in the country, and Virginia’s first woman Attorney General, Mary Sue Terry. He championed appointments of women and minorities to state Boards and Commissions in unprecedented numbers. Governors Baliles, Wilder, Warner, Kaine, McAuliffe and Northam also sought out Alan’s advice and counsel.
Nationally, he was a major player in the Democratic Party (DNC), first representing Virginia on the Democratic National Committee and later serving as the State Democratic Party Chair, Chair of the DNC’s Southern Democratic Chair’s Association and as a Member of the DNC Executive Committee. Alan was a close ally of President Jimmy Carter and many Members of his Administration. President Bill Clinton appointed Alan to the Board of the National Housing Partnership. Alan’s national political work allowed him to work closely with the Virginia Congressional Delegation and other Members of Congress on numerous state-federal issues, particularly the funding for the building and maintenance of our nation’s nuclear submarine fleet and the aircraft carriers built at the Newport News shipyard.
Throughout his entire career in politics, Alan worked ‘across the aisle’ to build a vibrant future for Virginia, and particularly for the Peninsula. An avid golfer, he brought opposing sides together through participation in golf tournaments on more than one occasion.
Republican Congressmen Tommy Downing and Herb Bateman considered Alan a friend and loyal partner. Former U.S. Senator John Warner worked with him for decades on many issues related to the Newport News Shipyard, NASA Langley and the Jefferson Lab. Alan recognized the importance of these institutions as economic development drivers for the region and state.
The nationally known Mariner’s Museum was the beneficiary of Alan’s leadership on their board for years. Additionally, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation, as a Member of the Washington Airports Task Force, the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship Board, a Life Member of the Virginia Jaycees. The Daily Press named him “Citizen of the Year” in 2001 and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation.
Alan is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly Hicks Diamonstein, his sister, Elaine “Sis” Litvin (Joe); his children: Candis Trusty (Guy), Karen Allen (Michael), Trey Diamonstein, and Kevin Diamonstein; his grandchildren: Alexander Allen, Benjamin Allen, Joshua Diamonstein, Katie Diamonstein, and Karl Diamonstein; his nieces: Sharon Schramm (Mark), and Ruthie Goodboe (Mike); and his first cousins: Arthur Diamonstein, Marilyn Lacey, Diane Kaye, Fred Swersky, Dorothy Ann Spivick, Sidney Becker (Cynthia), Jon Becker (Susan), Tommy Becker (Allene), and Andy Becker (DeeDee).
The graveside service will be private for family only. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 20 at 1:30pm at the Alan and Beverly Diamonstein Concert Hall at the Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University [CNU].
Immediately following the memorial service, a reception with be held nearby at the David Student Center at CNU. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Soundscapes.org, AchievableDream.org, or The Alan & Beverly Diamonstein Endowed Scholarship Fund at CNU, or a charity of your choice.
Linwood Lee “Junior” Savedge
Linwood Lee “Junior” Savedge, 88, died on October 15, 2019. He was born January 5, 1931 and was a lifelong resident of Newport News, Virginia. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Hampton. He is survived by his sister, Marie S. Trogdon and niece, Joyce Street (Jay). He loved the Lord and his church. He found great joy in music and his church choir. His childlike love and faith touched the lives of many.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Larry Ronan. Interment will be in St. Luke’s Memorial Park in Smithfield.
Barbara Jean Blume
Barbara Jean Blume, 76, of Newport News, VA passed away at Riverside Regional Medical Center on Saturday, October 12, 2019. She was born in Hampton, Virginia on October 29, 1942 to the late Warren and Juanita Crusenberry. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband Joseph C. Blume (Joe) and her ex-husband John K. Stallings. Barbara is lovingly remembered by her sons, John K. Stalling, Jr. (Jay) of Newport News and David W. Stallings of Hampton; her grandchildren, John K. Stallings, III (JayJay), Tyler W. Stallings, and Amanda L. Stallings; her brother, Warren G. Crusenberry, Jr.; and her “best friend” and first cousin, Brenda Borrows. Barbara graduated from Hampton High School in 1961. She worked at Riverside Hospital and at Sears as a Sales Associate until she retired. She was a member of the Newport News Moose Lodge for 42 years. She also enjoyed sewing, crafting and spending time with friends and family. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, in Newport News. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Dr. Jay Russ, Pastor at Stevens Memorial Baptist Church. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Belvie Jean Settles Turner
Belvie Jean Settles Turner, 77, of Windsor, VA, born October 27, 1941 in Kentucky, passed away October 13, 2019.
Belvie was preceded in death by her mother, Dallas Bentley. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Jimmy Turner; daughters, Sue (Larry), Penny (Jim), Sandy, and Jammi (Damion); 9 grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Ashley, Eric, Misty (Corey), Travis (Kaiten), Shaylee, Hailey, and Olivia; 4 great-grandchildren; and sister, Sonja Allen.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Eric Shane Murphy
It is with great sadness that the family of Eric Shane Murphy announces his passing on October 3, 2019, just before his forty fifth birthday. Eric was a lifetime resident of Newport News, VA.
He attended Thomas Nelson Community College where he earned multiple summa cum laude degrees and certifications in IT and communications. He was approaching his twentieth year working at TNCC. As a Telecommunications and Network Analyst Senior, Eric was a cherished member of the IT family and the go-to guy for the entire campus.
Eric was a computer geek from an early age and was the virus fighter, trouble shooter, and photograph restorer for grateful family and friends. His homemade key lime pies and fresh rockfish tacos are among his signature dishes that his family will miss.
Eric relished his trips to the Florida Keys where he enjoyed time spent with friends, fishing, manatee watching, and savoring key lime pie! He was passionate about ice hockey, following and cheering on the Norfolk Admirals with a devoted group of friends.
Eric was preceded in death by his father “Bobby” Murphy and paternal grandparents Robert Henry and Helen Murphy. He is survived by his maternal grandmother Mary Miles, parents Patti (Don) Boyd, sister Kristy (Paul) Leslie, brother Sean Murphy, stepbrothers Chris (Sheree) Boyd and James (Carol) Boyd and 15 nieces and nephews. Eric is also survived by his most faithful companion, his beloved husky Rebos.
As requested by Eric, an IT scholarship has been established at TNCC in his name. Donations in lieu of flowers will be most appreciated and can be made payable to the TNCC Educational Foundation, note “Eric Shane Murphy Scholarship”, and mailed to the TNCC Educational Foundation, Rm 725-I, Hampton III Bldg, 99 Thomas Nelson Dr, Hampton VA 23666.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Eric’s favorite local hangout, Schooners Grill in Newport News, on Friday, October 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Eric was regarded by friends, family and coworkers alike as a kind and honest person who was always there for you no matter the time of day or what he had going on personally. Uncle Parrot will truly be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Claudia E. O’Dineal Hill
With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Claudia E. O’Dineal Hill, 69, on Saturday, September 21, 2019. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, she attended Maury High School and graduated from St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Virginia. She lived in several states and loved to travel, finally returning to Virginia Beach and living her final 13 years in Newport News. Claudia was preceded in death by her father, Claude Hill, her mother, O’Dineal Chapman Hill, and her grandmother, Mary Emma O’Dineal Chapman.
As a master gardener, she loved spending time working in her garden and was a very talented floral designer. In her younger years, she was an avid horsewoman, volunteering with animal and health organizations. She was a member of the James Landing Garden Club and Book Club of James Landing in Newport News. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local SPCA. Condolences may also be made to www.legacy.com
Jesse Ray Seeley, Jr.
Jesse Ray Seeley, Jr., passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the age of 88. He was a native of Hampton and a resident of Newport News for 53 years. Jesse retired from VDOT as a supervisor after over 33 years of service. He was an active member of the Abingdon Ruritan Club, worked the Seafood Festival for 18 years, was a member of Warwick Moose Lodge, and achieved the Eagle Scout award.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Edna Seeley; his wife, Sally Seeley; two sisters, three brothers; and longtime companion, Carol Pierce. He is survived by three daughters, Julia Wood, Teresa Seeley, and Debbie Bunting; three sons, Chuck, Rick, and Jeff Seeley; two brothers; 26 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with interment following at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Mary Elizabeth Buxton Hartman
Mary Elizabeth Buxton Hartman, 92, died on October 7, 2019, at her home of 53 years in Yorktown, Virginia, with her family by her side. She was born on November 11, 1926 in Roanoke Rapids, NC, at that time called Rosemary. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1942 and went on to work for the Chamber of Commerce for several years. Mary was a local artist of great talent and for many years sold her paintings at the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC, which she would send down by bus. Some of her fondest memories were the USO dances held in Newport News during the war years. She was strong and compassionate and raised her four boys and twin girls alone upon the sudden death of her husband in 1970. She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church since 1966.
Mrs. Hartman was preceded in death by her husband, Willard L. Hartman; parents, Russel and Anne G. Buxton; son, Russell B. Hartman; granddaughter, Crystal D. Hartman; and sister, Anne B. Evans She is survived by her children, Clifford R. Hartman of Shacklefords, William L. Hartman (Pam) of Yorktown, Mark T. Hartman of Providence Forge, Linda A. Eggers of Gloucester, and Brenda A. West of Gloucester; and daughter-in-law, Pam L. Hartman (Russell) of Gloucester Point; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Providence United Methodist Church, 113 Old Dare Road, in Yorktown, officiated by Rev. Lisa Blackmonson.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery following the service.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Brenda Ellen Champ
Brenda Ellen Champ, 72, passed away on October 5, 2019. She was born in Covington, Va. on August 5, 1947 to Wilbert Lee and Alice G. Campbell. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1966. She worked as Sales Associate at Montgomery Wards Dept. store for a number of years and The Daily Press where she retired. When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed get-togethers with family, spending time with her children and grandchildren, eating out at various favorite restaurants and taking trips back home to Clifton Forge, Covington, The Shenandoah Valley, and Douthat State Park.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Wilbert Lee Campbell and Alice G. Backus. She is survived by her son Milton “Ric” Champ, Jr. (Vickie), daughters Kimberly Griffin and Jennifer Walkosz (Chad), grandchildren Brandon and Alex Champ, Cedric Jr. and Eriq Griffin, Zachary Porter (Kamoni), Karleigh (Jake), Logan and Madison Walkosz, great-grandsons Adrian and Dakota Porter, brothers Larry Lee Campbell, W. Glenn Campbell, and Robert Gregory Campbell (Shirley), nephew Robert Gregory Campbell Jr., and great-nephews Jacob and Jonathan Campbell.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, Va.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Children’s Cancer Foundation, or the American Heart Association. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
Please sign guestbook at dailypress.com/obituaries.
James “Buddy” R. Albert
Jim, “Buddy” to family, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at the age of 88. He was born in Washington DC, on March 14, 1931, and was a native of Capitol Heights, Maryland. Jim moved to Newport News in 1959 and was a civil service employee at Fort Eustis as a Communication Supervisor, retiring after 36 years. He served in the Navy and Naval Reserve from 1953 to 1959. Jim was a member of Faith Baptist Church and was the Sunday School Director and a member of the choir. Previously, he attended and was active at Parkview Baptist Church where he assisted with the youth choir and was the Training Union Director.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Genevieve W. Albert; two daughters, Debra Harris (Bob) and Susan Piercy (Larry); grandchildren, David and Brian Piercy and Paul, Jason and Corey Sparrow, and Lara Smith; and numerous great-grandchildren.
The family extends their gratitude to the wonderful and caring staff of Riverside Hospice, especially Kathy and Omeka.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow with interment in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church.
Thomas Hedrick Leffel
Thomas Hedrick Leffel, Jr., 88, died September 27, 2019. He was born in Lithia, VA (now Buchanan) and was the oldest of five children. He had been a resident of Newport News for 78 years. Thomas graduated from Warwick High School in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. He spent the majority of his career as an Engineering Technician at NASA and retired after 43 years of service. He was a member of the local Freemasons and was always willing to help those in need.
Thomas is preceded in death by his father, Thomas H. Leffel, Sr.; mother, Violet Swartz; brother, Malcom Leffel; daughter, Norma Lynne Leffel; and grandchild, R.C. Robinson. He is survived by his wife, Jean Parkerson Leffel; daughter, Cynthia Robinson and her husband Ronald and their two sons Joshua and Jonathan; son, Richard Leffel and his wife Martha; and son, Michael Leffel and his wife Kelly; brothers, Marvin Leffel and wife Jane, Kenneth Leffel and wife Anne, and James Leffel; and sister Rebecca Knox.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please support Newport News Fire and Rescue by donating to the Citizens Fire Academy. Checks may be made payable to CFAAA, c/o VPCF and sent to P.O. Box 5376, Newport News, VA 23605.
Robert T. “Terry” Heffington
Robert T. “Terry” Heffington, 71, passed away after a sudden illness on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, with his wife at his side. Born in June 1948 to the late Thomas B. and Madge B. Heffington, he was a Newport News native and Warwick High School graduate, Class of 1966. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967-1971 and graduated from Christopher Newport University in 1977 with a BS degree in Biology and Environmental Science. He spent 18 years with Newport News Shipbuilding serving as Radiological Control Technician. Since 2003, he worked at Carmines Robbins & Company, PLC as Documents Manager. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church since the 1950s. Terry was a loving man to his family and many friends. He loved life, parties, get togethers, the beach, church, fishing, traveling, hunting, and just being with people.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 37 years, Kitty Heffington; sister, Sharon Dearth; nephew, Sonny Dearth; cousin, Brenda Heffington; numerous cousins on his wife’s side; and many other devoted friends.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 7, at Temple Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Dr. James Goebel, III. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park. A reception will follow at Temple Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23606 or to your favorite charity.
Charles Thomas Hughes
A life well lived, Charles Thomas Hughes, 76, of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019 with his wife and children at his side.
Charlie was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Hughes, and sister-in-law, Patty Hughes. He is survived by his wife, Jenny Fairfield Hughes; his children, Danny (Andi) Hughes, Kelly Brock, and Jodie (Chris) Pittman. He was the proud “Pop” to his grandchildren, Hunter Hughes, Stephen Hughes, Cooper Brock, and Ramsie Pittman. He is also survived by his siblings, Cookie (Dave) Kundis, Skip Hughes, Butch (Emily) Hughes, Tonie (Frank) Diaz, Sam (Sandy) Hughes, and Sandra “Sis” (Gerald) Currin; and a host of nieces and nephews who along with his grandchildren lovingly referred to him as “Charlie Claus”. With much affection he was called “Bubby” by his aunts and uncles.
Charlie was born in Beckley, WV to a coal miner’s family, and moved to Newport News when he was 10. He graduated from Warwick High School and worked a few years at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. He then found his true passion in the insurance industry beginning his work with Prudential in the mid ‘60s and later he started his own company as an independent insurance broker. He continued to work until the end. One of his siblings described him as the first professionally dressed businessman in their family. Charlie was highly regarded as an expert insurance and financial advisor for more than 50 years. Charlie always put people first. His hard work and character were the hallmark of his career. He passed those characteristics on to his children who so lovingly admired him.
Charlie’s passions included playing golf and cards with his friends, but nothing was more important to him than his family. He obtained a lot of pleasure tending to his yard and enjoying the wildlife, and loved nothing more than sharing that with the people he cared about the most.
A celebration of Charlie’s life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Denbigh United Presbyterian Church, 302 Denbigh Boulevard, in Newport News. Burial will be private.
Mrs. Chi Nguyen, 83, passed peacefully from this life the morning of September 28, 2019 after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family, friends and caregivers during the last days of her life.
Mrs. Chi Nguyen was born and raised in Vietnam. She worked at the Taxation Department as an accountant. She was married to her best friend, Khue Nguyen, an Army Officer of the South Vietnam Military. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, she raised her 4 children by herself while her husband was imprisoned in the communist concentration camp for 9 years. In 1993, the family took refuge to the United States to escape communist regime and to start a new life.
Mrs. Chi Nguyen was known as a selfless and loving person, who always strived to make everyone happy. She enjoyed cooking, baking and offering her goodies to family, friends and neighbors around her. She devoted most of her time in studying, practicing Buddhism and being the best example of enlightenment. She was also a big supporter of Disabled Veterans organizations. She will be remembered as a gentle lady with quiet strength.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband in 2006. She will be sorely missed and survived by her brother and wife, Phung Nguyen and Ha Nguyen; her sister and husband, Hue Nguyen and Tien Phan; her sister-in-law and husband, Quyen Nguyen and Tot Nguyen; her four children and spouses, Huy Nguyen and Linh Pham, Nga (Mary) Nguyen, Duyen (Julia) Huynh and Michael McAdams, Lien Nguyen and Tho Huynh; and grandsons and granddaughters, Clarence and Vinn Nguyen, Iris Huynh, Jasmine and Jeffrey Huynh. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
A visitation service will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Nguyen would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for any poor unfortunate soul that you come across.
The family would like to express our thanks to the excellent help and care given by Riverside Hospice of Newport News and Hope In-Home Care Agency of Newport News.
Richard “Ric” H. Moss, Jr.
Richard “Ric” H. Moss, Jr., 54, passed away on September 29, 2019, in Williamsburg, with his family by his side. He was a special person with a love for family, friends and animals, especially his goats.
Ric is preceded in death by his father, Richard H. Moss, Sr. He is survived by his mom, Carol A. Moss; sons, Richard H. Moss III and husband, Corey P. Hart, and Robert W. Moss; sister, Melinda M. Boerner and her husband, Sean; niece, Shannon Boerner; nephew, Mark Boerner; and special friend, Laymond North.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of his son, Robert Moss may be made to Children’s Hospital of the Kings’ Daughters.
Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home.
Helen Grace Murphy
Helen Grace Murphy, 95, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019. She was born July 18, 1924 in Jenkins County, Georgia. Helen retired from the C&P Telephone Company after 32 years of service. She was a lifetime member of Temple Baptist Church and the ‘Joy’ Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Warwick Woman’s Club and several bridge clubs.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Henry Murphy, Sr. and son, Robert (Bobby) Henry Murphy, Jr., of Newport News; parents, Chester C. Barefield and Mina Mae Clarke Barefield, of Georgia; and three sisters and a brother. She is survived by grandchildren, Robert Sean Murphy, Eric Shane Murphy, and Kristy Murphy Leslie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 30, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park, with Pastor Wes Taylor officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church or a favorite charity.
Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home.
Mike Levoy Jolly
Mike Levoy Jolly, 85, passed away on September 24, 2019 at home with family by his side. He was born and raised in Chadbourn, North Carolina to the late Lizzie B. Jolly and Elbert D. Jolly. Mike supported his mother at age 15 when his father died. He continued his education and graduated from Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School and worked there for 30+ years. Mike was married to his high school sweetheart, Sybil M. Jolly for 64 years. They had twins, Doug Jolly of Carrollton and Donna Jolly Villiott (Phil) of Midlothian and grandchildren, Matthew and Catherine Villiott. Mike was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton where he had a lifetime of service as an Usher, Boys’ Basketball Coach, and with the Liberty Builders. He was always available to help a friend in need and was talented in all trades. He served his country in the National Guard and in the Army. Mike had a long fight and courageous battle with cancer, but Jesus had the final word. We are grateful for our family and many friends. We also want to thank Tikishia Everett RN, Dr. Kannarkat and the wonderful staff at Riverside Cancer Center. Lastly, we would like to thank our Lord and Savior for a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and provider.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Joe Hunt officiating. Interment will follow at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Smithfield.
Eva Elena Ondarza
Eva Elena Ondarza, a resident of Hampton, Virginia, passed away on the evening of Monday, September 24, 2019, surrounded by her children. She was 84 years old and died of natural causes, after a brief illness.
Eva Ondarza was born Eva Elena Gallegos on April 1, 1935 in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were Ana Maria Cadena Gallegos and José R. Gallegos. She had 2 sisters and one brother: Alice King, Anita Herrera, and Joe Gallegos. She attended Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio Texas. She married Fred Ondarza Jr. who was active duty Army, on June 24, 1956 in San Antonio, Texas. While married, she lived in many international locations with her husband and children, including Bolivia, Italy and Germany. Her loves were art, architecture, music, travel, gardening and playing piano.
Eva is survived by her sister, Anita and her three children: Roseanne Mamer, Frederick Ondarza and Laura Schroeder. She was a loving grandparent to Christina and Steven Mamer, Christian and Alex Ondarza, and Gregory and David Schroeder. She is predeceased by her husband of 43 years, who died on February 23, 2000.
There will be a memorial service at Saint Joseph Catholic Church at 512 Buckroe Avenue, Hampton, Virginia on Thursday, September 26, 2019 as part of the 9:00 a.m. mass. She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
Marguerite H. Proffitt
Marguerite H. Proffitt, 101, passed away on September 24, 2019. She was born on October 13, 1917 in Warwick County to the late Arthur and S. Marie Holloway of Menchville. Marguerite lived on Menchville Road until she was 99. She worked for the City of Newport News for 18 years before working at NASA, where she worked until her retirement. She was a 75-year member of Warwick Chapter #43 Order of the Eastern Star and a 75-year member of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church.
Marguerite is preceded in death by her son, Francis E. “Buck” White. Left to cherish her memory are her son, John E. “Jack” White, Jr.; grandsons, John E. “Bubba” White (Tracey), Wayne M. White (Karen), and William T. “Billy” White (Donna); granddaughters, Candy Scherberger (Rob), Tammy White, and Lora W. Fairweather; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Joshua Dalton, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, with the Order of the Eastern Star holding service. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, CNAs and staff that cared for Marguerite during her stay at Riverside Healthy Living Community in Smithfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, 38 Hoopes Road, Newport News, VA 23602 or to the Daphene Watson Scholarship Fund, 4 Edgewood Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.
Esther A. Kincaid
Esther A. Kincaid, 86, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2019 in Hospice House and Support of Williamsburg. She was a native of Summersville, WV and had been a resident of Newport News for many years.
She retired in 1993 from Sammy’s Steak House as a waitress after numerous years of service. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hilton and a member of the American Legion Post #25 Braxton Perkins. One of her great joys was taking care of her flower gardens and beds surrounding her home. Her greatest joy was caring for her family.
Preceding her in rest is her husband, Martin O. Kincaid. Surviving members of her family include her daughters, Karen E. Anzelone and Brenda A. Kincaid; son, Bruce L. Kincaid; and grandson, Kyle M. Kincaid. She was also preceded in rest by five siblings and survived by her sister, Lynda Nelson. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Kenneth Ray Hayes, Jr.
Kenneth Ray Hayes Jr. “Bo”, age 52, of Yorktown, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 19, 2019. He was born on November 28, 1967 in Newport News. Kenny was a lifelong resident of Yorktown and graduated from Tabb High School in 1986. He worked at Howmet Hampton for 31 years and currently held the role as manufacturing manager. He loved spending time with family and friends, riding his Road King, grilling for gatherings, relaxing at the beach, the Dallas Cowboys, and NASCAR. He is preceded in death by his grandparents James and Marie Hedgepeth, Minter Dale and Sarah Hayes, and his sister Crystal Hayes. He is survived by his parents Kenneth and Charlotte Hayes, his children Kenny Hayes and Sara Gies, Jenny Hayes and Kevin Munson, his precious grandchildren Eli and Mila, his beloved friend Cathy Thelen, his sisters Robin and Tracy Hayes, 8 nieces and nephews, and 19 great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home at 5 p.m. Kenny had the biggest heart and was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
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, 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, 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 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, 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.