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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.

Fannye Alice Spivey Burden Ashley

Fannye Alice Spivey Burden Ashley, “MEME”, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.  She was born in Jackson, NC to the late Frank and Mary Spivey in 1929.  Fannye lost her mother at age 5 and was raised by her amazing father and sisters.  She drove a school bus and cashiered in the lunchroom for Newport News Public Schools; she was an amazing seamstress and could “whip up” an outfit in no time at all; and she was particularly known for her prom and formal dresses for her daughters and nieces.   Most of all, she was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and MEME.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Hand and grandson, Cam Rich; her husbands, Charles B. Burden and Roy Ashley; brothers, Robert, Wilton, Clyde and Charlie Spivey; sisters Helen Odom, Lily Bryant, Vergie Rowell, Elma Warren, Evelyn Hedspeth, and Doris Bridges; and other family members.

Fannye is survived by her daughters  Alice Phillips Rich (Ben) of Newport News; Cindy McDougal (Mitch) of Poquoson; son-in-law, Jim Hand, of Carrollton;  grandchildren: Derrick Phillips (Kim), Aaron Phillips (Erica) of Powells Point, NC, Ryan McDougal (Jessie),  Christopher McDougal  (Jordan) of Poquoson, Cara Rich (Scott) and Charles Gee, granddaughter-in-law, Dawn Phillips Powell (Drew); great-grandchildren: Kaylin, Madisen, Jordan, and  Isabelle Phillips, Brittany and Gregory Rich,  Kaylee Kenna, Trinity, Jazmine and Sabrina Gee, and  Brooks McDougal;  one great-great-grandchild Elizabeth; sisters Rachel Gassner and Eloise Smith; and a host of cherished nieces and nephews.

A special thanks from the family to the staff at The Hidenwood Assisted Living for the love and care that they gave our Mother.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 29 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 30 at the funeral home, at 11:00 a.m., officiated by Pastor Wes Taylor, with interment following at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601 or the Peninsula Rescue Mission, 3700 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 https://prm.info.

Penelope Ruth Berdukos Irwin

Penelope Ruth Berdukos Irwin, 88, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019. Born June 9, 1931 in Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Ruth and William Berdukos and wife of the late Thomas C. Irwin PhD. She is survived by three sons, T. David Irwin and wife Sue of Newport News, VA, Robert Irwin and husband Floyd Gonzales of Miami, FL, and Donald Irwin of Cortez, CO; and granddaughter, Jane Lay of Atlanta, GA.

She was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She graduated from the University of Connecticut and obtained her nursing degree from Yale University and focused on psychiatric care, providing biorhythm work for the patients on the peninsula. As a nurse, she touched many lives and was loved by all who met her. She loved traveling, good company and good food. She was smart, witty, funny, loving and caring. She was generous, fun loving and always made everyone feel welcome. She was an active senior member in the Greek Orthodox Church. Her smile could launch a thousand ships. She will be dearly missed.

A Trisagion Prayer Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 29, at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, officiated by Rev. George Chioros. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Barbara Ann Jamerson

Barbara Ann Jamerson, age 70, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Sentara Complex Hospital, Hampton VA. She was born in Newport News but had lived her life as a Hampton native, graduating from Hampton High School in 1968. She retired from the NASA Child Development Center where she enjoyed working with the kids and coworkers in 2014. She had been a faithful member of the West Hampton Baptist Church and their Prayer Warriors Sunday School class for over 24 years.

She is survived by her sister and brother in law, Patsy and Donnie Campbell; nephews Ryan Campbell and his wife Michelle Campbell, and Timothy Scott Campbell; niece Kristin Nicole Campbell; and many loving other family members. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Glendora and Clifton Lancaster, faithful members of Liberty Baptist Church.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at West Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Hampton Baptist Church, 631 Aberdeen Road, Hampton, VA 23661.

The family would like to thank the excellent medical staff at Sentara Complex Hospital, Hampton, who took such loving care of my sister. And special blessings to the pastor and especially the Prayer Warriors Sunday School class members, and all her family and friends and very special Ramona, who Barb always referred to as “my friend”. These angels on earth visited Barb every step of her health ordeal, from Riverside to Rehab to Coliseum Nursing Home to the Devonshire and finally Sentara Hospital. Barb’s little frail body is now made anew and she is at peace

Lorraine Grace Cornevin

Lorraine Grace Cornevin Johnson Rogers was called home to the Lord on July 22, 2019. Born in Hilton Village on September 8, 1920 to Grace Thelma Beaubian Cornevin and WWI US Air Service veteran Louis Raoul St. Thornville Cornevin, she was given the endearing nickname “Goo” as a child. She was a February 1939 graduate of Newport News High School, and worked for Joe Biggins in the Newport News city manager’s office after graduation. She married C&O yard conductor Stanford Tutwiler Johnson in November 1941, and their beautiful daughter Peggy Sue arrived in August 1942. In 1948, she joined the C&O office in downtown Newport News, where she would forge a rewarding career until the 1970s. Lorraine married John Rogers for a short period in the 1970s before divorcing. She was a survivor in the truest sense of the word, and the epitome of the genteel but demanding and a fiercely independent Southern woman.

A member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 40 years and a 50+ year member of Emera Chapter 31 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lorraine was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Virginia Greiner Cornevin. She leaves behind her daughter, Peggy Sue Johnson; grandchildren, Lynn (Debra) Ritger and Benjamin (Christina) Ritger; great-grandchildren, Danika, Dimitri, and Evelynn; sister, Louise Marie Cornevin Key; nieces, Phyllis Key Van Horn and Cindy Key King; and nephew, Dr. Kyle Key.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m, officiated by Dr. Kyle Key. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Jeanne E. Mooney

The family of Jeanne E. Mooney, 93, are mourning her passing on July 17, 2019. Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, sister, beloved husband Ernest W. Mooney, Jr. and stepson David Mooney. She is survived by her children Denise Dilello (Ray), Kennedy Daniels (Linda), Bill Daniels (Laureen); her stepchildren Mark Mooney (Madeline) and Maura Mooney and grandchildren Brittany Voll (JP), Taylor Daniels, Goldie Daniels, Kendall Daniels and Parker Daniels.

Jeanne was born in Newport News, VA, and graduated from Hampton High. Following WWII, Jeanne moved to Japan where she worked in Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s secretarial pool. One of her most notable achievements was climbing Mount Fuji. Jeanne retired as a Purchasing Agent with the York County School System after many years of service, which is where she met and married Ernest Mooney. She and Ernest became active members of Chestnut Memorial UMC. It was during these years that Jeanne achieved her Master Gardner’s Certification and designed the Japanese Garden at Newport News City Park.

Her last years were spent happily at Warwick Forest Assisted Living and WindsorMeade in Williamsburg where she made many friends. Jeanne spent hours reading from the Bible with a close friend which gave her comfort and hope for the everlasting life to come. Her final days were spent in the most loving care of Hospice House in Williamsburg, VA.

Jeanne was beloved by her family and friends. She was full of spunk, humor, optimism and grace. Jeanne loved to entertain and was the “life of the party”. She loved to dance and would do so at the drop of a hat.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Chestnut Memorial UMC at 1024 Harpersville Rd, Newport, News, VA 23601 on Saturday, July 27th at 11am with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Lynne Tusing Hall

Lynne Tusing Hall, 77, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019. She was a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a resident of Newport News, Virginia since 1981. She was a member of 1st Church of the Brethren in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lynne was preceded in death by her husband Merle Melvin Hall; parents, Thomas and Beulah Tusing; step-daughter, Beverly H. Carlson; and brothers, Malcolm, Calvert, and Nelson Tusing. She is survived by her son, Stephen M. Hall; daughter, Kimberly H. Anderson; step-son, Merle “Sonny” M. Hall; step-daughters, Lana H. Jonas and Darlene H. Myers; and brother, Clifford Tusing.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 26, at Hampton-Veterans Memorial Gardens.

William E. “Jimmy” Taylor

William E. “Jimmy” Taylor, 88 of Newport News, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019. He was born October 7, 1930, in Lucama, NC to the late Robert W. and Ethel Smith Taylor. Jimmy faithfully served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, in the early 1950s. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 1991 and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton, where he served as an usher. Jimmy was a member of the Warwick 336 Lodge and later the McMahon 303 Masonic Lodge. Following retirement, he enjoyed gardening and talking all over the world as an amateur radio enthusiast.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Zachary and two sisters, Hazel and Betsy. Jimmy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Dail Taylor; one daughter, Susan Taylor Justice of Newport News; one son, Michael Taylor (Anna) of Yorktown; one grandson, Eric Taylor of Yorktown; and one brother, Kenneth Taylor (Shelba) of North Carolina.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 23 from 10 to 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

A special thanks to Community Care Hospice and Morningside Nursing Staff for their care of Jimmy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Baptist Missions Fund, 1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666.

Mary Mason Hamrick Pearse

Mary Mason Hamrick Pearse, 80, of Newport News, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 15, 2019.
Mrs. Pearse was born on March 23, 1939 to Dr. Robert and Mary Elizabeth Hamrick in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from UNCG in Greensboro NC. During the span of her career, Mary worked as a costumed hostess for Colonial Williamsburg, then as a librarian at the Christopher Newport Library and at the Prince George County Memorial Library in MD in their bookmobile. She was then asked by the Charles H Taylor Memorial Library in Hampton, VA to start the Bookmobile service which she accomplished with ease. This was her proudest accomplishment! After she and her husband moved to Williamsburg she again worked for Colonial Williamsburg as a costumed Visitor Aide. This was her final job before retirement.

Mary is survived by her husband George S. Pearse. Their marriage started on July 15, 1967 in Hilton Village, Newport News VA, at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church and ended, with Mary’s passing, on their 52nd anniversary last Monday. A testament to the love and devotion of their marriage.
Mary is also survived by her cousins Elizabeth Hanigan of Pittsburgh, PA and Dr. Linda Talbott of Kansas City, MO.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mennowood Retirement Community, care providers at Intrepid Hospice and Active Daily Living and Donna O’Hara of Geriatric Care Advisors, LLC for their exceptional loving care of Mary.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Mennowood Retirement Community.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the American Heart Association.

Virginia Arline Germain

“After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

–J. K. Rowling


On Tuesday evening, July 16, 2019, Virginia Arline Germain started her next great adventure. Born in Iager, West Virginia, on November 18, 1922, she was the daughter of Lewis K. Dickinson, Sr.  and Bertie O’Neal Dickinson who, along with their other five children instilled a strong faith in God and service. Preceded in death by her husband of nearly 73 years, Edward F. Germain, Arline also saw her siblings cross the finish line: Lillian E. Clark of Surveyor, West Virginia; William S. Dickinson of Charlotte, North Carolina; Walter T. Dickinson of Newport News, Virginia; John F. Dickinson of Roanoke, Virginia; and Lewis K. Dickinson, Jr. of Hampton, Virginia. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Pongratz (George) and Marian Germain (Greg O’Berry); her grandchildren, Paul Pongratz (Michelle), Benjamin Pongratz (Dawn), Joshua Fulton (Sarah), and Elizabeth Jackson (Jack). In addition, she delighted in her great-grandchildren, including Lily, Ashton, Parker, Hunter, Shane, and Meredith.

An alumna of Concord College in Princeton, West Virginia, Arline moved to Newport News to work as a telephone operator at Camp Patrick Henry, where she earned the nickname “Dickie,” and later served as a business representative for C&P Telephone Company.

A strong William and Mary Tribe fan, Arline enjoyed attending football and basketball games for more than 50 years. In addition, as a lifelong Methodist, she served in many capacities in her churches, but most recently she loved the services and music at First United Methodist Church in Hilton during the many times her dear friends Chick and Barbara Yost made it possible for her to attend. A cancer survivor, Arline inspired others because of her resilience, courage, optimism, and faith. From her mother she learned people are the only things that matter. She also lived her life believing your faith is as strong as your ability to forgive. During her last few months, she loved listening to hymns and passages of the Bible read aloud. In the fifteen months after her husband’s death, she cherished phone calls, gifts, and visits from neighbors, family, and her caregivers—Michelle Reynolds, Donna Scott, and Debra Jones—who devoted many hours so that she could spend her last days at home without loneliness. She enjoyed the outings they provided, especially riding the Jamestown Ferry and most recently waving from her decorated wheelchair in the James Landing Fourth of July parade. A great highlight of her last year was sitting on the sidelines of a Tribe Basketball game, an adventure arranged by her grandson Josh, ensuring her children were also in attendance.

The family is grateful for the Riverside Hospice Team that helped Arline transition at home with a prayer on her lips and six hummingbirds peeking in the window.

On Friday, July 19, 2019, a private graveside service will be followed by a public celebration of life, at Peninsula Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Katherine Gray, Riverside Hospice chaplain. A visitation will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to honor Arline may be made to the William & Mary Tribe Club (allocation code 0200) or Physics Department (allocation code 2984): William and Mary; Office of University Advancement ; P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Shelton Spain

Ruth Shelton Spain, born in Newport News on April 25, 1925, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2019. She graduated from Newport News High School in February 1942. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and enjoyed cooking, knitting, playing dominoes, and spending time with her family.

She was a faithful, lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and class president. She also served as chairman of several church committees. She served as past president of Trinity’s United Methodist Women and served as a UMW district officer, as well as President of the League of Downtown Churches.

Mrs. Spain also served as past treasurer of the Little League, the Pony League and Colt League. She also held offices in the local and district PTAs.

Mrs. Spain was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Ivan E. Spain; parents, William T. and Ethel F. Shelton; sisters, Sallie A. Shelton, Carrie S. Galloway, and Minitree Shelton (Buck); and nephew, Lt. Lee Galloway. She is survived by her children, Susan Spain Beers (Frank), I. Edward Spain, Jr. (Sharon), and David S. Spain (Jacqueline); grandchildren, Amy, Andrew, Seth, Bryce, Zach, Kylie and Dylan; great-grandchildren, Ivan, William, Preston, Ellie, and Aria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 228 29th Street, in Newport News. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Menchville House www.menchvillehouse.com or The Peninsula Food Bank.

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

George G. Richards, Jr.

George G. Richards, Jr., 91, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Mr. Richards graduated from Virginia Tech with a master’s degree in education.  He served Newport News Public Schools for many years as principal of Warwick and Denbigh High Schools and Riverside Elementary School, followed by a career in financial planning with Lincoln Financial.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his brother, Robert D. Richards (Linda) of Lucama, NC; five children, Anna R. Medlin (Tracy) of Cary, NC, George G. Richards, III (Judy) of Raleigh, NC, Connie E. Jenkins of Newport News, Joan R. Sadler, of Cary, NC, and David R. Richards (Penny) of Chilhowie, VA; 12 grandchildren, Georgia R. Lackey of Cary, NC, Elijah J. Lackey (Starr) of West Memphis, AR, George G. Richards, IV (Margaret) and Jessica C. Richards of Raleigh, NC, Bonnie C. Fitz, D. Kimberly West and Joseph B. Jenkins (Jessica) of Newport News, VA, Alison R. Coove, II (Ray) of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Jacob G. Richards, Leah G. Richards, Virginia M. Richards and Hannah F. Richards of Chilhowie, VA; and 8 great-grandchildren, Noah Lackey, Isabella West, Zackary Fitz, T.J. Pratt, Frankie Pratt, Joseph Jenkins III, Dominic Coover, and Christopher Coover.

The family would like to express a huge debt of gratitude to Bonnie Fitz, who unselfishly dedicated the last several years to her grandfather’s care, and to Sharon Ryan, for her friendship, care and assistance for the last 20+ years.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Grace United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  Graveside services will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, July 21 at Saint James Lutheran Church Cemetery in Chilhowie, Virginia.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or to the St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gregory Alan Schon

Gregory Alan Schön, 71, of Newport News, passed away peacefully at home on July 12, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Carol, and their daughter, Mikaela; his daughters, Pamela Schön, Amber Epps and Chelsea Schön; six grandchildren; brother, Geoffrey (Zafir); nephews and a niece. His sister, Michael Schön, predeceased him.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Queens, New York, Greg joined the U.S. Army at 17. Shortly after his 18th birthday, he went to South Vietnam to serve with the Infantry Brigade 101st Airborne Division. He later served in SC, Germany, LA, TX (Orthotics School), CA and KY retiring in 1990 from Ft. Knox, after 20 years of service. Following his military career, Greg worked in Orthotics and Prosthetics at Orlando Regional Medical Center and at Hampton VA Medical Center, where he retired in 2013.

Greg was an active member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a dedicated Disciple class leader and beloved chaperone on youth mission trips and events. His passions included fishing, boating, smooth jazz, Gator football, board and card games, gym workouts, traveling, repairing cars, camping, entertaining by his fire pit and selecting good wines. Devoted to his family and friends, he was loved by all who knew him.

A “Celebration of Life” service, followed by family visitation and a meal, will be held Thursday, July 18, at 3 p.m., at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News. A committal service with full military honors is Friday, July 19, 11 a.m., at Albert G Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk. Memorial contributions

E. Dale Chestnut

E. Dale Chestnut, 82, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019. He was a native of Nakina, North Carolina and a resident of Newport News, Virginia for 56 years. Dale was a civil servant QA Specialist for SUPSHIP, USN in Newport News and retired after 30 years. He was a member of Chestnut United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Deer Run Golf Association and the Ft. Eustis Golf Association.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Lincoln and Beulah Chestnut and brother, Odell Chestnut. Survivors include his wife, Sandi Chestnut; daughters, Trudy Mock (Kevin) and Kimberly Montalvo (Joshua); sons, Kelly Chestnut (Monique) and Michael Allen; 10 grandchildren, Jarrett, Ryder, Sienna, Alex, Jonah, Sean, Sage, Sofia, Sydney, and Chloe; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, 1024 Harpersville Road, in Newport News, officiated by Rev. Robert M. Chapman, II. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Dr. Jag Jeet Singh

Dr. Jag Jeet Singh passed away in Yorktown, Virginia, on July 10, 2019, at the age of 93 years. He had been a resident of Virginia since 1962. Dr. Singh was born in Punjab, India, on May 20, 1926. He was educated in India and UK where he obtained a Ph. D. degree in Nuclear Physics from Liverpool University in 1956. He moved to the USA as a US Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Kansas. Thereafter, he moved to the College of William and Mary as a Physics Professor. Two years after his tenure at W&M, he joined NASA Langley Research Center in 1964 as a Senior Research Scientist and retired from there as Associate Chief of the Experimental Testing Technology Division in October 1998. He conducted/supervised research in diverse areas of aerospace sciences while also serving as the Agency Resource in the discipline of Atomic/Molecular/Nuclear Spectroscopies, Condensed Matter Physics, and Polymer Science. He was designated as Distinguished Research Scientist at Langley on December 15, 1991.

He has published 200 Research Papers/Reports and developed/implemented technologies for the successful operation of Viking Lander cameras and spectrometers; developed/verified models for the high toxicity of aerosols emitted from high speed aircraft; developed several nuclear technologies for monitoring structural integrity of critical aerospace structures and developed sensitive gauges for mixed phase fuels.

He has received numerous awards for his meritorious technical contributions, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievements Medal and several NASA Technology Transfer Leadership Awards, and has been elected to the prestigious grade of “FELLOW” of the major scientific societies of the world (IOP; APS; AAAS; AIAA) by his peers.

Dr. Singh created enduring friendships and touched many lives. He was fond of trekking, truly loved nature and its wild. His exceptional inquisitiveness, optimism, passion for learning, and solid willpower led to forging a special direction in life. He will be sadly missed.

Dr. Singh is survived by one brother, a sister-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m at Peninsula Funeral Home.

Robert Lee Freeman

Newport News-  Robert Lee Freeman, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of seventy years, Dorothy Grace Crossman Freeman; his loving parents, Herbert Lendo Freeman and Emma J. Park Freeman; and his brother, Herbert L. Freeman, Jr.  He leaves behind his son, Robert Lee (Bobby) Freeman, Jr. and his wife, Vicki Siokis Freeman; his daughter, Susan Freeman Bryant and her husband, Randolph Parker Bryant; three grandchildren, Bentley Freeman Bryant Kaufman and her husband, Michael; Parker Joseph Bryant, Robert Christopher Soterius Freeman; his great-granddaughter, Kennedy Freeman Kaufman; and his two sisters, Ada Mae Freeman Tew and Betty A. Freeman Kelly.

A longtime Newport News resident, Mr. Freeman was raised in Hampton and also previously resided in Ware Neck, Virginia.  After graduating from Hampton High School in 1943, Mr. Freeman enlisted in the United States Navy serving in the Pacific Theater through the completion of World War II.  Upon returning from his service, he enrolled and graduated from the College of William and Mary and was later credentialed as a Certified Public Accountant.  He was known both locally and nationally for his contributions to the accounting profession, and throughout his career he was highly sought after for his expertise in corporate tax law and regulations.  In 1957, he became the partner in charge of the firm Daniels, Turnbull & Freeman and oversaw the expansion of the firm into several satellite offices.  Mr. Freeman later conducted the merger of his firm with Coopers & Lybrand, LLC, and became the managing partner of the combined firms with offices in Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton, and Gloucester.  Mr. Freeman was also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a past president of the Peninsula Chapter of Certified Public Accountants and, in 1983, was bestowed the Outstanding Member Award from the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

After his formal retirement from the practice of accounting in 1985, Mr. Freeman devoted the remainder of his career to his numerous business investments and remained vitally active within the business and volunteer communities throughout the eastern Virginia region.  As a land developer, he was responsible for the development of many properties throughout the peninsula including Hunter’s Glenn, Park Place, Silver Isles, Tabb Terrace, Roberts Acres, Boxley Hills, and Yorkshire Downs. His civic and professional endeavors were numerous, and among the most noteworthy of his past and recent accomplishments are: Virginia Health Services, Inc.- Director and Officer; Central Fidelity Bank- Director of Executive Committee and Chairman of the Advisory Board; Advex Corporation- Director and Chairman of the Board; Virginia Baptist Homes, Inc.- Board of Trustees; Virginia Port Authority- Commissioner; Virginia International Terminals- Director and Vice-Chairman; Certified Public Accountants Political Action Committee of Virginia- Trustee; Virginia Peninsula Economic Development Council- Director; Mariners Museum- Trustee and Chairman of the Board; Virginia Living Museum- Founding Director; North Riverside Baptist Church- Deacon and Trustee; Peninsula Memorial Park- Director; Newport News Parking Authority- Commissioner and Chairman of the Board; Newport News Now Committee Member; Finance Study Committee for the City of Newport News- Chairman; Coliseum Central Business Improvement District- Director and Treasurer; Peninsula Boy Scouts Council- Director; Ware Academy- Director; James River Country Club- Director and Finance Chair; Commonwealth Club (Richmond)- Member ; Town Point Club of Norfolk- Founding Director; Peninsula United Fund Drive (1970)- Chairman; Capital Fund Drive of the Newport News Baptist Home- Chairman; Peninsula Baptist Association- Member; Baptist General Association of Virginia- Member; Hampton Roads Academy- Board of Directors and Chairman; Peninsula Chamber of Commerce- Director; Endowment Association of the College of William and Mary- Trustee; College of William And Mary Athletic Educational Foundation- Director; and the College of William and Mary School of Business Administration Sponsors, Inc.- Director.

Throughout his life, Mr. Freeman maintained a philosophy of giving back to his community through his efforts and his philanthropy.  He established the Robert L. Freeman Endowed Scholarship in Accounting at Virginia Tech.  In 1970, he spearheaded what was then an ambitious fundraising plan as the Chairman of the Peninsula United Fund and was successful in exceeding that record-setting goal well before their 1971 deadline.  He was always a great believer in education, and likewise believed that the mark of a great community was signified by the greatness of its local college or university.  In 1998, the Freeman family committed to what was then the largest private gift to Christopher Newport University and is honored that the CNU sports and convocation center bares the family name.  For his numerous accomplishments, the CNU Board of Visitors bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon Mr. Freeman in 2013.

Bob Freeman touched the lives of many through his faith in God, his abundance of knowledge, his relentless optimism, and his generosity of spirit.  His family draws comfort in the knowledge that the greatest source of pride and joy in his life was his love for his family, and the enduring love that his family returned to him.  The family wishes to thank Eric Heard, Josie Aromin, the staff of The Newport, and assorted other caregivers for their loving care and support during his final few months.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, on Monday July 22nd at 11:00AM.  The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to First Baptist Church or the Dorothy C. Freeman Endowed Scholarship in the Fine and Visual Arts, made payable to the Christopher Newport University Education Foundation and mailed to:  CNUEF, One Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA,  23606.  A private interment is being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Barbara M. Jensen

Barbara M. Jensen, 88, died peacefully Sunday morning, July 14, 2019, at her home in Grafton. Her children and grandchildren were by her side.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Julius Jensen; granddaughter, Mary Ellen Jensen; her parents, Ernest Linwood May and Helen Lucille Didlake May; and step-mother, Ruby Traylor May. She is survived by her daughter, Gale Jensen McCartney and husband Doug of North Chesterfield; son, Steven L. Jensen and wife Patty of Yorktown; and son, Brian J. Jensen and wife Amy of Williamsburg. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Sarah McCartney, Brandon McCartney (Leigha), Tyler McCartney (Julia), Judy Pankoke (Kevin), Luke Jensen (Mary), Chelsea Jensen, and Colby Jensen; and four great-grandchildren, Carson, Kate and Sadie Pankoke, and Marcus McCartney.

Barbara, a resident of the Peninsula for over 50 years, was born in Richmond, Virginia on January 28, 1931. She graduated Highland Springs High School in 1948 and was employed by C&P Telephone Company in Richmond, where she quickly became Supervisor of the new IBM Billing Machine Department. She met Julius Jensen who was employed by IBM when he came to repair her billing machine. They were married February 27, 1953 and were transferred to Newport News. Years later, Barbara was employed by the Newport News Public School System in the Saunders Elementary School Library where she served for 25 years.

Barbara was an active member of Temple Baptist Church since 1967, and volunteered with the church Library Committee for over 20 years. Most recently, she was a volunteer in the church office for 10 years.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, Virginia. The funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, in Newport News, officiated by Rev. Wes Taylor. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

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.

Barry Ollin Stewart


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judith (Judy) Hogg Edwards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenneth O. Coombs

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

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

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

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

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

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