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Helen Woosley Westerman

Helen Woosley Westerman passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 16, 2020. She was a resident of Hampton for 42 years. Helen was born June 13, 1933 in Forsyth County, NC. She graduated from South Fork High School and Draughn Business School. Helen was a long-time member of Bethany United Methodist Church of Hampton and enjoyed many Church activities. She was a daughter, sister, wife and mother. Being born in the depression, she knew and appreciated the value of hard work. Her passions were cooking, sewing, gardening and spending time with family. Helen retired from Civil Service at LAFB in 2000.

She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, C. Frank Westerman and sister, Cornelia Bailey. She leaves to cherish her memory, daughter, Carla J. Westerman and son, Edward C. Westerman; sisters, Wilma Jones and JoAnne Jarrett; and several other relatives.

The family would like to thank all those who cared for Helen, particularly Antoinette and Sabrina.

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., with the funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church of Hampton or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Debra K. Tyree

Another Angel in Heaven, Debra K. Tyree went home to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the young age of 64 years. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ruth Henley and Robert Tyree, and sister, Sandra Tyree Agee.

Debbie is survived by Sheila Stanley; (son) Keith “David” Bullen, Jr.; (grandson) Clint Parsons; cousins, Sue Paris Russell, Brooke Porter Robinson and many extended cousins; and her adopted Milby family along, with many dear friends.

Debbie was a lifelong resident of Hampton and proudly worked 30 years at Hampton City Schools. She was a member of Olivet Christian Church. Debbie was a Chihuahua enthusiast, loved arts and crafts, shared her smile and humor with everyone, and Cook and Caregiver to all.

A Memorial Service celebrating Debbie’s life will be held Tuesday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Olivet Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Olivet Christian Church, 86 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, VA 23606 or American Heart Association www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/donatenow_heart.html.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Terri Christine VanDevender

God called our precious angel, Terri Christine VanDevender, age 55, home to Heaven on January 10, 2020. She was born in Hampton, Virginia and lived on the Peninsula for most of her life. Terri lived the past three years in Bristol, Virginia with her niece, Kim (Lobo) Rector. Kim provided wonderful care and a loving home during Terri’s battle with dementia.

Terri is preceded in death by her parents, Christopher J. and Gertrude C. VanDevender; and sisters, Cathy R. Keel and Rita K. Fletcher. She is survived by siblings, Bobby (Nancy) VanDevender of Poquoson, Barbara Ryder of Yorktown, Danny (Inge) VanDevender of Augusta, Georgia, and favorite brother, Kevin (Nicola) VanDevender of Yorktown; four nieces; three nephews; and a host of cousins.

As a young adult Terri attended the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center/ARC Peninsula in Hampton, Virginia and participated in local Special Olympics activities. Her passions were music, afternoon soap “stories”, and tv show The Dukes of Hazard. She was a NASCAR/Kyle Busch fan and attended several races with her brother Kevin.

Terri touched many lives with her sweet nature. She always smiled and had a hug for everyone and only saw the good in people. She looked forward to attending the family homecoming in West Virginia each year.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Special Olympics.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Raymond William Wright

Raymond William Wright, 87, passed away peacefully at home in Newport News Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 9:15 p.m. His loving wife, Claudia Markham Wright and son, Christopher Wright were by his side, comforting him with the reading of scripture.

Raymond was born in London England on Monday, December 19, 1932. He grew up in London and as a young man was bombed out during the Blitzkrieg and lived through the Battle of Britain. Raymond had many stories of WWII as a young man.

Shortly after the war ended, Raymond joined the Royal Airforce and served two years as a Junior Technician. From there Raymond worked in a Southeast London armory, working on aircraft models while earning his Ordinary National degree in Mechanical Engineering at Harris University, England.

Raymond worked at British Aircraft Corporation when he was in his 20’s. He worked on Fighter Aircraft models for testing in the wind tunnel. Two of the aircraft were the Lightning and the TSR-2, one of the most advanced fighters of the day. Raymond earned his Higher National in Mechanical Engineering at Harris University while working at British Aircraft Corp. This was a hands-on degree. During his time at BAC, he was approached by Boeing Aircraft and asked if he would consider emigrating to the United States to help work on Boeings Wind Tunnel. Raymond accepted.

In 1965, Raymond and his first wife, June, daughter, Jaqueline and son, Christopher moved to the United States. While working for Boeing, Raymond was the team leader for the design and development of the wind tunnel blades. His design is still in use today. Raymond worked for many companies in his career as a senior Aero-Mechanical Engineer. He was an engineer’s engineer with not only theory but practical experience and was able to problem solve and fix anything mechanical. He was afraid of nothing in his trade and career.

Raymond loved sports. He was on a champion tug-of-war team and also acted as the coach in London. Raymond coached youth soccer in Dallas Texas. One of Raymond’s pastimes was watching British Premier League soccer and American Football. Raymond also loved Karate and Boxing.

He served as a Board Member of the Cantamar Home Association, the Buckroe Civic Association, Member at the Poquoson Yacht Club, and last but not least the “71st Street Anglers where he was also affectionately known as “Tripe”. As the Ambassador of the Anglers Club he got Tony Blair to become an Honorary Member, which he accepted.

Raymond was the son of William and Violet Wright whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Rachel Heys, 10.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife Claudia Markham Wright; sisters, June Tilley and Valerie Yeo (Bernard); brothers, Roger Wright (Wendy) and Peter Wright (Janet); daughter, Jaqueline Heys (Ian), son, Christopher Wright (Janice); grandchildren, Christopher Tierney, Nicholas Heys, Matthew Heys, Phillip Heys, all residing in Kirkham, England, Chelsea Irish (Andrew) MD, Jade Kircus (David) FL, Derek Wright FL, Victoria Wright, and Aubrey Wright, PA; and five great-grandchildren of whom he was so proud.

Late in life Raymond started attending the Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown, Virginia. Raymond was baptized and became a member of the Church.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Bethel Baptist Church, 1004 Yorktown Road, Yorktown, VA, 23693. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

We would like to thank any and all who took part in Raymond’s care including but not limited to Riverside Cancer Institute, Riverside Hospice, and Dr. Elizabeth Cooper.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bethel Baptist Church, Yorktown for their youth programs, the American Cancer Society, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

‘Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.’ William Shakespeare

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

SFC Denny R. Frymoyer (U.S. Army, Ret.)

SFC Denny R. Frymoyer (U.S. Army, Ret.), 66, passed away at his home on Monday, January 6, 2020. He was a native of Reading, Pennsylvania and a resident of the Peninsula since 1977.

Denny served in the military for 22 years, serving 6 years in the Navy and 16 years in the Army where he was a saxophone player with the U.S. Continental Army Band. He was an electronics technician and retired after working at Fort Eustis. He was baptized in the Baptist faith on February 21, 1999. He graduated from Thomas Nelson Community College.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. and Catherine M. Frymoyer. He is survived by his daughter, Kristen Clay (Justin); son, Shawn Frymoyer (fiancée, Melissa); grandchildren, Addyson and Ashlynn Clay; granddaughter, Lilliana Frymoyer; sister, Kelly Dugan (Scott); brother, Curt Frymoyer; and 3 nephews and a niece.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, with Pastor Jonathan Dundalow officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Debra J. Ward

Debra J. Ward, 64, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.  She was a native of Charleston, West Virginia and a resident of Newport News for 30 years.

Debra was a scheduler at Riverside Regional Medical Center and a member of Assembly of God in Springfield. She enjoyed cooking and arts and crafts.

She is preceded in rest by her husband, Charles E. Ward, parents, Charles and Opal Leach, and sister, Tammy L. Kesterton. Surviving members of her family include her sister, Susan K. Mayes, of Charleston, WV; brother, James D. Leach of Huntington, WV; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Robert “Bob” B. Hecker

Robert “Bob” B. Hecker, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the age of 87. He was a native of Pekin, Illinois and had been a resident of Newport News for over 40 years. Bob was a computer analyst for Newport News Shipbuilding and retired after 22 years of service. He was a Pilot in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam war. Bob was a mentor for Young Achievers, a member of a local aviation club, a member of Peninsula Ski Club and served as Treasurer for 10 years. He was a great tennis player and won several trophies as well as competing in the Senior Olympic Games for Virginia. Bob was slated to participate in the nationals until his tennis partner, Yvonne Tung, passed away suddenly.

After retirement, Bob was a self-taught weaver and became a master weaver. He was well known locally for the throws and blankets he made for Scottish and Irish clan names. He was a true renaissance man. At least, he lived long enough to see President Trump impeached.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Sevilla Weeks Hecker and Burl Hecker and a sister, Bicki Bushell. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nancy Jordan Hecker; three daughters, Lisa Stern (Charles), Michelle Bowman and Nikki Smith; three grandchildren, Greg Stern, Sarah Chettawa and Trevor Bowman; two great-grandchildren; two nephews, Mark Bushell (Cindy) and Marty Bushell (Denise); and a close friend and coworker from his shipyard days, Cheryl B.

A commemorative gathering will be held for family and friends on Saturday, January 18 from 3 to 5:00 p.m. at the Running Man Recreation Association Clubhouse, 800 Running Man Trail, Yorktown, Virginia 23693. In lieu of flowers, you might consider donating to any animal rescue organization or an environmental protection organization of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Barbara Arlene Burrage

Barbara Arlene Burrage, 80, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on January 7, 2020.  She was preceded in death by her son, Billy Burrage and grandson, Sgt. Brandon Green.  She is survived by her children, Barbara Ann Young and husband, Marty, Edith Daoud and Bobby Burrage; siblings, Aubrey Saunders and wife Pat, Ralph Saunders and wife Lola, and John Bullock and wife Becky; granddaughter, Shannon Beauge; and great-grandchildren, Chloe Coniker, Cameron Green and Ethan Green.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Jackie Lee Graham

Jackie Lee Graham, 82, of Hampton, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and later became a construction worker.

Jackie is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Graham.  He is survived by his children, David, Daryl, Ronnie, Tommy, Larry, Lisa, Cathy, and Mary Lou.

Services will be held privately.

Richard G. Noë

Richard G. Noë, 67, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020.  He was born September 4, 1952 in Wilmington, NC.  Richard was raised in Georgia and attended East Rome High where he met his wife, Kathy.  They both attended North Georgia College and were married in 1973.  Richard joined the Air Force in 1975 and spent 14 years as part of the NATO AWACS group, living in Oklahoma, Germany, and Alaska.  He then moved to Poquoson and spent 6 years working at Langley Air Force Base.  He retired in 1995 from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant with 20 years of service, and moved to Newport News.  He started a second career working in IT as a Network Engineer, and worked as a Network Architect for the Army Training Support Center for 25 years.  He loved watching his beloved Georgia Tech, and Atlanta Falcons play football.  He was an avid speed reader, and never met a person that he couldn’t beat in arm wrestling.

Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Noë and father, Theodore H. Noë, Sr.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathy C. Noë; son, Preston Noë (Tanya) of Norfolk; grandchildren, Sterling Noë and Eliana Noë; brothers; Ted Noë of Rome, GA and Michael Noë of St. Cloud, FL; nieces and nephews, Megan Noë, Jason Noë, Dee Novo, April Maggiora, Allan Camp, and Brad Cochran; several great-nieces and nephews; and step-mother, Jeanne Noë of Laurel, MD.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at All Generations Church, 28 Harpersville Road, in Newport News.  Interment will follow at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Richard G. Noë, 67, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020.  He was born September 4, 1952 in Wilmington, NC.  Richard was raised in Georgia and attended East Rome High where he met his wife, Kathy.  They both attended North Georgia College and were married in 1973.  Richard joined the Air Force in 1975 and spent 14 years as part of the NATO AWACS group, living in Oklahoma, Germany, and Alaska.  He then moved to Poquoson and spent 6 years working at Langley Air Force Base.  He retired in 1995 from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant with 20 years of service, and moved to Newport News.  He started a second career working in IT as a Network Engineer, and worked as a Network Architect for the Army Training Support Center for 25 years.  He loved watching his beloved Georgia Tech, and Atlanta Falcons play football.  He was an avid speed reader, and never met a person that he couldn’t beat in arm wrestling.

Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Noë and father, Theodore H. Noë, Sr.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathy C. Noë; son, Preston Noë (Tanya) of Norfolk; grandchildren, Sterling Noë and Eliana Noë; brothers; Ted Noë of Rome, GA and Michael Noë of St. Cloud, FL; nieces and nephews, Megan Noë, Jason Noë, Dee Novo, April Maggiora, Allan Camp, and Brad Cochran; several great-nieces and nephews; and step-mother, Jeanne Noë of Laurel, MD.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at All Generations Church, 28 Harpersville Road, in Newport News.  Interment will follow at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Sara Duerner

Sara Duerner, 96, departed this earth to be with Jesus on December 31, 2019. During her life, Sara was a faithful Baptist and founding member of Faith Baptist Church, Hampton. She had been a longtime resident Newport News where she pursued a career in banking and was active in the Hampton Roads Chapter of Virginia Women’s Pilot Club. She was an avid ballroom dancer and pet lover.

Sara was predeceased by parents, Theodore and Ruth Underwood; sister, Daisy Pitt; brother, Ted Underwood; husbands, Johnny Tice and Albert Duerner; and sons, Danny and Ron Tice. She will be mourned by daughters, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 10, at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Carol A. Pilgreen

Carol A. Pilgreen passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia.  She was a native of Williamsburg and had been a resident of Newport News for 70 years.   Carol retired from Asheville Mica after 27 years as an Inspector. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Parkview Baptist Church.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Pilgreen and her parents, Robert J. Keegan and Carrie E. Larson.  She is survived by two daughters, Lonette Tibbs (Bobby) and Sandra Dunn (Jeff); five grandchildren, Maranda Eaton (Jalante), Gaston Tibbs (Mary), Amber Gibson (Gary), Shelby Gilbert (Ennis) and Victoria Holt (Chris); ten great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan, Lil E, Gage, Bobby, Lola, Tyler, Aubree, Paisley and Baby Bentley;  two sisters, Roseann and Gail; and brother, Raymond.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 8 at 12:00 p.m. at Parkview Baptist Church, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church.  Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be made to Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News, VA 23605.

Donald “Don” L. Spangler

Donald “Don” L. Spangler, 71, of Newport News, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. He was a lifetime resident of the Peninsula. Until retiring ten years ago, Don was an auto-technician by trade, a career that spanned over five decades. After earning his Captain’s license, he enjoyed fishing in his free time, working on motorcycles, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyman and Mabel Spangler; daughter, Melanie Lynn Spangler; and sister, Carolyn Spangler Smith. He is survived by his son, Harlan Spangler (Diane); grandchildren, Christopher and Ryan Spangler; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Oakleigh Spangler; brothers, Leroy L. Spangler (Mary) and Cary L. Spangler (Barbara); nieces, Stephanie Smith Snider (John) and Sara Spangler; nephews, Brian Spangler and Nicholas Spangler; great-nieces, Merritt Snider, and Raleigh Spangler.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Parklawn Memorial Park, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

James Harrison Arthur, Jr., of Yorktown, 81, joined his Heavenly Father on January 3, 2020, after a long battle with COPD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Katherine Arthur, and a sister, Leonora Coleman. James is survived by his wife of 58 years, Amelia M. Arthur; two daughters, Ruth Anselmo (Troy) of Yorktown and Mary Pincus (Joseph) of Gloucester; seven grandchildren, Donna (Alec), Celia (Clint), Nicholas, Monica, James, Melinda, and Nathan; and a sister, Katherine Bryce, of Walnut Creek, CA.

James graduated in 1956 from Mt. Holly High School in N.C., served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves, including six months active duty, and graduated from North Carolina State University in 1961 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He worked for almost 47 years in the Material Test Laboratory of Newport News Shipbuilding, until retiring in 2007.

He loved his family and enjoyed years of volunteer service with Northampton Presbyterian Church in Hampton and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Yorktown. James’ retirement years were spent with his grandchildren and working with youth and leaders in the 4-H Patriot Shooting Club.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 300 Ella Taylor Rd., Yorktown, VA. 23692.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Building Fund. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Susie Jackson Moore

Susie Jackson Moore passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the age of 84 in Newport News. She was a native of Sumter, SC and had been a resident of Hampton Roads for 66 years. Susie was preceded in death by her husband of over 30 years, Kenneth Moore; her parents, Bessie Edna Byrd Jackson and James Graham Jackson; sister, Jeannie and brothers, Dreyfus, Buck and Johnny,

Susie is survived by her daughter, Donna Danaher; son, Bryan Moore; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Patrick Jackson; and sisters, Deloris Morgan, Wanda Parrish and Earl Blackman.

As the oldest of nine children, growing up Susie was like a second mother to her brothers and sisters. She was the one who had the answers, the one you could confide your secrets to, and the one you knew would make you feel special and loved. She was a proud mother of two and her favorite pass time in retirement was to spend time with her grandchildren. As an animal lover, she created a loving home for innumerable dogs, cats and other critters throughout her lifetime. ?She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all of us. A woman of faith, we know she is at peace now in the hands of her lord and savior Jesus Christ.

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

Faye McNeill Campbell

Faye McNeill Campbell was called home on January 1, 2020, by her Heavenly Father. She was born on September 10, 1926, in Biscoe, NC. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Burton (Sammy); sons, David Campbell and Donnie Campbell (Patsy); six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Daisy Jordan.

The family will receive friends at Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News, VA on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with the funeral service to follow at the church. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions in Faye’s memory may be made to Parkview Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Ingeborg Paula Davis

Our Angel, Ingeborg Paula Davis, 89, closed her eyes on Earth and opened them in Heaven on January 1, 2020, to see her Savior, husband, and family.
Mom was a good-hearted person and was extremely proud to be an American citizen. She was known as the “Angel Lady”, giving away homemade angels. She will be missed by her children, Heinrich, Wesley, Margit, Pamela (Tommy) and Ella; grandsons, David and Phillip (Jessica); her five great-grandchildren; and Fritzie, her cat.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 7 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA. The graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.

John Hugh Banton

John Hugh Banton, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the age of 52. He was a native of Jamaica and had been a resident of Newport News. John worked as an Equipment Mechanic for Dan Daniel Distribution Center for 25 years.

John was preceded in death by his father, Clinton Banton and his grandmother, Adassa Mitchell. He is survived by his mother, Muriel Duffus; his companion, Kerene Hall; three daughters, Jonique Banton, Jo’elle Wells of Georgia and Keresa Banton of Newport News; three sons, John Banton, Jr. of Jamaica and Rushane Smith of Virginia and Clinton Banton of Georgia; sister, RoseMarie Pringle-Green of Georgia; three brothers, Matthew Banton of Newport News, Gerald Rhule of Jamaica, and David Smith of Williamsburg; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with interment in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Raymond William Wright

Raymond William Wright, 87, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Services are pending.

April Dawn Reaves

April Dawn Reaves, 38, beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019 and ran into the arms of her Savior.  April was a beautiful person who gave of herself to others and loved her family above everything.  She was a native of Richmond, Virginia and a resident of Newport News for 16 years and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Reaves; sons, Evan and Lucas; parents, Donald and Kimberly Lumpkin; and brother, Zachery Veach.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the service until 7:30 p.m.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Riverside Hospital and to Coastal Community Church for their care and compassion for April.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Reverend Sun Kyu Yu

Reverend Sun Kyu Yu, 95, peacefully passed away in his home on December 30th, 2019.  That week he enjoyed spending time with his family over the Christmas holiday including children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the Peninsula Korean Baptist Church congregation.

Rev. Yu always had a passion for sharing the gospel and in June of 1947 began his ministry while studying at Central Seminary in South Korea.  He also studied English at Kookjae University. In October of 1950 he joined The United States Air Force Technical Analysis Group and The Joint Advisory Commission during the Korean War.

On May 25th 1951, he married Hyung Suk Kang who he met while working together on her family’s farm. While in South Korea he served as a school counselor, taught at a local high school, directed Sunday school at Youngnak Presbyterian Church, and was a leader for Boy Scouts.  In 1970, he earned a Masters of Education from Yonsei University in South Korea.

In 1971, he moved to the United States and attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he earned a Masters of Divinity.  After graduation, he worked as a youth director for the YMCA and as a social worker for Hopesville Ranch in Dutton, Virginia.

In 1974, Rev. Yu founded Peninsula Korean Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia and in 1975 founded Tidewater Korean Baptist Church in Virginia Beach.  In 1990, he completed a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Rice College and Seminary.  After retirement he served for 10 years as the Regional Coordinator for the Baptist General Association of Virginia. He then continued to serve at Peninsula Korean Baptist Church as pastor emeritus until his passing.

Anyone who met him would know that he loved to share the gospel of Jesus with all who crossed his path, especially showing compassion to those who may go unseen by others and sincerely loving those in need.  As such, during his lifetime, he received the highest awards from dignitaries such as the Korean President and the Korean Prime Minister in recognition for his service for societal welfare and for his leadership as the Executive Director of the Boy Scouts in Korea.  He also served as the President of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in North America.

Rev. Yu is survived by his wife of 68 years, Hyung Suk Yu; his three sons, Paul Shinkwon and Shin Hee Yu, Johnny Shineun and Kwi Yu, and Samuel Shinsam and Mirah Yu; 8 grandchildren, Grace and Blake Bray, David and Heather Yu, Timothy and Diana Yu, Daniel Yu, Jonathan Yu, Annie Yu, Katie Yu, and James Yu; and 4 great grandchildren Josiah Yu, Noah Yu, Micah Yu, and Emily Yu.

He will be fondly missed as his life’s work as a minister impacted the lives of so many.  His family would like to especially thank their church family at Peninsula Korean Baptist Church.

A viewing is scheduled for Friday, January 3, 2020 at from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 4, at Peninsula Korean Baptist Church, 972 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

James Lloyd Jobson

James Lloyd Jobson, 42, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019. He worked at Newport News Shipbuilding and was a loving and dedicated father. He was an avid woodworker and grew up on fishing boats, baseball fields and hiking trails. Loyal to friends and family, he is survived by his wife, Amanda Nicole Marou Jobson, daughter, Khloe Nicole Jobson; parents, Michael Jobson and  Melissa and Charlie Furr; loving grandmother, Faith Jobson; siblings, Crystal Jobson-Poteet(Zach), Daniel Furr, Douglas Furr, Sarah Katuzienski (Ryan); and a host of nieces nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Entombment will be private at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Lt. Col. (U.S. Army Ret.) Neville Alfred Pearson, Sr.

Lt. Col. (U.S. Army Ret.) Neville Alfred Pearson, Sr., 93, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2019, after a brief illness.

Neville was born on July 27, 1926, on a farm outside Richmond, Kentucky. The youngest of 15 children, he grew up during trying economic times. Hard work and a determination to do what was necessary were evident throughout his life.

Like so many of The Greatest Generation, Neville joined the Army following graduation from Madison Central High School. After earning a commission in Officers Candidate School, he spent three years in the Pacific on Guam, Saipan, and Iwo Jima following the war.

He left the Army in 1948 to attend college; first at the University of Kentucky then the College of William and Mary when he and his lifelong love, Betty Heywood Winters of Newport News decided to marry. He re-entered the Army in 1950 following the onset of hostilities in Korea and remained through the Vietnam conflict, earning a number of commendations including the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Legion of Merit for meritorious conduct, before retiring in 1970. An early participant in Army Aviation, Neville flew both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft and was a charter member of the Army Aviation Association of America.
Always an outstanding student, Neville took college courses at various duty stations culminating in a Bachelors’s Degree in Military Science from the University of Omaha in 1960 through the Military Bootstrap Program. After retiring from the Army, he taught Middle School Math for 18 years in the Gloucester School System. During that time, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the College of William and Mary.

Neville was preceded in death by his parents James Pearson and Lula Johnson Pearson and all his siblings. Family and friends were important to him and he kept in touch with many throughout his later years. He especially valued those he served within the Army, his fellow Warriors in war and peace.
Neville is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty Winters Pearson; his son Neville Pearson, Jr and wife Wendy of Newport News; his son Mark Pearson and wife Cindy of Charlotte, North Carolina; his granddaughter Major Sarah Pearson and husband CW2 Justin Garner of Carthage, NC; his grandson Matthew Pearson and his granddaughter Annie Pearson, both of Charlotte, NC; and his two great-granddaughters Charlotte Garner and Savannah Garner of Carthage, NC.

In lieu of flowers, a gift in Neville’s memory may be made to Boys Town Nebraska which he supported throughout his life or First Baptist Church, Newport News. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 3 at 1:00 p.m., at  Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.  The funeral service to celebrate his life will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with interment at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Helen D. Kirkley

Helen D. Kirkley, born on May 3, 1931, to the late William and Florence Dailey, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019.

She was a native of Blenheim, S.C. and had been a Hampton resident for 51 years. Helen retired from Abbitt Management after 38 years.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, John W. Kirkley, son, John W. Kirkley, Jr., and sister, Barbara (Bobbie) Weatherly.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Janet Russell and her husband Roger of Augusta, Ga; son, Mark Kirkley and his wife, Teri of Smithfield; six grandchildren, Erik Russell, Michelle Russell, Sarah Anderson, Peter Russell, David Kirkley, and Jessica Kirkley; eight great-grandchildren; and her siblings, William Dailey, Clara Conley and Caddie McArthur.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, December 29 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org.

Connie Gay Stott

Connie Gay Stott went home to her heavenly father on December 23, 2019. She was born in Hampton, Va. on August 2, 1938. Connie graduated from Hampton High School in 1956 and continued her education at Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, North Carolina. She earned her degree at St. Leo University in Hampton, Virginia. Connie retired from NASA-Langley Research Center in 2002. She was a member of Northside Christian Church and a member of the Praymates Bible Study Class.

She was preceded in death by her parents, CWO Pender Addison Stott and Mildred Virginia Stott. Connie is survived by her children: Michael A. Hoffman of Newport News, Karen L. Hoffman and Carla G. Hoffman of Williamsburg, granddaughter Hailey M. Hoffman of Yorktown, and her sister Penney Stott Martin of Yorktown. She is also survived by her best friends of 62 years, Annette D. Anderson of Williamsburg and Maxine Llewellyn of Williamsburg, aka The Bats.

Connie was the queen of dry humor and sarcasm. She loved her golf time with her dear friends Molly, Diane, and Lorraine. She loved the Lord, was an avid reader, and loved all music.

We would like to thank our angels on earth: Barbara, Donnette, Tyrae, and Marie for the love and care of our mother. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Michael J. Fox Foundation and/or Riverside Hospice.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Northside Christian Church. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Nancy B. Johnson

Nancy B. Johnson passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Riverside Regional Medical Center, at the age of 81. She was born in Wythe-Hampton and was a lifelong resident of Newport News. Nancy was a secretary in the medical field and then stayed at home to raise a family. She was a member of Chestnut United Methodist Church.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years and 7 months, Beverly Johnson and her parents, Lumis and Roxana Brinkley. She is survived by two daughters, Victoria Lynn Johnson of Gloucester and Kathryn Leigh Johnson of Newport News.

May she rest in peace and always be our angel.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 30 at 2:00 p.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. 23601

Karen Leigh Butner Benson

Karen Leigh Butner Benson, 75, was called home on December 24, 2019, by her Heavenly Father, offering her greener pastures after a battle with cancer.  She was born February 12, 1944 in Newport News, VA to the late C. and Elsie Willis Butner.  Karen was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church and the Maggie Roaten Sunday school class for 35 years, having served on numerous committees and groups through the years.  She enjoyed many friendships with her church family and was as comfortable on the floor playing with the toddlers as she was in her “mature” ladies Sunday school class.  She also enjoyed Virginia Tech Hokies football.

 

Karen was also predeceased by her brother, Grady Wayne Butner, Sr.  She is survived by husband of 40 years, Robert N. Benson; daughter, Kristin Leigh Benson Houglum and husband Mike; grandson, Harrison Scheidemantle, the apple of her eye and best buddy since his birth; brothers, Douglas Butner, Jr. and wife Maxine of Kinston, NC, and Terry A. Butner and wife Carol Campbell of Big Pine Key, FL; step-daughter, Amy Benson Logan and husband Junior of Newport, NC; five step-granddaughters; and six step-great-grandchildren.

 

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Reverend Jerry Bennett.  Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.  At Karen’s request there will be no reception.  Friends and family gather where you may and rejoice in the fact Karen is looking down enjoying her new home.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Karen’s memory to Orcutt Baptist Church, 653 Baxter Lane, Newport News, VA 23602.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Mary Carter Campbell Paulson

Mary Carter Campbell Paulson, a longtime resident of the Peninsula, died on December 13, 2019, at the Chesapeake Retirement Community where she had resided for 17 years. She was born in Winchester, Va. on December 7, 1923, and raised in Washington, Va. She was the daughter of William Curtis Campbell and Virginia Mayes Dudley Campbell. Her twin brother William Curtis Campbell, Jr. was killed in action in 1944 at Anzio Beach, Italy during World War II.

Mary was a 1945 graduate of Westhampton College of the University of Richmond. After college, she moved to Hampton to work at NACA at Langley Research Center and met John Wilferd Paulson to whom she was married for over 50 years. They raised their family in Newport News and were involved in many community and cultural activities.

Mary served on the vestry and altar guild, and sang in the choir, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church where she and her husband were founding members. She served as chairman of the Newport News School Board and as president of the Junior League of Hampton Roads and the Warwick Garden Club. She was also a leader in numerous arts organizations and sang for many years with the Virginia Choral Society.

In addition to her parents and twin brother, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John Wilferd Paulson and her son-in-law Charles Kunkle Hutchens III. She is survived by her son, John Wilferd Paulson, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Williamsburg; her daughter, Evelyn Paulson Hutchens of Newport News; four grandchildren, Dr. Carter Paulson and her husband Gregory David of Philadelphia, Kathryn Laver and her husband Jeffrey of Brooklyn, Marian Chin and her husband Nicholas of Newport News and Charles Hutchens and his wife Katherine of Richmond; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 23, 2019, from 2-4 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room at the Chesapeake, 955 Harpersville Road, Newport News. A private funeral service and interment will take place in Washington, Va. at a later date. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to a favorite charity. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. 23601.

Doris Jean Short

Doris Jean Short, 84, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2019. She was born January 7, 1935 in the County of Shropshire, England to Ivor Geldart Williams and Doris May Williams. Jean moved to and worked in London, England in 1953, and lived with her sister, Pam. She married David Short in 1958 in Shropshire, England, before emigrating to this country and becoming a U.S. citizen in 1963.

Jean spent most of her adult life as a resident of Newport News, Virginia, and made many long and endearing friendships – from her time as a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, her involvement as a member of Warwick Yacht Club and Centre Court, where she loved to play tennis, her support and assistance to David’s law practice, and her 20 years of employment with Riverside Health System.

Jean cared selflessly and lovingly for family, friends and others throughout her life, consistently putting the needs of others above her own. She saw life as a celebration, and lived her life to the fullest, enjoying travel, dancing, tennis, and entertaining. Jean had a great sense of style in decorating, entertaining, and her own appearance. She loved any outfits that were bright (particularly anything with gold) and showed her zest for life. Jean lived a life of grace and gratitude, always being thankful for her relationships, and positively influencing the lives of those around here.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Ivor and Doris, and her siblings, Pam and Ken Williams.

Jean is survived by her children, Mike and his wife Connie of Williamsburg, Paul of York County, and Mark and his wife Heather of Newport News. She was affectionately known as “Nanny” by 6 grandchildren she leaves behind, being Christian, Kaitlyn, Kelsey, Logan, Siena and Caroline. Jean also leaves behind two beloved siblings, Mervyn and his wife Margaret of Ottawa, Canada, and Margaret and her husband John Humphreys of Ottawa, Canada; her sister-in-law Margaret from Whitchurch, England; nieces and nephews from Ottawa, Canada, and London, Whitchurch, and Knutsford, England; her friend Mostafa Sabbah of Newport News, and her friend and caretaker for many years, Almeta Phipps of Newport News.

Her family is grateful to and extends its heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the people who treated and cared so much for Jean over the years, particularly the extraordinary team of caregivers at Riverside Private Duty, who provided loving and tender care to Jean for the last 2 years.

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11444 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home, led by Reverend Anne Kirchmier, on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. A private burial service for the family will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Vernon “Ike” W. Rogers

Vernon “Ike” W. Rogers, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the age of 66. Ike was a life-long resident of Newport News and was a rod buster for numerous contractors over the years. He previously worked for CSX Railroad.

Ike was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Reid Rogers, and his father, Maxwell Q. Rogers. He is survived by  his mother, Mary Ann Rogers Shackelford (Kenny); sister, Shelby Bartron (Mike); niece, Barbie Bartron, and nephew, Mikey Bartron (Megan); his wife, Cheryl Morgan Rogers; step-sons, Will, Bill, Luke, and Travis;  and granddaughters, Kenzie, Audrie, and Maddie.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. with a  memorial service following at 7:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. 23601.

Frances L. Busick

Frances L. Busick passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the age of 98.  She was born in Hampton but had been a resident of Newport News for all of her life.  Frances was a homemaker and a member of Temple Baptist Church, but most of all, she was a caring and devoted mother and friend.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Earl Busick, her parents and all of her siblings.  She is survived by her children, Ellen Busick Crews, William Earl Busick and Elizabeth Busick Roper; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Peggy Virden Gillis

Peggy Virden Gillis passed away on December 13, 2019. She was born on June 20, 1932, in Pittsville, Maryland to Alice Freeny Gillis and L.W. (Woody) Gillis. Her elementary and high school education was in Wilmington, Delaware, graduating from P.S. duPont High and in 1956, she graduated from Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia. Peggy served as the Alumnae Secretary of Sullins College from 1956 to 1957. She lived nearly 30 years in Florida, retiring in 1992 from St. Petersburg University, Clearwater Campus, as Manager of the Word Processing Department.

She and her long-time friend and partner, Carolyn W. Taylor, moved from Salisbury, Maryland to Warwick Forest in Newport News in 2015 to be closer to family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Dr. Lawrence Carl Freeny and Mabel Elderdice Freeny, and her paternal grandparents, Roy and Sadie Taylor Gills and a special step-grandmother, Ruth Austin Gillis Robinson.

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

Jeffrey Louis Mendelsohn

Jeffrey Louis Mendelsohn passed away peacefully in his home on December 10, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jeffrey came into this world on December 18, 1951, born to Nathan and Jennie Mendelsohn of Norfolk, VA. In 1976, Jeff married the love of his life, Margaret Beazlie Mendelsohn. Together they enjoyed an active social life in Newport News.

They had two wonderful children, Mariann Mendelsohn Brush (Wil) and Michael Bryan Mendelsohn (Marie) who were the light of his life. Jeff was also graced with five beautiful grandchildren who were the joy of his grandpa years, Maggie, Mallory, and Hudson Brush and Maddox and Amanda Mendelsohn. The highlight of every summer was the family vacation to Duck, NC, where Jeff always said it was the best week of the year.

Jeff was an employee of Virginia Health Services beginning July 11, 1976, as an Administrator of James River Convalescent Center and rising shortly thereafter to become President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, the company grew into one of the largest businesses headquartered on the Virginia Peninsula.

In the community, he served as a board member or trustee of Hampton Roads Academy, the Peninsula Rotary Club (past president), the Virginia Living Museum (past Chair), St. Andrews Episcopal School, and the James River Country Club.

Jeffrey’s true passion was family. He was the coach in many sports leagues, attendee of every sports game and other events, personal and business advisor, and the essence of a role model and mentor. He was a provider for his family who taught the values of honesty, hard work, and determination.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Jeffrey is survived by his brother, Howard Mendelsohn, and sister, Helene M. Schacter.

The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to charities of your choice.

Ernest “Ernie” Jerome Wran Edwards

Ernest “Ernie” Jerome Wran Edwards entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. His life began on January 22, 1965 to the late Janie Mckelvin and Bernard Wran Sr. in Washington D.C. At the age of seven, he was adopted by Robert and Doramae Edwards and relocated to Petersburg, Virginia. Later, Ernest moved to Hampton, Virginia where he attended and graduated from Phoebus High School in 1983. Ernie’s highlight at Phoebus High School was playing in the marching band. He started his career at the Langley Air Force Base Commissary in 1979.

The joy of his life was spending time with all of his family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always made everyone laugh. He spent his spare time playing the slot machines and bingo. Ernest’s love for the slots resulted in him working as a manager at several casinos.

He was proceeded in death by three brothers, Bernard Wran Jr., Sterling Peterson, and Eugene Peterson; and two sisters, Doreen Dorsey and Donna Stewart.

Ernest leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, LaWandra Edwards; one son, Robert Edwards II (Latasha Edwards); one daughter, LaQuasha Edwards (Timothy Anderson II); three sisters, Valerie Mccree, Janie Southerland (Thomas Southerland Sr.), Daiyyah Edwards; one grandson, Robert Edwards III; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. He was loved by all of his family and friends, and will be greatly missed.

The celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 P.M. on December 14, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA. 23601.

Harry Michael “Mike” Cash

Harry Michael “Mike” Cash, 68, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Warwick Forest Retirement Community in Newport News, VA.  Mike was born January 14, 1951 and grew up and later resided in Newport News.  He graduated from Newport News High School in 1970 and served three years in the United States Army.  He later worked and retired from Newport News Shipbuilding after 27 years as an Electrician in Department X31.  After retirement, he moved to Yorktown, where he enjoyed more time for his hobbies and working part time at the True Value Hardware store in Yorktown.

Mike was artistic and painted as a young man, but spent most of his life working with his hands and sharing his talents in the form of woodworking through handmade wood furniture and decorations for his home. He also enjoyed landscaping, working in his yard, and making his own home improvements.  He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend who enjoyed helping and spending time with others.

He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Ann Cash Pugh; father, Harry Junior Cash; older brother, Ronald C. Cash; and younger sister, Eva Jo Cash.  He leaves to cherish his memory his ex-wife, Mary Sue Cash of Catawba, VA; older son, Jason Cash and his wife Lisa and their daughter Maisey, of Catawba, VA; and younger son, David Cash and his wife Jesi and their children, Lily, Emma, and Brody, of Newport News.  He also leaves behind many loved family members, including nieces, nephews, and cousins

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A private graveside service will be held Friday at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

Larry E. Haynes

Larry E. Haynes passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the age of 86. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Larry went on to get a degree from North Carolina State University and, after graduating, he moved to Newport News and worked at the Newport News Shipyard for 37 years. Upon retiring, he enjoyed extensive cruising and travel with his wife and especially enjoyed watching the Washington Nationals win the World Series.

Larry was preceded in death by his 12 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne; sons, Richard, Kenneth and Robert Haynes and daughter, Teresa Herrin; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Yolanda Haynes.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, Va. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Miners Rd., Suffolk, Va.

Shirley Saylor

Shirley Saylor, 77, passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2019.   She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

Shirley treasured her children and especially loved being “Grams” to her grandchildren.  She enjoyed working outside with her flowers and plants.  The comfort Shirley brought to so many lives will truly be missed.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin D. Saylor.  She is survived by her children, Karen Saylor, Debra Ryan (Mike), Gordon Saylor, and Mark Saylor; Holly Allison; and grandchildren, Shannon Ryan, Jacob Saylor, and Emily Saylor.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601.  The family will receive friends following the service until 7:30 p.m

Larry Walker Thompson

Larry Walker Thompson, 71, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. He was born in Radford, Virginia on February 27, 1948. Larry graduated from Dublin High School in Dublin, Virginia and attended New River Technical Institute in Radford.  He spent most of his years in Newport News working as a marine designer for a number of companies, the last one being Newport News Shipbuilding.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Erroll Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Charlene Spain Thompson; a son, Matthew Walker Thompson; and two brothers, William Douglas and Michael Erroll Thompson.

Larry was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a quiet person, a family man who loved holiday get-togethers with family and friends. He was especially proud of his son, Matthew, who gave him much love and joy.

The family wishes to thank all of the staff in the Emergency Room and the excellent care of the ICU nurses at Riverside.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 3 beginning at 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with interment at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Missions Program (SBC), First Baptist Church, Newport News, 127816 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23606.

Eugene C. Pointer

Eugene C. Pointer, 90, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019.    He was a native of Clayton, Georgia and a peninsula resident since 1960.  He began working in 1975 as an Inspector for the Department of Defense and retired after 30 years of service.  Eugene was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church, and member of the Virginia Turf Grass Association and Tidewater Turf Grass Association.

Eugene was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Julia C. Pointer, a native of St. Martinville, Louisiana; his son, Robert E. Pointer; his parents, John and Elmer Pointer and many beloved brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.  He is survived by his two sons, Gene S. Pointer and D.J. Pointer (Amy) of Newport News;  daughters, Pamela P. Muncy (Steve, deceased) and Gwendolyn A. Pointer (Neala); grandsons, Adam Muncy (Pansy) and Allen Muncy of Georgetown, Kentucky; granddaughters, Heather and Taylor Pointer of Newport News; great-grandsons, Aaron Muncy of Georgetown and John Robert Sydnor of Newport News; and great-granddaughter, Arianna Muncy of Georgetown.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with interment following at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Buford “Bud” Duane Young

Buford “Bud” Duane Young, 80, passed away on November 26, 2019. He was born on September 11, 1939 and was a Martin, Tennessee native. Bud retired from the U.S. Army, after 24 years of service and was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran.  He became a Ford automobile salesman, after leaving the service,  and worked an additional 12 years.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Travis Young and Georgia Chapman Young, brothers, James Young and Thomas Young and granddaughter, Rhonda Jacuzzi.  He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Jonna M. Young; son, Raymie Young and his girlfriend Crystal Fisher; and daughter, Karina Arntz and her fiance, Thomas “Butch” Walsh; brother, William “Bill” Young (Kentucky); grandchildren, J.D. Arntz and wife Joni Hogge; April Eller and husband, Shane; Heather Marrs and husband, Mike; and Shannon Valentin; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends, on Thursday, December 5 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org/donate),  or Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.  (www.woundedwarriorporject.org/donate).

Dillard Crockett

Dillard Crockett, age 79, passed away, surrounded by his family, on November 27, 2019. He was born on August 5, 1940, in Harrogate, Tennessee to Ishmael and Naomi Crockett. Dillard was a master shipbuilder in the Production Control Department at Newport News Shipbuilding and retired in 1995. He was an expert rifleman with his National Guard unit.  Dillard enjoyed traveling, gardening, fishing and spending precious time with his three grandchildren. Some of his favorite travel was to see his grandchildren play baseball and volleyball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Troy and sister, Janell (Noah).   Dillard is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Maxine; his sons Gary (Diane) and Rodney (Michelle); three grandchildren, Adam, Kyle, and Kayla; brother, David; and sisters, Merrill and Benny-Joe.

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park

Toni Barnett Wainwright

Toni Barnett Wainwright, 76, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister passed away on November 19, 2019 in Williamsburg, VA. She was born Oct. 2, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Gene Harold Barnett and Elizabeth Ann Sheppeard. Toni was a career personnelist for the Department of Defense where she dutifully served for more than 40 years.

Toni led a distinguished career serving in a multitude of leadership roles both domestically and internationally. In 1990, she was the first woman appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) at Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, serving as the Civilian Personnel Director, making her the first woman to ever be the director of a major Army command.

In her career with the Army, she held positions in six Army operating Civilian Personnel Offices, three Major Command staff assignments, and three staff assignments at Headquarters, Department of the Army. Her last Army assignment was Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Installation Management at Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany. Toni also directed operations for the Civilian Human Resource Management Agency (CHRMA), which provided personnel services to six different countries. She also served as the official Command spokesperson in negotiations with other U.S. Forces, the Sending States of other nations, and representatives of host nation governments.

Although she officially retired in July 2003, Toni described herself as a ‘failed retiree’ and was selected for appointment as the SES Director of the Defense Support Agency in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2005, she returned to the Army once again as the Deputy to the Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel, followed by an assignment in 2008 as a personnel adviser in the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs in the Department of Defense.

Toni was a member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Army Civilian Personnel Alumni Association. She also served on the boards of the Association of the United States Army and the Timothy J. Maude Foundation.

Over her four decades of service, she received many awards and commendations, some of these included the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (twice), Presidential Rank Awards of Meritorious Executive (twice), Meritorious Civilian Service Award (with Gold Leaf Cluster), Superior Civilian Service Award, Commanders Award for Civilian Service, Army Achievement Medal, Exceptional Performance Awards (numerous), Army Staff Identification Badge (for Pentagon service), VII Corps Command Award for Individual EEO Excellence, V Corps Scroll of Appreciation, Coalition Provisional Authority (for Iraq service), and the Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany (Das Grosse VerdienstKreuz).

After retiring for the fourth time, Toni occupied her time enjoying her grandchildren, traveling with her husband Tommy, and visiting friends. She was also lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.

Toni is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “Tommy” R. Wainwright. She is survived by her son, Sean H. Wainwright (Mary); grandchildren, Corey Richard Wainwright and Ella Grace Wainwright; sisters, Pat B. Bausman and Kristin B. Watkins (John); aunt, Wilma B. Hensler; nieces, Carol K. Knott (Bryan) and Lindsey B. Morgan; nephews, David Kessler (Lisa), Philip E. Briglio, Mike Parsons (Patty), and Kevin Wainwright (Candi); and sisters in-law, Janet W. Kessler and Judy Wainwright.

The family would like to thank the New Kent and Williamsburg Rescue Squad, the doctors and nurses at both the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA, and the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, VA, and the staff of Brookdale Chambrel Williamsburg for their loving care and compassion.

A memorial service for family and local friends will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, Newport News, Virginia. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.

Additionally, a ceremony will be held in the Washington, D.C. area after the New Year for the larger community of friends and co-workers to celebrate and remember the life and times of Toni. Final arrangements will be posted on the Facebook and the ACPAA page.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.

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

Paul Allen Patrick

Paul Allen Patrick departed this life at home peacefully on Monday, November 25, 2019. Paul was born September 6, 1959, in Bluefield, West Virginia.

A lifelong resident of Newport News, Paul graduated from Warwick High School in 1978 and enjoyed nearly 40 years as a dedicated and accomplished employee of Newport News Shipbuilding’s RadCon department. He was an avid marksman and loved to travel.

Paul was preceded in death by his father, George Patrick. He is survived by his daughters, Melissa Davidson and Ashley McGowan; son, Jonathan Patrick; three grandchildren, Madilynn Dickens, and Ryan and Campbell Davidson; mother, Sandra Patrick; brother, Ralph Patrick; and nephew, Harley Patrick; as well as many friends and loved ones.

A celebration of life, officiated by Rev. Cory Newell, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, followed with a visitation until 7:30 p.m. Other services will be privately held by the family.

Charles L. Mitri

Charles L. Mitri, 86, of Yorktown, passed away on November 22, 2019. He was born in 1933 in Hackensack, NJ, where he grew up with his older brother Sal. In 1956, he graduated from the Naval Academy and took a commission into the Air Force where he flew B-52s during the height of the cold war, then later F-4 fighters in 1969 in Vietnam with the 366th TFW at Da Nang. He served in the Air Force for 24 years before retiring and taking up another career as an administrator for the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara Mitri; daughter, Laura; son, Charles; grandchildren, Chauntielle and Cierra; and great-grandchildren, Noah, Lacie May, and Kayden.

He enjoyed playing golf, being a member of the Yorktown library board of trustees for many years, and volunteering his time to the Coventry Home Owners Association, and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 100 Harpersville Road, in Newport News. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the church or you may send flowers to the funeral home.

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