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Marjorie B. Michael

Marjorie B. Michael of Newport News passed away peacefully on January 14, 2021, at the Gardens at Warwick Forest Retirement Community after several years of declining health.   She lived a very long, happy, and active life. She was predeceased by her parents, Guy Weston and Alice Ward Boswick, brother, Guy Weston Boswick Jr, and sister, Dorothy Boswick Greenman.

Marjorie was a graduate of Newport News High School and Longwood College and taught school before her daughters were born. Marjorie and Bill had many wonderful travels in the United States, Europe, and beyond and they greatly enjoyed their home of many years on the James River and their beach cottage at Sandbridge.
She enjoyed many activities including tennis, golf, needlework, and was active at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church as well as many volunteer groups.  There was nothing she enjoyed more than spending time with her family and friends.

Marjorie is survived by her husband of 68 years, Dr. William H. Michael Jr.; daughters, Caroline M. Rawls (John Perry) of Virginia Beach and Cynthia M. Andrews (Richard) of Wilmington, NC; grandsons, Harvey Pretlow Rawls III, Guy Edward Rawls, Dickson Butler Bridger, Michael Ward Bridger; and her favorite granddaughter, Julia Caroline Andrews.

We would like to thank the Chesapeake Unit of the Gardens for the outstanding and compassionate care that Marjorie received in the past few years.

A Celebration of her life will be held at later date.

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

Gerald “Jerry”  T. Lane

Gerald “Jerry” T. Lane, 70, passed away on January 17, 2021.  He was a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Newport News for 53 years. He retired from Colas, Inc. as a Procurement Manager after two years of service.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, John D. Lane, Sr.; mother, Anna A. Campbell; sister, June DeShullo; and brother, John D. Lane, Jr..  He is survived by his companion of 30 years, Betty Gatewood; sister; Joyce Winters (Jeffrey); brother, James P. Lane (Linda); five nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Raymond “Berry” Drinkard

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Raymond “Berry” Drinkard, loving husband, father, and friend passed away at home with his wife and daughters by his side at the age of 57.  His battle with lung cancer, since October 2020, showed his perseverance in facing life challenges with jokes and a smile. Despite the pain, Berry came out as a hero and stayed strong until the end.

Berry was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Edward Drinkard, and his son-in-law, Cody Lee Brewton.  He is survived by his wife Carrie;  two daughters, Dezaray Brewton and Celina Raye Drinkard; mother, Carol Sparrow (Lynn); two sisters, Cindy Brunner (Barry), and Angie Crisson; several nieces and nephews; and his Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Kendra.

Berry was a Machine Specialist C at Canon Virginia in Newport News for 14 years.  He was not only a hard worker but a mentor to his co-workers and always went above and beyond for his company.  Berry had a passion for fixing things and learning new trades which allowed him to be a good provider for his family.

Due to COVID precautions, a private Memorial Service will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday, January 23, at 3:00 p.m., and guests are invited to participate in the service through live streaming (www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video).  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

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

Berry will never be forgotten and always be greatly missed.  

Mary L. Nicholls

Mary L. Nicholls, 87, passed away at home on Thursday, January 14, 2021.  She was born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, on December 26, 1933 and moved to Newport News in 1954.  Mary retired from Sears & Roebuck after many years of service.  Following her retirement from Sears she worked at Busch Gardens for over 25 years.  She was a lifelong member of the Warwick Yacht & Country Club which she dearly loved.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Nicholls.  She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Burcher, and her husband Steve, and her grandson, Bradley Burcher, all of Newport News.

A heartfelt thank you to Heartland Hospice and their staff, Gale Burcher, Natalie Krebs, Emma Krebs, Sue Johnson, Bradley Burcher, and Julie Blake for their care and support.

A private interment will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021.  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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

Lucy Cherry Ambrose

Lucy Cherry Ambrose, 97, of Newport News, Virginia, died Friday, January 15, 2021.  She was born December 3, 1923, in Washington, North Carolina and was a long-time resident of Portsmouth, Virginia, before moving to Newport News in 2000.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard E. Ambrose, her parents, Samuel B. and Myrten W. Cherry and her brothers, Samuel Dallas Cherry and Charlie W. Cherry.  She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Ambrose Hatten (Frank Moore), her son, Bill Ambrose (Anne), and her only grandson, Christopher Hilton, all of Newport News, and her sisters-in-law, Ollie H. Cherry of Clemmons, North Carolina, Geri Ambrose of Washington, North Carolina and June Cherry of Miami, Florida.  She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Lucy graduated from Washington High School, Washington, North Carolina in 1942 and married her high school sweetheart in 1945.   She and Richard spent almost 60 years together until his death in 2005.  She was a homemaker for many years before joining her husband as his office manager, accountant and customer service clerk in his television repair business, A&T Television Company in Portsmouth, Virginia, retiring in 1988.

Lucy was all about family.  She could recite birthdates of any family member from memory well into her 90’s.  She was gentle and kind and loved all her family unconditionally.   She was extremely proud of her grandson, Chris, and was known to talk on the phone for hours with her nieces.  She loved receiving cards in the mail and was showered with cards by her niece, Kathy, almost every day for many years.

The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at The Gardens at Warwick Forest, Chesapeake Unit in Newport News, where Lucy lived for the last two years of her life.  We especially thank Tameka and Aundrea, whose care and affection for Miss Lucy will always be remembered.

A graveside service conducted by Rev. Michael Condrey will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Peninsula Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make remembrance contributions are asked to send them to First Presbyterian Church, 514 S. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23669 or to a favorite charity.

Seo Boon Soon

Seo Boon Soon (also known as Halmony) passed from this earth on January 14, 2021. Halmony was born February 22, 1923 in Kwangyang City, South Korea. She was the loving and devoted wife to her husband, Joo Man Jo, who has predeceased her.

Halmony is survived by her four children: son Woo Jun, daughter Kyong Ja and her husband Blake Anderson, Sr., daughter Yong Ja, daughter Sook Ja, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Family was the center of Halmony’s life. She doted on all her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Later in life, she was an active member of the Peninsula Korean Baptist Church and a regular at all the church’s Senior Group activities. She will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Her funeral service will be held graveside on Monday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery, with her burial following immediately after. Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

Friends may join the funeral procession, which will depart at 12:30 p.m. from the Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd in Newport News and proceed to the cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Doris Anne Bryant

Doris Anne Bryant, the wife of the late Tom Bryant, was called to Heaven on January 6, 2021. She devoted her life to her family, home, and church. Doris Anne was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. She was a member of United Methodist Women Circle 6 and served as leader of the circle several times over her many years. Doris Anne was a children’s Sunday School teacher and also enjoyed many lunch dates with the Red Hat Society. Also, our family is proud of the civic duty she performed as a lead election poll worker in her precinct in the City of Newport News for over 30 years.

Born in North Carolina on July 2, 1934 the only child of Corbitt and Doris Bridgers, she grew up with the love of many Spivey cousins on her mother’s side and they all remained close throughout her lifetime.

Doris Anne is survived by her son, Tommy, her daughter, Teri Forman (Donald); two grandchildren, who she adored, Ashley Forman and Kelly B. Forman (Allison); she was also blessed with four great-grandchildren, Ava Lily, Greyson, Vale Bryant, and Savannah. Doris Anne was loved by them all!

A graveside service was held on Monday, January 11. In lieu of flowers, a gift in memory of Doris Anne to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church is requested.

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

Betty Rea Wright Swain

Betty Rea Wright Swain, age 82, of Newport News, VA passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. She grew up in Waynesboro, VA, and had been an active Hampton Roads resident since 1957. Betty was the owner of the local’s favorite restaurant, The Lunch Bell, where she made delicious desserts for 37 years alongside employees who became her second family. She had a deep love for Northside Christian Church for over 50 years where she played piano for several Sunday school classes and participated in countless church events.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Bill Swain, and parents, Shelah and Kermit Harris. Betty is survived by her son, Billy Swain (Debra); daughters, Blair Sanchez, and Shelah Swain (David); grandchildren, Ashley Darcy, Jay Darcy (Rachel), Tyler McKee (Catherine), Jennie Ann Swain and fiancé Zach Westfall, Mallory Lynn Dame (Zack), Grae William Muth, and Annie Kate Swain; honorary granddaughter Lila Kate Magro; great-grandchildren, William Swain Darcy, Meredith Lynn Dame, and Jeffrey Coleman Dame; and her sister, Peggy Argy; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The Celebration of the Life of Betty will be limited to family only and guests are invited to participate in the service through live streaming (www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video) on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601. Interment will be in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. Because of Covid-19 regulations, facial masks and social distancing will be required.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Mary Brock Jones

Mary Brock Jones, 98, went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2021. She was originally from Farmville, N.C. and had been a peninsula resident for over 65 years.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Jones. She is survived by her sons, Alan C. Jones and his wife, Lee Jine of Jacksonville, Fl., and Robert D. Jones and his wife, Margaret of Yorktown, Va.

The family would like to thank the staff of Regency Health and Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and loving care.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Hampton Memorial Gardens, conducted by Rev. Richard Barnes. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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

Harold Levinson

Harold Levinson, age 95, passed away January 9, 2021 at home with his loving family by his side. He was a lifelong resident of the peninsula and life member of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue. He was born in Newport News and graduated Newport News High School in 1943 where he played in the band as a drummer. He loved his music, so after high school he played in bands touring the states with the big swing bands. Eventually he came back to Newport News and became a merchant and opened up an appliance store on Jefferson Avenue. Later he started to invest in real estate which he pursued until 2020. His second love was sportfishing which he did until age 94. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who delighted in sharing his advice to his family, especially his granddaughters who affectionately called him “Papa”.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Bessie Levinson, two brothers, J Leonard Levinson and Robert Levinson. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Terry, devoted son Tony Levinson (Amy), granddaughters Lauren and Alyssa Levinson, numerous nieces and nephews and Wayne Gousse who was like a son to him.

We would like to thank his caregivers Christina and Kiyana with Hospice and Tina with Amada Senior Care whom were all a blessing.

Arrangements entrusted to Peninsula Funeral Home. There will be a private service due to covid-19. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to a charity of your choice.

Charles C. Meekins, Sr.

Charles C. Meekins, Sr., 82, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at his home.  He was a native of Norfolk, VA, and had been a resident of Newport News for 65 years.  Charles was a Plant Supervisor at Air Products and Chemicals for 23 years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Curtis and Eleanor Pumphrey, and his brother, Edward Meekins.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Kay Meekins; daughter, Sharon Musselwhite (Harrison); sons, Charles C. Meekins, Jr. (Sandra), Bryan K. Meekins, and Michael W. Meekins; 14 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

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

Clarence Lee Clodfelter, Jr.

Clarence Lee Clodfelter, Jr. of Newport News, 83, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. He was born in Durham, NC, and had been a resident of the Peninsula for over 75 years. He was a pharmacist and owner and operator of Brentwood Pharmacy. Clarence completed his career with Rite Aid and retired in 2018, after serving 56 years in the business. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Virginia Pharmaceutical Association, Past President of Mended Hearts, a member of Bremond Masonic Lodge #241. He was also a member of Newport News Scottish Rite, Warwick Masonic Lodge #336, and Warwick Royal Arch Chapter #80. As a resident of The Chesapeake, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and lifelong learning experiences.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Clarence L. Clodfelter, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pauline “Polly” Whelchel Clodfelter; two daughters, Pam C. Youngblood (Pat) and Paula C. Mobley (Richard); son, Clarence Lee Clodfelter, III (Marci); grandchildren, Mason Youngblood, Ben Youngblood, Brian Youngblood, Stephen Mobley (Alexa), Katherine Mobley and Cordelia Clodfelter; two sisters, Anne Tucker (Roy) and Jean Gulick (Jim); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held and guests are invited to participate in the service through live streaming (www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video) on Saturday, January 9, at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Mended Hearts (https://mendedhearts.org/).

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

Lois Burks Davis

Lois Burks Davis (nee Thorn) passed onto her heavenly reward on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Born August 12, 1923 in Ivor, Virginia, Lois lived a long and happy life. She married William R. Burks in 1941 and lived all of their more than 50 years together on the Peninsula, with their children Jerry and Kay. Lois worked many years as an executive secretary with the Hampton Paint Company, Atlantic Mill Works and her son’s company, Burks’ Bookkeeping. She was a lifelong member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church. Lois married Murphy Davis, her high school sweetheart, in 1998 when they reconnected after both were widowed. They enjoyed almost 16 years together.

Lois enjoyed traveling whether the trip was long or short. She enjoyed many trips across the United States, visited Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and took a train trip to the Grand Canyon. On the journeys, Lois always made a plan to visit with family and friends along the way, enhancing her enjoyment of the trip and making many fond memories. Two of the most important things in her life were her family and her faith, both of which brought her comfort and joy throughout her long life. She had two sisters and two brothers who she was close with. And she enjoyed lifelong relationships with her nieces and nephews. Her church family gave her close friends whom she cherished and stayed close with throughout the years. These close connections with friends and family made her life rich and full of love.

Lois was preceded in death by her two husbands Dick Burks and Murphy Davis; her daughter Kay McCormick and her son Jerry Burks. She is survived by her granddaughters Stephanie Sarris (Jim) of Smithfield, VA and Margaret Frazier (Michael) of Leesburg, VA; her great grandson Zachary Sarris also of Smithfield; her daughter-in-law Terry Burks, and numerous nieces and nephews. In support of Lois’ dedication to community and faith, in lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to charities such as the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula, Heifer International, or a charity of your choice.

A private grave side service will be conducted at Peninsula Memorial Park.

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

Clarence “Pete” Orville Keffer

Clarence “Pete” Orville Keffer of Yorktown died on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the age of 97. Pete is survived by daughters, Kasey Keffer and Kelly Westmoreland and husband Larry and grandsons, Tyler Castaneda and Daniel Westmoreland. He will join his beloved wife Barbara and son Mark.

There will be no funeral services. Pete chose not to be remembered in death but in life through his relationships with the people he left behind who greatly love him.

He lived with integrity and honor, and the upmost honesty and kindness. He was a good husband, a great dad and a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed.

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

Peggy Ancell Farmer

Peggy Ancell Farmer, 74, passed away on December 31, 2020 at Riverside Regional Medical Center. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and close friend to many. A native of Hampton, Virginia, Peggy was a resident of Poquoson for the past 40+ years. She retired from M. Price Distributing Company and was most recently employed with Peninsula Funeral Home.

Peggy was preceded in rest by her first husband, Bobby Ancell; mother, Julia Moore; father, Jack Turnage; and granddaughter, Samantha Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, David Farmer; daughter, Tammy Johnson; sons, David Farmer, Jr., and Steven Farmer; four grandchildren, Steven Farmer, Jr., Ellen Owens, Madison Johnson, and Abigail Johnson; great- grandchild, Ashby Owens; sister, Cecile Hopkins; brothers, Robert “Buddy” Turnage and Kevin Moore; and countless cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News, officiated by Scott Moore. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Please go to www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video for live streaming.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Carolyn Boisky Seay

Carolyn Boisky Seay, 74, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020.  She was a native of Fayetteville, NC, and was a resident of Newport News.

Carolyn was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Junior Woman’s Club of Hilton Village – Past President, and Junior League of Hampton Roads, former Miss Fayetteville High School and Miss 82nd Airborne Division.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Robert L. Boisky, Sr. and Ethel J. Boisky.  She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Everette M. “Sonny” Seay, III; son, Everette M. Seay, IV (Kristen) of Jacksonville, FL; two grandchildren, E. Meade Seay, V and Charlotte Alice Seay; sister, Patricia Boisky Alexander (Bob) of Suffolk, VA; two brothers, Robert L. Boisky, Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama and Charles Richard Boisky (Carolann) of Leland, NC; nieces, Alicia Alexander Helms (Nathan) of Knoxville, TN and Katherine B. Pittman (Stewart) of Wilmington, NC; and nephews, Michael R. Alexander (Christy) of Norfolk, VA, and Charles R. Boisky, Jr. (Denis) of Henrico, VA.

A private Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made in Carolyn’s name to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 401 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185 (www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/).

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

Lilian Hoaglund

On December 27, 2020, Lilian Hoaglund passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side after a long battle with cancer. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, a caring friend and neighbor, and a thoughtful, generous person. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, John Hoaglund, and her parents, Gunnar and Magdalena (Manecke) Nilsson.

Lilian was born April 3, 1940, in Ludvika, Sweden, and grew up there with her older sister, Maj-Britt, and their parents. After completing her education and living in Stockholm for a year she moved to Germany to work as a secretary in the Swedish Consulate in West Berlin, where she later met her American husband. The couple were married June 18, 1966, in Ludvika. They settled in West Berlin and had two children before moving to Newport News, Virginia, in 1973 when John accepted a position teaching Philosophy and Logic at Christopher Newport College.

Lilian began her career in the U.S. working as a secretary for the City of Newport News, later working at the BASF Corporation in Williamsburg, and finally in the president’s office at the College of William and Mary, where she retired in 2007 after thirteen years of dedicated service. She also went back to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, graduating with honors from Christopher Newport College in 1991.

Fluent in Swedish, German and English, Lilian loved to travel. She visited Europe often over the years, seeing relatives and friends in Sweden and also spending time in France, Germany, and Italy. When the children were young, the family had adventurous summers, traveling across America by car and through Europe by car and train. In 1980, the family spent half a year living in Norway after John was awarded a Fulbright at the University of Bergen, and in 1986 they spent three weeks traveling in Greece. All of her life Lilian was very close to her sister, Maj-Britt, who lives in Sweden. The two stayed in touch with phone calls and traveled together as often as possible. They took many fun trips together with their husbands and later just the two of them. In recent years, Lilian had taken trips with her sister and friends to Austria, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Jordan, and Turkey, and even rode in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia.

With her husband she shared a love of art, classical music, theatre and opera. Together they visited many art museums in the U.S. and Europe and frequently attended performances locally and in Washington, D.C., and New York City. The couple also shared the work of running their own small publishing company. Lilian enjoyed reading, cooking, swimming, and being in nature. She tended the many flowers in her yard and often walked in the park on the Noland Trail. She was an avid beachgoer, having owned a vacation home in Virginia Beach for 17 years, and the family often spent the holiday season on the warm sands of the Caribbean.

Lilian was a kind, wonderful person with a great sense of humor. Young at heart, she enjoyed having fun with friends and family, including spending time with and caring for her young grandson. As a septuagenarian, she surprised her family by embracing new technology like the iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. She was an energetic and selfless person, always endeavoring to make life easier for those around her.

Lilian will be dearly missed. She leaves behind her daughter Larissa Hoaglund and her husband, Thomas Persichetti, of Alexandria, Virginia; her son Glen Hoaglund, his wife Jessica, and her grandson Hudson, of Virginia Beach; her sister Maj-Britt Frangos of Stockholm, Sweden; and her nephew Per Nilsson and his family of Stockholm, Sweden.

Due to COVID restrictions a private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html.

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

William Locke “Buck” Rogers

William Locke “Buck” Rogers, 80, of Newport News, Virginia played his final hand on December 29, 2020.  Buck was born on Labor Day, September 2, 1940, in Evanston, Illinois, thus beginning a lifetime love of bad jokes and bad puns.
An accountant by training, Buck spent his free time “roughing” it in rural Illinois with the Chicago area Boy Scouts. Buck received the Vigil Honor, the highest award given by the Boy Scouts National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow. He also received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service from his local Boy Scout council.
After 47 years of grueling winters and coincidentally a job transfer, Buck moved from Chicago to Virginia.

Buck finished his work career in Virginia with the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Thrift Stores. After retiring, he dedicated the bulk of his time to two new-found passions: bridge and coin collecting. He also continued his participation in Boy Scouts, but after 39 years, he realized that sleeping on the ground isn’t actually that much fun.
Buck regularly played six days a week and could almost always be found at the Peninsula Duplicate Bridge Club in Newport News. Due to his dedication and willingness to drive for hours to find a good game, Buck achieved a Sapphire Life Master ranking from the American Contract Bridge League. Without the curse of COVID, Buck probably would have achieved a Diamond Life Master ranking, but fell 42 points short of his goal. When not counting his cards, Buck was busy counting his coins. His extensive coin collection ranges over denominations, centuries, and countries. This Christmas, he received the last coin needed to complete his collection of Morgan dollars.
Buck is survived by his wife, Ann Marie Wyatt-Rogers; and four children: William Locke Rogers, Jr., Stephen Mitchell Rogers, Andrew Wyatt, and Megan Ann Player; and a sister, Katherine Buckles.   Additionally, he leaves behind seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous in-laws, extended family, and friends.

The family is invited to participate in a Memorial Service at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.  Friends may live-stream the event at https://peninsulafuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, https://hrfoodbank.org.

Randolph Donald Davis

Randolph Donald Davis (Donald), 88 years old, died December 28, 2020. He graduated Newport News High School in 1950. Donald then attended Lynchburg College and graduated with a BS in Biology. He went to work at Hidenwood Pharmacy until he retired in 1994.

Donald was an accomplished piano player and enjoyed classical music.

He is survived by his brothers, Robert “Bobby” Davis (wife, Rita Martin) and Richard Davis (wife, Dru Bryant); and loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 7, 2021, 2:00p.m. in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Sonja S. Allen

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Sonja S. Allen, 80, of Newport News went to her eternal home surrounded and comforted by her loving children and grandchildren. She was born in Neon, Kentucky but was a resident in Hampton Roads for over 65 years.  Sonja was a 1957 graduate of Newport News High School.  She served as an executive secretary at Fort Monroe in the Aviation Division and later for the Continental Army Command, Reserve Forces.  While working at Fort Monroe, she received several commendations and outstanding awards of which she was very proud.  She was also known for her excellent proofreading skills and reportedly was able to type 120 words a minute on a mechanical typewriter.  She loved her career, but after five children, she decided she only had time for her one love, her family.

Sonja was a devoted wife of 60 years to her husband Charlie, a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, sister, and friend to many. As a teenager, she loved sports, especially basketball.  She would always call her children and grandchildren and let them know when Duke was playing basketball or Virginia Tech was playing football. She passed on her competitiveness to her daughters and got tickled pink when they would share stories of “almost” being beaten by their significant others.  Sonja enjoyed reading, art, music, history, and theater. There wasn’t a single day she didn’t read the newspaper cover to cover, often while sipping weak black coffee.  She was always proud to attend her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and events whether it was sports, dance, theater, band, or scouts.  Known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren, she enjoyed taking them, as she did her own children, to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Jamestown, and to all the museums in Washington as well as Monticello in Charlottesville.  She planned all the family trips which included camping all along the east coast.  She was creative, crafty, and loved to laugh and tell funny stories.  Known for stretching a dollar bill, she always had a coupon for whatever you needed, even before extreme couponing became popular. She was the most selfless, loving, caring, and sweet woman who would do anything for her family.  Her family and husband were her life.  She will be missed tremendously by all.

She was preceded in death by her loving high school sweetheart and devoted husband Charles Allen; parents, Jack Settles and Dallas Bentley; sister, Belvie Turner; sister-in-law, Mary Allen; three brothers-in-law, John Allen, Fred Allen, and Richie Allen; son-in-law, Tim Cepukenas; two grandchildren, Brooke Snyder and Ethan Staton; and niece, Jennifer Allen. Sonja leaves five loving children to cherish her memory, Dana Coyne-Kuhn and her husband, John, of Kitty Hawk, NC, Keith Allen of Newport News, Melissa Allen of Richmond, Stacey Cepukenas and her significant other, Derek Dunlap, of Carrollton, and Lisa Staton and her husband, Max, of Chesterfield; seven grandchildren, Patrick Coyne and his significant other, Malinda Brothers, Michael Coyne and his wife Bridget, Jackie Kuhn, Sam Kuhn, Alyssa Niechlanski and her husband Brian, Zachary Cepukenas, and Dominik Cepukenas and his significant other, Madison Payne; three sisters-in-law, Gwen Allen of Newport News, Sandi Chestnut of Newport News, and Faye Andrashko and her husband, Gary, of Irvington; brother-in-law, Jimmy Turner, of Windsor; special friends, Luke and Jacob Dunlap; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 12 pm at the Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601. The family will receive friends following the service.  Masks and social distancing are required.  Send a friend request to https://www.facebook.com/sonja.allen.98434 to view a live video stream of the memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org or Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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

Draxie Myers

Draxie Myers, 88, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 29, 2020, after a short battle with COVID-19 at Riverside Hospital. There she joined her beloved husband, Archie, for whom she had a longing. They fell in love at first sight in 1951 over a hot dog stand in downtown Newport News and never stopped until his passing in 1992.

Mom is preceded in death by her parents William and Mary Newsome, two angel grandchildren, great-grandchildren June Myers, an angel great-grandchild, and more angel great-grandchildren Hope, Faith, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Joy, and Selah Jane Snyder. She leaves behind four children: Ernie Myers (wife, Debbie), Ronnie Myers, Kathy Warren (husband, Hal), and Bonnie Myers (husband, Rex Scarborough). She also leaves behind grandchildren Josh Myers (wife, Sarah), Cal Myers (wife, Sterling), Jonathan Warren (wife, Susie), David Warren (wife, Ira), Christabel Snyder (husband, Andrew), Seth Warren (fiancé, Jack), and Joseph Warren (wife, Daryl).

Mom’s three great passions in life were Jesus and her church, gardening/flowers, and grandchildren/great-grandchildren. Before her falls necessitating a move to the Devonshire, she rarely missed a Sunday at West Hampton Baptist Church, where she had been a member for over 52 years. The only times she missed were to see her son or grandson preach at their church or go to her other grandchildren’s church. She loved eating out with them, enjoying stories of their weeks, and talking to them anytime they called.

Gardening and flowers were dear to Mom. Early in the morning was her favorite time, and you would see her out in the yard right about dawn. She said it had to do with being raised in the country and getting up for chores before school or play. Her thumb was green all the way up—a green arm, really.  Her “chores” were keeping the house spotless and taught that to her kids and grandkids and cooking that was out of this world. Archie would often say of her fried chicken that Colonel Sanders had nothing on his honey.

Mom would spend time with us children, teaching us and reading to us when we were sick. She really spent time with her grandchildren. She was retired by then and had them at her house regularly. They bowled in the back hallway, climbed the apple tree outside, made squash patties on Fridays and made cakes with chocolate frosting, walked or drove them to school, played Bingo at the mall during breaks and summer, had the most fun garage sales with them, and just enjoyed life. She went to Busch Gardens, rode the ferry, and went to Disney with her grandkids.

Mom’s life was full and long. She lived well, loved others and Jesus, and left a lasting legacy that others can follow. The saddest part was ending in a COVID-19 death that could not have been foreseen but could most likely have been prevented. Wear your mask, wash your hands, stay 6 feet apart, and get your shot. Mom told me that.

Mom will lie in state on Wednesday, January 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Parklawn

Memorial donations, in Mom’s name, may be made to West Hampton Baptist Church, 631 Aberdeen Rd, Hampton, VA 23661 (www.whbcnow.org/).

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

Grady Monroe Blaylock

Grady Monroe Blaylock, age 85, of Williamsburg, VA, peacefully passed away on December 29, 2020, after a brief illness. He was born April 2, 1935, in Winston-Salem, NC, and was a Virginia Peninsula resident for most of his life.

Grady bravely served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War with duty stations in Korea, Japan, and stateside, before spending time in the reserves. His service continued as a lifetime member of the Air Force Association, a former member of the VFW Post 4991 Warwick, VA, a rated pilot and 2nd Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol specializing in search and rescue missions.

He attended Warwick High School and Upper Iowa University where his academic accolades were lengthy. While holding a seat on The Board of Trustees at UIU, he was chosen to present the graduation commencement speech in 1998. Furthermore, his alma mater recognized him with the coveted Entrepreneur Award, a rare distinction presented to just three graduates in school history. During his lifelong pursuit of continuing education, he studied at the University of Georgia, Indiana University Management Institute, and The College of William and Mary.

As a dedicated supporter of local law enforcement, he chose to pursue his passion and enroll in the Central Police Training School and eventually served as a City of Warwick Virginia Police Officer. Upon the 1958 consolidation of Newport News and Warwick, he continued his service with the Newport News Police Department. Following his law enforcement career, he embarked on the credit reporting/accounts management service business. He served in various management positions in the credit industry for over 60 years, including Liberty Loan Corporation as a supervisor of numerous regions in Virginia and Maryland, and Rices Nachman’s Department Store as their corporate credit manager. He was the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Equidata, Inc., a national client-based credit bureau & accounts management service company headquartered in Newport News until his retirement.

He was a co-founder and former director of Peninsula Crime Line (now Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers) for 35 years, and in 2016 was presented with their Fred Kern Meritorious Service Award.

He supported the causes of many organizations, especially those that positively benefited the lives of others. He volunteered his time and served as President and board member of both the Peninsula Retail Merchants Association (PRMA) and the Associated Credit Bureaus (both national and statewide). As a certified Consumer Credit Executive and a Certified Credit Bureau Executive, he held a dual certification that was not only rare but highly coveted within his industry. The pinnacle of his professional career came when he was presented with the Mayoral Proclamation for his and his business’s contributions to the community over his 60-year career.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George M. and Pauline Hudson Blaylock.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years; Nancy Berryman Blaylock; two daughters, Caroline Elizabeth Cucuel (Tom), and Stephanie Dawn Grogan (Mike); five wonderful granddaughters who he dearly loved, Samantha and Heather Cucuel, Nicole, Ashlyn, and Savanna Grogan; his sisters Colleen B. Gray of Virginia Beach, Jane Haynie Meadows of Winter Haven, Florida; many nieces and nephews; and, of course, his dog Bear.

Grady was a devoted husband, father, and granddad. Family was the joy of his life, and spending time together with his children and grandchildren was always a special occasion. Known as Mr. B to many, he was a people person who cared for others, never met a stranger, and always had time to listen or share a story with new and old friends.
Funeral services will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 6, at 2:00 p.m. Please see www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video for live-streaming. Burial will follow the service at Peninsula Memorial Park, with full military honors. COVID restrictions will be followed, including wearing facial masks and social distancing.
Grady requested donations be made to Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers, Inc., PO Box 12111, Newport News, VA 23601.

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

Josie Todd Gurganus

Josie Todd Gurganus, 75, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020.  She was a resident of Hampton and had been a Registered Nurse since 1989.

Josie was a member of Parkview Church of God, member of the Christian Woman’s Group – Abiding In the Vine Family Life Ministries “John 15:5” and a member of the Tuesday Quilting Group of the Church of the Nazarene.  Josie also enjoyed traveling.

Josie is survived by two sons, Trey Gurganus and Joseph T. Gurganus (Khristi); four grandchildren, Macy, Joey, Jessica, Tyler; one great-grandchild, Emma; two brothers, Jim Todd and Thomas Todd; sister, Sallie Starr; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to visit Peninsula Funeral Home to sign the register book and pay respects while Josie lies in state on Saturday, January 2, 2021, from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Friends may participate in services by viewing the live streaming presentation beginning at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2021.  Please see www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video for live-streaming.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abiding in the Vine Family Life Ministries, https://abivfamilylife.com/ or Parkview Church of God, 1116 Briarfield Rd, Newport News, VA 23605, https://www.parkviewcog.org.

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

Richard A. Brown

Richard A. Brown, 64, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020. Rick was a veteran of the US Army and he was also employed at Newport News Shipbuilding for 12 years. For the last 30 years, he was an owner/operator and company truck driver.

Rick is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joann (Newport News), his son Shawn, daughter-in-law Cecily, granddaughter Kendall (Chesapeake), his son Dylan (Newport News), daughter Rebecca, son-in-law Chris, granddaughters Elizab eth, Victoria, grandson Bradley (South Dakota), his brother, Tom, sister-in­ law, Tricia, and nephews, Sean and Marty (Massachusetts).

You could usually hear Rick coming before you saw him . Whether it was his big red truck getting home or leaving to go back on the road or his booming voice as he walked in a room, you knew who it was. His big personality was nothing compared to his heart. He loved being from Boston. He loved to bust a move on the dance floor. He loved a glass of Me riot {with ice cubes, of course). He loved a get together with neighborhood friends (but only until he was tired, and then he would “be right back”). Most of all though, he loved his family. The Rick sized hole that has been left in the heart s of those who knew him is a big one and his memory will live on with all who loved him.

A celebration of life will be held on January 3rd from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, for people to stop by to offer support to the family and perhaps share some favorite memories with them.

Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral service will be a private event held on January 5th, at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA.

Arrangements are being provided by Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, VA

Margaret Tallon Parker

Margaret Tallon Parker died peacefully at her home in Yorktown on December 25, 2020, suffering from the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

She was born September 14, 1948 in Chelan, WA, to Leslie and June Tallon. She grew up in and around various communities in the eastern Cascades Mountains. Her fondest childhood memories were in Holden with her sisters. In 1964, her father passed away and her mother moved the family to Seattle to raise 4 children. She graduated high school, attended community college, and worked for Yellow Pages for a few years, where she was known as ‘The Whip’ for getting her co-workers motivated.

In 1969, she met a young sailor assigned to USS Seattle who would change her life forever. She married ‘Skip’ Parker on Valentine’s Day, 1970, and said goodbye to the west coast forever. She worked briefly for Gwaltney’s in Smithfield as a lab technician. In later years she worked for the Naval Mine Warfare Engineering Activity in Yorktown and finally at the Social Security Administration in Newport News. She retired in 2010.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Clifford ‘Skip’ Parker, their daughter Leslie Mastropaolo and her husband, Kevin, and grandchildren Megan, Jillian, and Nicholas; their son Cliff and his wife Elizabeth, and grandchildren Logan and Lilliana and Marley; her sister Susan and her husband, Clark of Bonney Lake, WA; and her sister Kathy and her husband, Gary of Modesto, CA.

Margaret’s family would like to express their most sincere appreciation to our Riverside Hospice family for their continuing love and support and especially Dannielle, Heather and Shanelle. The loving care provided by these earthly angels is best described by the following:

What we do for ourselves dies with us
What we do for others remains and is immortal

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions a memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to:

Riverside Hospice

12420 Warwick Boulevard, Suite 6e

Newport News, VA 23606

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

Johnny Robertson Whitmore

Johnny Robertson Whitmore, 73, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 23,2020. He was born in Lynchburg, VA and raised in Newport News, then moved to Carrollton where he has resided for the past 34 years. Johnny retired from Newport News Shipbuilding, where he was proud to have been the first person to test and operate the 900-ton crane in 1974, the largest Gantry crane in the country at the time.

Johnny was a loving husband and best friend to Debra. They did everything together. Johnny- I Love You!  Johnny was full of life and always doing something – working out at the YMCA, going out on his boat, spending time with his animals, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends. Johnny loved his whole family and friends dearly. He faithfully attended Faith Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his church family.

Johnny was preceded in death by his mother, Carrie Lee Whitmore and father, David Walter Whitmore, Sr. He leaves to cherish his loving memories to his wife of 35 years, Debra; his children, Ashley Whitmore, John C. Whitmore (Kathy), Shannon Hatcher, and Clinton Edwards; sister, Martha McCoy (David); brother, David Whitmore (Jeannie); five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID restrictions the service will be private. The service will be streamed live on the Faith Free Will Baptist Church in Carrollton, VA Facebook’s page at “faithfwb” on December 31 at 12:30 p.m.

If Johnny were able to leave some last words, he would tell us all to “Get over yourselves!”.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 1144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Veronica Catherine Gray

Veronica Catherine Gray passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020.  She was a native of Saintes, France and a resident of the Peninsula for over 18 years.  Veronica was very active in the Art community and was an independent artist focusing on acrylic paints.  She was an active member of Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church.

 

Veronica was preceded in death by her father, Michal Kedzierski.  She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Dale Gray; son, Max Gray of Rosamond, CA; two grandchildren, Krista and Mason; and a host of friends and church family.  Veronica was an animal lover and she leaves behind her cat, Sterling.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 31 at Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church, with interment to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

 

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

Sandra Lee White Hicks

Sandra Lee White Hicks, 81, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 22, 2020. She was born to the late Sanford and Elsie White in Hampton, Virginia on March 11, 1939, and lived her entire life in Hampton.

 

Sandra retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as a file clerk. She loved the churches she attended and served each faithfully as a children’s Sunday School teacher and devoted choir member. Those churches she loved and served were Wythe Parkway Baptist, Big Bethel Baptist, Deer Park Baptist, and most recently, Liberty Baptist.

 

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, George Hicks, and her parents.  Those left to cherish her memory are daughter, Darlene Ruzic (Fairfax VA); sons, Rev. Eddie Hicks and wife Pam (Mooresville NC) and Mark Hicks and wife Karen (Newnan GA); grandchildren, Austin Ruzic, Jesse Ruzic (Olivia), Taylor Hicks (Cassie), Ashton Hicks, Perry Hicks, and Nick Hicks; great-grandchildren, Jack and Archer Ruzic; sisters, Joyce Bankett (Jimmy) and Betty Cain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

 A Celebration of Life service will be shared Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News, with the Rev. Joe Hunt officiating. Please see www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video for live-streaming.  Burial will follow immediately at Peninsula Memorial Park.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

Charles Emery Crayton, Jr.

Charles Emery Crayton, Jr., 91, of Hayes, VA, passed away at home on December 20, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 8, 1929, in Salisbury, NC to parents, Charles and Beadie Crayton. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Tokyo, Japan. After his service, Charles worked at Newport News Shipbuilding as a Sheet Metal Supervisor, retiring with 42 years of service. Some of his favorite things to do were working in his yard, riding his lawnmower, fishing, and best of all, watching his birdfeeder from his favorite green chair.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Riley and Ronnie Crayton, and sisters, Evelyn Walls and Elizabeth Martin. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Sammy Crayton; daughter, Vickie Crayton Foley (Andrew); son, Gary Neal Crayton (Rhonda); sister, Carolyn Costa; grandchildren, Andrew, Patrick and Matthew Foley, Gary Crayton, Jr., and Michael Warren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Monday, December 28, at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. Burial will follow the service at Peninsula Memorial Park. COVID restrictions will be followed, including wearing facial masks and social distancing. To view live-streaming of the service, visit www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkview Church of God, 1116 Briarfield Road, Newport News, VA 23605 or The American Lung Associationwww.lung.org/.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Ronald Neil Jensen

Ronald Neil Jensen, age 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at home. Ron was born in Devils Lake, ND, to the late Floyd and Mae (Berg) Jensen and was a Hampton resident for 55 years. He was a 1955 graduate of the University of North Dakota with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. On March 16, 1959, he married Ruth Anna Humphrey of Fairport, NY, and together they raised two children.

During high school and junior college, Ron worked as a substitute rural mail carrier and farmhand in ND. During college, he worked on the Great Northern Railway as a “gandy dancer” or track upkeep worker. After college, Ron worked as a mechanical engineer for DuPont in TX, DE, and VA. He earned his professional engineer certification. He then worked as a civilian contractor with the Air Force in CA before transferring to Langley AFB in VA. After several years Ron transferred to NASA Langley in Hampton and worked on air conditioning and utility projects and computer programs for effective energy use. He was assigned to solar projects during the 1970s energy crisis and held an essential role in the solar field project at NASA for many years. As a result, he was selected to participate in the People to People program and gave several technical presentations during his trip to China. He was a 50-year member of ASHRAE and held many offices for the organization. Ron attained the distinction of Fellow from ASHRAE in 1981. In his last years at NASA, Ron worked on a vacuum sphere for the Mach 9 wind tunnel. He retired from NASA after 30 years of government service to pursue his love of art. For many years, Ron enjoyed participating as backstage help and set designer/artist for the Hampton Roads Civic Ballet Company. He was a member of the Hampton Arts Commission, a prolific painter, and the founder of Tuesday Morning Painters at the Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Humphrey Jensen; daughter, Rebecca A. Karatsikis (John) of Yorktown, VA; son, Peter N. Jensen (Orlena Cheng) of Clarksville, MD; four grandchildren, Dr. Alexa K. Vinson (Braxton) of Richmond, VA, Sophia K. Ruiz (Bradley) of Virginia Beach, VA, Andrew M. Cheng and Kai M. Jensen of Clarksville, MD; three great-grandchildren, Luca Ruiz, Zoe Ruiz, Theodore Vinson; sister Sandra J. Dahl of Fargo, ND and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Gary Jensen of Santa Rosa, CA and Douglas Jensen of Chaska, MN. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers of Bayada Home Health Care, Riverside Palliative Care, and Riverside Hospice Care.

Interment will take place at Peninsula Memorial Park. Given the restrictions placed on public gatherings at this time, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made in Ron’s name to the Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center, 4205 Victoria Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23669.

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

Leon T. “L. T.” Vaughan III. Lt. Col. (USAF/Ret)

Leon T. “L. T.” Vaughan III, Lt. Col. (USAF/Ret) passed from this life on December 17, 2020. L.T. grew up in Hilton Village section of Newport News, where he attended Warwick High School, graduating with the class of 1956. After High school, he attended Virginia Tech where he was in the Corp of Cadets. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned in the united States Air force.

After teaching English at Warwick High School for a year he entered the Air Force where he served on active duty for 23 years. He attended pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona and earned his silver pilot’s wings in 1962. He was a troop carrier-transport pilot and flew missions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia in addition to missions flown in the United States. In the late 60’s during the Viet Nam conflict, L.T. flew for three and a half years in South East Asia. He retired as a Lt. Colonel.

L.T. had a great affection for the United States Air Force and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Since 1981, L.T. has lived on the Peninsula near his home town of Hilton Village where he has been an active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. He was preceded in death by his Father, Leon T. Vaughan Jr., his mother Eileen Winn Vaughan, and his son William Scott Vaughan. Hs is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Lail Vaughan, his daughter, Cynthia Lynn Vaughan, granddaughter Ashley Nicole Bennett and brother, Douglas Haynes Vaughan.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Salvation Army or the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.

Due to the Covid virus funeral arrangements are being postponed until a later date.

David Earl Dodrill

David Earl Dodrill, 63, passed away on December 20, 2020. He grew up in Richwood, West Virginia and was a resident of Newport News for 46 years. He began his business in 1980 and was the successful owner of David’s Towing and Tire.

David is preceded in death by his mother, Alma Givens; father, Earl Hugh Dodrill; sister, Susie Dodrill; father figure, Rich Richardson; and brother-in-law, Johnny Meadows. He is survived by his partner, Lisa Ellis; daughter, Casey Jones and her husband, Christos; his fur daughter, Fionna; sister, Glenda Meadows; and niece, Marsha Meadows and her children, Cierra and Jaylon.

A private memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. To view the service please go to www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video.

Aldo C. Arena

Aldo C. Arena, 68, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020. He was a Hampton resident for the past 34 years. Aldo retired from the U. S. Air Force as TSgt. and later retired as Sergeant of the Hampton Sheriff’s Department. He was a faithful member of Parkview Church of God in Hampton.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Linda M. Arena; sons, Tony Arena of Cleveland, TN, and Michael Arena and wife, Abbie of Fayetteville, NC; sister, Josephine Arena of Daytona, FL; brothers, Patrick Arena of Palm Coast, FL, and Vito Arena of Harrisburg, NC; and granddaughter, Aria Jane Arena.

Due to occupancy restrictions during this time, a private family funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. To view the service, visit www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video.

Michele Lea Williamson

On December 12, 2020, Michele Lea Williamson, 50, formerly of Newport News, Va. quietly passed away at her home in Spotsylvania, Va.

Michele accomplished many things during her short life. She earned her licensing in Insurance, Securities, and Financial Advising. She was a proud member of The Peninsula Women’s Network and a leader for women in the workplace at Siemens Automotive Corp. She also worked in support of the homeless and dog rescue organizations.
Michele loved life and lived it fully. When doing something, Michele believed in doing it right. She had a passion for cutting stained glass, flying biplanes, music, her fur babies, and the beach. She cherished her friends and family, being a protector and a source of joy and laughter. Mostly, Michele’s greatest love was for her wife.

Michele was preceded in death by her father, William I. Williamson, and her grandparents, Reba and Edith Hedgpeth. Michele is survived by her wife, Kathleen Williamson, daughter, Meghan Moreno, son-in-law, Ricardo Moreno, daughter, Brittany Jackson, grandchildren, Ricardo, Kayden, Gabriel, Braxton, and Mary Jayne. She is also survived by her mother, Brenda Williamson, her beloved and inseparable identical twin, Kimberly Williamson, brother-in-law, Gregory Atkins, sister, Cathy Williamson, aunts, Peggy Hedgpeth, and Tammy Zwiefelhofer, uncle, Douglas Zwiefelhofer, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Michele also left behind her four-legged children, Zuzu, Bacon, and Jack.

Friends are invited to pay their respects to Michele from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.  A private funeral service will be held December 23 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with interment following in Peninsula Memorial Park. The funeral service will be live-streamed at the funeral home’s website www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video. Facial masks and social distancing will be required.   In lieu of flowers, donations in Michele’s name can be made to any dog rescue organization.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Willard Castle

Willard Castle, 83, of Yorktown, VA passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020. He was born in Estill, Kentucky and later settled in Yorktown. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Willard is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Betty; his children, Tammy Stough (Mark) of Richmond, VA, and Deanna Huhak of Newport News, VA; and grandchildren, Matthew Stough, and Hayley Dolan (Kyle) of Richmond, VA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hazen and Inez Adams.

As a young man, Willard was employed at the shipyard and obtained his associate’s degree, leading to a 28-year career at Auto Body Shop at New Horizons Technical School as a vocational instructor. He was a mentor for future auto body shop owners throughout the Peninsula area.

Willard was a man of many talents and enjoyed an active life. In his younger years he was a stock car drag racer and later became an avid NASCAR fan. He was a lifelong fisherman, winning many citations over his years and was happy to have shared those experiences with his grandchildren. Being a jack-of-all trades and a self-taught man, he was proud to share his many accomplishments with his family.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. Interment will follow at Hampton-Veterans Memorial Gardens. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

The family suggests memorial contributions, in memory of Willard Castle, be made to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Ethel Filczer Rogatz Krinick

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, Ethel Filczer Rogatz Krinick passed away. She was an incredibly warm, outgoing, giving person who welcomed and was welcomed by all she met.   Ethel Filczer was born in 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, one of five children of George S. Filczer and Rose T. Filczer. When she was six years old, the family moved to Wood Dale, Illinois where she grew up. She married Alvin Rogatz in 1953 who she met while they worked for Zenith Radio in Chicago and, together they moved to Newport News, Virginia in 1955 where they raised their three children and made many wonderful friends that would last a lifetime.
Raising three children born within three years of each other kept her very busy but that is how she liked it. She was always busy doing something. She was a doer. If not driving her children all over town in a wood panel station wagon and the later embarrassingly in an AMC Pacer while singing along with the radio out of key, she was driving cancer patients to treatment or cerebral palsy children to school. Ethel was a great cook and would frequently make things at home instead of buying at a store if she thought she could do it better or healthier no matter how long it took. She perfected many of her mother-in-law’s traditional recipes and then passed those down to her children and grandchildren. With all that wonderful food in the house, she took to jogging around the first floor to keep in shape.

Ethel was also very active outside the home. She loved to travel and visited much of Europe as well as most of the United States. She was a life member of the National Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah and held various offices in both organizations.
When Alvin died in 2002, she was very fortunate to connect with longtime friend Martin Krinick and they were married in 2005. She and Martin loved to share many dinners and laughs with her family and Martin’s daughter Cathy. She loved playing Monopoly and other board games and doing crossword puzzles with her grandchildren and listening to British comedies with the television as loud as possible.

Ethel leaves behind her three children, Terry Rogatz of Newport News, Virginia, Jeffrey Fisher Rogatz (Sarah) of Wilmington, Delaware, and Janet Rogatz Kruger (Scott) of Williamsburg, Virginia as well as Martin’s daughter, Cathy Krinick, and sister, Carol Wolf of Wood Dale, Illinois, and many nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren, the source of pride and joy for her, are Nathan Rogatz, Henry Rogatz, and Daniel Kruger. Each of her grandchildren has a large dose of Ethel’s joyful spirit in them to carry it into the future.

A private funeral will be held. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be to the National Council of Jewish Women of Hampton Roads, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

James Ralph Clements

James Ralph Clements, 84, passed away on December 11, 2020, at his home in Hampton VA. He was preceded in rest by his mother, Emily Parr Gardner and his father, Harrison Lenwood Clements;  brothers George Parr and Robert Clements, and daughter Christina Marie.
James is survived by his daughters, Deborah Kennell (Tim), Susie Beattie,  Mary Ellen Harper (Rick), Janice Rae Robbins, and Betty Jo Bateman (Shawn); grandchildren, Chris Kennell (Crystal), Sarah Church (Karl), Michael Beattie (Jennifer). Josh Beattie, Emily Beattie, Amanda Roquemore (Julian) and Carol Ann Harper; great-grandchildren, Zara and Dustin Church Mayce Beattie and Bryan Kennell; sisters, Louise Anderson and Irma Youngblood; and many nieces and nephews.

He was a friend to all and never met a stranger. James had some very special friends and caregivers – Sheila Little, Dr. Ryan Kasky, and Riverside Hospice who were always there for him.

A graveside service will be held Monday, December 21 at 2 p.m. at Albert G Horton Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk VA 23434.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.
Memorial contributions can be made to Riverside Hospice, 12420 Warwick Blvd., Suite 6e, Newport News, VA 23606  or Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, 5843 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA 23605 (www.nnva.gov/2311/Peninsula-Regional-Animal-Shelter/).

Brenda Carol (Oakley) Drury

Brenda Carol (Oakley) Drury passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA.   She was born on May 1, 1945, in Durham, NC, the daughter of the late Manley S. Oakley and Maggie D. Oakley.   Carol graduated from Durham High School in 1963.  For over thirty years, she was employed with Civil Service in Durham, NC; Newport News, VA; Long Beach, CA; and Panama City, FL.  Following her retirement in 2002, she returned from Florida to her home in Newport News.

Carol Drury is survived by her husband, Bernard J. Drury of Newport News, VA; son, Steven Troy Whitley of Buxton, NC; sister, Shirley Oakley Watkins and husband, Wayne of Durham; grandchildren, Austin Dean Whitley of Rocky Mount, NC; Jackson Troy Whitley of Mammoth, WY; Dory Lee Whitley, and Marina Wind Whitley of Buxton, NC; nieces, Susan Hand and Amy Watkins of Durham; and several cousins; step-sons, Duane Drury, Mark Drury, Brian Drury of Southern Maryland, and Jason Drury (recently deceased); step-sister, Cynthia Fields and husband, John; and step-brother, Leonard Drury of Southern Maryland.  She is also survived by her friend of many years, Marcella Griffin of Poquoson, VA.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at the Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News VA.  Interment will follow at St. Luke’s Cemetery, 14477 Benns Church Blvd, Smithfield, VA.   Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, one can make a donation to the American Heart Association or charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

Marvin Donald Wassmer

Marvin Donald Wassmer, born May 30, 1938, passed peacefully from this life on December 12, 2020, in the loving company and care of his wife. The joyful reunion he experienced afterwards with his sweet parents and younger brother was something with which he had long anticipated with great love and excitement. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Marvin met the love of his life, Elaine, at a church dance where he fell head over heels in love with her. They were later married on September 6, 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple. You could spot them dancing together throughout life on any dance floor. Together, they had two children, Suzanne and Jeffrey. Marvin loved his family and enjoyed supporting them at their activities and events.

Marvin had a great love for music, as it filled his soul with joy and peace. Although a quiet man, music was the language of his soul. You could always find him tapping his fingers or feet to an unheard beat. Joy could be found on his face anytime that you found him at the piano or while he was listening to his favorite tunes.

Marvin proudly served his country in the Utah National Guard from 1956 to 1962, during which time he played the French horn. He also worked at the Union Pacific Railroad for the majority of his career. Additionally, Marvin was an avid scouter with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed many years serving at the unit, district and council levels. He was awarded scouting’s Silver Beaver award recognizing his many years of volunteer service. He celebrated life by enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

Marvin is survived by his beautiful wife, Elaine Wassmer; daughter, Suzanne Unsworth (DJ); son, Jeffrey Wassmer (Tori); brother, Gary Wassmer (June); 6 grandchildren and their spouses; and 10 great- grandchildren. He is loved beyond words and the memories of times shared with him will forever be treasured by his family and friends.

An intimate private service for family will be held in Salt Lake City Utah prior to interment.

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

Micheal Richard Tam

Micheal Richard Tam, 72, passed away suddenly on December 11, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Andi; sister, Christine Dodson; daughter, Nicole Wyers; grandsons, Zac, Jacob, Nathan, Cooper and Chase; and nieces, Holly Hawley, Shannon Makocki and Delaney Dodson.

Mr. Tam retired from the United States Navy in 1993 as a Master Chief Hospital Corpsman. He enlisted at the age of 17 and soon after went to Vietnam to serve with the Marines of Hotel 2/7. His close relationship with those men lasted the rest of his life. He was awarded the Silver Star for valor during this time. He served on ships, at overseas duty stations, and on the east coast at hospitals and medical clinics. He retired as the Command Master Chief of the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth.

Mr. Tam kept close ties with his many friends from school and the military. He was a loyal friend to many people. He was a loving husband, brother, brother-in-law, father, grandfather, and uncle. In his final years he devoted himself to his family who he loved fiercely. He helped them grow into the best versions of themselves and they filled his life with pride, joy and love.

Funeral services and burial will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors.  Due to COVID restrictions, facial masks and social distancing will be required.

Alice Leona Hays Maguire

Alice Leona Hays Maguire passed away peacefully on December 11, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Owen William Maguire; her daughter, Ellyn Rubczak; and two grandchildren. Alice was one of 19 children born of the late Henry Hays and Mary Spence Hays. She is survived by five children, Michael, Joseph, Jennifer and Alan Maguire and Linda Bennett; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Mrs. Lois Obrien.

In the course of her 90 years, Alice was one of the kindest, gentlest persons imaginable. A registered nurse, Alice was always a loving caregiver who welcomed everyone in her home. She was exceptionally humble, compassionate, and selfless, always focusing on supporting and helping others. She served in the nursery at Calvary Baptist Church where she was a member for many years. She cared for friends and neighbors during times of illness. Alice loved music and instilled that love in all her family. She also enjoyed painting, crocheting, and many other crafts and was an excellent seamstress. Alice will be dearly remembered and missed but remains forever in our hearts.

A visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Blvd., in Newport News, followed with a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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

Joyce Jeanette Earley

Joyce Jeanette Earley, 81, a resident of Hampton VA, passed away suddenly on November 17, 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Lance M. Earley, and her son, Lance G. Earley. Joyce is survived by her daughter-in-law, Linda Powell; grandchildren, Danielle and Travis Earley, and Jolene Dupuis; great-grandchildren, William Towson V and Travis Earley, Jr.; sisters, Sue Cole and June Author; sister-in-law, Kathy Hawkins; and many nieces and nephews. Joyce was a loving mother, sister, grandma and friend. She will be missed by many.

A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, in Newport News. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Alvin C. Norman, Sr.

Alvin C. Norman, Sr. went to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 11, 2020. He was 85. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Alvin and Pearl Norman; in-laws, Horace and Vivian Underwood; and brother-in-law, Cecil Underwood.

He met his sweetheart, Barbara Underwood at Newport News High School in 1953. Three years later they were married (for 64 years), having four children, Al Jr., Cathy LaRussa (Mike), Denise Peel (Scott), and Martha Sullivan (Joe). They had 12 grandchildren, Jake, Austin, Nick and Troy Norman, Mike, Bryan (Corie) and Blake (BryAnna) LaRussa, Scott, Matthew and Allison Peel, and Joe and Sophie Sullivan; great-grandchildren, twins Cole and Brynlee LaRussa; and pet labradoodle, Cody. He is survived by brothers, Tommy (Carol) and Barry (Marcia); brother-in-law, Horace (Pat) Underwood; and sister-in-law, Linda Underwood.

Alvin served in leadership roles and as Sunday School teacher for 35 years at his church. He played baseball for Newport News High school, American Legion, Apprentice School, Tri County league and Newport News Dodgers semi-pro team. Alvin worked as a design engineer with Newport News Shipyard and retired in 2001 from Civil Service. He spent his retirement enjoying his beloved family, the grandchildren’s sporting events and many family celebrations.

The family will celebrate Alvin’s life at 1:30 on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Denbigh United Presbyterian Church. The Service may be viewed live at 1:30 or later by going to Facebook.com/denbighpres. Donations may be made to the church in honor of Alvin.

Anna “Polly” Justice Bailey

Anna “Polly” Justice Bailey, 95, died Monday, November 30, 2020.

Polly was born in Clyde, North Carolina on February 12, 1925.  Her parents were Virgil Hurst

and Lyda Justice. She had two younger sisters, Louise and Maxine, an older brother, Virgil Hurst, Jr., and two younger brothers, Earl and Charles. She put her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord when she was 11 years old. She was a 1942 graduate of Clyde High School. She was loved by all of her classmates and was known as the champion dressmaker in Home Ec. One close friend wrote in Polly’s ninth-grade autograph book that Polly lived her life in a way that honored Jesus Christ.

She moved with her family to Newport News. After graduating from business college, she worked for the Bank of Hampton Roads and later in secretarial positions at NASA from which she retired.  She married Donald Knight Bailey in July 1948. They were truly in love and inseparable all of their 60-year marriage. They had a son, Tom Bailey of Newport News.

Her husband, Don, was born in Newport News and was a 1938 graduate of Newport News High School and then the Shipyard Apprentice School. Don graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA degree in history. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, who served in the Philippines toward the end of WWII. Don retired from Sears & Roebuck in 1985, after 33 years of service, receiving top salesman awards.

Don and Polly joined Temple Baptist in 1951 and served faithfully in various ways. Don was a Sunday School teacher and department director, deacon chairman, and head usher. Polly taught Sunday School to preteen girls for a while, served on a pastor search committee, participated in the Women’s Missionary Union, and various leadership positions. Don and Polly always supported their pastors, church staff, and fellow church members. They and the church members lived a committed Christian life that influenced their son Tom to receive Jesus as his Savior, too, at almost eight years old. Don and Polly also served in the Gideons International, helping to distribute Bibles. They took their son with them on a trip to Israel led by Dr. J. Walter Martin, Pastor of Temple Baptist Church in July 1969.

Later in life, her son found out that Mom was secretly helping friends and people in need with gifts of food and other “behind the scenes” acts of service and hospitality (See Matthew 6:1-4). This made him love and appreciate her even more. She was known as an excellent cook, especially for her homemade pound cakes. Mom served in other community organizations, sometimes in leadership. Her son Tom was close to her and appreciated getting to know her many friends who loved and respected her. In her family, she sought to bless her husband and son before her needs were met. Don and Polly were always supportive and proud of their son as he attended college and seminary, served in various ministries, and worked in education and real estate.Don died in 2008. While Mom was a widow for 12 years, her son Tom stayed with her and made sure she lived well. Tom says, “When you honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16), you can be the best of friends and enjoy each other’s company. When she could no longer drive, he took her everywhere with him. She enjoyed not being alone and having an adventurous life with her friends and his.”

“Recently it became Mom’s time to go to heaven. She slowed down and needed in-home hospice. My wife and I took care of her those last few weeks and spent much time praying, reading the Bible, and singing hymns to her. She heard us. I was with her as she quietly transitioned to her ‘abundant entrance’ into heaven (I Peter 1:11). I will never be the same because she knew Jesus, and Jesus had known her as His faithful follower for a long time.

For a follower of Jesus, the moment of death is ‘to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.’ (2 Corinthians 5:8).”

Polly, on her and Don’s sides of the family, is survived by many nephews, nieces, their families, and other relatives. When Tom married Sue in May 2018, Polly became an instant grandmother and great-grandmother to Sue’s six children and all of her many grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Temple Baptist Church in Newport News on Saturday, December 19.  There will be a sacred concert 1:00-1:30 pm, with funeral service starting at 1:30 pm, and a brief graveside service at Peninsula Memorial Park at 3:00 pm. (COVID guidelines will be followed including facial masks and social distancing. We plan on video taping all of these related events, which we are working on presenting live or later on Face Book.)

In lieu of  flowers, please send donations to Temple Baptist Church or The Gideons International. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Mary L. Hux

Mary L. Hux of Yorktown, VA passed away on Dec. 6, 2020 at the age of 95 years young.  She was born in Nash, N.C. in 1925.  Mary was the loving mother of Glynda Anne Whalen, James Baker Hux, William Clay Hux (Jan), and Kemp Allen Hux (Kim).  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.  Mary loved watching snowfalls in winter, but enjoyed springtime even more and watching her flowers bloom.  She is now resting peacefully with her family that have passed on before her, who she spoke of frequently.  Mary will forever be missed by all that knew her.  We will always love you.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News.  Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Lottie Mae Cannon

Lottie Mae Cannon, 98, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reginald C. Cannon, and grandson, Larry W. Zimmerman, Jr. Lottie is survived by her son, Larry W. Zimmerman, Sr. (Maxine); granddaughter, Lori Ann Wiseman (Bruce); great-grandchildren, Megan Wiseman, Laken Conger (Michael), Bethany Wiseman, Zechariah Wiseman, and Brittany Barnes (PJ); and step-grandchildren, Steve Freeman and Laurie Maitland.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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

Caitlin Paige Gary

Caitlin Paige Gary, 25, passed away on December 3, 2020. She was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula and a graduate of Tabb High School and Radford University. Caitlin was a nursing recruiter for Riverside Regional Medical Center and also a Beauty Influencer for Farmasi. She was a member of Northside Christian Church.

Caitlin was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jerry and Cecelia Clemons and Carl Adamo. She is survived by her husband, Ryan Gary; parents, Jeff and Caroline Clemons; sister, Madison Clemons; grandmother, Carol Adamo; fur babies, Maxx and Mia; uncles and aunts, Scott and Jennifer Clemons and Suzanne and Kevin Herman; cousins, Joshua and Rachel Clemons and Jordan McAuliffe (Dalton); in-laws, Kim and Ryan McLamb; sister-in-law, Rachel Gary (Alex); and grandmother-in-law, Barbara Coffield.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, at Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, VA 23693. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Relay for Life.

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

Ada Mae Freeman Tew

Ada Mae Freeman Tew, born in Newport News on January 9, 1925, passed away peacefully at the age of 95 at Mary Immaculate Hospital on December 4, 2020. She resided on the Peninsula her whole life. Ada was a life member of Parkview Baptist Church and was a good and faithful servant who had a heart for missions. She loved the Women’s Missionary Union, and led a WMU Circle. Ada taught Girls-in-Action, formally known as the Girls’ Auxiliary, and also served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She retired from the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Her hobbies included loving her family, crocheting and cooking.

Ada was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Tew; son, Jerry Lee Tew; parents, Herbert Lendo Freeman, Sr. and Emma Jeanette Park Freeman; siblings, Herbert Lendo Freeman, Jr. and wife Mildred Turlington Freeman and his ex-wife, Louise Vann Freeman; and brother, Robert Lee Freeman and wife Dorothy Crossman Freeman. She is survived by her son, Edward John Tew and wife Jacqueline Moore Tew; grandchildren, Benjamin Tew and wife Nikki, Andrew Tew and wife Katie, Caron Daniels and husband Greg, and Mark, Chad, and Ryan Tew; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Betty Alma Freeman Kelly; daughter-in-law, Connie Dawson Tew; and multiple nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed and loved by all.

A visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Boulevard, in Newport News. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the church, conducted by Pastor Rusty Beck. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Contributions may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Mission Offering in care of Parkview Baptist Church.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to those at the Hamilton York Convalescent Center of the Virginia Health Services. We understand this has been a difficult time during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Pastor Bruce John Hoose

Pastor Bruce John Hoose, 73, passed away on December 5, 2020. He was a native of Albany, New York and a resident of Newport News for 6 years where he was Pastor of Charity Independent Baptist Church, also for 6 years. Bruce served in the U.S. Navy and received the Purple Heart.

Pastor Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, John Ashley and Betty Hilton; and sister, Penny. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anna C. Hoose; daughters, Tammy Trinkle, Nicole Purcell, and Vanessa Cimbron; sons, Chad and Matthew Hoose; grandchildren, Timothy Trinkle, John Trinkle, Grace Trinkle, Kinsley Hoose, James Trinkle, Ari Cimbron, Hudson Hoose, and Alyssa Hoose; great-grandson, Tucker Trinkle; sisters, Inez and Pam; brothers, Brian and Craig; and cousin, Ronny.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Charity Independent Baptist Church, 39 Harpersville Road, in Newport News. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 11, at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, in Suffolk. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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

Norman Hart Palmer, Jr.

Norman Hart Palmer, Jr., 99, died peacefully on Friday, December 4, 2020, at Riverside Hospital. He was born in Spartanburg, S.C., on November 6, 1921, to Norman Hart and Esther Cooper Palmer.  At the age of 8, his family moved to Ridgeway, S. C.

In 1938, Norman attended Clemson College, studying electrical engineering. In June 1942, at Fort Jackson, S.C., he enlisted in the Army Air Force as an Aviation Cadet. He was called to active duty in January 1943. After training in Lakeland, FL., Courtland, AL. and Craig Field, AL. where he received his coveted silver wings, Norman received instruction in flying P-47’s at Hammond, LA.  In Nov. 1943, Norman was commissioned 2Lt. rated as a pilot.  In 1944, he boarded the H.M.S. Mauritania bound for Liverpool, England. After processing in Stone and Liverpool, he was moved to Lymington, England, where he joined the 10th Fighter Squadron. Carentan, Normandy, was his next airfield, followed by Orley, Lyon, Laon, and Ochey, France.  It was in Ochey that he and his fellow pilots formed a dance band, Norman playing the piano and greatly enjoyed entertaining at a local hospital. His final assignments were Giebelstadt and Mannheim, Germany.  Lieutenant Palmer flew 106 sorties and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 20 oak leaf clusters to the Air Medal.

Norman remained with the Air Force, serving as a jet pilot instructor (T-33’s and F-80’s) and supervisor of pilot training; as Management Analysis Officer and Chief of the Evaluation Division, Management Analysis Directorate HQ TAC. Lt. Col. Palmer retired from the Air Force as Assistant Director Management Analysis HQ TAC while stationed at Langley Air Force Base in 1965, where he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service. He returned to the Air Force in 1966 as civilian Chief of a Management Analysis division, retiring in 1994.

Norman attended the Naval War College, Clemson University, University of Maryland, and George Washington University where he received a master’s degree with honors in Business Administration.

During retirement, Norman was devoted to his family, St. Andrews, and his church family. He served on the Vestry and was a Stephen Minister, a lay one-to-one ministry that he deeply enjoyed.

In 1945, Norman met the love of his life, Anne Chaffin Doty of Winnsboro, South Carolina, whom he married on Aug. 30, 1950. Following 69 treasured years, Anne predeceased Norman in 2019. He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth (Doty) and Susan and her husband, Stephen Kelliher and their children, Caitlin and Stephen Kelliher, his wife, Mekio, and their son, Logan Kelliher. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Palmer Milling, and her husband, Bob Hubbard of Charlotte and Mark Doty of Bishopville, brother of his wife, Anne. Norman was blessed to know and enjoy the company of each of his many nieces and nephews and their children.

A service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church when all attendance limitations are lifted. The interment will follow at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeway, S.C.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Norman’s love of beautiful music, please make donations to “The Music Fund” of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 45 Main St. Newport News, VA. 23601.
God speed, Starry 5!
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Shirley “Susie” Sheree Luntsford

Shirley “Susie” Sheree Luntsford, 64, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  She was a native of Newport News and attended Denbigh Christian Church.  Susie worked in Supply for NAF Ft. Eustis, VA.  She moved to the sunny state of Florida to explore new ventures and enjoy the beautiful beaches.  Later, she returned to Virginia to assist with her mother’s care.

Susie loved her family and she made an impact on each and everyone she touched.  She enjoyed baking, gardening, crafts, Coca Cola, and sweets.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Luntsford, father, Jesse James White, Jr., brother, James Wayne White, and maternal and paternal grandparents.  Susie is survived by her children, Jessie, Crystal, and Tara Luntsford of Florida; two grandchildren, Jazmyne Carmichael and Jordan Turner of Florida; mother, Shirley F. White; sister, Diane White Jackson (Walter); brother Johnnie Ray White (Twyla Kay); and numerous nieces and nephews

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 10, at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Pastor Matt Ferguson.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

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

Patricia A. Taylor

Patricia A. Taylor, 78, of Newport News, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020. She was a devoted wife and mother, an enterprising finance professional, and a tireless, resourceful, and decorated community advocate. Hailing from Emerson, Georgia, she was the first member of her family to attend college.  Working her way through school, she graduated from LaGrange College (GA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Economics.  She started her professional career at Lockheed supporting the C-5 program in Marietta, GA. It was there she met the love of her life, “Big Al” Taylor. They were married in Rosarito Beach, Mexico in 1966.

After moving to Newport News in 1970, she supported the NASA Viking (Mars) Program.  She also served in financial management roles at Noland Company and Christopher Newport University before starting Taylor Printing and Graphics.  She was active in many professional organizations including the Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Patricia had a life-long passion for helping others and actively supported many civic groups. She was an executive board member of the Peninsula Crime Line and the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. Patricia served on numerous city commissions including the Newport News Youth Services Commission and supported the “Every 15 Minutes” program.  She was a long-time member and officer of several Lions Clubs and cofounded a Braille Rally to provide unique experiences for the sight-impaired community.  Patricia was a member and officer of the local Sports Car Club of America chapter.  More recently, she served in local and state leadership roles in the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

In 2007, President George W. Bush personally recognized her with the presentation of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  After meeting with President Bush, she had the opportunity to tour Air Force One.
“Ms. Pat” was preceded in death by her husband, Allan H. Taylor.  She is survived by her son, Robert A. Taylor (Ally) of Manassas, VA; her ward, Amanda M. Lanham (Bobby and son Xavier) of Manassas, VA and her brother, Charles P. Lanham of Emerson, GA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peninsula Crime Line (vapeninsulacrimestoppers.com) or Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula (https://www.bagclub.com/).

The family wishes to thank Sharon Chambliss and the Keator/O’Neill family for their invaluable support and assistance as loving caregivers and neighbors.
Due to COVID restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Judy Carol Gibson

Judy Carol Gibson (nee Wiggins) passed in her home on Tuesday, November 24th 2020 located in Williamsburg, VA due to long term illness. She was 74.

Mrs. Gibson was retired from Colonial Williamsburg.

Mrs. Gibson is survived by her Sons Russell Murphy of Williamsburg, Richard Murphy of Arlington, VA and Andrew Gibson of Williamsburg. Daughters Kimberly Morton, Kerry Murphy and Daughter-in-law Dorothea all of Williamsburg. Her Sister Elizabeth Robinson of Newport News. Five Grandchildren (Asa, Charles, Christopher, Ben and Melissa) and Five Great Grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, William; her sisters, Martha LaFlash and Francis Wiggins, and her Parents Lt Col Eugene Wiggins (USAF RET) & Alice Wiggins.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for the Spring in Mrs. Gibson’s honor. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the James City Community Church.

Anna Bailey

Anna Bailey passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020 at the age of 95.  A Funeral Service will be held at Temple Baptist Church on Saturday, December 19, at 1:30 p.m.  A full obituary will run on Sunday, December 13. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

J. Edward Peeples

J. Edward Peeples, 90, a Newport News native and life-long resident,  passed away at his residence at The Chesapeake on December 2, 2020. Edward was born on February 4, 1930, to Paul A. and Elizabeth Wright Peeples.  He lived most of his life on 57th Street, attended Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, graduated (Valedictorian) from Newport News High School, Class of 1947, and attended the College of William and Mary, Class of 1952.  He served two years in the U.S. Army.  Edward’s work career spanned 34 years at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Atomic Power Division, where he began work on the development of the USS Enterprise and ended his career when the Enterprise returned for overhaul.

From childhood, Edward was a faithful and active member of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Newport News.  He was elected and served as Deacon, Elder, taught Sunday School, later sang in the choir, and researched, wrote, and published the “Centennial History of First Presbyterian Church 1883-1983”.   Following the church’s closing, he joined First United Methodist Church, Hilton, where he was active through 2016.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Paul and David.  He is survived by his nephew, Mark David Peeples, and his sister-in-law, Frances Peeples of Newport News.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. David Parker, at Peninsula Memorial Park, Mausoleum Chapel.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

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

Hilda Kathleen Tyree Snapp

Hilda Kathleen Tyree Snapp, 90, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, unexpectedly went into the arms of her Lord on November 27, 2020.

Hilda was full of life until the very end, with a great sense of humor and a heart for her family and friends. She never said no to anyone in need and lived a life of sacrifice and service. Always humble, she would go the extra mile to give support and encouragement to all who crossed her path. Her strong work ethic was a shining example for her children and her strength of character was a model for all she touched.

Hilda was born in Vesuvius, Virginia in 1930, the firstborn of William Edward and Neva Hays Tyree. She grew up on Cypress Farm near Fairfield in a multigenerational household that included her grandparents and several aunts and uncles. She loved the farming life which no doubt instilled her habit of getting up at 4:30 AM every single day! In 1947, her parents left the farming life and moved to Newport News, Virginia. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1948 and went to work at the C&P Telephone Company as an operator. There she began a lifetime career advancing through many departments and retiring as an operations manager after 38 years of loyal service. But retirement did not end her service to the telephone company community as she joined the Telephone Pioneers, serving that organization for over 30 years in many capacities including President. Her dedication over the years was so valued the Pioneers recognized her in 2018 with a Special Service Award, created just for Hilda. Hilda also served the community as an election poll worker for 20 years and volunteered with several charities serving local school children and disabled veterans. After retirement, she became an avid bowler for the Pioneers bowling league until 2010, only quitting because they relocated the league to Hampton.

Last year Hilda celebrated 70 years of marriage that produced three children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a lifetime of love, joy, harmony, and a legacy of servant leadership. While Hilda was dedicated to her career, she always found time to be a fully involved wife and mother. She attended every ball game, recitals, and school events, cheering on her children and grandchildren in their many sports and activities. Her other legacy is her service to the church. Hilda joined Fairfield United Methodist Church as a child and Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church in 1962 where she served as a teacher of the Methodist Youth Fellowship for many years and was ever-present with her beloved husband, Penn, in the second pew for 50 years. Hilda was truly a Proverbs 31 woman.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Maurice Penn Snapp, son, Ronald Penn Snapp, grandson, Michael Ryan Snapp, and sister Doris Lee Tyree Reynolds. Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Constance Snapp DeBord and her husband David DeBord of Virginia Beach, and Bonnie Snapp Blount and her husband Ron Blount of Suffolk; grandson Adam Penn Snapp and his wife Emily of Virginia Beach; daughter-in-law, Trish Todd Snapp of Virginia Beach; her beloved grandchildren, Esther and Hannah DeBord and Joshua and Jeremy Blount; and her great-grandchildren, Michael Penn and Georgia Ann Snapp. Additionally, she leaves behind nephews, Bill Reynolds of Williamsburg and Garland and Scott Smith, both of Winchester, VA.

On Saturday, December 5, 2020, Hilda will lie in state at Peninsula Funeral Home, from 11:00 a.m. until noon, with funeral services following, conducted by Hilda’s cousin, Rev. Michael Snider of Rockbridge, Virginia. Please see www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video for live-streaming.  Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery, with a service conducted by her son-in-law, Dr. David DeBord.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required at both services.

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

Geraldine Richardson Crim

Geraldine Richardson Crim, 88, passed away at her home on Sunday, November 29, 2020.  She was a native of Hampton, Virginia and a resident for 77 years.  Geraldine was employed as a line supervisor for Allied-Bendix for 21 years.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Keith Crim; son, Dale Wayne Crim; father, John Hazel Richardson; mother, Carmel Shirley (Branson) Richardson; and siblings, Eleanor Overstreet (Richardson), wife of Robert Overstreet, John Thomas Richardson, husband of Paula (Black), Shirley Marlene  Carver (Richardson), wife of Frank Carver, Wanda Delores Leedy (Richardson), Jackie Winfred Richardson, husband of Brenda (Mann), James Howard Richardson, husband of Sandy (Lambert), and Joseph Carvin Richardson.

She is survived by her son, Bruce Erwin Crim and wife, Sandra (Cooley) of Virginia; daughter-in-law, Gail (Dull), wife of Dale W. Crim; brother, Jeffrey Leroy Richardson and wife, Barbara (Turner) of North Carolina; grandchildren, Vanessa C. Barba (Crim) and husband, Edimario of California, Edward D. Crim of Nevada, Keith D. Crim and fiancée, Amanda Robidoux of Maine, Jenna I. Ash (Crim) and husband, Adam of Pennsylvania; Brandon M. Crim and wife, Stephanie (Sauer) of Virginia, and Lailah I. Randolph (Crim) and wife, Ashleigh of Virginia; and great-grandchildren, Kayla Acosta (Crain) and husband, Dominic of Texas, Sarah E. Crim of Oregon, Lilliana E. Ash of Pennsylvania, Charlotte I. Ash of Pennsylvania, Ryleigh A. Crim of Virginia, Chloe J. Crim of Maine, Ava J. Crim of Maine, and McKennah G. Crim of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park.  Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Leona “Lee” Highlander Maynard

Leona “Lee” Highlander Maynard, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. She was born on Jan. 31, 1947 in Alderson, WV, and lived in Newport News her entire adult life. Lee was a devoted wife to the love of her life, Bubba, and a loving mother and grandmother to her three sons and four granddaughters.

Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Bubba” Maynard; her parents, Joe and Blanche Highlander; and her brothers, Delmore, Coleman “Coco”, and Joe Highlander. She is survived by her sons, Michael Rhodes of Williamsburg, Bryan Maynard and his wife Tina, of Newport News, and Kevin Maynard of Newport News; and her four granddaughters, Riley and Ragan Maynard, Amanda Maynard, and Lea Doyon.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park, with Pastor David Highlander officiating. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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

Dewey Nathan Sosebee

Dewey Nathan Sosebee of Hampton, Virginia passed on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 after a 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s. Nathan was born on December 8, 1948 in Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1968 where he met his wife Kathy Davis. He went on to Chowan College and then on to graduate from Christopher Newport College with a BS degree in Information Technology. He worked for many years at Howmet Corporation, Metro Information Service, Inc., and Smithfield Foods, Inc. He was a longtime resident of Hampton and lived in the Fox Hill area for the past 48 years.

Nathan was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey Sosebee and Ruth Palmer Sosebee. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathy Davis Sosebee; daughters, Cheryl McVicar (Scott) and Cindy Parrish (Todd); four granddaughters, Emma McVicar, Gabby Parrish, Ellie Parrish, and Addie Parrish; three step-grandsons, Josh, Jacob, and Jordan Parrish; three siblings, Carole Shaw (Dennis), Nancy Seay, and Jeff Sosebee (Marcia); nieces, Lisa Strickland Jones (Mike), Robin Strickland Greene (Kelly), and Madison Sosebee; nephew, Chris DeSaye (Jennifer); sister-in-law, Gwen Davis Allen; and extended family and friends in Virginia and Georgia.

Nathan played basketball from childhood until he was 55 and Alzheimer’s would no longer allow him to play. He was a member of the school basketball teams at Newport News High School, Chowan College, and CNC, and continued to play at the YMCA and in the community. He loved photography, skiing, sailing, biking, scuba diving, and the outdoors. Later in life he enjoyed playing guitar, horseback riding, and motorcycling. He volunteered in the community for various community projects throughout the years.

The family would like to thank Interim Hospice Group for their support and care they gave.

A visitation will be held Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and the funeral will be held on Friday, December 4, at 12:00pm, both at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. The service will be live-streamed at www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video. The committal will follow the service on December 4, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park.