Rita Arnett West
Rita Arnett West passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday March 26,2020 at age 49. Rita was a lifelong resident of Hampton, she attended Bethel High School where she made many lifelong friendships. She was a free spirit and enjoyed spending time with family and friends having cookouts, going to concerts and hanging out, she was a kind person who in the cloudiest of days would try to show sunshine. Rita was preceded in death by her grandparents, Curtis and Carolyn Arnette of Hampton, her soulmate, Bruce Ballard of Poquoson, her former husband and children’s father, Charles Thomas West III of Yorktown. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Charles Thomas West IV and Danielle Myree West, stepfather and mother, Alex and Jeannie Arnette Harmon, father Donald Homer Johnson, sisters, Carol Arnette, Michelle Veloso and Christina Phillips; great-aunt Ruth Ann Malcom, aunts Gay Arnette Watt, Martha Arnette Savage and Audrey Pryor, also a host of nieces, nephews, and friends who will love and miss her for eternity. Due to mandates in our state concerning any social gatherings, a memorial service will be held at a later date In lieu of flowers, her children encourage donations to be made in her name for funeral arrangement to Peninsula Funeral Home (757)595-4424
Elijah Patrick Williams
Elijah Patrick Williams was born on June 14, 2008 to parents Kiara Swope and Alex Williams; He gained his wings on Friday, March 27th, 2020. A fun-filled and inquisitive young man, Elijah was known to his family and friends as smart, loving, and kind. He was a 6th grade student at Hunter Andrews School in Hampton, Virginia. Some of his favorite pastime activities were playing with dinosaurs, Legos, and trains. He also enjoyed NASCAR racing. His favorite movie was Bad Boys and loved quoting with his mom, “We ride together, we die together” (Bad Boys For Life). Along with his parents, Elijah leaves to celebrate his life: his siblings Alexis, Morgan, Sariyah, and Kaiden; his grandparents Angela Reed, William Swope, Pearl and Alvin Williams, Larry and Nichole Wilson; great grandmothers Joan Austin and Shirley Thompson, special great grandmother Jackie “NuNu” Flowers; great- great grandmother Beulah Watson; special friends Wayne Johnson and Johnathan Coles; loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of other loving extended family members and friends.
A private viewing will be held on Sunday, March 29th at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, Virginia.
Any donations, flowers, or gifts please send to”: The family of Elijah Williams, c/o Kiara Swope, 7 Roundtree Circle, Hampton, Virginia 23661
Frances Hooker transitioned to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, March 27, 2020. She was born in Giles County, Tennessee and moved to Virginia in 1952 and she has resided in Newport News since 1958. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, William R. and Beatrice Tucker Tomerlin, and her two husbands, Walter B. Williams, Sr., and Guy D. Hooker. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newport News and regularly attended the Bithynia Sunday School class and the United Methodist Women Circle #4. Frances retired from the banking industry formerly known as Bank of Virginia, now Wells Fargo.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Imogene and John Deuchert, of Jeffersonville, Indiana; three sons, Walter B. Williams, Jr. (Lisa) of Hampton, Richard E. Williams (Cheryl) of Naples, FL, and Dewitt (Dee) Hooker (Lynn) of Oldsmar, Florida. Frances is also survived by one granddaughter, Misty Martin (Jon) (daughter of Walter Williams, Jr.) of Apache Junction, Arizona, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Frances loved nature, bird watching, her flowers and her walks. She will be missed but she is with her loved ones that preceded her.
Due to the pressing issue of COVID-19, there will be no public services, only a small immediate family graveside service to lay her to rest at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to those who helped make her final weeks peaceful, Riverside Hospice, 12420 Warwick Blvd., Suite 6E, Newport News, VA 23606, (757) 594-2745.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Charlotte Ann (Colegrove) Pickering
Charlotte Ann (Colegrove) Pickering set off on her final adventure on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 after a lifetime of them. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Nancy Colegrove.
Charlotte was born and raised in Ironton, Ohio on May 20th, 1954. She graduated from Ironton High School in 1972 and moved shortly after graduation to take a job with the FBI in Washington D.C., causing havoc in the city fountains with her roommates. In March of 1973, while taking a road trip home to Ohio, they stopped at 2:30 am to pick up two hitch-hiking Navy sailors on the side road crossing the Ohio River Bridge. She married one of them, Jeffrey Scott Pickering a year later, on August 24th, 1974. How they met was one of the families favorite and most told stories all 45 years of their marriage. In 1980 they welcomed their only child, Jennifer Ann, and moved to Newport News, Virginia in 1983. April of 2003 her grandson, Carl Joseph, was born, and the rest of the family became second fiddle. Charlotte was a great wife and mother, but she was a fantastic grandmother. There was nowhere they didn’t go in Nana and CJ’s Silver Bullet.
Charlotte worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher and at the American Legion Post 368 where she also did extensive volunteer work, both in the post and outside at the Veterans Hospital in Hampton, Virginia. Along with her husband she passed on her love of helping and caring for others to both her daughter and grandson. Working with veterans was a family activity for over 20 years, and she made many dear life-long friends.
Her independent spirit and love of new adventures led to many travels over the years. She loved to see and experience new things, appreciated every experience as a chance to learn, and saw beauty in the unique and different. She had infectious enthusiasm, a wanders soul, and a care givers heart. Whether it was taking a chance on a stranger on the side of the road, encouraging her daughter to feed homeless people while on vacation, or asking her grandson to draw her a tattoo design, she did it with her own loving flair.
Charlotte gave her family a lifetime of adventures and we are blessed to have been included in them. She is survived by her husband Jeff, her daughter and son-in law, Jennifer and Jacob Watts, her grandson CJ, her two brothers Ralph and James Colegrove of Ironton, Ohio, and many extended family and friends. Considering the current situation, memorial services have been postponed and the family would like to request in lieu of any flowers, to do what she loved best, spend quality time with people you love, laughing and making happy memories, and remembering her fondly.
Ronald Keith Suttle
Ronald Keith Suttle was born on February 14, 1951, in Newport News to the late Eunice R. Suttle and William “Billy” Suttle. Ronnie (aka Keith or Ron) passed away unexpectedly at Riverside Hospital on March 20, 2020, after a brief illness. He was 69 years old.
After graduating from Denbigh High School in 1969, Ronnie studied Chemistry at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana for two years. It was during his second year at NSU that he met and married the love of his life, Stephanie Jo Lord, a freshman from Abbeville, Louisiana that was pursuing a Sociology degree. They returned to Virginia in 1971 to make a home and raise a family.
Sergeant R. K. Suttle retired from the Newport News Police Department in 2005 after 33 years of public service to the residents of Newport News. For the first decade of his career Ronnie worked as many part time jobs as he could find, fished every body of water he could get access to, hunted squirrel, turkey and deer, dressed and packaged the fish and game to sustain his family during those years when his City salary alone did not cover basic living expenses for his family of four.
Luckily, he was blessed with innate mechanical reasoning abilities and performed machine maintenance chores himself. He could install, troubleshoot and fix any small and large appliance. He had enough construction experience to build fences, design and build garage additions, storage sheds, docks, install windows and doors. He built VW beetles from boxes of engine parts, and mismatched autobody parts to provide the family with a second car.
After retirement, Ronnie spent more quality time with the family and teaching grandchildren many of the necessary life skills that had served their parents so well. He outfitted his shop for woodworking, made a number of pieces for the family including a ball and claw coffee table. He took his high scores from the NNPD shooting range and began long range target and varmint shooting. When he tired of working with wood, he converted his woodshop to a machine shop and added gunsmithing to his list of hobbies.
His NNPD assignments and post retirement interests varied but his dedication to law enforcement was as constant as his unwavering commitment to his family. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Stephanie Suttle; daughter, Rachel Eichner (Michael); son, Brian Suttle (fiancé Shannon); sisters, Bonnie Jordan and Sue Holladay; five grandchildren, Connor, Brooke, Keira, Zachary, and Baby Girl Eichner (due April 10); uncle, Raymond Suttle, Sr. (Grace); nieces, Dawn Majors (Steve) and Emily Koye (David); nephew, Ryan Holladay (Amie); many cousins; extended family in Kentucky, Texas and Louisiana; close friends John D. Williams III (Celia), Jody Brock, Rick Pittinger (Adrienne) and Kay Chrissie.
Ronnie did not have the coronavirus (COV19), but during this world-wide pandemic his family supports the need to protect the wellbeing of the community. Accordingly, a private memorial service will be held for immediate family members on Monday, April 6, 2020, at 2:00 pm EST in the chapel at Peninsula Funeral Home. The memorial will be live streamed on the web, guests are invited to view the event as it takes place on the date and time above at the following website: www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video. John D. Williams will officiate the memorial service. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Any donation made IN MEMORY OF Ronald Suttle will be earmarked specifically for the “Fallen First Responder Home Program,” which builds houses and pays off mortgages for police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty that leave behind young children. Donations by phone: (718) 987-1931. Online donations: www.tunnel2towers.org . Donation by mail: Send a check and the printable online form at www.tunnel2towers.org to Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10306. Acknowledgement letters should be sent to Rachel Eichner, 42 Broad Street Road #332, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103.
Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Joan D. Aaron
Joan D. Aaron, of Newport News, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2020, at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband, Leonard B. Aaron.
Joan was a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College earning her English degree in 1954. After college, Joan lived in France where she continued her studies of the French language. Joan continued to study French her entire life mostly recently under tutelage of Rabbi Severine Sokol, herself a French native. Joan cherished her French lessons with Rabbi Sokol.
Joan had a brief career in journalism upon her return to the US in the late 50s. However, after marrying Leonard, a CPA, Joan turned her attention to accounting, ultimately becoming a CPA herself. Always a competitive student, Joan was very proud that the year she took the CPA exam, she earned the highest exam grade in Virginia. A former Chair as well as the first woman on the Virginia Board of Accountancy, Joan practiced accounting as a partner in Aaron Roesen & Co for many years, ultimately retiring from Malvin, Riggins & Company, P.C.
Joan was very engaged in the civic community on the Peninsula for most of her adult life. She loved the arts and was an active supporter of the arts community, particularly the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. She was also a lifelong advocate for women’s rights.
Joan is survived by her daughter Debra Aaron and her wife, Bonnie King; her son Hugh Aaron and his wife Laura Aaron; her grandson Ben Aaron; and her sister Marcia Erickson and her husband Richard Erickson. She is also survived and preceded in death by many dear and devoted friends who meant the world to her.
In light of the current situation, a private burial service will take place. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, or to a charity of your choice.
G. Frank Barger
G. Frank Barger passed away at the age of 74 in his home on Thursday, March 19, 2020. He was born to Elmer and Florence Barger in Starford, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Barger, his son and daughter in law, Michael and Laura Barger, and his son Stephen Barger.
One of Frank’s greatest passions was the Boy Scouts. He volunteered for more than 15 years and was the scoutmaster of Troop 11 and Troop 43 in Newport News.
In addition to scouts, he was also active with a number of youth organizations throughout his childrens’ lives. This included being a soccer coach, T-ball coach, softball coach, assistant baseball coach, president of the PTA, president of the band boosters and member of the Mayors Youth Commission. He served for five years in the United States Air Force and worked for the City of Newport News Waterworks for almost 30 years from which he retired in 2006. He loved politics and served on the York County Electoral Board. He was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. A private funeral service will be held for family on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 2:00pm EST. Guests are invited to participate in the service by going to www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video. A public memorial service will be arranged at a future date.
Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Wayne Robertson, 72, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020. He was a native of Bethesda, Maryland and a resident of Yorktown for 35 years. Wayne was a Realtor with GSH for 10 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Carleton Robertson, III and Ann Powell Robertson; and his brother, Harry, II. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dianne Robertson; son, Christopher Robertson and wife Andrea; daughter, Elizabeth Allen and husband Tommy; step-daughters, Michele Wikle and husband Tim and Leigh McCracken and husband Roland; grandchildren, Joseph, Alec and Nathan Robertson, and Lilli Allen; and step-grandson, Tristan Wikle.
A private service will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Phyllis Jean Wiggins
Phyllis Jean Wiggins, 47, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020. She was a native of Windsor, Virginia and was a resident for 40 years. Phyllis was a certified nursing assistant at Riverside Convalescent Center where enjoyed working with the seniors. She was a member of Churchland Assembly of God.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 28 years, Dale Thomas Wiggins; sons, Darren Thomas Wiggins, Ryan Earl Wiggins, and Devin Thomas Wiggins; grandchildren, Melodie Aaliyah Wiggins, Dannie McCoy Wiggins (twin), Noah Thomas Wiggins (twin), Izayah Wiggins (Zay Zay) and Adalynn Rose Wiggins; brother, Robert Earl Pangle; sister, Lisa Pangle Agosto-Ramos; and nieces, Emily Alisa Banks, Angelica, Annalisa Agosto, and Danial Seubert.
Carol Lynn Farmer
Carol Lynn Farmer, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020, at her home in Surry County, VA, at the age of 69. She was a native of Fayetteville, NC and had been a Surry County resident for over 13 years. Carol was a bread maker for the City of Hampton Public Schools for over 15 years. She loved to crochet and was an enthusiastic devotee of the Dollar General stores.
She was preceded in death by her father, William “Bill” Buie, and mother, Edna Stewart-Blue, brother, Tommy Buie, and sister, Barbara Greene. Carol is survived by her husband, Kenneth Farmer; two daughters, Tina Carver, Breanna Carver; two sons, Christopher Carver and Cody Carver; four great-grandchildren, Gianna Carver, Lailynn Carver, Olivia Carver, and Aaliyah Carver; two brothers, Gerald Buie and Bobby Buie; niece, Jeanette Locascio; great-nieces, Taylor Locascio and Brooke Locascio; and great-nephew, Josh Locascio.
Carol was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Hampton Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Fanciel Turner Mason
Franciel Turner Mason, peacefully passed away, at age 102, on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at St. Francis Nursing Center, Newport News, VA. Franciel was born the middle child of three girls on July 11, 1917, in Ladonia Texas, to the late John and Dora Turner. She was raised in San Angelo Texas and was a long-time resident of San Antonio until she moved to Newport News in 2006, to be closer to her family.
Franciel was Secretary of the Bella Donna Social Club. She was an active and faithful member of the Mason Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, Texas. After 30 years of service, Franciel retired from Nix Hospital, San Antonio. She was very proud that she began employment as a cleaning maid and worked her way up to Housekeeping Supervisor.
She was raised in the Baptist church. As an adult, she became a lifetime contributing member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, San Antonio. Franciel had regularly attended St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News. Her devoted neighbor, Jeff Jefferson, ensured she was in attendance every week
Franciel was a loving, giving woman who always wore a smile on her face. She was very proud that she was able to graduate from high school, an accomplishment that few, in her day, could boast. In her young adult years, she became a social butterfly…she loved to travel, bingo, fancy clothes, parties and socializing with her girlfriends. Franciel was beloved and dear; she had a full and beautiful life. Her light will shine forever.
Franciel was preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph H. Taylor (1945), a widely known Texas musician and Louis Donald Mason (1985), Army Staff Sergeant (Ret.), two sisters, two nieces, one nephew, and two-great-nephews. She leaves behind her nephew and niece, John and Gerri Blair, surrogate daughter and son, Madeline and Frank Broadwater, and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews and devoted friends.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, Virginia and Lewis Funeral Home, 811 S WW White Rd, San Antonio, Texas. Franciel’s final resting place will be, alongside her husband, Louis Donald Mason, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas. All services will be private.
Life is not forever but love is. May she rest in peace.
Gerald Frank Barger
Gerald Frank Barger, of Yorktown, Virginia passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the age of 74. He is survived by his spouse, Jean Barger. A funeral service will be held for the family on Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601..
Guests may participate in the service by going to www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/
Mary Emma Calafiore
Mary Emma Calafiore of Tabb, York County, Virginia, passed away at the age of 92 on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina and a resident of the Peninsula for over 75 years. Mary was a nurse’s aide and was a caretaker to many. She was of the Catholic faith and a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Mary was a member of the Artist group at the Yorktown Senior Center, loved vegetable gardening and her primary purpose in life was to take care of her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 54 years, Joseph A. Calafiore and her daughter, Suzanne Calafiore. Mary is survived by her daughters, Teresa C. Jones and Rosemary C. Long (Robert); son, Joey Calafiore (Brenda); seven grandchildren, Rachael, Jeannie, Heather, Shea, J.K., Nicholas and Robin; and ten great-grandchildlren, Julie, Kylie, Olivia, Seth, Jackson, Waylon, Ellie, Edward, Alphonse, and Sofia.
The family would like to thank all the family and friends for the love and care shown during these last times and the Commonwealth Assisted Living in Hampton and Heartland Hospice for their care. Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to Disabled Veterans.
Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.
Alice Marie Timins
Alice Marie Timins, RN, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the age of 66. She was a native of Patterson, NJ and a resident of Smithfield for the past three years. Ali was a registered nurse and worked at the Patterson New Jersey Hospital Emergency Room. She had previously worked at Hollywood Memorial Hospital, Hollywood, FL, for over 2 years as a Recovery Room Nurse and worked many years with her husband in his private practice. Ali loved to cook and make floral arrangements and she was a strong supporter of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Bruce I. Timins and son, Dr. Aaron Michael Timins, as well as a close neighbor and friend, Shelia Schoenberg.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, P.O. Box 97007, Washington, DC 20090-7007. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Herman Chris Shiflett
Herman Chris Shiflett, 69, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020. He was a native of Morgantown, West Virginia and had been a resident of Newport News since 1975. Herman retired in March 2019 after 30 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service as a maintenance mechanic. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a man who focused on his family and held down the fort.
Herman is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sharron Shiflett; son, Chris and his wife, Denisa; daughter, Tracy; grandchildren, Caine and Eli; sisters, Maxine and Faye; and brother, Jim.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service until 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to your favorite charity.
Margaret “Peggy” Bradburn Sibson
Margaret “Peggy” Bradburn Sibson passed away peacefully in her home on March 12, 2020. She attended Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington D.C., received a B.S. in Nursing from University of Maryland, and a Master of Nursing Admin from University of California. Peggy enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, and making memories with friends and family. She is survived by her son, Thomas “Skip” Eugene Sibson; her daughter, Karen Margaret McGrath; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Peggy will be laid to rest with her husband, Tom in Arlington National Cemetery.
Charlotte Hope Bane
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Charlotte Hope Bane, precious loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all, went home to her sweet Jesus.
Charlotte was born October 9, 1933, in Marion, Va. She spent her time on earth sowing seeds of love. She was a devoted and hardworking mother of 13 children. She left each of them with an imprint of the Lord’s love because of her genuine, selfless example.
She was best known for her unwavering strength, humility, and compassion, triumphant over every trial and tribulation. She loved truth and chose her words carefully, often remaining silent. She offered to every willing ear and heart her simple godly wisdom.
Her last hours were spent much like the rest of her life, singing hymns of praise and offering thanksgiving to the Lord for His goodness. She blessed people around her with many gifts and displayed a joyful disposition and a heart filled with hope. She ended her time here gracefully, showing forgiveness, courage and goodwill to all.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Bane and her son, Allen Bane.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children, whom she so dearly loved; Karlene Karnes, Nathan Bane, Lorraine Del Rosario, Sonia Lanham, Mark Bane, David Bane, Daniel Bane, Esther Young, Ruth Hunt, Kimberley Peddicord, Hope Venus and Vickie Zuniga. She is also survived by 32 loving grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
There is no way to sum up such a beautiful life in a few words. Mom was kind and gentle and very much a lady. There was never a time that scripture did not guide her. She had endless patience and grace. God was the center of her existence. She reminded us daily that life was best lived in this way. Her innocence and purity of spirit were unmatched. We were blessed to know her, love her and care for her.
Some of her final words of wisdom were “Be good and do good,” “Pray any time and all the time,” and “Serve the Lord and do His will.” Let the heavens rejoice, welcoming our precious, sweet angel, Charlotte Hope Bane.
Visitation will be at Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. A private graveside burial will be held afterwards at Peninsula Memorial Park. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Thomas Harden Lee
Thomas Harden Lee passed away on March 13, 2020. He had two great loves in his long life, his family, especially his surviving bride of 65 years, Susie Kathryn Lee, and making others laugh. Mr. Lee was born October 7, 1929 in Windsor, North Carolina. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, serving in the latter in the elite surveillance unit Strategic Air Command. He served several tours in the Vietnam war, including the entire year of 1969. A 23-year stint at the Newport News Shipyard followed and Mr. Lee retired in 1993.
He is preceded in death by his eldest son, Colon Thomas Lee; son and baseball buddy, Timothy Lee and wife Linda Sprinkle; daughter, Elizabeth Hrinda (“Sissy” to dad) and husband Glenn; grandchildren, Chris Lee, Amy Granville and husband Alex, Rachael Hrinda, Josh Hrinda and wife Shannon, Hannah Faith and husband Joe, Zachary Hrinda and wife Amber; five great-grandchildren including recent arrivals, Silas Hrinda and Elias Granville. In tribute to Mr. Lee, please love one another and make each other laugh as often as possible.
Services will be private.
Dorothy Christine Matthews Byrd
Dorothy Christine Matthews Byrd, passed away on March 7, 2020, at the age of 93. She was born in Nash County, North Carolina on November 1, 1926, and was a resident of Newport News for over 40 years.
Christine was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, William L. Byrd; parents, Tonie and Sarah “Vick” Matthews; brother, T.C. “Buck” Matthews (Joyce).
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Jewell Camper (Donald) of Smithfield; grandchildren, Amy Camper and Krissy Matthews of Suffolk; Angela Bowman (Ty) of Ivor; and Andrew Camper (Melissa) of Carrollton; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kristen, and Matthew Bowman, Kaleb (fiance Kaitlyn Grooms), Macy, Charlie, and Drew Camper, Ethan and Reese Avant, and Levi Matthews; and nieces and nephews, Vickie and her son, Andrew Myers, Lee Matthews (Christine), David Matthews and Mallory Ball (Justin).
A special thank you from the family to Autumn Care of Suffolk and Carolyn Hubbard for all the loving care you gave Christine.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Friday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.
Kathleen Cecelia Stepzinski
Kathleen Cecelia Stepzinski, 68, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. She was a native of Green Cove Springs, Florida and was a resident of Newport News for 27 years. Kathleen was employed with Verizon Wireless as an Inventory Specialist and retired after 20 years of service. She was of the Catholic faith.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, James David and Gertrude Butler; sisters, Bernadine and Mary; and brother, David. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Kay Stepzinski; son, Sean Christopher Fitzgerald; and grandchildren, Rylee Nicole Stepzinski and Cecelia Kathleen Stepzinski.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.
John Latham, Jr.
With tears of sadness mingled with those of rejoicing, we the family of John Latham, Jr. announce his graduation to Heaven on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Though accomplished in many areas of work and service, this fine man will be best remembered for his faithful Bible teaching spanning decades, and for his strong stand for the truth of God’s word. Like the Apostle John, he found no greater joy than knowing that his children walk in truth.
John was born April 26, 1936 to Martha Ann Elizabeth Boyd Latham and John Latham, Sr. of Pinetown, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by brothers, Merle Latham, Dallas Latham, and Travis Latham as well as sisters, Blanche Blackman, Edna Swain, Ruth Fodrie, and Hilda Latham.
He is survived by his adoring wife of 60 years, Nora Elizabeth (Libby) Morris Latham who lovingly cared for him everyday and never wavered. Other survivors include daughter, Darlene Marshall (Mike); son, Jimmy Latham (Stephanie); grandchildren, Laura Kornegay (Darrell), Stephen Marshall, Jennifer Phillips (Brooks), JT Latham (Marianna) and; great-grandchildren, Phoenix, Elisabeth, and Maxene Kornegay; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Riverside Hospice for their professional and compassionate care.
Memorial contributions in memory of John can be made to the Institute of Creation Research, P.O. Box 59029, Dallas, TX 75229-1029.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Liberty Live Church, followed with a funeral service 12:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Hampton Memorial Gardens.
Roland William Charest
Roland William Charest, 77, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 6, 1942 at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY to Leo and Mary Charest. Roland served three years in the Army from 1961 to 1964 and continued his service as a reservist until 1967. He worked most of his life as a supervisor for Bell Telephone Company, while also being a loving husband to his wife, Maryann who preceded him in death and a great father to his son, Kevin. He was a past grand knight and former district deputy of the Knights of Columbus and also a fourth-degree life member.
Roland is survived by his mother, Mary; son, Kevin; sisters, Dorothy Minton, Theresa Boneske, and Leona Solow and her husband, Dan; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and many loving extraordinary friends.
Roland “Dad” I will always love you and you will be missed greatly, your son, Kevin.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, in Suffolk.
The family would like to express our sincere thank you to the kind and caring staff at Virginia Oncology Associates and Bon Secours Hospice of St. Mary’s Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Disabled American Veterans, or a charity of your choice.
Zachary Thomas Highsmith
Zachary Thomas Highsmith passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020. He was born in Richmond, lived his life in Newport News and currently resided in Oceanview in Norfolk, VA. Zachary was a golf enthusiast and loved skateboarding.
He is survived by the love of his life, Carrie; daughters, Reese, Piper, and Tanner; father, Ray Highsmith (Jennifer); mother Julie Greene (Philip); brother Jimmy (Samantha); sisters, Krystle and Brittney (Austin); paternal grandmother, Shirley; maternal grandfather, Jim; nephews, Kalen, Everett, Mason, Beckett and Colton; and extended numerous family members.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his children’s memorial fund.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
William “Bill” Carroll Phaup
Our beloved, William “Bill” Carroll Phaup, born July 14, 1944, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020, in the comfort of his own home after a battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1963, then from NASA Apprentice School in 1968. Bill dedicated 37 years to his passion at NASA, as a technician and a section head, supervising the wind tunnels; in his spare time, he painted houses. He retired in 2001 to enjoy life and travel with his wife. They later bought a place at Saddlebag Lake Resort in Lake Wales, FL to spend winter months. Carroll loved golfing, tennis, shuffleboard, horseshoes, fishing, and camping. Carroll was known as an avid story teller and he knew no stranger, everyone he met loved to talk to him and immediately became his friend. He was acknowledged for his kindness, generosity, and love of life. Carroll treasured the time spent with his family and friends.
Carroll was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-father and beloved brother. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn; two daughters, Robin Phaup Wertel (Rick), and Bonnie Phaup Forman; four grandchildren, Joel Cross (Heather), Joshua Cross (Ashley), Courtney Forman (fiance Joshua Browder), and Noah Cross; five great-grandchildren, Payton, Skylr, Brianna, Madison, and Bentley.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ronnie Steven Mann
Ronnie Steven Mann, 55, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Virginia “Byrd” Mann and brother, Jerry Mann, Jr. He is survived by his brother, M. R. Mann of Louisa; sister, Kay Sams of Richmond; three nephews; one niece; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Interment will be private.
Donna Cassel Langston
Donna Cassel Langston, 80, passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020. A native of Newport News, she was a lifelong Peninsula resident. She retired from Signet Bank as a Teller Supervisor and was a member of Warwick United Church of Christ.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Kenneth Langston; sister, Elaine Brinkman and her husband, Randy; and brother, Kenneth Cassel and his wife, Peggy. She is survived by her son, David Langston and wife, Kathy of Smithfield; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park officiated by Pastor David Willis.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Ste. 900, Arlington, VA 22202 (1-800-342-2383).
Grover Thomas “Tom” Bryant
Grover Thomas “Tom” Bryant passed away peacefully on February 27,2020. Tom was born in Hampton and was raised in Buckingham County. He was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. Tom was an active Mason for the past 58 years, as well as past master of Warwick Lodge 336. He was also an Honorary member of the Masonic Bremond Lodge. Tom served his country with the United States Marine Corp. As owner of the Museum Barber Shop, he was a very popular barber for 61 years. Tom was employed by the York County School Division in 1999 as a bus driver for 15 years. He was known and loved by many students as Mr. Tom.
Tom is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris Anne; daughter Teri Forman and husband Don; son and best friend Tommy; and two grandchildren, Kelly Forman and wife Allison and Ashley Forman. He also was blessed with four beautiful great grandchildren, Ava, Greyson, Vale and Savannah. Tom was dearly loved by them all.
Visitation will be Monday, March 2, at Peninsula Funeral Home from 6-7:30 PM. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 11:00 a.m. at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist with a short graveside service to follow. We will then return to Chestnut for a reception.
In lieu of flowers, a gift to Chestnut in memory of Tom has been requested.
Charles D. Crowson, Jr.
Charles D. Crowson, Jr., age 74, of Newport News, passed away on February 27, 2020. He was born on the Eastern Shore on September 4, 1945.
He graduated from Parksley High School and the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Apprentice School. Charles was a member of Warwick Lodge No. 336 A.F. & A.M. and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., US.A. He was employed in the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue as a Field Inspector, Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue and as Commissioner of the Revenue. Charles was affiliated with numerous civic organizations and The Commissioner of the Revenue Association. He held several offices and received various awards. After retirement, he was a political consultant and lobbyist. He enjoyed cooking, especially Peanut Brittle for friends, traveling and spending time in the Outer Banks.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Charles D. Crowson, Sr. and Estelle Young Crowson and his sister, Betty C. Maddox. He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann; son, O. Douglas Crowson (Teresa); grandchildren, Blake Sterling Crowson of Richmond and Jacob Douglas Crowson of Newport News; sisters, Bonnie Skiles and Kathy Crowson of the Eastern Shore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service, with Masonic Rights, will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be private at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animal Aid Society, 80 Butler Farm Rd, Hampton, Virginia 23666. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.
Mickey was born September 9, 1945 and passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep Sunday morning, February 23, 2020 at his home in Hampton. This was the Cole family home, where he lived his entire life. He was a Navy veteran and skilled electrician and retired from Johnson Controls, a contractor at Langley Research Center. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and animal lover. He loved bird watching and could call them by name. His family was always top priority and he never missed a get-together. Often, he’d bring a huge pan of homemade banana pudding or a large box of chocolate covered peanuts. He never missed Saturday morning breakfast at Hardee’s with his brothers for many, many years. He loved his 1973 Chevelle. Mickey was a kind, generous, patient man of few words. If you were lucky enough to be his friend, you had a friend for life. He is greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Mickey was the son of the late Kenneth Raeford Cole and Martha Spivey Cole, originally from Sanford, NC. He was also preceded in death by his brother, William “Billy” Cole (and wife, JoAnn), his brother Charles “Tuffy” Cole and his brother-in-law, Ed Rickman.
Survivors include his brothers, Kenneth Norman Cole (and wife, Berda) and Leon Cole (and wife, Violet), his sister, Shirley Rickman, his sister-in-law, Donna Fay Cole, and nieces and nephews too numerous to name. Michaela (Mickie) Bass was his wonderful girlfriend of 20 years. He had a very special bond with his best friends, Donnie Overstreet (and wife, Bonnie) and Jerry Matney (and wife, Paula).
A memorial service will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Peninsula Funeral Home Chapel, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, with a Visitation following.
Frank Donald Wiggs
Frank Donald Wiggs, 92, of Newport News, went to his eternal rest on February 24, 2020. He was born December 30, 1927, in Smithfield, North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his parents, James H. Wiggs, Sr. and Bridgette Williams Wiggs; brothers, James, Jr. and Charles; and sister, Hortense Wilkins.
Frank was a graduate of High Point University, where he met his wife of 65 years, Audrey Jean Stutts, of Robbins, NC, also a graduate of High Point University. Frank lettered in varsity tennis for three years and was Vice President of his Junior Class. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
He taught high school in Kannapolis, NC, worked for Douglas Aircraft in Charlotte, NC, for 10 years and retired from NASA Langley after 30 years. He was a member and past President of the Warwick Lions Club and a Melvin Jones Fellow, past President of the Village Green Community Association and officiated high school football and basketball in both North Carolina and Virginia for over 20 years. Mr. Wiggs was a member of Grace United Methodist Church since 1970, when he moved to Newport News. He was a former Lay Leader, Certified Lay Speaker, Sunday School Teacher and life member of the United Methodist Men.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Audrey; son, Donald Wiggs (Francy) of Virginia Beach; daughter, Harriet Tomaseski (Robert) of Hampton; brother, Billy Wiggs of Smithfield, NC; granddaughter, Ashley Tomaseski Egerton (Parker IV); and great-grandson, Parker Egerton, V, of Riverside, CA; grandchildren, Danielle Van Aken, Aimee Mayer and Leah Shirley of Virginia Beach, Michelle Van Aken of San Jose, Erin Band of Atlanta, and Michael Brown of Boston; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Madison, Tyler, Spencer, Devin, Gavin, Erica, Mia, Cameron, and Chloe. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Bonnie Wiggs, of Denton, TX and Gayle Manahan (Patrick) of Greensboro, NC; and 10 special nieces and their families.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Hank Teague, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1209 Country Club Road, in Newport News. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Ronald E. Creech
Ronald E. Creech passed away peacefully, at the age of 81, in Flagler Beach, FL on February 19, 2020.
He is survived by his wife, Helen and will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Sheryl, his sons, Ronald and Jeffrey, his sister, Sonya, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, on Thursday, February 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Eloise H. Caine
Eloise H. Caine, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and longtime resident of Newport News, died unexpectedly in her home on February 16, 2020 at age 93. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Dr. Thomas P. Caine. She is survived by her children, Carolyn Crighton (Dave), Laurie McCarthy (Harry), and Phil Caine (Jean Massie); her grandchildren, Patrick McCarthy (Emily), Jay McCarthy (Kristin), Thomas Caine, and Meredith Caine; and great-grandson, Dean McCarthy.
Family and friends were extremely important to Eloise. She enjoyed socializing with friends from the neighborhood, the church and the Yacht Club. Playing bridge and traveling to special places with Tom, family and friends were her passions.
Her family is grateful for her compassionate caregivers, and especially for Herb Lockley who was always available when needed.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, 414 Hiden Boulevard, in Newport News where Eloise was a longtime member. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to Hidenwood Presbyterian Church or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601
Dominique Nicole Bean
Whereas, God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit to call from our midst his child, Dominique Bean, of Newport News, Virginia, at the age of 43. We bow in humbled submission to his will and mourn the loss of one of the most loving family, and/or person you would have met. Dominique was born Tuesday, May 18, 1976 to Carolyn Bean of Newport News, Virginia and her father, Otis Freeman of Hampton, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, George N. Reed, her paternal grandparents, Charlie and Helen Freeman, and her maternal grandparents, Donald Bean, Sr. and Geraldine Law.
Dominique is survived by her mother, Carolyn Bean; her father, Otis Freeman; daughter, Carolena T. Bean; sister, Otisha Freeman; brother, Eugene Reed; granddaughter, Laila Scott; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and a nation of cousins and very close friends. Also inclusive are extended family members, William and Lakeisha Jefferson, Jason Sadler, and Candice Barnes. Many thanks to the Whiteheads, Smiths, Robinsons, and Hollier families.
Dominique’s mother and stepfather made sure she had an enriched childhood in her formative years. She graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia in 1995. She attended Thomas Nelson Community College in Newport News for 18 months and studied Business Administration. She was simultaneously employed at Hampton University for 5 years, and was employed at Langley AFB, Virginia for 18 years. Dominique made the unselfish cognizant decision to leave work to help take care of her granddaughter, Laila, her “love muffin.”
In her earlier years, Dominique attended Christian Schools from 18 months old to the age of 5. She started reading the Bible at age 7. Her heart was so pure she would cry during the entire service at church. She participated in Bible studies and sang in the church’s choir. During the ages of 8 to 12, she was a cheerleader for the church basketball and football programs. She was active in the Girls and Boys Clubs of America and attended the swimming programs at the YMCA. She studied tap, ballet and jazz at youth outreach programs for girls. In junior high she sang in the school choir. During her junior and senior years of school, she interned at the Virginia Department of Social Services. That is where she cultivated her love of helping people that was already instilled in her.
Dominique had a smile that could light up your soul. She was ill for 26 years of her life. However, that never stopped her from helping anyone that needed it. She was our champion and our hero. Our family learned much from her about the power of God and the will to live. She had grace and compassion dealing with any issue that came her way. She loved her daughter, Carolena, and her granddaughter, Laila, effortlessly. They were her everything and there was nothing that she would not do for them.
Dominique’s granddaughter was a bright light in the last 3 years of her life. Carolyn, her mother, would shout from the rooftop to anyone that listened that “God blessed” her with the best daughter in the world. Her loyalty and dedication to her family was almost unbelievable. We felt privileged just to be in her presence. Let her life be a testimony of finding inner strength and the courage to do God’s will in any situation that comes into our life. Rest well our Hero and our Champion. We will love and miss you always!
A visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Donald L. Bean, Jr.
Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, Virginia 23601.
Glenda Howard Parker
Glenda Howard Parker, 78, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.
Glenda was born in Lynchburg, VA and moved to Newport News at the age of one, in 1942, where she resided for most of her life. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1959 and married her high school sweetheart, Donald, who she was married to for 59 years.
She was a talented and awarded needlework artist who was very active in area clubs like Tidewater Sampler Guild (25+ years), Colony Homemaker’s Club (45+ years), Williamsburg Rose and Thistle, and Golden Thimble (25+ years), where she served as Chairwoman for many years. Glenda enjoyed these hobbies and clubs with many wonderful friends along the way.
Glenda worked at several places in her lifetime. The last position held was with Newport News Public Schools for 14 years, where she worked with her beloved younger sister, Teresa, in Continuing Education. She served the community by volunteering 14 years at Mary Immaculate Hospital and by being a generous donator to organizations that touched her heart, like Hospice House in Williamsburg.
Glenda is survived by a small, but loving, family including husband, Donald R. Parker; daughter, Hope Parker Purvis and Son-in-law, Eric; grandchildren, Skyler, Chloe, and Griffin Purvis; sister Teresa Howard Blaum and brother-in-law, Tim.
There will be a memorial service on Friday, February 21st at 2pm, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House of Williamsburg or Williamsburg Humane Society.
Joyce South Purifoy
Joyce South Purifoy, of Mechanicsville, VA, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Hampton, VA on February 9, 2020, after her battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was born to the late Lester Brown South and Emma Chapman South in Saluda, VA on June 4, 1937. Joyce moved to Richmond, VA in 1956 with the dream of working with her sister at C&P Telephone Company. Her wish came true in 1957 and Joyce was employed there until she retired in 1999.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jeff David Purifoy, and her sister, Mary South. Joyce was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was completely loyal to her family and friends and spent her life making sure that they were taken care of in their time of need.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Teresa Michener and husband James; son, David Purifoy and wife Elizabeth; brothers, Eugene South and David South and his wife Marilyn; sister Margaret Tillery; and grandchildren, Megan and Jason Michener and Becca Plunkett and husband Daniel.
A Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church in Newport News on Tuesday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. followed by an interment at New Hope United Methodist Church in Saluda at 3:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be sent to Community Knight, Inc., 733 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 170, Newport News, VA 23606 in her memory.
Albert C. “Bill” Willis
Albert C. “Bill” Willis passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at The Hidenwood. Bill was a native of Tennessee and had been a resident of Virginia for 70 years. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Sgt. Major E-9 after 26 years of service. Bill served in Korea and was awarded a Service Medal with three bronze stars, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Army Commendation Ribbon.
After his service, Bill was a sales representative for Golden Foods, Inc. for 20 years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Gertrude; two sons, Donald (Beth) and Jack (Ann) Willis; three grandchildren, Susanne Patterson (Ryan) and Kevin and Corey Willis; and three great-grandchildren, C.J., Ben, and Ian Patterson.
William “Bill” Richard Taylor, Sr.
William “Bill” Richard Taylor, Sr. died on February 13, 2020, with his wife of 64 years at his side. He was born in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania and raised in the City of Pittsburgh.
Bill served in the U.S. Army Security Agency during the Korean war and afterward attended and graduated from Penn Tech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked with General Electric in Syracuse, New York and was transferred to Daytona Beach, Florida to work on the Apollo space mission. In 1972, he moved his family to Newport News where he worked until he retired from Siemans in 1996.
He successfully built a vacation home at Lake Monticello with his son and friends. It was a place where he loved to have his family and friends enjoy swimming, skiing, fishing, eating, and each other’s company. Bill was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. He was a member of the Circle of Hope where he enjoyed telling stories and jokes. Most of all he loved his wife, family and special friends, Mary, Sally, and Leon.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Kathleen Taylor, sisters-in-law, Mary and Sharon. He is survived by, and deeply loved by his wife, Carolyn “Lynn” Taylor; his children, son William “Bill” Taylor, Jr. (Lisa); daughters, Mary Ann Rowe (Keith) and Carol Morrison (Keith); grandchildren, Jessica (Chris), Jennifer, Ashleigh (Rob), Jonathan, Amanda, Carolyn (Chris), and Catherine; his beloved great-grandchildren, Lauren, Rebecca, Wally, Jaxson, and Charlotte; brothers, Bob and Ronnie (Tanya); sister-in-law, Arlene Hallett; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 21 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. A funeral Mass, at 11:00 a.m., and reception at the church will follow. A private interment will be held Saturday, February 22. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.
Marie L. Bradshaw
Marie L. Bradshaw, 102, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020. She was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula and a member of Our Lady of Mount Caramel Catholic Church. Marie was formerly a member of the Ladies Lions Club, the Red Hat Society, the Hilton Woman’s Club, and the James River Country Club.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Lance M. Bradshaw, Sr., and son, Lance M. Bradshaw, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Cason and husband, Richard, Sr. of Newport News; grandchildren, David L. Cason, Richard L. Cason, Jr., Jennifer Obraczka and Lance Bradshaw, III; great-grandchildren, Brooke and Evan Obraczka; great-great-grandchild, Ivy O’Handley; daughter-in-law, Judy E. Bradshaw; sister, Rosalie Woodall of Idaho Falls, Idaho; very good friend, Virginia Sota; and special caregivers, Ophelia Simmons, Bessie Barnes, and Gwen Kelly.
The family would like to thank the staff of James River Convalescent Center for their care and compassion during her stay.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 100 Harpersville Road, in Newport News, followed with a service at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Melvin Dickler, 99, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Assisted Living at Williamsburg Landing, surrounded by family.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Margaret (Meetsie) Dickler and his parents, Jacob and Rose Dickler. Melvin is survived by two daughters, Robin Murov (Kenny) and Cynthia Becker (Sidney); grandchildren, Sarah Murov, Rachel Greenberg (David), Jacob Murov (Lauren), Margaret Bereano (Bryon), and Adam Becker (Katie); great-grandchildren Tori, Asher, Noah, Alexa, Beatrice, Max, Wyatt; sister, Elaine Price; brother, Danny Dickler (Arlene); sister-in-law, Cynthia Ruth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Melvin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, attended George Washington University and John Hopkins University. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps prior to WWII where he flew 56 missions and was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters.
After marrying Meetsie, he moved to Bedford, Virginia where Melvin was the owner and President of Arthur’s Jewelry. Upon retirement after 40 years, he moved to Williamsburg to be closer to his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the Bedford Jaycees, Bedford Lions Club, Shriners, and was a Past President of the VA/NC Retail Jewelers Association. Melvin enjoyed playing tennis and golf but most of all loved being with his family.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Rodef Sholom Temple, 401 City Center Blvd., Newport News. Burial will follow at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, 1817 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff of Assisted Living at Williamsburg Landing, Saving Grace Home Care, and Riverside Hospice for their love and support over the past year.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Theresa Carlsen, 93. Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully on January 31, 2020. She was born on March 14, 1926 in New York City to Peter and Louise McKay. She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry J. Carlsen, with whom she spent many years in Florida before recently returning to Virginia.
Theresa is survived by her children Madeleine Rowe (Jerry Goodrich), Bernadette Ames (Jennings), Robert Carlsen and Denise Rudisal; her grandchildren Christopher Rowe, Heather Kelly (Robbie), Justin Rudisal (Nikki Finkler) and her great grandson Thomas Kelly.
Theresa touched many lives and enjoyed spending time with her friends at the French club, the yacht club and singing with her church choir.
A celebration of Theresa’s life will be held at St. Olaf’s Catholic Church on February 22, 2020 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Alice Davis Heldenfels
Alice Davis Heldenfels is now in heaven, asking everyone if there’s anything she can do for them.
Mrs. Heldenfels, 93, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, following a brief illness. She had most recently lived in Warwick Forest but resided most of her life on Crittenden Lane in Newport News.
Born on May 16, 1926, in Crisp County, Georgia, the former Martha Alice Davis early on demonstrated a knack for mathematics and science, and the precision of those fields was something she applied to everything else in life. As a child of the Depression, she learned early on about the importance of hard work and careful living – along with the need to have fun. How else to explain the certificate that 13-year-old Alice received for completion of a course in Hawaiian guitar?
She graduated from the former Georgia State College for Women (now Georgia College & State University) in 1948 with a B.S. in mathematics and chemistry. Not long after, she moved to Virginia and began work for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Field.
Alice was a computer, then the name given to the many women there who did the complex mathematical calculations for the staff engineers. One of those engineers was Richard R. “Dick” Heldenfels. They would later note with amusement that the first meeting of the two strong-willed and strict people did not go well. But soon enough love followed. A friend wrote of “Alice and Dick and their arithmetic,” and that added up to their marriage on March 18, 1950. They remained together until his death in 1996.
While she ended her pursuit of a paid career after marriage, Alice filled her time with other important activities, including the raising of her two children, Richard D. Heldenfels of Mogadore, Ohio, and Harriet Heldenfels Yake of Arnold, Maryland . She was a member of and often active with Hidenwood Presbyterian Church going back to before the building of its first sanctuary; she was still helping to answer phones at the church in her nineties. She was also long involved in P.E.O., also known as the Philanthropic Educational Organization, and an avid supporter of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and the Boys and Girls Club. She read often, mostly romances, but across a wide range of other topics as well. She and Dick were enthusiastic bridge players and hosted an annual holiday party where their home was full upstairs and down with bridge tables, food and merriment.
Alice watched out for friends, family and neighbors. Even when she was not feeling well herself, she would end conversations by asking what she could do for the person she was chatting with. A visitor could often find her assembling casseroles for an ailing friend; her home had items that she did not need but which she thought someone else might need to borrow. The compensation was obvious in all the people who loved, admired and respected her.
She was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Clara Davis, as well as her husband. Besides her children and their spouses (Connie R. Heldenfels and Stephen L. Yake), she is survived by her sister, Billie Ann McComb; nephew Thomas H. McComb and his wife Sylvia; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
After a private burial, a memorial service will be held at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hidenwood Food Closet, 414 Hiden Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606.
Patsy Williams Saunders
Patsy Williams Saunders, 90, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. She was born in Bluefield, West Virginia and was a resident of Yorktown for 57 years. She was a homemaker and member of Open Door Baptist Church. Patsy loved shopping for bargains, spending time relaxing on the porch surrounded by the outdoors, and making sure her cherry tomatoes were planted. She enjoyed being with others and cherished the time spent with them.
Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Howell Saunders, Sr. and her daughter, Wanda Saunders Tew. She is survived by her son, Charles “Chuck” Saunders, Jr.; grandchildren, Renee M. Graham and Katie D. Cole; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Layla, Kevin, Adelynn, and Sadie.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at noon on Tuesday, February 11, at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Bargain Box, 222 Dare Road, Yorktown, VA 23693.
Mary Virginia Matty Staley
Mary Virginia Matty Staley (“Ginny”), passed away peacefully on Monday morning, February 3rd, surrounded by her loving children and family. She was 94 years young! Ginny has finally reunited with the love of her life, her devoted husband, Clement, who preceded her in death in 1977. She was also predeceased by her loving sister, Florence Croce and parents, Paul and Florence Matty.
Ginny was born on June 11, 1925 in Pittsburgh, PA, where she met and married Clem, her high school sweetheart. They grew up just two doors apart! She attended college at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Ginny and Clem were married in August of 1947 and moved to the Peninsula in 1957 for Clem’s oral surgery practice. They raised their four children in the Hilton area of Newport News and spent their summers in their little paradise at Buckroe Beach. Ginny absolutely loved her days of walking the beach picking up clams and collecting seashells, but most of all entertaining her family and friends. Ginny was always the life of the party with her magnetic personality and infectious smile. Mom will also be remembered for her “SECRETS OF LIFE” philosophy and for her enjoyment of vodka tonics and salem cigarettes!
Ginny’s beautiful life will be forever cherished by her four adoring children and their loving spouses: Craig and Kim Staley, David and Virginia Staley, Marguerite and Darrell Cunningham, and Martha and South Patterson; and her 13 amazing grandchildren: Jacob and Mason Staley; Elliot, Mary-Clem and Matty Staley; Alden, Jack, Kramer, Porter and Darrell, Jr. Cunningham; and South, Jr., Morgan and Clem Patterson.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Newport News, VA on Saturday, February 8th. Visitation will be held at 11:00 am and Mass will immediately follow at noon. Private family burial will be held at a later date.
Ginny’s family would like to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude to the Mennowood Retirement Community for their tender loving care, and also to all of her dear Mennowood friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, Va. 23507 or St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 230 33rd St. Newport News, Va. 23607.
Andrew “Andy” B. Duncan
Andrew “Andy” B. Duncan, 67, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Though his life was shortened, Andy was able to make up for the lack of time in the quality he found in the many things he accomplished during his life. He dedicated 30 years to the Police Department and helping others. Seven of those years were spent in Hampton as a Patrol and Community Officer and the other 23 years in Newport News. Andy was a Patrol Officer, Motorcycle Officer, DARE Officer, Training Detective, Firearms Instructor, Driving Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Range Master, and was a member of the TACT Team. He held many other certifications and also had the privilege of serving in the Honor Guard. He was promoted to Sergeant and served as a Patrol Sergeant and Investigative Sergeant for the North Precinct.
When Andy retired from the force it was not for long. He went on to train others on safety and proper use of guns for several years. He met his wife Tammy and decided it was time to begin something new and retired again. He left his old home and moved to a 10-acre farm and decided to start a new life raising animals and living off the land. It was a peaceful, humble life that he enjoyed with his family. He also enjoyed the outdoor life traveling in his RV to different campsites.
Andy found great enjoyment in racing his car, “The Pink Panther”, on the local race tracks and participated in local car shows. He had a talent for woodworking and loved making his famous BBQ and Beef Jerky. He held a black belt in taekwondo and proudly reminded others of this. He found himself working security side gigs; one of which was at Hampton Coliseum where he met and constantly told stories about the famous people he was able to meet and hang out with along the way.
Andy is survived by his loving wife, Tamara S. Duncan; daughters, Erica Strickland and husband Chris, and Tina Williams and husband Scott; step-sons, who he considered his own, Michael Schott and wife Teri, Ronald Pomposini and wife Minerva, Dante Pomposin and wife Julia, and Joshua Pomposini and wife Taylor; siblings, Howard Duncan (Phyllis), Bernard Swillinger (Kathleen), and Rosemarie Lindsey; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed with a service at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Joseph Pikul, 93, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Joe was born in Holyoke, MA to Polish immigrants. He met and married his wife of 67 years, Jean in 1950. Joe retired as a welder for Digital Computers where he worked for over 20 years and was a member of Warwick United Church of Christ.
Joe never met a stranger, had an exceptional work ethic, and worked until he was 88 years old. He loved working with his hands, enjoyed anything related to sci-fi, especially Star Trek, and was an avid stamp collector.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; son, David; brother, Karl; and his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Carol A. Patterson (Stas) of Broken Arrow, OK, and Barbara J. Harvey (Stephen) of Newport News; grandchildren, Shannon L. Patterson of MA, Shane D. Patterson (Sasha) of Broken Arrow, OK, and Angela Harvey (partner, Scott) of Gloucester, VA; great-grandson, Colin Patterson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Tanesha Ford, Stephanie Johnson, Iris Torres, and Eva Bostic for the care they provided while Joseph was in his home.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home followed by a service at 10:30 at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any contributions by made to Warwick United Church of Christ, 10 Matoaka Ln, Newport News, VA 23606.
Dr. Daniel Mark Babcock
Dr. Daniel Mark Babcock, 69, beloved husband, father and grandfather, left this earthly world on December 29, 2019. A devotee of classic rock, sports cars and Steve Martin movies, Mark died peacefully at his home in Yorktown, VA with his wife by his side after a courageous battle with ALS that may have taken his body, but not his mind and spirit.
Mark was born on January 29, 1950 in the Chicago suburbs. He grew up in Colorado and Georgia and attended Brown University. After graduation, he made his way to the Medical College of Georgia for dental school, where he embarked upon a life committed to giving people the gift of a beautiful smile. He started his orthodontic practice in Denbigh in 1978 and continued to practice for 41 years. With the help of his alter ego, “Dr. Kroc,” Mark helped boost the confidence and self-esteem of countless patients by composing beautiful smiles across the Tidewater area in a fun, fear-free environment.
He married the love of his life, Pearl in 1982, and together, raised a beautiful family of which he was most proud. He never missed an opportunity to remind everyone how beautiful Pearl was, and how lucky he was to have found her. Together, they traveled the world and led a life full of adventure and discovery. They visited over 50 countries on all 7 continents, embracing and absorbing the culture and spirit of the locals along the way. Some of his favorite places were Mongolia and Vietnam.
Mark was an expert skier and loved sharing his passion for the sport with his friends and family. Mark was also drawn to the peace and tranquility of the water. He learned to sail at a young age and owned sailboats for much of his life. For the last 10 years, Mark dedicated a great deal of time to tending to and maintaining the home he shared with Pearl. The house, located on Chisman Creek in Yorktown, became a beautiful and peaceful refuge for humans, birds and wildlife alike. He and Pearl hosted countless family celebrations at their home, complete with crabbing, fishing, boat rides, paddle-boarding, canoeing and endless food and fun. Even amidst all the craziness of a chaotic family gathering, there was not a sunset, osprey or purple martin that went unnoticed or unappreciated on Mark’s watch.
Despite his extensive academic accomplishments, Mark never stopped being a student of the world. He played bass guitar in high school, and he carried his love of all genres of music through his life. A voracious reader with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Mark constantly found new hobbies and learned new skills. He was a self-taught beekeeper, carpenter and chicken and oyster farmer. He was an old school computer programmer who fully embraced the power of DOS. Mark loved to share what he learned and would often clip articles from magazines and newspapers and mail them to family members to ensure they didn’t miss out on a learning opportunity.
While a Geology major at Brown, Mark wrote a thesis on water as a scarcity – which prompted him to become an environmental conservationist. Mark was known to reuse and repurpose anything and everything he could get his hands on. It has been said that “One man’s trash was Mark Babcock’s treasure.” His ingenuity was unmatched, and finding unexpected uses out of household items brought him great joy.
Mark leaves behind a loving family in his wife of 37 years, Pearl; his daughter Angela and her husband Steve (Roanoke, VA); his son Brandon (Abingdon, VA) and his daughter Ashley and her husband Ronnie (Smyrna, GA), and grandchildren Kelsey, Ryan and Windsor. He was a lovable, quirky and unique guy who was always quintessentially and unapologetically himself. He will be deeply missed.
A private service will be held in April. In lieu of flowers, Mark would ask that you reuse or repurpose an item currently in your trash bin. And don’t forget to show off that beautiful smile.
Odessa Poor Robertson
Odessa Poor Robertson passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the age of 85. She was a native of Bedford, Va. and was a resident of Newport News. She retired from Riverside Regional Medical Center in 1997 after 30 years as an Administrative Secretary. Odessa was a member of the Agape II Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church at Newport News.
She was preceded in death by her three husbands, Ike Miller, Jesse Poor, Sr. and J.D. Robertson; parents, Ocie and Brady Bowles; and brother, Elton M. Bowles.
She is survived by her two daughters, Renae Bryant (Clyde) and Rochelle Chassells; four grandchildren, Lindsey Jones (Brian), James Bryant (Andressa), Jessica Lohr (Brad) and Chelsea Chassells (Chad); five great-grandchildren; brother, Howard Lee Bowles; special niece, Ruby Sheppard; and close friend, Don Fischer.
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held later. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. 23601.
Stanley R. Forbes
Stanley R. Forbes, 80, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. He was a native of Covington, Va. and had been a peninsula resident for most of his life. Stanley retired as a Commissary Officer from Fort Monroe with over 30 years of service. He loved old country music, dancing and playing bingo.
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, A.K. Forbes and Edith H. Forbes; three brothers, Billy, Melvin and David; and three sisters, Audrey, Shirley and Linda. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy; two sons, Timothy, Sr., John and wife, Theresa; four sisters, Phyllis Jackson, Norma Signs, Ruby Meeks and Nancy Edwards; four grandchildren, Brittany, Tiffany, Timothy, Jr. and John, Jr.; and three great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Victoria and Leila.
The family will receive friends Monday February 3, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park with Rev. Joe Hunt officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. 23601.
Ernest Dewey Stoneman
Ernest Dewey Stoneman went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at The Hermitage Richmond. He was born on May 28, 1929 in Mt. Airy, NC and was a life-long peninsula resident. Ernest graduated from Hampton High School and then received a B.S. in Business Administration from Virginia Tech where he was in the Corps of Cadets. After graduation, he served in the Korean War as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Following active duty, he continued to serve in the Reserves for six years, attaining the rank of Captain. Ernest was a member of Liberty Baptist Church for more than 50 years and enjoyed singing in the “Heart Throbs” Senior Choir. He married Anne Gertrude Overman on June 14, 1952 in Hampton and they were inseparable for 65 years.
Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; his parents, Robert McKinley Stoneman and Clara Lou Zela Sumner Stoneman; brother, Paul Stoneman; and great-grandson, James Michael Alsop. He is survived by his son, Robert Clyde Stoneman (Nancy); daughter, Brenda Stoneman James (Kevin); three grandchildren, Katelyn James Alsop (Michael), Emily James Malizia (Joe) and Corey Lee James (Morgan); four great-grandchildren, Everly James Alsop, Graham Warren Alsop, Micah James Malizia and Harper Grace Malizia. Ernest was affectionately known as “Gran Gran” by his grandchildren and he enjoyed being near his great-grandchildren in his last months. His caregivers called him “Mr. Ernie” and he was loved by all, and will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Sunday, February 2 at 1:00 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park. While flowers are appreciated, memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.