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Clayton Keith, Jr.

Clayton Keith, Jr., 93, passed away on November 18, 2020 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia, with his family by his side.

Clayton was born on June 12, 1927 in Carrollton, Kentucky to Bernice and Clayton Keith, Sr.  He grew up on a farm and quickly learned and appreciated the value of hard work.  He joined the United States Navy and was discharged a short time later due to the end of World War II.  He then joined the United States Coast Guard, where he served for over 30 years and achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 04.

During his career, Clayton served over five years of sea duty and was Installation Commander at multiple locations.  While stationed in Staten Island, New York, he met Evelyn Drake, whom he later married.

Clayton was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, and son, Gary.  He is survived by two daughters, Susan and Denise; four grandchildren, Rachel, Jason, Julie, and Adam; and his great-grandchild, Liam.

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

 

Elijah D’Anthony Brown

Elijah D’Anthony Brown was born prematurely at 28 weeks after being in heart failure for five weeks. He was born on April 18, 2020, and weighed one pound and two ounces. He was such a miracle and a fighter.  Elijah also had Down syndrome and pulmonary hypertension.  He fought through meningitis and defied all odds!  Elijah showed us all how amazing God is and what an angel he was.  He had many supporters on his Facebook page “savingbabyelijah “.  So many people cried and prayed for baby Elijah.  He loved his tummy time and sucking on his breathing tube.  He had such an inspirational laugh and smile. He was well known in the NICU as the feisty one.  Our hearts are forever changed by Elijah’s amazing life; he had amazing strength and courage.  Elijah peacefully passed away in his mother’s arms outside in a beautiful butterfly garden, with the sun shining on his beautiful face, on August 25, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.

He is survived by his parents, Nicole and Ray Brown and his five sisters Nyia, Nakyla, Naomi, Narayah, and Nakendra. Elijah has joined his great-grandfather, Ronnie Duvall, and two cousins, Hayze Causey and Kasandra Duvall in the arms of the Lord.

A funeral service was held on Monday, August 31, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Interment followed at Peninsula Memorial Park.  

Richard “Richie” Clarence Allen

Richard “Richie” Clarence Allen, 72, passed away Saturday, October 24, doing something he loved – camping in the mountains. A lifelong resident of Newport News and Gloucester, Richie loved music, comedy, theater, and telling and hearing hilarious stories. He graduated from Newport News High School and served with the US Coast Guard during the Vietnam Conflict. In remembering his service, he often reflected on the brilliance of the stars in the night sky and beauty of the vast ocean, even during times of trouble. Following his service, he had a long career in the Newport News Shipyard, working in various departments, with his favorite being retirement.

Richie had experienced personal loss and sadness, but he liked to focus on the amazing and wonderful things in life. For 20 years, he acted with, directed, supported and eventually led the Gloucester theatre group “The Courthouse Players.” His role as The Cowardly Lion was a particular favorite among his friends and the children in his community. Whether acting, playing softball, jamming with musicians, delighting in nature, or embarking on epic trips and adventures, he enjoyed being with friends and family, and always followed his heart.

Richie was preceded in death by his parents, John L. Allen Sr., and Frances Monfalcone Allen; daughter Jennifer; brothers John, Fred and Charlie; and sister-in-law Mary. He is survived by his loving partner Michelle Pauley; son Michael; daughter Kimberly Montalvo and her husband Joshua; grandsons Jarrett, Alexander, Jonah and Sean; sister Faye Allen And Rashko and husband Gary; cherished sisters-in-law Gwen and Sonja; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his former spouse Sandra Chestnut, who is the mother of his children and a treasured lifelong friend; and former spouse Cheryl Allen, with whom he shared an enduring and memorable passion for music, theatre and the arts. He will be missed as well by countless wonderful friends, who were as close to him throughout his life as his beloved family.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the CNU John L. Allen, Jr. Theater Scholarship. Due to Covid, a small private celebration will be held to honor Richie’s life. An online video of the service will be available for those who are unable to attend in person. Details about the scholarship, online video and other updates will be available at RichieAllenLegacy.com.

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Jimmie Carter

Jimmie Carter, age 81 of Smithfield, VA, passed peacefully on November 16, 2020. He was born in Angie, Louisiana on December 21, 1938 to Murray and Maggie Carter. He graduated from Angie High School and went on to join the Army in July 1958. Jimmie proudly served in the 223 Aviation Combat Battalion during Vietnam overseeing the maintenance of Mohawk Aircraft. After being honorably discharged in 1967, Jimmie went on to complete an Apprenticeship program as a master electrician and plumber before beginning his career at Yorktown Navel Weapon Station where he eventually retired as a General Foreman of Public Works. Although he retired, he never stopped working, serving both his community and supporting his brothers in Arms. Jimmie was active in the Vietnam Veterans of America holding the position of President on the local level as well as State level offices. He was instrumental in having the Vietnam Monument at Huntington Park erected and was recently honored by the mayor of Newport News for his contributions to the Virginia War Museum. Most recently, he had been active with VFW Post 8545 in Smithfield, VA. Jimmie had been a devoted member of Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA and for many years has annually attended mission trips to the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico to help build homes.

Jimmie loved unconditionally and was always willing to give of his time and talents anywhere needed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Murray and Maggie Carter, five bothers, Judy Carter (wife) and Donna Outen (daughter). He is survived by his wife of 12 years Sarah Carter; daughter, Hilary Drew; son, David Collier (Colleen); grandchildren, Timothy Bevan (Rachel), Robert Collier (Brett), Amanda Rausch (Eric), Nicholas Baez (Rachel), Ryan Baez (Rebecca) and Edward Outen; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Madeline, Emily, Peyton, Cooper, Elias, Tobias, Lily, Audrina, William, Jordan and Carter. He is also survived by his step-daughter, Gina Ippolito (Tom); grandsons, Nelson, Davison, Clayton and Grayson; and step-son, Tommy Mullins.

A private funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020 which will be live-streamed at peninsulafuneralhome.com/video. A visitation following the service is open to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, 7722 General Puller Hwy, Topping, VA.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VFW Post 8545, 223 Washington St., Smithfield, VA 23430.

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

Mary Ann Lamurey

Mary Ann Lamurey, 87, passed away on November 14, 2020. She was a native of Texas and a resident of Hampton, Virginia for 40 years. Mary Ann worked in food service at Thomas Eaton Middle School and later became a personal caregiver. She was a longstanding member of Faith Church of God in Hampton.

Mary Ann is preceded in death by her husband, John Lamurey, Jr. and daughter, Rebecca. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia R. Gage (George), Deborah Shah (Chin), and Theresa Wedding (Scott); son, Juan Lamurey, Jr. (Mary); 11 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the daycare at Faith Church of God, 1115 Todds Lane, Hampton, VA 23666.

George Stanley “Stan” Mitchell, Jr. MD

George Stanley “Stan” Mitchell, Jr. MD, age 94 of Newport News, died peacefully at his beloved home on November 13, 2020. Family members and caregivers were at his bedside.

Stan was born in Fairbury, Nebraska on July 26, 1926 to George S. and Ernestine M. Mitchell. He graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, AL in 1944. Stan served in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, as Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class from 1944-46. He graduated from Duke University in 1950 with a B.A. in Chemistry. He received his MD degree at Medical College of VA in 1954 and completed his internship year at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in 1955.
Stan was a strong patriot; he valued the American flag and prayed daily for troops in service to their country. Stan was in the Naval Reserve as Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class 1946-1950; Ensign in Hospital Corps, 1951-1954; and Lieutenant in Medical Corps, 1954-1955.

Practicing family medicine was his pride and joy. Stan first entered family practice in 1955 with Dr. G.C. Amory in historic Hilton Village of Newport News. He later moved to Ivy Farms Family Practice in partnership with Dr. Henry Ware. In 1971, Stan left private practice to become the Director of the Riverside Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. In this position he combined his love of medicine with his love of teaching. In 1991, he became the Geriatrics Director of the residency program and retired in 1995. Stan was Director of Patient Care Services at Peninsula Health Center from 1971-1988. He served as the Medical Director of Riverside Regional Convalescent Center from 1973 to 1994. He was Medical Director for Virginia Health Services from 1964 until his retirement.

Stan was Chief of Staff, Riverside Hospital in 1965; Assistant State Medical Examiner for Newport News 1957-2005. He served as President of the VA Academy of Family Physicians from 1984-85, and as a Board member 1962-64 & 1979-86. He was Past President for Peninsula Heart Association and for Hampton Roads Academy of Family Practice. He was a Charter Member of the American Board of Family Medicine and a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Stan was an active member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. He served as Elder and Stephen Minister; he created and delivered children’s sermons and enjoyed Sunday school. Stan supported the church faithfully and generously as a servant/leader.

As an only child, Stan enjoyed being the center of attention. He was naturally confident and welcomed leadership positions, public speaking opportunities, and political debates with friends. He was a voracious reader of newspapers, history, Christian studies, novels, biographies, and sailing adventures. Travel tours to Alaska, New Zealand, and Antarctica fed his love of learning. Sailing his 36 ft. “Ultimo” with his crew, up and down the east coast, or to Bermuda and back, brought joy. He enjoyed the local symphony, big bands and dancing the jitterbug. Stan wore bow ties and dapper caps, enjoyed an occasional dark (not sissy) beer, his cottage on the Severn River, wine and cheese parties with his residents. He loved life and his type A personality kept his “bucket list” full to over-flowing.

Stan is preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Connie Green Mitchell, who died on August 23, 2020. He is survived by his three children – Julie Mitchell Mabe (Don) of Beaufort, SC, Jodie Mitchell Bayne of Newport News, and George Stanley “Mitch” Mitchell, III (Marty) of Midlothian, VA; five grandchildren – Matthew Mitchell Mabe (Erica) of Atlanta, Laura Mabe Gardner (Dave) of Raleigh, Jessie Bayne McDougal (Ryan) of Newport News, Erin Mitchell (Jackie) of Richmond, VA, and Hunter Mitchell of Richmond, VA; and five great-grandchildren – Stella and Mason Mabe, Bennett and Brooks Gardner, and Sawyer McDougal. Stan is survived by Anne Burton Mitchell of Newport News, his “stepmom” and wife of the late George Stanley Mitchell, Sr.

The family wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the nursing and support staffs of The Huntington, The Newport and James River Convalescent Centers, Home Instead, Riverside Regional Medical Center, and Virginia Health Services Hospice. Praise, love, and appreciation to Barbara Brown for years of weekday care and to Cheryl Cochran for making such a difference in Stan’s quality of life and the life of his family.

A private graveside service will be held due to the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Stan’s memory may be made to Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, 414 Hiden Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Mildred King Lambert

Mildred King Lambert, 96, passed away peacefully Friday, November 13, 2020, at NHC Healthcare in Bluffton, SC. She was born April 3, 1924, in Wicomico, Virginia, daughter of John Henry and Mattie King.
A graduate from Achilles High School in 1941, in Achilles, Va., Mildred continued her education studying business at Kees Business School. After college, she worked at Fort Eustis Army Base where she met Bosun’s Mate First Class James. H. Lambert, whom she married after the war on August 9, 1945. After several duty stations with the military, they settled in Lee Hall, Va. in 1961. Mildred then started a 25-year career in accounting at Naval Weapons Station retiring in 1984.

Mildred was a remarkable person and left a smile everywhere she went. She loved her church and was an active member of Lee Hall Baptist Church for 58 years. She enjoyed being with her family and friends, her water aerobics classes, gardening, traveling, reading, “chocolate”, and her 2:00 coffee breaks.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two sisters Virginia King and Tennis Rash. She is survived by her son, James King Lambert, his wife Linda; her daughter, Martha Jane Grant, her husband William; grandchildren, Kim Kaplan, Michelle Tefft, Sarah Abee, and Ryan Grant; great-grandchildren, Katherine Kaplan, Nolan Tefft, Brynlee Tefft, Tessa Abee, Rhett Abee, and James Grant; niece, Diane Ambrose; and nephews, Bill and Bobby Rash.

Mildred enjoyed meeting people and touched the lives of so many. She will be dearly missed, and forever in our hearts.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., November 20, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. 23606. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mildred Lambert to Lee Hall Baptist Church c/o Manuel Ankrom, 548 Yorktown Road, Newport News, VA 23603.

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

Bobbie Baker Reaves

Bobbie Baker Reaves, 90, passed away on November 14, 2020. She was a native of Nash County, North Carolina, and a longtime resident of Newport News, Virginia. Bobbie loved the Lord and was a member of Temple Baptist Church since 1958 where she faithfully attended and enjoyed fellowship with her Sunday School class. She spent her life caring for those around her and was always delighted to share from her garden and kitchen. She was a talented seamstress and also enjoyed playing bridge. Her steadfast love was felt by friends and neighbors but especially by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Reaves, Jr. whom she loved and cherished for 68 years; son, Kenneth Reaves; and seventeen siblings. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Alan Reaves (Janice) and Donald Reaves (Mercedes); daughter-in-law, Carol Reaves; grandchildren, Michelle Satterfield (Jacob), Scott Reaves (Casey), Michael Reaves, Adam Reaves, Cristina Ellis (Jason), and Eric Reaves (Hannah); great-grandchildren, William, Charlotte and Harrison Satterfield, Campbell Reaves, Logan Reaves, Chase Reaves, Brantley and Carson Ellis; brother, Thomas Baker (Jenny) of Whitakers, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22 at Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, in Newport News. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Benjamin “Pete” Moss

Benjamin “Pete” Moss, 71, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.   He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a TSGT Sergeant after 23 years of service in the Intelligence office.

Pete was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Beatrice Moss.  He is survived by two daughters, Heather Jones and Julie Bell, and two sons, James Wright and James Jones.

The family will receive friends and family on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

Carson Crafford Rector, Sr.

Carson Crafford Rector, Sr. passed away at the age of 87 on October 24th, 2020. He had been a resident of Poquoson, Virginia, since 1976.

On April 16th, 1933, Carson was born in Oyster Point, Warwick County, Virginia. He spent most of his childhood and adolescent years living in the Wythe section of Hampton, Virginia. Carson graduated from Hampton High School in 1952. After graduation, he briefly worked in the Newport News Shipyard before he eventually enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After his military service, Carson then entered the apprentice school at N.A.S.A. in Hampton. He earned what is equivalent to an associate’s degree in Electronics and worked as an Electronics Technician from 1958 until he retired in 1995. In all, he had a total of 40 years of civil service for the federal government.

Carson was preceded in death by his father, James Benjamin Harrison Rector; mother, Etta Garner Rector; six brothers, and two sisters. Also, he was preceded in death by his wife Helen Foretich Rector and daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Forrest Rector.

Carson leaves behind a son, Carson C. Rector Jr., and a granddaughter, Madison, from Glen Allen, Virginia. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service took place at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News, Virginia, on October 27th, with Pastor Joe Hunt officiating. The family would like to thank the staff at Dominion Village in Poquoson, who provided him care and comfort in the final years of his life.

In memory of Carson, the family asks that you donate to any organization of your choice that is related to the research and treatment of dementia and Alzheimers.

John W. Sobczak

John W. Sobczak, 85, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020, at home with his devoted wife, Debbie. He was a native of Bay City, Michigan, and had been a resident of Newport News for 56 years. John graduated from the University of Detroit. He served in the United States Army from 1960-1962. John was an Aeronautical Engineer for the U.S. Army, Civil Service and retired from Applied Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) at Ft. Eustis after 34 years of service. He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church and the American Helicopter Society.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph H. Sobczak and Josephine Schwartz Sobczak; brother, Joseph M. Sobczak; son, Keith A. Sobczak; cousin, Irene M. Rzepa; and his beloved dog, Mandy. He is survived by his spouse of 30 years, Deborah A. Stall; son, Steven J. Sobczak; two grandchildren, Jasmine M. Sobczak and Steven J. Sobczak, Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Kennidee M. Sobczak-Mussenden, Steven J. Sobczak, III, and Sofia Sobczak; 11 nieces and nephews; and the current fur child, Precious.

John was a loving, devoted family man. He gave his heart and soul to their well-being; always putting them first. He was supportive and actively involved with his sons and grandson in their football endeavors; and his granddaughter in her CGBD swim team. He spoiled his wife rotten; treating her like a queen and overlooking her short-comings.

John loved life. He was a true “Renaissance Man”. Among his many interests were opera, history, religion, the sciences, vegetable gardening, sports, cooking, eating, and collecting and sharing recipes with others. He was an avid fisherman, loved animals, nature, and the outdoors. His family will long remember him baking Lebkuchen (love cookies) every Christmas for his father, sons, and grandchildren, continuing his mother’s legacy of providing this wonderful German treat to the family.

In memory of our loved one, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326, or the Parkinson’s Foundation (www.parkinson.org/ways-to-give).

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.

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

Jonathan Michael Ward

Jonathan Michael Ward, 32, of Newport News, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 10, 2020.  Jonathan, fondly known as “Bubba”, to his brother was a big Pittsburg Steelers fan and had collected hot wheel cars since he was a little boy.  He worked as a flooring and carpet installer for the past 15 years.  Jonathan had a huge, loving heart and will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved him.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James “Pap Pap” Bridgeman and John W. Ward.  He is survived by his loving mother, Cindy Bridgeman Ward; brother, Matt (fiancé, Alexis); grandmothers, Diana Bridgeman and Lila Ward; father, Johnny Ward; along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will receive family and friends on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

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

Bernice Janet “Jeanette” Harris

Bernice Janet “Jeanette” Harris, 71, gained her wings peacefully on October 30, 2020, at her home in Hampton, Va.  Jeanette was born July 30, 1949, to Clarence Earl and Arlene Ruth Hix in Charlottesville, Va.
Jeanette was one of a kind, with a unique personality.  She loved to dance, loved to sing, and mostly, she loved being around family and friends.  There is no doubt she will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, David Lee Jenkins, great-grandson, Zamir A. Williams, brother, Larry Hix, and most precious dog, Trigger.

Left to cherish and honor her memory is her best friend and husband, Jessie Lee Harris; her three daughters, Gidget Jenkins (Anthony Nash), Bobbie Baker (Tony) both of Newport News; and Ashley Gant (Cedric) of Hampton; eight grandchildren, Sierra Osborne, Kayla and Audrey White, Jazmine and Alexis Jenkins, Ke’rin and Cedric Gant, and Katie Cantrell; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Vicky Adams of Gloucester and Sharon Robinson of Hampton; and brother, Ricky Hix of Hampton.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

George C. Kurowski

George C. Kurowski 72, of Newport News, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 8, 2020. He served in the United States Army and while in Vietnam, he met his lifelong friend, Wayne Hughes. George finished his career in Civil Service at Ft. Eustis AATD and while there, he met the love of his life, Mary. He also loved The Nationals, NASCAR, his speedboat, his Redskins, and bowling, where he achieved some perfect games.

George was full of life, funny, witty, and would do anything for anyone. He will be greatly missed by so many as he always put a smile on your face. Filling the void will be difficult, but we know George would want us laughing and celebrating life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Kurowski and Velma Marie Vester Kurowski. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mary Kurowski; son, Chris (Kelly); daughters, Teresa Womble (Ronnie) and Debi Vazquez (Ted); sister, Maria Yeatts (Jim); brother, William (Linda); five 5 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and a nephew; and a great-niece and great-nephew.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park, with Pastor John Charles officiating.   Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Baptist Church (https://www.centralbaptistyorktown.org/)  or the Diabetes Organization (https://www.diabetes.org/) in George’s name.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Laurel Louise Glasco

Laurel Louise Glasco passed away the morning of November 10, 2020, with her husband of fifty years, Carroll Glasco, Jr., and children Jeremy Glasco, Sarah Glasco, Esther Glasco Loch, and Anna Glasco Erving all in Virginia to say goodbye. She was the only child of a single mom, and was born and grew up just outside San Francisco. In recent years, however, her obsession with ancestry.com paid off when she discovered that her biological father had other children. She suddenly had brothers and sisters, a whole blood family she never knew existed, and they embraced her with open arms. Meeting them and going out to Montana where they live just a few years ago with Carroll made her so very happy.

Laurel was a professional musician, a gifted pianist, organist, violinist, and violist and played in the string quartet, I Quattro Amici as well as the Hampton Roads Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also a master gardener. Laurel was intellectual, opinionated, and a veritable know-it-all, as she read a whole book every single day. She had exquisite taste in cinema and literature, and she loved jewelry and her Temptations® bakeware. She loved her husband, her cats and birds, music, and her family more than anything.

Laurel is survived by her husband, many members of her newfound Bulger family, four children, three honorary children in the exchange students from France, West Germany, and Sweden to whom she so generously opened her home in the 1980s, thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Laurel was an organ donor, so her memory and legacy will live on in those who receive her liver, kidneys, and lungs, and maybe the fortunate transplant recipients will get a pinch of her spunk and sass as well. Laurel was loved by so many, and she will be missed.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, services at her church will be private, and burial will take place in Peninsula Memorial Park.  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Jake Legare, Jr.

Jake Legare, Jr, 82, veteran of the U.S. Army, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Also known as “Bubba Jake”, he was born on December 15, 1937 in Hollywood, SC to the late Janie Blake and Jake Legare. He was united in holy matrimony to Joyce Sue Green on July 5, 1959. This union was blessed with six (6) children. Jake worshiped at Asbury United Methodist Church.

Jake spent an honorable 22 ½ years as a Sergeant First Class (SFC) in the military serving two tours in Vietnam. He then went on to become a very successful entrepreneur as the owner of Wheels Services.

Jake leaves behind to cherish his memories his loving wife of 61 years, (Joyce); children, Janice (Antonio), Jay, Joyce, Jake, Jr. III, Jane Amanda (Michael), and Juvon (Samuel); grandchildren, Nastassia (Anthony), Chalka (Shaunese), Jake, Gabrielle, Brandon, Henry, Sarah and Zachary; and great-granddaughter, Krystel; siblings, John Legare (Mary), Desaline Johnson (the late Bill), Marie Brown (the late Robert) and Lydia Clarke; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. The family will receive guests following the service.

Betty J. Watkins

Betty J. Watkins, 88, passed away on November 7, 2020. She was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on July 29, 1932 to the late John and Marie Burkholder. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert Watkins; sister, Nancy McGuire, and her Chihuahua, Mitzi. Betty is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Shriver (Allie) of Poquoson, and Jerilyn Tew (Joe) of Gloucester; grandchildren, Aaron, Scarlet, Melanie, and Jeremiah; three great-grandchildren; and siblings, John Burkholder, Jr. and Helen Earehart, both of Williamsburg.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park, with Pastor Joe Hunt 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.

John P. Frankenburg

John P. Frankenburg, 74, passed away at his home on November 6, 2020, after a long illness. He was a native of Toledo, Ohio. John retired from the U.S. Navy as Master Chief after 34 years of service. He was an active member of Northside Christian Church. John also was active in the York County Historical Society, Walter Reed Society, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 173, and the American Legion.

John is survived by his wife of 22 years, Cindy Frankenburg; daughter, Jennifer “Frankie” Frankenburg and husband Robert Keenoy II; sons, Ryan Frankenburg and wife Jessica, and John Blaine Frankenburg; grandchildren, Liam, Kaleb, Noah, Gabriella, Ian, and Annie; and sister, Judy Geitzen and husband Frank Carroll.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News, followed with a visitation. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Doninga Burke

Dominga Burke passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family and so much love, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. She was born and raised in the Philippines, where she also met and married the love of her life, Richard.  Dominga was an Air Force wife for 30 years.  She and her husband settled in Yorktown, Virginia in 1991.

They provided a happy and loving home to their children and their grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Dominga is survived by Richard, her husband of 47 years; her children Gloria, Elizabeth (Rudy), Susan, and Ricky; her grandchildren Nathan, Nicholas, Vanessa, Christina, Maria, and Hamilton; her four sisters and two brothers; her three beloved grand-dogs; and a multitude of extended family.

Her family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Sentara Careplex Hospital for the great care they provided to her.  They would also like to thank Heartland Hospice for providing her, and her family, with compassion and loving care.

The family will host a visitation on Monday, November 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  Her funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, followed immediately by a private burial.  Please keep in mind that masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.

Because of Dominga’s love for her grand-dogs and her love of cooking and feeding everyone, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation to the Peninsula SPCA or the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Sharon Rose Carrow

On the morning of November 2, 2020, Sharon Rose Carrow, age 56, passed away, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with breast cancer after being first diagnosed in 2011.

A loving wife, devout mother, and friend to everyone, Sharon was chosen to serve a bigger purpose with the Lord. She leaves behind people that love her beyond words, married to the love of her life, Carl, and beloved children Amanda, Frank, and George.  Survived by her loving family, her father George Clevinger, sister Crystal, brother Will and his wife, Sokhem, all of Mathews, sister-in-law Jane Clevinger of Poquoson, and brother-in-law Rob and wife Loreen Carrow. She was aunt Sharon to Sara, Anna, Brian Jr (A.J.), Samantha, Chris, Noah, Andrew, Sarah, Joshua, Ella, Teddy, Peter, Alyssa, Josh, and Misty.

No one cherished and loved life more than Sharon, in her own words, “wife, momma, teacher, Coastal Virginia gal, metavivor, and life lover!” her positivity was contagious. She was a lover of nature, puzzles with her family, crafting with friends, dinners on the water with her loving husband, being a stay at home dog mom to Asher, and traveling any chance she could get. She was the glue that held our families together.

A devoted teacher for 19 years in the first step program at Denbigh Early Childhood Center, she loved working with and inspiring so many children in the classroom of Mrs. Carrow. She leaves behind her loving D.E.C.C family.
Born on May 8, 1964, to Clementine and George Clevinger, she was raised in Gloucester Virginia. She is reunited with her Mother Clementine, and eldest brother Brian Clevinger.

We also want to thank the VCU Massey Cancer team in Richmond Virginia for the exceptional care and devout team that cared for our Momma.

A private memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 at Peninsula Funeral Home. To view her live-stream memorial service, we ask you to visit www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video.  For those attending in person, facial masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/).  Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.    

Samuel H. Lipes

Samuel H. Lipes of Syracuse, NY age 78, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at his home. Born and raised in Newport News, VA on February 11, 1942, he was the son of the late Charles and Cassie Lipes. Sam attended Newport News High School and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now known as Virginia Tech), then served in the United States Army, specifically in the Army Security Agency, which he was especially proud of.  He spent the next 39 years employed by General Electric/Lockheed Martin until he retired in 2007.

He is survived by his loving wife, Christine A. Lipes, his two sons, Brian (Michelle) Lipes of Cicero, NY and Mark (Annalisa) Lipes of Santa Maria, CA; three step-daughters, Amy Conigliaro of Royse City, TX, Jana Conigliaro of New Market, MD, and Karrie King of Rochester, NY; brothers-n-law Raymond Jones and John Hall and eleven loving grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Mildred Jones and Janice Hall, and brother, Bobby Lipes.
Services: 2pm Saturday, November 7, at Tindall Funeral Home, 1921 W Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY. A calling hour will be 1 to 2pm prior to the service. Current NYS COVID guidelines requiring masks, social distancing and occupancy limits will be observed.

There will be a memorial service 10am Friday, November 13, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA, followed by burial at Greenlawn Cemetery, 2700 Parish Ave, Newport News.

Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Hospice of Central NY, (hospicecny.org) 990 Seventh North St, Liverpool, NY 13088 or the American Cancer Society (Cancer.org)
Visit www.TindallFuneralHome.com for guestbook and information.

Annis Laura Kingery Craft

Annis Laura Kingery Craft, age 86, passed away on November 2, 2020, in Gloucester, Virginia. She was born to Charles Irving Kingery and Vera Olive Kingery on July 7, 1934.

Annis was the kind of person who was content to sit quietly for hours lost in a book or at her computer playing her favorite games. She was also happy being a social butterfly who enjoyed entertaining guests and friends alongside her husband at lavish dinner parties and Disabled American Veterans events.

She was a gifted storyteller and could effortlessly carry on a conversation that was worth having. Annis also used this gift in her spectacular delivery of a good joke. Her grandkids particularly enjoyed the naughty jokes she would tell and requested them from her like they once had her bedtime stories.

Annis was well known for giving the best hugs, the kind that went on forever, and came with a good back-scratching. She made the real “Craft” macaroni and cheese and was happy to give out the secret recipe. Annis loved playing cards and board games as well as watching game shows. She is remembered fondly for watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and the way she would yell out the answers. Also, the subtle hint of annoyance if her grandkids yelled out the answers before she could. Annis never missed an episode of Days of our Lives and she enjoyed watching that most with her daughter, Rebecca.

Annis was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wesley Craft.  She is survived by her four sons Michael Allen Craft, Samuel Wesley Craft, Paul Irving Craft, Lawrence Edward Craft, and her daughter, Rebecca Lynn Craft Perecko; and 15 grandchildren,  5 great-grandchildren and counting.

She lived a life full of love from her husband, family, and friends, and her laughter will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 2:00 p.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.

Sokratis “Steve” Ikonomou

Sokratis “Steve”  Ikonomou, age 79, passed away November 2, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family.  His smile and sense of humor were contagious, and he will forever be remembered as a caring, humble, and simple man of few words that never hesitated to help anyone he encountered.

He was born on May 22, 1941, in Domianous, Greece to the late Stylianos and Melpomeni Ikonomou.  He served in the Greek Army and worked for the Dept. of Agriculture in the Greek Government before moving to Germany in 1965 to work for Volkswagen. He emigrated to the United States in 1970 via New York before settling in Newport News, Virginia. He returned to Greece in 1976 to marry his bride, Ifigenia (Houliara), and they returned to the States to establish their life together.  His pride and joy were his twin daughters and grandchildren.

Alongside his brother George, they owned and operated the well-loved George & Steve’s Steakhouse on Route 17 in Suffolk, serving the community for over 30 years before retiring in July 2006.  He enjoyed spending summers in Greece with his family, playing cards, gardening, hunting, and fishing with friends, and was a true craftsman that could design and build anything. He was a member of Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, the Order of AHEPA, and the Evrytanian Association ‘Velouchi.’

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Kosta, and sisters, Eftihia, Nikki, and Maria.  He is survived by his loving wife Ifigenia, daughters Voula Ikonomou and Meni Rantzos (Nick), grandchildren Nia and Dean Rantzos, his brothers George (Athina) and Telia, sister Eleni (Yiannis), mother-in-law Voula, brother-in-law Irakli, and a host of nephews, nieces and extended family in the United States and Greece.

A Trisagion service will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2020, at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Newport News, VA.  Funeral services will be held at the Church on Monday, November 9, 2020, at 12 noon with the Rev. George Chioros officiating.  Masks and Social Distancing will be required.  Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to either the Church at https://www.schgochurch.va.goarch.org/online-giving or to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at https://secure.jhu.edu/form/kimmel.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Audrey Stutts Wiggs

Audrey Stutts Wiggs, 88, of Newport News, went to her eternal resting place on November 3, 2020.  She was born in Robbins, NC in 1932. Audrey graduated from High Point University in 1954 and became a teacher in North Carolina.  She later paused her career to raise her children, then resumed teaching in Virginia where she taught typing and business administration for 19 years at Menchville High School, until retiring in 1993.  She was devoted to her students and made life-long friends with her fellow teachers.

Audrey has been a member of Grace United Methodist Church since 1970, where she served as a lay speaker and lay leader.  She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Newport News Retired Teachers, Woman’s Club of Newport News, and the Alice Applewhite Garden Club.

She enjoyed volunteering at The Ferguson Center.  Audrey was very artistic and loved to paint. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband and they took several cruises and toured many countries. Audrey visited all but two of the 50 states.  The beach was her favorite place and she looked forward to annual visits to Duck and Kitty Hawk, NC.

Audrey was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Frank D. Wiggs, and her parents, Herbert C. Stutts and Mattie Stutts.  Left to cherish her memory are her son, Donald Wiggs (Francy) of Virginia Beach and daughter, Harriet Tomaseski (Rob) of Hampton; granddaughter, Ashley Egerton (Parker IV),  and great-grandson, Parker V of Riverside, CA,  grandchildren, Danielle Van Aken, Aimee Mayer and Leah Shirley of Virginia Beach,  Michelle Van Aken of San Jose, CA, Erin Band of Atlanta, GA, Michael Brown of Boston, MA, and great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Madison, Tyler, Spencer, Devin, Gavin, Erica, Mia, Cameron, and Chloe.  She is also survived by her sister, Gayle Manahan (Patrick) of Greensboro, NC, brother-in-law, Billy Wiggs of Smithfield NC, and sister-in-law, Bonnie Wiggs of Denton, TX, and ten very special nieces and their families.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Hidenwood and Riverside Regional Medical Center for their care and support.

Friends and family may pay their respects to Audrey on Friday, November 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.  A graveside service, officiated by Pastor Hank Teague,  will be held on Saturday, November 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.
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acial masks and social distancing will be required at both.

Laura B. Henderson

On Saturday night, October 17, 2020, Laura B. Henderson, 95, of Newport News, Virginia, gently passed away at home surrounded by family. She was born July 15, 1925 in Leaksville (now Eden), North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 69 years John F. Henderson; her parents John S. and Gertrude Burgess; her brothers John (Billy) Burgess and James Burgess; and, her sister Mabel Lemons. She is survived by her sister Anne Biggs and husband Bunny Biggs of Eden, NC; her sons John S. Henderson and wife Jerry, James B. Henderson, and Robert Coke Henderson and partner LoriAnn Penman. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Karen Wade and husband JW; Denny Henderson and wife Maura; Carrie Donaldson and husband Josiah; and Sam Henderson and wife Tara. She leaves behind eight great grandchildren: Zachery Stiffler; Hunter and Holden Henderson; Leon, Penny and Walter Donaldson; Claire and Patrick Henderson; and one great great granddaughter Sophia Eva Stiffler, many nieces and nephews, and her favorite puppies Tilly and Augee.

Oh, what a wonderful life she lived! After marrying John and raising their three sons, she started a successful career in real estate. As was her style, giving everything her all, she worked hard and during those 40 years rose to become one of the top Realtors on the Peninsula! She really loved her work and many of her clients, sales associates and brokers became lifelong friends. Without a doubt, she loved people and took a genuine interest in connecting with everyone she met.

She loved to entertain and play bridge, and knew how to throw a great party! In recent years, she enjoyed family gatherings and most of all loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They brought her so much happiness and joy!

Laura was a kind, beautiful, strong, loving woman, had a great sense of humor and was a true friend to so many people. She was always willing to help others and not afraid of stirring up the waters if needed. Our sorrow in losing such an important part of our family has been eased by hearing from friends and family, sharing memories and funny stories. She meant so much to so many people and she will truly be missed!
The family wishes to thank At Home Hospice for the loving care they gave to Laura in her final days. Services will be postponed until healthier times when a Celebration of Life will be held. In the meantime, if desired, charitable contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia. Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, Virginia is assisting in arrangements.

Rachel Spivey Gassner

Rachel Spivey Gassner passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at the age of 94.  She was born in Jackson, NC, and spent most of her life in Portsmouth.  Her last 16 years, she resided in Yorktown.
Rachel loved and cherished her family.  They were her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald F. Gassner, Jr., her parents, Frank and Mary Alice Spivey, and her 13 siblings.  Rachel was the last of 14 children.  She is survived by her children, John Gassner (Susan) and Donna Schwarz (Michael); grandchildren Chris Gassner (Christina), Austin Gassner (Beth), Jennifer Findlay (Mike) and Jessica Garner (B.G.); great-grandchildren, Tristen Campbell, Jake Gassner, Ellie Gassner, Josh Findlay, Rachael Findlay, Hudson Gassner and Camden Gassner.

The family would like to thank the amazing staff at The Hidenwood.  They became our family, our eyes, and heart during this time of COVID 19.

A graveside service, officiated by Pastor Frank Jennings, will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Olive Branch Cemetery in Portsmouth.  Facial masks and social distancing are required.

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

Sharon Urban

From first cry to last breath, Sharon Urban was a fighter. Now, after a lifetime battling sickness, her death on October 24, 2020 has brought her the relief she couldn’t find in life.  During that life, she left a hell of an impression. Fiercely loyal, she was the friend you’d want with you in a dark alley. Hopelessly compassionate, she poured her life into others and took sincere joy in taking care of people. Fiery and passionate in all she did and believed, she never did anything with half a heart. Wild and tempestuous, every moment with her was an adventure. She lived life on her own terms, and she will be missed dearly.

Sharon delighted in her grandchildren, Annabel and Judah, and cherished her time with them. She was a daddy’s girl and adored her father, Bunker Hill, whom she now joins in the undiscovered country. Her late husband, Tony Urban, was the love of her life. She now continues her great love story with him, and their laughter will echo in eternity.  She is survived by her beloved mother, Patricia Delles; stepmother, Lynda Hill; brothers, Robert, Richard (Rose), and John Hill; son and his wife, Bryan and Christie Frye; lifelong friend, Charlotte Whitt; and a large extended family.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, Va.  A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.  Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Carson C. Rector, Sr.

Carson C. Rector, Sr., 87, passed away on October 24, 2020. He is survived by his son, Carson C. Rector, Jr.

Services will be private.

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

Edward “Herbie” Baxter Bright

Edward “Herbie” Baxter Bright, 88, went to his heavenly home on October 25, 2020. Herbie was born May 22, 1932 in Valdese, NC to the late Vance and Isabelle (Salvegeot) Bright. He graduated from Hickory High School in 1950 and then from the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School in 1956, after completing his studies in Marine Electrical Design. He owned a small plane and used it to court June Keller who he married June 13, 1959. June rarely flew after those times and never trusted another pilot. Herbie was a longtime member of Orcutt Baptist Church, serving in multiple roles, including deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Herbie was preceded in death by his wife June in 2015; his siblings, Vance (“Buster”), Bill, Caroline and Nellena. He leaves behind his daughters, Julie Campbell and her husband Ron, and Susan Bright and her husband Charles Burruss; grandchildren, Brandon Richardson and wife Hannah and Zachary Richardson and fiancee Mary, and Pearl and Alex Burruss; and great-grandchildren, Vance Edward, Jace, Noah, Zander, and Aiden.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park, with Dr. Danny Owens 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.

Stanley “Stan” Ira Glasofer

Stanley “Stan” Ira Glasofer, 72, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020.  He was born May 19, 1948, in Newport News, Virginia to Seymour and Lillian Karotkin Glasofer.  Stan was a member of Rodef Sholom Temple and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. He felt very privileged to have been counted among the Rodef Sholom Minyan-aires.  He believed very strongly in the constant need to better the world in which we live and therefore he was very proud of his volunteer efforts with the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, Hillel, his assisting with the religious services at the synagogue, supporting the homeless and the housebound, his participation on various committees and projects of the greater community, with the Wellesley Voting Precinct, his synagogue (especially with the Social Action Committee) and with collecting and distributing needed items to the less fortunate.  He loved that he could donate blood on a regular basis, having given more than 45 gallons (364 prints) over the years. Stan was a patriotic American, proud to have served in the U.S. Army Reserves.  He enjoyed reading and listening to public radio, learning from the opinions and ideas of others.  However, no job or opportunity made him prouder than the ones that earned him the titles of “Dad” and Pop”.

Stan is survived by his dear wife of 45 years, Janet Tickler Glasofer; children, Joe Glasofer (Andrea) of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Laura Raabe (Tim) of Newport News; grandchildren, Marley, Sam, and Rachel; sister, Ronnie Margolis; longtime “brothers” Fred Schneider of Midlothian, Virginia, Louis Silverman of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Greg Oberlin of Wroclaw, Poland; as well as extended family and many dear friends.  Stan bragged that his only talent was his ability to surround himself with good family and good friends.

A private graveside service will be held at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, 1817 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seymour and Lillian Glasofer Education Fund at Rodef Sholom Temple, 401 City Center Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606, to a charity of your choice or plant trees, literally or metaphorically somewhere.

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

Patricia Diane Arbuckle

Patricia Diane Arbuckle, 78, passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. She worked for Hospital Corporation of America, establishing specialty practices of medical schools–oncology, surgery, ophthalmology.Patricia also worked as a Practice Manager for Dr. Richard Rosenthal, who had multiple practices in Northern Virginia as asthma and immunology specialty.

Patricia’s passion was quilting with brilliant color combinations. She loved to travel and had visited 47 countries. Patricia was a happy bubbly individual.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and she will be greatly missed by all knew her, especially her family and friends.

Patricia is survived by husband, Dr. Gary Arbuckle, son, Kevin Byrne (Donna), stepsons, Dr. Jeff Arbuckle, Dr. Eric Arbuckle (China), stepdaughter, Christie Arbuckle, and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4759 Bennetts Pasture Rd, Suffolk, Va. Burial will follow at St. Luke’s Historic Church Cemetery, 14477 Benn’s Church Blvd, Smithfield, Va.  Facial masks and social distancing are required.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to LDS Charities (Humanitarian Relief for world disasters), www.latterdaysaintcharities.org.

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

Brenda Jones Crawford

Brenda Jones Crawford, born March 11, 1948, passed away October 18, 2020. She was a native of Weaverville, NC and a resident of the Peninsula for 43 years, the last 11 years in Carrollton. Brenda retired from the Hampton Circuit Court. She was an avid crafter and scrapbooker and past member of the Red Hat Society.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Howard K. Crawford; daughter, Kimberly Lamm and husband Barry; sons, Brian Crawford and wife Lynne, Chuck Collier and wife Renata, and Jeff Collier and wife Georgia; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; and her fur baby, Cody.

A visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Riverside Health System Foundation, Inc., Tree of Life Cancer Fund.

Pamela Christner

Pamela Christner passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Pam was born on August 13, 1962 to Carolyn Brennaman and Gary Davis, and was a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads. She fought cancer three times and was a hero to her family and friends for the strength and hope she was able to keep through it all.

Pam is preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Brennaman, and father, Gary Davis. She is survived by her daughter, Brandi Torres, son-in-law, Victor Torres, and grandchildren, Jaxon and Isabelle: boyfriend, William “Budda” Gibson; sister, Janet Stith, brother-in-law, Tom Stith, nieces, Carrie Anderson and Jessica Talcott, sister, Linda Rogers and nephews, Jamie and Josh Rogers.

A funeral service will take place at Peninsula Funeral Home on Monday, October 19, at 6:00 p.m, with visitation until 8:00 p.m. She will be buried at Peninsula Memorial Park on Tuesday, October 20, at 1 p.m.

Rita R. Evitts

Our beloved mother, Rita R. Evitts, 80, passed away on October 13, 2020, with her family by her side.

She was born in Heilbronn, Germany during a very turbulent time in the world. Rita met her future husband, an American GI in Germany, 20 years later.

They married and were eventually stationed back in the United States. Once here, she embraced her new life and quickly took action to acquire her U.S. citizenship. Rita was proud of her status as an American citizen and cherished her ability to vote, but never lost her ties to her homeland. As an Army wife, she traveled the world with her husband and family, making her home wherever the Army took her.

She was an avid bowler and participated in leagues wherever she was. In fact, she continued to bowl until she was no longer able. Rita was an active member of the Tidewater German American Society and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post #368. She made many lifelong friends through her associations. Rita loved to dance, travel, and socialize with friends and family. Rita was a long-time member of Reformation Lutheran Church.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 42 years, Master Sergeant Grafton F. Evitts, U.S. Army (Ret). She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Gillroy (Patrick) and Heidi Olson (John); eight grandchildren Denise, Meghan, Alex, Audrey, Patrick, Shelby, John, and Erin; and four great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind numerous loving friends.

The family would like to express a special thanks to her caregiver and hospice nurses. Memorial donations may be made in Rita’s memory to the ALS Association (www.donate.als.org).

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. Facial masks and social distancing will be required. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

George Robbins Packer

George Robbins Packer, 84, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Born in Bladenboro, NC on January 2, 1936 to the late Eugene and Drucilla Packer, and graduating from Bladen County High School in 1954, he served 2 years in the U.S. Army as a Mechanic at Fort Bragg. He then relocated to VA where he spent 29 years at Newport News Shipbuilding as an Outside Machinist/Foreman in submarine hydraulics (X43). In 2002, he retired the same from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. George was a “Jack of all Trades” and enjoyed helping others and sharing that talent. He was a very spiritual man and attended Wythe Presbyterian Church in Hampton. He enjoyed his family time, especially that with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Robin Michele Smith, brothers – Reuben Thompson, Tuggle Thompson, John Packer, Adrian Packer and son-in-law Bobby Rice. Left to cherish his forever loving memory is his wife of 61 years Carolyn Packer, his children Keith Packer and Kimberly Rice, his grandchildren Ian Packer, Holly Smith and Hunter Rice, 2 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. From the family, a heartfelt thank you to both June Metcalf and James Chever for your dedication, patience, love and thoughtful care given to Robin over the years, you are truly God’s blessing.

A graveside service will be held Monday, October 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm in the Garden of Gethsemane section of Peninsula Memorial Park cemetery, 12750 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Wayman Dobbs

Wayman began his walk in Glory on October 4, 2020. He passed after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 84, in Newport News, VA.
He was born March 19, 1936, in Greenville, MS, and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Jean Dobbs, daughter Victoria Lynne (Major Richard) Parkinson of Fort Defiance, VA; son David Reed Dobbs (Renee) of Gloucester, VA; a sister Sandra Dobbs Spearman (Barry) of TN; five grandchildren – Josh Dobbs (Eve) of Santa Fe, TX, Alix Dobbs (Jason) of Mechanicsville, VA, Daniel Dobbs of Richmond, VA, Owen Parkinson of Virginia Beach, VA, and Ian Parkinson of Madison, WI,  and four great grandchildren – Lucas, Shelby, Olivia, and Kylie. He also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews along with his dear friend/caregiver, Carolyn Richardson.

Wayman enjoyed reading his bible daily. Vickie and David called him often regarding answers to biblical questions and references. He was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church in Newport News, VA, and served as a deacon many years until he was physically unable to do so.

He was a 30-year US Army Veteran whose career included two tours to Vietnam, two tours to Korea, as well as other duties and assignments. He retired as Master Sergeant.
Wayman enjoyed fishing, water skiing, exploring river outlets and tributaries on the James River,  and the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.  He enjoyed gardening and being with his family, especially grandchildren.

Funeral services, officiated by his long-time pastor, Wes Taylor, were held on Friday, October 9, 2020, at Peninsula Funeral Home Chapel, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA, followed by interment at the Peninsula Memorial Park Mausoleum, which included an honor presentation of the folded flag to Betty, followed by the playing of Taps by the US Army.

Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Association, 4560 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (www.apdaparkinson.org/).

Laura Ann Bowcock

Laura Ann Bowcock peacefully passed away on October 6, 2020.

Laura lived a full life, full of adventure; born in Camden, New Jersey, she was a quintessential Jersey Girl! She was smart and confident, which helped her launch a career as a Switch Board Operator at the telephone company; it was during this time that she met the love of her life, a cute Sailor named Jesse. They soon married and relocated to Norfolk, VA, where they raised their three children and she established a second career working with children and managing both Twin Oaks Private School and Arrowood Academy.

Upon retirement, Laura relocated to Gloucester, VA where she dedicated her life to volunteering for over seven years in Saunders Nursing Home, helping the elderly residents with arts and crafts and putting a smile on their faces. After over twenty-eight years there, Laura moved to Kiln Creek, this is where she enjoyed life with Jesse until his passing. Laura then found a new beginning living on the beautiful waterway of The Chesapeake Bay, inside the historic Chamberlin on Fort Monroe.

Laura was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Jesse Bowcock Sr.; sons, Jesse Jr. and Lyle. She is survived by her daughter, Laura Marie of Gloucester, VA and son-in-law, Glen; grandchildren: Lesley, Glen and wife Kirsten, Kelly and Jesse Brian; great-grandchildren: Preston, Carter, Harley, Rachel and Reece; and her brother, Les and wife Becky.

A true matriarch! Forgiving and thoughtful; she was outspoken but your biggest cheerleader, she taught her family to be the best version of themselves and that, “Life is what you make it!” She truly embodied an optimism for life and found great pleasure in entertaining and threw huge gatherings where she served her famous Italian spaghetti and Lasagna. Family and friends would travel for miles for those huge holiday spreads! Her home was always filled with love, hugs, warmth and plenty of goodies as she always made sure you felt special. The children would gather with pallets in her living room every Halloween and watch scary movies with her and Frankenstein, her favorite. She was so much fun, as to know her was to love her. Laura was a wise protector, and offered generous guidance with her words. She had an infectious laugh and a quick wit that would leave you in stitches. Those who knew her, loved her and appreciated her boldness and generous heart.

Laura, we love you and will miss you dearly, may we make you proud as you watch over us in heaven.

The family would like to send a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital!

Due to the Pandemic, the family will have a private Celebration of Life. All Condolences may be sent to: 11202 Cabins End Lane, Gloucester, VA 23061.

John Cowley, Jr.

John Cowley, Jr. (88) passed away peacefully on October 8, 2020. He was a godly, loyal, honest, and hard-working man who was committed to his family and was highly respected by all those who knew him.
John is survived by Joan, his wife of 63 years; daughter Karen (Kirk) Newman; sons John David (Judy) Cowley III, Mark (Meredith) Cowley, and George (Karen) Cowley; brothers Paul (Sandra) Cowley, Roy Cowley, and Daniel (Elizabeth) Cowley; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. John was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to everyone.
John worked as an independent pharmacist locally for 61 years. He owned Modern Pharmacy on King Street, Wornom’s Drug Store on Mercury Blvd., and Denbigh Pharmacy on Warwick Blvd. He continued to work at Denbigh Pharmacy until June 2020.
John Cowley joined the Board of Directors of Hampton Christian Academy in the mid-1970s, and he was instrumental in helping Mary Atkins Christian Day School become incorporated as Hampton Christian Schools. Since that time, he remained on the school board until April 2020. John’s heart for leading students to a deeper relationship with Christ has made an impact on hundreds of lives through his faithfulness to share his faith and to promote Christian education through his words and actions.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Amedisys for their loving care and support during the past three months. The family would also like to give their sincerest gratitude to Pastor Nathan Cecil (Foxhill Road Baptist Church) for his care and support during John’s final days.

A graveside service, officiated by Pastor Nathan Cecil, will be held on Monday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. 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.

David B. Rhodes

David B. Rhodes of Newport News, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Mennowood Retirement Community. He was a native of Roanoke, Va. and had been a resident of York County for 50 years. David was a Physicist and worked for NASA for 37 years until his retirement. He was a graduate of Roanoke College with a BS of Science, graduating with high honors, and held three patents from NASA. David was a member of Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church, choir member, head of the Youth Group and was a Sunday school teacher. David was also a Master Gardener.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Rush Rhodes and Vonnie Alice Rhodes. He is survived by his spouse of 54 years, Joan Rhodes; brother, William Rhodes (Elaine); three nieces and nephews, Ben Rhodes, Beth Rhodes, Rebecca “Becky” Washington; and cousins, Patsey Haymaker and John Anthony Rhodes.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 358 McLaws Cir, Williamsburg, VA 23185 (www.act.alz.org).

 

Therese Reiley

Therese Reiley passed peacefully following a long illness on October 6. Therese lived a long and happy life, born and raised in Tacoma, WA. After graduating from Seattle U. as an RN, she became a Navy nurse and moved to the east coast. While stationed in Bethesda, she met and married her husband, John (Jack) Reiley. They raised three children in Newport News. Therese worked as an RN at Riverside, McDonald Army Hospital, and finally spent over 20 years as an industrial nurse at Bendix and Sieman’s. Therese loved her time with her friends and family, enjoying time spent together. She loved baking Christmas cookies and entertaining during the holidays. Therese was preceded in death by her husband Jack and sister Virginia Latvala. She is survived by her children John (Leonora), Marybeth Price (Keith), and Virginia (Ginny) Lassiter (Keen). She is also survived by her grandchildren Elizabeth Campbell, Madison Reiley, Tyler Price (Kassie), Graham Price, Caroline, Mary Grace, and Keen Lassiter as well as her brother Dr. Burt Goodman (Edna Lou) and a host of nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Monday, October 12, at 10am followed immediately by internment in Peninsula Memorial Park.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at the Gardens of Warwick Forest for their kind and generous care. We would especially like to thank Tomekia Rivback and Melanie Barone for their unconditional support over the past few years.

Peninsula Funeral Home is responsible for all services.

Nelson Shannon Pentecost

Nelson Shannon Pentecost passed away to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 19, 2020. He succumbed to heart failure at age 83, after a 9 year stay at the Community Living Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Va. He was born to Elsie and James Pentecost on June 1, 1937 in Greenfield, Tn. and graduated from Greenfield High School where he was voted dreamboat, cutest, most polite, and most courteous. Also, he was a valuable asset to his high school football team playing the running back position. After graduation he travelled to Chicago looking for work and pursued the Amateur Boxing Golden Gloves award. While in Chicago he was drafted into the Army in 1960 and was sent to Wurzburg, Germany where he met the love of his life. He was medically discharged in 1970 out of Ft. Eustis, Virginia, having obtained the rank of SGT E-5. He settled in Newport News, Va. with his wife, daughter and son, residing in Denbigh for 50 years. Nelson was a member of the Tidewater German American Society and American Legion Post 368 in Denbigh. He was also his son’s little league assistant coach for Denbigh Patriots. Nelson was a good man, loving husband, and dad, always trying to participate in his family life. He was Known as “ Pup” to his son and “Opi” to the rest of his family.

Nelson is survived by his wife of 57 years, his son Norman, daughter Judie and her family, his sister Kimberly of Murray, Ky. and other family members living in Tennessee along with other areas of the South.

Pup thank you for a great childhood, starting with being my assistant little league football coach,
fishing with me at our fishing spot, going on walks with the dog, and for helping me deliver newspapers in the snow, helping me work my festival food business, and going on family trips. You always stood at the front door waving goodbye; you did your best to always be there when needed. Until we meet again, goodbye for now my dear “Pup”.

Irving Weinstein

Irving Weinstein passed away on 10/5/2020 at the age of 93. Irving was born in Baltimore, MD to Mollie and Nathan Weinstein and grew up in Bassett, VA. He graduated from Bassett High School and then attended Virginia Tech. He then served in the Air Corps (U.S. Air Force) during the latter part of WWII, after which he returned to Virginia Tech to complete his degree in Aeronautical engineering.

He joined NASA (then NACA) where he worked in the 8-ft High Temperature Structures Tunnel and did testing, analysis, and reporting test results on the heat shield systems for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs as well as the space shuttle tile systems. He retired from NASA after almost 34 years.

Irving enjoyed many sporting activities including baseball, tennis, bowling, skiing, and especially golf where he had two holes-in-one. Another activity in which he was involved was duplicate bridge where he became a Gold Life Master and was a regional tournament director and served on the board of directors for over 15 years. Irving wishes to thank his many friends and long-time bridge partners, especially Kitty, Bruce, Jim, Doug, Yuko, Tom, and George.

Besides his parents, Irving was predeceased by his wife of 13 wonderful years, Anne, and his sister, Esther Obstler. Survivors include his children, Ron Weinstein, Gary Weinstein (Ruth Rozen), Randi Kitchen (Wally), and David Weinstein (Kate); their mother, Sandra Ancell; step-daughter, Debra Lewis; sister, Rhona Bertman (Marty); and grandchildren, Zoe, Joshua, and Melanie; as well as nieces and nephews, Marc, Nathan (Kathi), Neal (Joyce), Mona (Bruce), Claire (Keith), and Mitchell; and cousin, Sheila (Mark).

Irving was a longtime member of B’nai Israel Congregation where he served a term as President and was on the Board of Directors for many years. He later became a member of Rodef Sholom Temple.

A graveside service will be held and officiated by Rabbi Dror on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula on Kecoughtan Rd. in Hampton. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

The family would like to thank the staff at Riverside Hospice Services, especially case manager Melanie, nurses Melissa and Paul, and nurses’ aide Sharrina. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rodef Sholom Temple building fund or to a charity of your choice.

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

Herbert C. Mapes, Sr.

Herbert C. Mapes, Sr., 88, passed away on October 2, 2020. He was a native of Buffalo, New York and a resident of Newport News for 68 years. Herbert was a policeman for the city of Newport News and the Virginia Police Department and retired after 27 years as a Deputy Chief. He served in the U.S. Navy and was Past President of the FBI National Academy of Virginia and a former City Council candidate in Newport News.

Herbert is survived by his sons, Herb Mapes, Jr., of Poquoson, Va., Anthony Mapes, of Ca., and Michael Mapes, of Yorktown, Va.; grandson, Michael Mapes, of Yorktown, Va.; and his sister, Nancy Seekins of Jamestown, NY.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, at Hampton Memorial Gardens. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

The family suggests contributions to Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia, 5041 Corporate Woods Dr., #175, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

Vivian Edwards

Vivian Edwards of Newport News passed away on October 2, 2020. She was born in Isle of Wight County, grew up in Newport News, and was a 1952 graduate of Newport News High School. In 1953, she married William Bruce Edwards and moved to Indiana in 1954, where she remained for 39 years. She returned to Newport News in 1993. Vivian was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the Pathfinders Sunday School Class. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority for more than 60 years, as well as a member of the 1952 Old Friends Club from NNHS. She enjoyed entertaining with family and friends, going to the beach, sewing and working on her crafts.

Vivian is preceded in death by her mother, Alma Scott; father, Vernon Scott; and brother, Edward Earl Scott. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, William Bruce Edwards; and sons, Jeffrey Edwards and his wife Cindy, of Ashburn, VA and their sons, Christian, of Venice, CA and Clark, a student at Christopher Newport University, and Curtis and his wife Michelle, of Denver, CO, and their daughter, Lauren, of Providence, RI.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, at the funeral home. Final resting place will be at Quantico National Cemetery. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Talmadge L. (Pop) Gailey

Talmadge L. (Pop) Gailey, born in High Point, NC on May 12, 1927, passed away on October 1, 2020. He left his family behind to remember him with love and wonder. At age 93 (he would say 39!), he was still working and treasured every minute of it.  Talmadge worked in the Optical field since age 16. He continued working until recently when he was unable to walk well. For months he said, “I can do the work, I just can’t walk to get there”. To know him was to love him!
He was the oldest son of the late Lester and Eura Gailey and was preceded in death by his loving wife, Audrey, and one brother, Dalton.

He is survived by sons: Michael (Pam) of Gloucester, VA, Kenneth, his caregiver, who lived at the home in Hampton, VA, Rick (Donna), of Yorktown, VA, and Mark (Phyllis) of FL. He was grandfather to six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother, Robert (Dee) of AZ and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 3:00  p.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will not be a visitation.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank both Riverside Cancer Center and Riverside Hospice for the care provided for our beloved Pop.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Janet Marie Bryant Hershaw

Janet Marie Bryant Hershaw passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020, at the age of 61.  She was a native of Newport News and had resided in Smithfield for 26 years.  Janet was a graduate of Missouri Western State University and had worked for Riverside Hospital for many years as a registered nurse.

Janet was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Helen Montgomery, and beloved father, Melvin James Bryant.  She is survived by her long-time companion, Terry Mitchell; two daughters, Kasey Viscelli of Atlanta, GA; Dr. Jamie Hershaw of Colorado Springs, CO; four granddaughters, Molly, Ellah, Corinne and Emory Viscelli; and a sister, Linda Armellino of Wheatfield, IN. Janet was a devoted friend, mother, grandmother and sister and will be missed by all who knew her.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 5 at 3:00 p.m. in 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.

Eugenia S. Sawyer

Eugenia S. Sawyer, 93, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on September 27, 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband, Norbet G. Sawyer. Eugenia is survived by her daughter, Nanette Pemberton; son, Carter Sawyer; grandchildren, Carter and Scott Pemberton and Will Sawyer; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Eugenia will be buried next to her husband in Peninsula Memorial Park.

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

Barbara Damson Spivey

It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness our family shares Barbara Damron Spivey, 77, passed away at Riverside Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her loving and devoted family. During her medical challenges over this last year, her strength and faith shined through as she fought to recover so many times.

Mom was an AMAZING mother, grandma, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor and a second Mama and grandma to SO many!! She will be remembered for so many things but most importantly her LOVE and DEDICATION to her family and friends!

A native of Newport News, she graduated from Newport News High School in 1960. She was an amazing homemaker and worked at Sears & Roebuck and H & R Block for many years.

Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Carleton Edward Spivey Jr.; parents, Zetie and Florence Damron; and niece, Pamela Scheck. Survivors include her two devoted daughters, Denise Spivey and Debbie Spivey Outlaw; four grandchildren, Conrad, Carleton, T.J. and Randall; brother, Zetie Damron and wife Irene; niece, Katherine Grizzle and husband Dennis; great-niece and nephews, Lindsay, Christopher, Tyler and Ryan; and lifelong “sisters”, Libby Len Bain and Sunny Ruther.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., in Newport News. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 1, at Hampton Church of the Nazarene, 32 Tide Mill Lane, in Hampton, by the Reverend Linda G. Hudson. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. A reception will immediately follow the burial at the church. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Barbara’s honor to Riverside College of Health Careers Make a Difference Fund, 316 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601.

Pamela Jean Huse-Allen

On Friday, September 25, 2020, after a brief battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Pamela Jean Huse-Allen passed away at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. She is preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn Huse; father, Jessie Huse; husband, Leonard Allen; son, Daniel Lehman; as well as Spencer Riddle. She leaves behind to lovingly remember her: siblings, Deborah Huse, Danny Huse (Dana), Michael Huse, and Mark Huse; biological children, Joseph Riddle (Laura), Brigham Riddle (Blair), Heber Riddle, John Riddle, David Riddle, and Cassandra Sanford (Jacob); as well as those she chose to love like her own, Isaac Riddle, George Riddle, and David Brewington. She also leaves behind her grandchildren who will miss her greatly, Sarah, Jacob, Jesse, Emma, Jaycie, Aiden, Brock, Myka, Ehryse, Kiara, Seth, MaKenna, Korrigan, Logan, Arianna, Joshua, Isaiah, Alexander, and Spencer. We were all blessed to have known her in life and will remember her fondly here on Earth.

The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints with a funeral service to begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens. Guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Virginia Paws for Pits, The American Cancer Society, or the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

George Lynwood Price, Jr.

George Lynwood Price, Jr., 94, a retired Army Colonel and veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Colonel Price was a lifetime member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Newport News as well as a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge. After graduating from Newport News High School, he achieved the unique honor of receiving a B.S. degree from both the Virginia Military Institute (Class of 1947) and the United States Military Academy (Class of 1950) at West Point, New York. Later, he received a Master’s degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University. Colonel Price served on active duty through 1979 when he retired with full honors. He received numerous awards to include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.

Colonel Price is preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Price. Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Van Price and Allen Price; his daughter, Hanni Moreno; and nine grandchildren. A military graveside service will be held at a later date.

Marvin James Lulofs

Marvin James Lulofs passed away peacefully on September 25, 2020. He was born June 29, 1930 in Muskegon, Michigan, the son of Herman and Sadie Lulofs. Marvin attended Muskegon High School, graduating in 1948, and married his high school sweetheart, Helen, in 1952. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 1953. After graduation he served in the United States Army until 1955, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Marv and Helen made their home in Muskegon, and Marv would become the father of four boys. He worked in Accounting for Brunswick Corporation and Howmet Corporation in Michigan. In 1975, the family moved to Newport News, Virginia. Marv retired as Controller at the Hampton, Virginia Howmet Corporation facility in 1992. Marv was a longtime member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, where he served on many committees. He was a traveler, a companion, and a friend. He will be remembered as a loving husband and devoted father.

Marv is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Helen and his son, Allen. He is survived by three sons, Michael (Vennie), James (Henrietta), and Steven; three grandchildren, Megan (Kuhagen), Michelle (Pliske), and Corey Lulofs; and three great-grandchildren, Emily and Ella (Pliske) and Sophia (Lulofs).

A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on October 1, 2020 at 11:00 am. Masks and social distancing are required of those attending. The family would like to thank the caregivers and hospice workers at The Hamilton Assisted Living Facility and York Convalescent Center for their compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Audrey Phillips Curtis

Audrey Phillips Curtis, the widow of the late Alfred K. Curtis, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020. She was a life-long resident of the Peninsula, living in Newport News, Hampton, and Yorktown.  Audrey worked in the Ship Repair Department of the Newport News Shipyard and she served as Church Secretary for Trinity Lutheran Church.  She retired in 1986 as the Cafeteria Manager at Ferguson High School.

Audrey was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church and was an active member serving in many capacities, including Nelms Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women, and Chairman of Homebound Ministry.  She was a pledge in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in 1955 – at the time of her death, she was an active member of the Lambda Master Chapter.  Audrey held many offices including President of Peninsula Council and was recognized by being chosen Chapter and Peninsula Woman of the Year.

Audrey is survived by two sons: Richard Curtis (Kerri) of Huntsville, AL and Robert Curtis of Westminister, CA; four grandchildren: Angela Cole of Fayetteville, GA, Kelly Swaney of Norwell, MA, Audrey Boyd of Madison, AL and Kenneth Curtis of Westminister, CA; five great-grandchildren: Breana Swaney of Boston, MA and Tommy Swaney of Norwell, MA; Ashlyn and Abigayle Cole of Fayetteville, GA; and Rylin Boyd of Madison, AL; one brother, Clifford E. Smith (Thelma) of Madison, AL; and many loving nieces, nephews, and long-time friends.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park. Out of respect for the safety of her family and friends and the many front-line healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, a Memorial Service is not planned at this time.

Memorials may be made to the Food Pantry of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, 1024 Harpersville Rd., Newport News, VA 23601. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Shirley Langston

Shirley was the daughter of the late, Martha L. Smith and Josey L. Smith of Newport News, VA. She was born and raised in Newport News, VA, and a 1957 graduate of Newport News High School. Shirley began her lifelong career at the Newport News Shipbuilding in 1958, serving 62 years with NNS, in Production Control Carrier Overhaul, as a planner scheduler.

Shirley enjoyed fishing on the James River, and admiring the Shipyard from her boat. She could be found on many weekends taking in the latest movies at the theater. Shirley’s pride and joy was her 4 pound toy poodle “Matti”. Over the last few months Matti has been a great sense of comfort, never leaving Shirley’s side. One of her favorite names to be called was GeGe by her grandson, Cole.

Shirley made many friends throughout her life, from lifelong friends from the Shipyard, from boating and fishing, from the movies and from all areas of her life.

Many “Thanks” to the Riverside Hospice team of Melissa, Kenyana, and Heather. Thank you all for your unselfish and exceptional care given to Shirley in the past three months.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation, in memory of Shirley, to Riverside Hospice in Newport News, VA.

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral on Monday evening, September 28, 2020, from 4:00 to 7:00. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 in Peninsula Memorial Park.The wearing of masks and social distancing will be require at all gatherings of remembrance. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John Herkimer Greene

John Herkimer Greene, 72, of Newport News passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. He was born on December 7, 1947, in Bronxville, NY to Cmdr. Frederic Horace and Mrs. Cathryne Blanche Greene. John grew up in Westfield, NJ where he was a standout athlete in swimming and football.

He set numerous state records in football and won consecutive titles in swimming. John was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame for High School athletes.

John graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He followed college with two years of military service with the U.S. Army. After service, John returned to Williamsburg, VA, and began a career with New York Life Insurance Company. This career would last 40 years, highlighted with many honors including Presidency of various industry associations and President of the Peninsula Estate Planning Council. He was a frequent speaker who was invited to lecture on life insurance and estate planning at different law schools. John’s membership in the Int’l. Organization of the Million Dollar Roundtable was one of his proudest accomplishments. His business expanded in 2009 when he merged his practice with Gordon Parker under the business banner Heritage Business Strategies LLC.

John rekindled his love of golf later in life and through persistent practice, lowered his golf handicap to a 4. His golfing career included two hole-in-ones and two rare double eagles. John taught his son, Carl how to play the game. Carl and his father won the Father-Son golf tournament at James River Country Club in 1987. Sailing was always one of John’s passions. His Tartan 37’ “Romanza” sailboat provided many great memories.

John was preceded in death by his son, Carl, whom John and his family had provided excellent home care for many years prior to his passing; his sister, Elizabeth Leroy Greene Debarger; and his beloved maternal grandmother, Blanche Sophia Greene.

John is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Jeri Greene; two daughters, Amy Rampmeyer (Mike) and Caye Howe; sister Patricia Beach Greene Bates and brother-in-law, Lieutenant General US Army (retired) Jared Lewis Bates; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon, September 27, 2020, from 2:00 to 4:00 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA. Services for the family will be held on Tuesday, September 29. The public is invited to attend the interment service at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Blvd, Newport News. A reception, following the interment service, will be held at the James River Country Club at 1:00 p.m. The wearing of masks and social distancing will be required at all gatherings of remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris, Blvd, Newport News, VA, or First Tee Golf charity www.firsttee.org

James L. Carter

James L. Carter, 86, passed away on September 17, 2020, in the Outer Banks, NC.  He was a native of Newport News, VA, and a resident of Duck, NC.
James was a Parts Manager for Carter Equipment Corp and Casey Auto Group, from which he later retired.  He was also a CPL E4 U.S. Army from 1956 through 1962.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lee, parents, Hattie Green Carter, and LeRoy Carter, and sister, Clarine Harris.  He is survived by his daughter, Julia C. Massie (James) of Duck NC; son, Brian L. Carter (Brenda) of Williamsburg, VA; three grandchildren, Deana Seymour, Michelle Maleski, and Julianna Massie; four great-grandchildren, Sean, Shelby, Sawyer and Maxwell; sister, Venita Whitley; and three nephews, Phillip Harris, William Campbell and Mallory Shields.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. 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.

Stanley Irwin Goldberg

Stanley Irwin Goldberg of Newport News, Virginia passed away on September 23, 2020.  Above all, a devoted loving father and mentor to his son, Andrew Garfield Goldberg, after the untimely death of his wife and Andrew’s mother, at the age of 31, when Andrew was three years old.  Stanley, the son of the late Dave and Sara Levy Goldberg, was born on May 13, 1934, in Newport News and attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia.   In 1962, he married Marilyn Levin Goldberg, daughter of the late Harry and Esther Levin, in Norfolk, Virginia.  Marilyn was the love of his life, and in 1967, Andrew was born.

Stanley’s career began with his family business, Bedding Supply Company, and he ultimately became its President.  He also was very involved in real estate, both as a Realtor and as an investor, serving as President of Mutual Realty Corp and as Managing Partner of Goldkress Investment Co.  He was a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Virginia Association of Realtors, and the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors.  He was also active in the community, serving as a Trustee of Temple Sinai in Newport News, and the Virginia Elks Lodge Youth Camp.

Stanley was a member of the Marquis Company for 20 years and was recognized and named as one of the Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.  He was also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force for two years.

Stanley was preceded in death by his brother, Ivan Goldberg, and his nephew, Michael Goldberg, and is survived by another nephew, Stephen Goldberg.  Stanley is also survived by his brother-in-law, Richard Levin (Judy) of Norfolk and his sister-in-law, Bobbie Lou Miller (Michael) of Denver, Colorado, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family has a special appreciation for Bette Aworh, Kate Kayode, and Nicole Britt, devoted and extraordinary care givers.

Due to COVID-19, a private family graveside service will be held, officiated by Rabbi Séverine Sokol.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Temple Sinai, 11620 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Dorothy (Dot) Hardison Wynings

Dorothy (Dot) Hardison Wynings, 90, passed peacefully on September 19, 2020 at her home in Carrollton, Virginia after a short illness. Born August 2, 1930, in Wilmington, North Carolina, she was the daughter of William and Brookie Hardison.

Dot and her late husband Earl L. Wynings, Sr. of Newport News had three sons: Earl “Chuck” L. Wynings Jr., of Carrollton, Barry K. Wynings of Newport News (deceased), and Eric R. Wynings of Newport News. She had six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are son Chuck and his wife Joy; their sons and a daughter-in-law: Adam, Taylor, Graham and his wife Katherine; granddaughter Laura and her son River; a brother William (Billy) Hardison and his wife Bobbie; a brother in law “Mac” McDonald; nieces and nephews; and many extended family who lovingly called her “Granny”.

Dot was preceded in death by her husband, Earl L. Wynings, Sr., son Barry Wynings, her parents, and six sisters: Edna, Annie Belle, Hazel, Mary, Anna Lou, and Aleen.

Dot loved fashion, making a beautiful home, and traveling. Her love for the Lord kept her active in Community Bible Study for years and she was a beloved member of Village Christian Fellowship Church in Suffolk, Virginia. Dot’s dependence on the Lord gave her much joy for life and her cheerful resolve and acceptance for what life brings was a tribute to her character. She will enjoy heaven!

A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. In light of COVID-19, the memory of Dot’s life will be celebrated outside, and attendees are asked to observe social distancing measures and to wear a mask.

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

Jerry Rodger Taylor & Patricia Ann Taylor

Jerry Rodger Taylor passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020. He was born May 29, 1943, in Mt. Airy, NC. Jerry moved to Newport News, VA in 1964, where he spent most of his life. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as a master shipbuilder. Jerry was known as the “Nut Man”. He enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, and playing cards with his friends. Jerry is survived by a sister, Mary Ruth White, and brother, Robert Louis Taylor.
Patricia Ann Taylor passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020. She was born on February 24, 1946, in Slough Birminghamshire, England. Patricia moved to the United States at the age of 10. She grew up in Gastonia, NC, and moved to Newport News in 1990. Patricia worked at the Lunch Bell for many years before retiring. She was an active member of Parkview United Methodist Church. Patricia truly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Patricia is survived by a brother, William Thomas Griffin, and sister, Valerie Griffin Kelly.

Jerry and Patricia are also survived by their children, Jeffrey Burrell (Shannon), Kimberly Pierce (Ronald), Jennifer Jackson, Bryant Burrell (Susan), and Tracy Evans; grandchildren, Toni Roberts (Bryan), Jaye Jackson (Becca), Whitney Jackson (Trey), Wesley Livingston, Nathan Pierce, Holly Taylor (Sam), Dawson Evans, Shelden Burrell, and Kate Tadloc (Matt); and nine great-grandchildren.

A celebration of their lives will be held at Parkview United Methodist Church, 912 Briarfield Road, Newport News VA on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Facial Masks and social distancing will be required.

The children ask that donations be made to Parkview United Methodist Church to support and honor the church that they loved.

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