God called on one of His Angels, Evelyn Neyra, home on July 4, 2020. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking for her family. Her smile brought joy to your heart and her laugh was infectious. Evelyn was born in the Philippines and was a valuable employee at Peninsula Health Services for 16 years.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister. She leaves behind Romulo Neyra, Sr.; her daughter, Alma Merritt (Rikie); son, Romulo Neyra (Kristin); grandchildren, Christian, Harmony, Alexis and Justin; and siblings, Leonida Gragasin, Ernesto Lina and Macario Lina; her nieces and nephews; and good friends.
A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Face masks and social distancing are required.
Jerry C. Gilbert
Jerry C. Gilbert (82), a resident of Hampton for the past 62 years, went to be with our Heavenly Father on July 6, 2020 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer’s. Born to Roy & Edith (Tabor) Gilbert in Judson NC. Jerry and his older brother were raised in the Great Smokey Mountains by their grandparents Bill & Wilda Mae (Warren) Gilbert. Jerry graduated from Andrew’s HS in NC where he was captain of the football team and one of the fastest running backs in that part of the state, being described by his coach as being “swuft”. After high school he briefly attended University of Tennessee Knoxville before settling in Hampton VA. He was employed at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in the drafting room – Hull Structure Dept. He later retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth VA. He was an avid bowler, a member of Mosby’s Rangers of the N.S.S.A. for close to 30 years and loved to metal detect. More than anything, he loved his family. He was a great husband, Daddy, Datdaddy and friend to many.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents William & Wilda Gilbert, his parents Roy & Edith (Tabor) Gilbert, sister Renith Gilbert & brother Fred Gilbert. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, June DeHart Gilbert; Son: Gregory Gilbert; Daughter: Edith Gilbert, all of Hampton. Grandchildren: Mandy Whitby (Mike), Cody Gilbert (Macy) & Hunter Hartman (Lillie). Great Grandchildren: Summer, Dominic & Makenzie. Brothers: Roy L. Gilbert (Louise) & Chad Gilbert. Uncle: Melvin Tabor (Roberta) along with many neices, nephews & cousins. Special thanks to his caregiver Lisa for her care and compassion. Services will be July 13th at 10 am at Peninsula Funeral Home (Due to COVID19 attendees limited.) Live stream at https://peninsulafuneralhome.com/video/ Graveside at 11am at Peninsula Memorial Park, masks and social distance required. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite charity.
Coleman L. Johnson
Coleman L. Johnson, 76, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. He was a native of Hampton’s Wythe area and most recently a resident of Newport News. Coleman was the President and Owner of Briggs Auto Supply, from which he retired after 30 years of service in 1999.
Coleman was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Charles Johnson and Ethel Lee Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia Duke H. Johnson; daughter, Cathy Earls; son, Mike Johnson; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley J. Williams, Frederick C. Johnson, Beverly J. Sweeney, Ethel Carmines, John E. Johnson and Curtis F. Johnson; and step-son, Tom Harmon and wife, Zenny and their daughter Victoria Harmon.
A family graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park. A service celebrating Coleman’s life will be held at a later time. Memorial donations may be made in Coleman’s name to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 (www.kidneyfund.org).
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23601.
Richard H. “Dick” VanDerzee
Richard H. ” Dick” VanDerzee, 92, a previous resident of Newport News, Virginia since 1991, passed away on July 1, 2020, at Albany, NY. He was born on January 5, 1928, in Tarrytown, NY, the third son of George B. and Dagny VanDerzee.
Dick graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1945 and the New York State Maritime Academy in 1948. He played basketball and baseball throughout high school and at the Maritime Academy where he graduated with honors and received an Ensign’s commission in the U.S. Navy. Dick played professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers Organization from 1948 – 1952, and served in the Navy during the Korean War as CIC and Operations Officer aboard a Fletcher Class destroyer from 1952 to 1954, serving almost six years total active and Naval Reserve time. His 37-year maritime career commenced in 1954 in New York City with Alcoa Steamship Company. Dick next served as Port Director at Ogdensburg, N.Y. in 1971. (In 1975 he was honored by the New York State Maritime College with his selection as the Charter Member of the school’s new Athletic Hall of Fame). He assumed greater responsibilities when he became Port Manager at Buffalo in 1977, followed by being named Director of Maritime Affairs at the Port of Chicago in 1982. Two overseas assignments as Port Operations Consultant followed in Ethiopia (1987-1988) and Somalia (1989-1991). Dick then retired and moved with his wife to Newport News, VA. He enjoyed playing golf year-round in the warmer climate.
Dick was a member of the Second Reformed Church in Tarrytown and served as Deacon before moving to upstate New York in 1971.
He was preceded by his beloved wife of 63 years, Carol and his second son, Robert. Dick is survived by his daughter, Kim Voska (Yorktown, VA), Richard Jr. (Delmar, NY), Kristian (Verona, NJ), and Jonathan (Collegeville, PA). He was blessed with eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Due to Covid-19, a private, family-only graveside ceremony is scheduled for July 9 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Robert M. Joyner
Robert M. Joyner, 83, a lifelong resident of Newport News, born September 3, 1936, passed away on July 4, 2020. He retired as Tech Sgt. from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years (1954-1977), both in the U.S. and overseas. He was a skilled woodworker his entire life. Robert worked 13 years for Klate Holt and was later self-employed as a handyman for over 20 years. After retiring, due to injuries overseas and receiving the Purple Heart, he lived for his Lord, his family and his church.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, France B. and Mary W. Joyner; sons, David W. and Robert D. Joyner; sister, Joan; brother, Sonny; and granddaughter, Kirstyn. He is survived by daughters, Gail Jones (Ken) and Lynne Clinton (Dale); 15 grandchildren; brother, Douglas Joyner (Sharon) of Fredericksburg; sisters, Buena Mae Phaup, Frances Mashburn, Rosemary Neubaum (Mickey), Janet Nagele (Buddy), and Nancy Joann Phillips; uncle, Fenton White (Joyce) all of Newport News; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Pastor Robert Mosley. Face masks and social distancing are required. The family will receive guests following the service at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made to either of Robert’s favorite charities, First Church Ministries in Port Warwick or Wounded Warriors.
Stephen D. White
Stephen D. White, 46, a lifetime resident of Newport News, Virginia passed away peacefully at home on July 6 after a long illness.
Stephen was born November 13, 1973. He graduated from Menchville High School in 1992 and Campbell University in 1996 with a business degree. He is preceded in death by his father, Jerry White, and is survived by his mother, Peggy White, brother Mark White (Victoria), sister Ann Rasmussen (Terence), several nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.
Stephen met each of life’s challenges with courage and perseverance. He always kept in tact his salty sense of humor and enjoyed laughing with his family
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Randy Shepley, Pastor of First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305.
Cynthia Leonard Blanchard
Cynthia Leonard Blanchard surrounded by her family peacefully went to be with the Lord June 28, 2020 in South Carolina at the age of 62. Cindy was born June 10, 1958 in Winston Salem, NC where she was raised most of her life as an army brat. She was a member of Woodland Baptist Church in Winston Salem. She was a successful mortgage banker in Newport News, VA where she raised her four boys together. She loved unconditionally and lived a life full of passion. Cindy was a loving mother to her four boys who were her world and seven grandchildren that she adored. She was preceded in death by her father David “Dutch” Keith Leonard. Left to cherish her memory is her mother Barbara Jerusha Delong, sons, David Jon Lineberry Jr., Jeffery Keith Lineberry, Matthew Allen Blanchard, and Ryan Elijah Blanchard, grandchildren, Skylar, DJ, Michaela, Jeffery “JJ”, Aiden, Van, and Curren, daughter in laws, Hope Lineberry and Lanie Blanchard, siblings, Debbie Bland (Jesse) and Bobby Leonard (Linda).
Please join us to celebrate Cindy’s life at 3 pm on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home 11144 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made in her honor to McCall Hospice House in South Carolina or a hospice center in your community.
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Gerald “Chip” M. Chiappazzi
On June 29, 2020, Gerald “Chip” M. Chiappazzi, 74, of Yorktown VA, entered Heaven surrounded in love by his family at home. He was born August 24, 1945, in Erie PA, the son of the late Joseph and Lena (Mattiolli) Chiappazzi. Chip had four sisters, three who have preceded him in death, Mrs. John (Rosemary) Wilson of Molin IL, Mrs. Joseph (Joyce) Serafini of Erie and Mrs. Bruce (Kristine) Kravis of Green Bay WI, and his only surviving sibling, Mrs. Richard (Marilyn) Gebhardt, also of Erie. He was a graduate of McDowell High School in 1964 and soon after enlisted into the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Chip sailed the world, mostly underwater as a Submariner in service to his country for 20 years, retiring as a YNC(SS) in Newport News. Chip cherished this time with his shipmates who to this date still stayed in touch, conversing over old sea stories.
Another large part of his life was meeting and marrying his wife, Margaret “Sally” Chiappazzi of 52 years. They traveled the world together and raised two children, Joe and Gina. Chip and Sally were inseparable soul mates and were the definition of Love. They enjoyed traveling in their RV, boating, taking cruises to the Caribbean, frequent trips to Italy to visit relatives, as well as most recently spending the winter months in Florida at their beach home. Another great passion was the unconditional love and support they had for their children and five grandchildren. It was not uncommon to see them at multiple sporting events in the stands cladded out in the team’s colors, Denbigh HS Red, wearing a Tabb HS Orange Hair Wig and carrying the BOOM Stick, or Poquoson Maroon. PopPoP and Grandpop, as he was called, loved, was so proud, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Maggie, Martha, and Joseph children of Joe and Darcey (Powers) Chiappazzi of Poquoson VA and Jake and Gracie, son and daughter to Jay and Gina (Chiappazzi) Roberts of Yorktown VA. Chip made it an effort to teach them family traditions, including passing down Italian cooking recipes which were another passion. He was constantly on a quest for good Italian food in the South. It was always an event to come to his home outdoor Cucina surrounded by a pond, flowers, basil, and oregano plants, a transplanted Fig tree from his Grandparents’ garden, and enjoy homemade pizza from the brick oven he built. And to top it off, usually, a few sips of his homemade Lemoncello made from his imported Sicilian Lemon tree was the perfect nightcap.
Chip stayed busy and active after his Naval retirement in 1986. He worked with several engineering staffing firms but his call for duty and service brought him to the City of Newport News Police Department and later he went to work for the FBI in Norfolk VA. He was constantly service oriented and had great pride in his country. Chip enjoyed mentoring young sailors and was a member of several organizations including the Hampton Roads Base of United States Submarine Veterans Inc., American Legion Post 25, and another of his late passions the Fleet Reserve Branch 172 in Yorktown, where he served as President from 2016-2018 and Manager from 2019 to the present.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Heartland Hospice, The Henrico Doctors Hospital, Dr. Hiotellis of TPMG, Dr. Gretes, and Dr. Miller of Riverside Medical Hospital for all their loving care. The family would also like to send their love and appreciation to lifelong friends Gary and Laura Watson, John and Cindy Frankenburg, and A.J. and Micky.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 9, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601, with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held on Friday, July 10, at 11:00 a.m., with military honors, at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Rd., Suffolk, VA 23434. Facial masks and social distancing will be required.
In lieu of flowers, donations on Gerald M. Chiappazzi’s behalf may be made to the Philippi Freedom Ministry, P.O. Box 552, Chesterfield, MO 63006.
Bill Edmundson, age 83, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020. He was born September 10, 1936 to the late W.A. and Rachel L. Edmundson and was a lifelong resident of Newport News. He was a Warwick High School graduate. He spent 46-1/2 years working for C&P Telephone Co. of Virginia, Bell Atlantic and Verizon-Virginia before retiring in 2002. Bill loved motorcycles–dirt racing them in his younger days, street riding Harleys in his more mature years.
Bill is preceded in death by his devoted wife, Donna Brown Edmundson in 2019, and brother, Gene Edmundson in 2011. He is survived by his daughter, Teri Edmundson, and son, Tab Edmundson.
Teri and Tab want to thank the wonderful staff of The Hidenwood and Hospice Community Care for their constant attention and sacrificing care.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at http://www.jdrf.org.
Mary Ellen Nash
Mary Ellen Nash, 90, passed on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Born on August 16,1929, she was the mother of six. She is predeceased by son, Phillip Rowe, Jr. She is survived by her long time love and companion, James Gohr of the home; sisters, Doris Mickelborough of Mathews, Daisy Forbes of Newport News; daughters Barbara Smith of Cana, Jo Anne Mangrum of Suffolk; sons, George Rowe, Charles Rowe, Patrick Rowe, all of Hampton; daughters-in-law, Anne Rowe, Vicki Rowe, both of Hampton; son-in-law Robert Smith of Cana; and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. The burial will be Friday, July 3, 2020, with family at graveside.
Joyce Martin Kincaid
Joyce Martin Kincaid, 79, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020, in her home in Newport News. She was a native of Alderson, WV, and had been a resident of Newport News for 58 years. Joyce was a Commercial Loan Officer for the Bank of America for over 40 years and a member of Denbigh United Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Martin. Joyce is survived by her husband of 58 years, Morris C. Kincaid and their cat, Thistle.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Masks and social distancing will be required.
Beverly McQuoid Rogers
On Tuesday evening, June 23, 2020, the gates of Heaven swung open wide to accept a most deserving angel into God’s Kingdom. Beverly McQuoid Rogers, 78, passed away after a long and grueling illness. Beverly was born in Newport News on September 14, 1941, but spent most of her growing years in Hampton. She attended Hampton Public Schools until her senior year when she transferred to Northampton High School in Eastville, Virginia, where she graduated in 1959. After high school, she accepted a job in Washington, DC where she worked for the FBI.
After around three years in DC, she returned to the peninsula and, except for a three-year stay at Ft. Bragg, NC, and one year in Napa, CA, she made Newport News her home. Beverly worked as a secretary for the Newport News Public Schools for 22 years, retiring from Sanford Elementary School in 1996.
Beverly was a talented artist and calligrapher, with her works displayed in the homes of many peninsula residents. She could do anything she set her mind to. Beverly was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and she will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Billie Perkins and William “Scotchie” McQuoid and her brother, Jim McQuoid. Beverly is survived by her loving husband of almost 56 years, Ronald; her devoted children, Tracie L. Rogers who lived with Beverly at her home and Kyle Rogers of Cumming, GA; and three grandchildren, Kendall, Katie and Mason Rogers of Cumming, GA.
The family will receive friends on Monday, June 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Masks and social distancing will be required. A private family interment will be held in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Vernell Kate Sealey
Vernell Kate Sealey, 97, passed away on June 27, 2020. She was a native of Nelson County, Virginia and a resident of Newport News for 79 years.
Vernell was preceded in death by her husband, Mallory Maney Sealey, Jr. and sons, Mallory Maney Sealey III and Robert Linwood Sealey. She is survived by her son, Bradley Sealey and wife Janean; grandchildren, Mitchael Boughton and wife Jackie; and 3 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Face masks and social distancing are required.
Bella Julie Kay Bowens
Bella Julie Kay Bowens, passed away at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at the age of 15 months. Bella was born and raised in Hampton, Va.
She is survived by her father, William Allyn Parker, Jr., her mother, Margaret Fay Bowens, brother, Noel Martinez St. Kitts, sister, Melina Martinez St. Kitts, grandparents, Arthur Bowens, Cindy Bowens, Aretha Parker, godmother, Tamara Rainman, Candy Megyses, Joey Megyses, Sierra Megyses, and Bryan Long.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. Masks and social distancing will be required at both.
Lamar “Shank” Watson, Jr.
Lamar “Shank” Watson, Jr., 84, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020. He was a resident of Newport News and had been a Master Shipbuilder retired from Newport News Shipbuilding. Shank had also
worked in various other shipyards around the Peninsula.
He is survived by his son, Donald “Watty” Watson (wife, Loretta); two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters; and extended family.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Monday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Parklawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Inez Adams, our beautiful and loving mother, passed away at age 99 on June 23, 2020. She was born in Estill, KY on October 22, 1920. Inez was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hall; and husband of 63 years, Hazen Lavern Adams. She is survived by her son, Willard Castle (Betty); granddaughters, Tammy Stough (Mark), and Deanna Huhak (Doug); great-grandson, Matthew Stough; and great-granddaughter, Hayley Dolan (Kyle).
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home with interment following at Hampton-Veterans Memorial Gardens. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Memorial contributions, in Inez Adams’ name, may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
Lois Hayes Berryman
Lois Hayes Berryman, age 99, passed into glory on June 22, 2020. Born in Gates County, NC on November 24, 1920 to the late James Edward Hayes and Emily Parker Hayes, Lois graduated third in her class at Gates County High School, where she was a star basketball player. After high school, Lois worked at NN Shipyard and then owned a beauty salon. After marrying in 1955, Lois was a real estate agent and pillar of First United Methodist Church for 65 years, as well as an active member of United Methodist Women, Bithynia Sunday School Class, and Circle 6. She was a skilled bridge player, attaining the prestigious rank of Silver Master, and was a superb culinary artist, baking and decorating several incredible cakes every year. She excelled at everything she did and was truly a unique and outstanding mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt, cousin, and friend, and will be greatly missed. In addition to her parents, Lois was predeceased by husband Wesley Turner Berryman, Jr., brothers Horace, Upton, John, Lloyd, Paul, and James E. Hayes, and sisters Edith Rountree and Ruth Eure. She is survived by daughter Janis Berryman Bradfield, so-in-aw, Philip Loyd Bradfield, Esquire, grandson Graham Berryman Bradfield, granddaughter Emily Parker Bradfield, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, June 26, from 6:00 pm through 7:30 pm. A family graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park, and a celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date at Newport News First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are in care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Karen Kay Pearce
Karen Kay Pearce, 77, died June 22, 2020, at Harmony on the Peninsula in Yorktown, VA, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Kay grew up in Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School in 1960.
She went on to receive both her Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees from Madison College (now JMU). Kay moved to Fredericksburg, VA in 1970 to become a member of the first faculty of Germanna Community College. She served as an Assistant Professor of Secretarial Sciences and Computer Literacy until her retirement.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Lydia Pearce, and her brother, Raymond Pearce, Jr.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Andra B. Pearce of Hampton; three nieces, Barbara Taft (Ray) of VA, Kathy Koman (Jan) of TX, and Jennifer Paxton (David) of UT; and many cousins, great-nieces, and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 3, at 3:00 p.m., at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Dr. Marc Mason of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in Kay’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.act.alz.org/site/donation
Valerie Bachmann Hixon
Valerie Bachmann Hixon of Newport News entered eternal life, following a swift but fierce battle with cancer, surrounded by family on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Born in Norfolk, Virginia on May 21, 1952, she attended Christ the King, Norfolk Catholic, and Old Dominion University. Valerie was known for her passion for children which shone through during all seasons of her life. She taught in Newport News Public schools for over 30 years in the same kindergarten classroom at Palmer Elementary School. In her retirement years, she continued shaping children through the daily care of her grandchildren. She attended water aerobics daily at the YMCA, enjoyed traveling with her family, and spent her days enjoying her many friends.
Valerie was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Jeanne Bachmann, and grandparents, Pansy and John C. Thompson. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Bill Hixon; two daughters, Holly Hixon, and Jenna Schultz (Jeff); brother, John Bachmann (Vicki); sister, Tina White (John); and niece, Heather Westheimer (Josh). She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Declan and Emilyn Schultz, and grand-nephew, Reed Westheimer.
Visitation will take place at Peninsula Funeral Home on Thursday, June 25, from 5-7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, with a graveside burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Social distancing and face-covering will be practiced at each venue.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff in the Oncology Intensive Care Unit at Riverside Regional Medical Center for their exemplary care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to Child Development Resources of Williamsburg at www.cdr.org/donation or Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org. (www.peninsulafuneralhome.com
James Douglas “Doug” Eacho
James Douglas “Doug” Eacho, 80 passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 15, 2020, with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mary Eacho and his sister, Suzanne Marriott. Doug is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Dianne Eacho; sons, Jim Eacho (Susan) and Jeff Eacho (Caroline); grandchildren, Tyler (Schyler), Allison (Chad), Nathalie (Josh) and Andrew; and great-grandchildren, Rylan, Grayden and Mason.
Doug was a kind and wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and he will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Pastor Wes Taylor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org). www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/
Frieda Barbara Schenker
Frieda Barbara Schenker, 96, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Newport News, Virginia. She previously lived in Cranford, New Jersey for over 50 years and Kittery, Maine for over 13 years. Frieda was a housewife and seamstress. She was of the Episcopalian faith and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
Frieda was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Henry Schenker, Sr. and her son, Edward Henry Schenker, Jr. She is survived by two sons, Eric L. Schenker (Rebecca) of Cranford, New Jersey, and Frederick K. Schenker (Lisa) of Rahway, New Jersey; three daughters, Linda L. Scharff (Al) of Newport News, Janice C. Schenker (Yalcin) of Kittery, Maine, and Lisa A. Lane (Brian) of York, Maine; 14 grandchildren, Malia, Karianne, Lianna, Dylan, Austin, Hana, Ian, Yasemin, Ahmet, Craig, Leyla, Natalie, Eric, and Anna; and three great-grandchildren, Aidan, Leilani, and Giada.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 16 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Anglican Catholic Church, 215 Main Street, Newport News, with a Requiem Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Father Thomas L. Crowder will officiate. Interment will be held on Friday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, New Jersey.
Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point, Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607. www.peninsulafuneralhome.com
Carol Brewer Johnson
Carol Brewer Johnson, 77, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at The Gardens at Warwick Forest nursing home. Carol was a native of Newport News but also lived in Eagle Springs, North Carolina. Her husband of 48 years, Richard Dean Johnson, preceded her in death and is buried in Eagle Springs.
Carol was born on August 31, 1942, in Newport News and was the daughter of the late Aaron Domas Brewer and Foy Deaton Brewer. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1960. She retired from Verizon with 30 years of service. She later worked for York County Schools and retired after five years of service.
Carol lovingly raised her children, Vawnetta and Bill. She left a legacy of a strong work ethic, navigating life in kindness, dignity, and showing honor to her family and friends. Carol loved children and continued to pour her non-working hours into the lives of the children of both Calvary Baptist Church and later with those from Pine Grove Baptist Church. She attended bible studies at Pleasant View Friend’s Church and Brown’s Chapel Christian Church. In addition to this, Carol tirelessly volunteered for many years helping Meals on Wheels. She and Richard were honored by former Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, for their faithful volunteer work with Meals on Wheels.
In addition to her husband and parents, Carol was preceded in death by her brother, William (Bill) Domas Brewer. She is survived by her daughter, Vawnetta Vay Fishgrab (Mark) of Denver, Colorado; son, William (Bill) Samuel Johnson of Newport News; sister, Barbara Brewer of Eagle Springs; granddaughter, Marcia Alynne Fishgrab Chavez (Luis) of Aurora, Colorado; two great-grandsons, Raviv Dean Chavez and Rey Raphael Chavez, both of Aurora; two nephews, Eli Dowaliby and Aaron Dowaliby; Madelyn and Tom Crosby; Edith and Steve Arthur; Emily Arthur; Kim and Jason Dwyer; Hadley Dwyer; Jimmy and Tina Johnson; Amber Johnson; Boots and Hilda Sanders; close friends of the family, Dreama Bateman, Dreama (Missy) Johnson, Charles (Buddy) Johnson, Julia (Pinky) Wainwright, Samantha Freeland, Sue Whitcher, Earl Whitcher, Linda Schultz, and Mary Ellen Kolton; her remaining and extended family; and her church families.
A visitation for friends and family will be held on Thursday, June 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Derek Jones officiating. The service will be live-streamed beginning at 2:00 p.m. at www.peninsulafuneralhome.
Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels America at https://www.
Dennis Dickinson, 79, passed away on June 10, 2020. Dennis, a lifelong resident of Newport News, Virginia, was born to the late William and Margaret Dickinson. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 57 years, Hazel Dickinson, four children, Deborah (Herbie), Todd (Karen), Molly (Ron), and Mary (Frank), and eight grandchildren, Cory (Lori), Melissa (Tripp), LaRue, Lindsay, Christian, Abigail, Jordan and Jaden. He will be lovingly remembered as great-grandfather to Corinne, Logan, Colin, Chanler, Xander and Paxton. Dennis is also survived by sister, Diane Raciborski (Mark) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Denaze Needham, and her husband, Billy.
Dennis graduated from Warwick High School in 1958 and attended Belmont Abbey College. He enjoyed a 40 plus year career at Newport News Shipbuilding where he worked in the computer center, surrounded by many lifelong friends. He was a sports lover, teaching young people the art of baseball, coaching little league teams, and umpiring for many years. Dennis was also an avid bowler and tennis player and developed a love for golf later in life.
He was a true family man, always putting his family first, and leaving them with countless happy memories of holidays, trips to Nags Head and summer vacations at his favorite vacation spot, White Lake, NC, where he had many adopted children and grandchildren.
We would like to thank the many heroes at Riverside Hospital who helped our father in this difficult time. Our special thanks to Chris Krusie for his unwavering support.
The family will receive friends on Monday, June 15 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A private family graveside service will be held on Tuesday at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Associationhttps://www.
Mildred F. Keeton
Mildred F. Keeton, 90, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020. She was a smart, successful, courageous and amazing woman. She was one of five siblings. After 38 years of civil service, she retired at Ft. Monroe as an Executive Secretary to the Chief of Staff.
Mildred was a God-fearing woman and loved her family fiercely. She was a wife to husband, Burney Keeton, mother to Terry Keeton and Vicki Miller, grandmother to Christina Abel and Keeton Miller, and great-grandmother to Grant, Blake, Connor, and Harrison. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. Mildred is in Heaven now with the love of her life and her family is taking comfort in that.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burney Keeton and is survived by her sister, Mary Kurowski, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, June 12 from 5-7 pm. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 2 pm at the funeral home. A private burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. The service will be live-streamed beginning at 2:00 p.m. at www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/
Andrew N. Shankland
Andrew N. Shankland, 80, passed away on June 3, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife Cynthia. He leaves behind his two daughters, Catherine Williams and Allyson Sproul and their spouses; four grandsons; two great-grandchildren; his wife’s family; and his sister, Lynne Caldwell and her family.
Andrew schooled at Hilton Elementary, Warwick High School, Castle Heights Military Academy and graduated from Randolph Macon College. He spent his working career primarily in the heavy marine industry at Newport News Shipbuilding, Consultant to Saint John Shipbuilding Canada, and retiring as Vice-President of Eureka Chemical Company South, San Francisco, California in 2004. Thereafter, he spent time with family and friends including many visits to relatives of his mother in her birthplace, Ireland. He continued a favorite hobby of writing with several books being published, of which two received some recognition, The Day Of and Beyond the Grail.
A private memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the veterans of our country’s Armed Forces would be greatly appreciated.
George Edward Hicks, Sr.
George Edward Hicks, Sr., 89, passed away on June 6, 2020. George was a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock after 40 years of service. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
George was preceded in death by his father, Charles Fred Hicks; mother, Georgia Saunders; brothers, Fred and Henry Hicks; and sister, Francis Lyliston. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sandra L. Hicks; sons, George Edward “Eddie” Hicks, Jr. and Mark W. Hicks; daughter, Darlene Ruzic; grandchildren, Austin and Jesse Ruzic, and Taylor, Perry, Nick and Ashton Hicks; great-grandchildren, Jack and Archer Ruzic; and sister, Pat Rutherford.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park. Please go to:
https://peninsulafuneralhome.com/video/ to see this service live.
The family asks that you consider contributions to the Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund, 1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666.
George Lee Reaves
George Lee Reaves, Jr., 68, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020. Mr. Reaves was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. In his youth, he was baptized at Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Augusta Military Academy and Virginia Tech and was employed by The National Association of Independent Labor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George, Sr. and Eunice Reaves; uncle, Frank Reaves, Jr.; and cousin, Kenneth Reaves. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his aunt, Bobbie Reaves; cousins, Alan Reaves (Janice) and Donald Reaves (Mercedes); and many other family members and dear friends. Family, friends, and colleagues will miss his kindness and caring nature.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Gillian McNicholas, 64, passed away peacefully at home with her husband and son, Edward by her side on Tuesday, June 2 after a long battle with Scleroderma and Pulmonary Hypertension. She has been a resident of Newport News since 1997.
Gill was born in Leeds, England to Jack and Joyce Battye in Jan 1956. She met her husband, Lt. Col. Edward McNicholas, USAF Ret in 1977 in Cyprus while she was serving in the Royal Air Force and he was on deployment with the USAF.
They were married in Leeds in Nov 1978.
During their 41 plus years of marriage, she was a wonderful and supportive military spouse during assignments to California, England, Penn State University, Germany, and Fayetteville N.C.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Edward (Melanie) and Robert, and daughter Alison (Patrick). She is the proud Nana to Jack, Lauren, and Lily.
Additionally, she is survived by her sister, Janice, and family in Leeds. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Stephen.
For 10 years, Gill was a kindergarten teacher’s aide at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School. She genuinely loved the children and was always so happy to hear how they are doing now as they graduate from college.
Gill loved her knitting and could look at a knitted item and easily and quickly knit a copy. Many people are fortunate to have some beautiful items she knitted. She was a lifelong fan of Leeds United “Real Football” team and lived through their glory days and she hopes to see them return to the Premier League from the best seat in the house. She was also a real dog lover. She loved her Boston Terriers, “woofers” Tetley and Lucy. I am sure she was greeted by former dogs, Candy and Auggie in heaven!
Gill really enjoyed her trips to the Outer Banks and loved staying at the Tranquil House Inn in Manteo, her “Holiday House.” Edward and Alison’s weddings at the Outer Banks were so memorable to her.
A special thanks to Dr. Dan Grinnan, NP Janet Pinson, and Charnetta Lester, RN – her pulmonary hypertension team at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Hospital. Thru their efforts and genuine care, Gill had more time to spend with her family and friends. Also, thanks to the VCU Hospital 10th Floor West and Central nurses and caregivers for their care and compassion of Gill during her numerous and lengthy hospital stays. Finally, thanks to all her neighbors and friends who helped so much, especially with watching the woofers.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (phassociation.org). Hopefully, they will find a cure for this chronic disease that took Gill’s life.
May this beautiful Wife, Mother, Nana, Sister, Aunt, and friend rest in peace! She is a true English Rose!
A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 9 at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, a reception will be held at Gill’s home.
Margaret “Peggy” Palmer
Sarah E. Fore
Sarah E. Fore, 93, of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away on May 28, 2020. She was born July 2, 1926 and preceded in death by her devoted husband of 74 years, Claren B. Fore, who departed May 13, 2020. She was also preceded in death by her parents, John Burton Whitaker and Lola Mae Ramsey, along with 4 sisters and 5 brothers. She leaves behind her daughter, Carol Fore Holbrook and her husband, David of Richmond, VA and her sister, Lucille Woody of Asheville, North Carolina.
Mrs. Fore graduated from Lee Edward High School in 1943 and completed cosmetology school within the next year to receive her beautician license. Sarah married Claren on April 21, 1946 in Asheville and they returned to Newport News to start their life. She continued her profession as a beautician in Newport News and in 1970 opened her own shop at the Virginia Baptist Home. Mrs. Fore was active in her church, North Riverside Baptist, and loved singing in the choir.
In 1984, Sarah and Claren moved to Lake Gaston to enjoy traveling. Soon after they took a second residence in Mesa, Arizona to savor the climate. There Sarah took delight in ceramics, stained glass, painting, and square dancing. She was very active in her choir and helped with many concerts. Her final move was returning to her home of Asheville in 2000.
A special thanks to all the staff of Bella Vista Independent Retirement Community, Aston Park Health Care Center, and especially Billy and Evelyn Woody, all of Asheville.
Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Shirley Powell Holloway
Shirley Powell Holloway, 90, passed away on May 31, 2020. She was born July 2, 1929 in Hertford, North Carolina to the late Morton C. and Eula L. Powell. Shirley moved to Newport News as a small child and graduated from Newport News High School in 1946. She married Maurice W. Holloway April 24, 1948. Soon after, they moved to the Holloway family farm in Denbigh which was a big adjustment for a city girl. Her family was her main focus and she loved to prepare holiday and birthday meals for them. She was known for her wonderful smile which she gave freely to friend or stranger. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Newport News.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her sisters, Mildred Lockstampfor and Margaret Patten and brother, Joseph Powell.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Maurice Holloway, Sr; children, Carolyn Butler (Bob), Maurice, Jr., Beth Keen (Glenn); grandchildren, Aaron Butler (Karina), Amy Jackson (Mike), Thomas Keen (Candice), Emily King (Graham); four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606.
Essie Harrow Byrd
Essie Harrow Byrd, 97, passed away on May 30, 2020, in Kilmarnock, Virginia. She was a native of Deltaville, Virginia and resident of Newport News for 51 years. Essie was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star as well as a lifetime member of Hilton Baptist Church.
Essie was preceded in death by her husband, Ceylon Jackson Byrd. She is survived by her daughter, Jeannie Hill (Donnie); son, Jack Byrd (Karen); grandchildren, Christine McKee (Philip), Rick Byrd, and Stephanie Wishon (Zach); great-grandchildren, Pete, Ruth, Mark, Beth, Aiden, and Logan; and many nieces and nephews.
The family appreciates and thanks the caregivers at Commonwealth Senior Living at Kilmarnock for their loving care during Essie’s time with them. A special thank you to staff members, Tonya, Evon, Chef André, and Leroy. And, a special thank you to supportive neighbor, Nancy of Reedville.
A visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service for family members will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Joann R. Ricks
Joann R. Ricks, 74, passed away on May 28, 2020. She was a native of Newport News and had been a resident of Chesapeake. Joann retired from Terry’s Automotive as the Sales Manager after many years of service.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ricks, son, Paul Phelps, and parents, Lois and Eugene Reese. Joann is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Smith and Elizabeth Edwards; son, Billy Phelps; eight grandchildren, Alexander Smith, Zachary Currier, Regan Currier, Corbin Blair, Charlsie Blair, Sarah Phelps, Megan Schumaker, William Phelps and Kassidy Fisher; sister, Phyllis Melton; and brother, Fred Reese.
A private family graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 2 in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Jo-Ann Goncalves, 79, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Newport News, VA. She was a native of Elton, WVa. and had been a resident of Newport News for over 40 years. Jo-Ann retired from Farm Fresh as a Pharmacy Tech.
Jo-Ann was preceded in death by her husband, John Goncalves, father and mother, Eura and Evelyn Withrow, and brother, Billy Withrow. She is survived by two brothers, Jimmy Withrow, Wytheville, VA, and Jack Withrow, Kingsland, GA; two sisters, Betty Hicks, Hampton, VA, and Virginia Berry, Meadow Bridge, WVa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
At her request, there will be no services.
Robert G. Crossen
Robert G. Crossen (Bobby) of Hampton, Virginia passed away after a long illness at his niece’s home in Williamsburg, VA on May 25, 2020. Bobby was born on July 9, 1931. He was preceded in death by his father, John Edward Crossen, mother, Mary Crossen, brother, Warren (Fred) Crossen, and sister Marguerite (Dixie) Matthews. He is survived by three nieces and two nephews. A private interment was held at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Clarence G. Stevens, Jr.
Clarence G. Stevens, Jr., 86, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020. A native of New Jersey, “Steve” lived in Yorktown, VA for the last 16 years. He was an auto mechanic and had his own business for many years in Long Branch, NJ. Steve was in the Navy, stationed at Little Creek and Ft. Monroe, VA. He loved his family, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Stevens and Bertha Weir; his brother, Ronald Weir; and sister-in-law, Patty Weir. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Lucido Stevens of Yorktown; son, Clarence Stevens III; daughter, Debbie Jo Yetka and son-in-law, George Yetka, Jr. of Holmdel, NJ; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his brother, Samuel Weir of NJ; and many of his New Jersey friends who knew him as “Skip”.
Claren B. Fore
Claren B. Fore, 94, of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He was born October 5, 1925 and preceded in death by his parents, Estie B. Fore and Dema Ann Fore. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 74 years, Sarah Elizabeth Whitaker Fore, and daughter, Carol Fore Holbrook and her husband, David of Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. Fore moved to Newport News in 1942 after graduating from Lee Edwards High School in Asheville. He went to work for Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock as a welder until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. Upon returning from service, he accepted an apprentice position to become a draftsman at N.N. Shipbuilding. During this same time, he enrolled at the College of William and Mary. After graduating in 1951 he accepted a position with Daniels, Turnbull & Freeman in Newport News. He became a partner in the firm once he received his Certified Public Accountant credentials in 1957. Mr. Fore later assisted in the merger of his firm with Coopers & Lybrand, LLC and became a partner with them.
After his retirement from accounting in 1984, Claren and Sarah moved to Lake Gaston to enjoy traveling together in their RV. He soon took a second residence in Mesa, Arizona where he enjoyed silversmithing, square dancing, bible study and exploring the deserts of Arizona on his motorcycle with friends. His final move was returning to his home of Asheville in 2000.
A special thanks to all the staff of Bella Vista Independent Retirement Community, Aston Park Health Care Center, and especially to Billy and Evelyn Woody, all of Asheville.
Lora J. Shelton
Lora J. Shelton, 99, a native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, passed away on May 18, 2020. She was a resident of the Peninsula since 1952 and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Lora was preceded in death by her husband, Edward A. Shelton. She is survived by her sons, Edward A. Shelton, Jr. (Karen) and Samuel J. Shelton (Christine); 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Crews and Mary Dalton; and brother, Carroll Jennings.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.
A private graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Donald Eugene Wachsmann
Donald Eugene Wachsmann, 86, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann Wachsmann and sister, Sugie Barker.
Interment will be in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, in Suffolk.
Rachel A. Mulik
Rachel A. Mulik, age 97, of Newport News went to be with her Lord on Friday, May 15, 2020. She was a long-time member of Liberty Baptist Church, she worked 21 years for the City of Newport News at Ferguson High School Cafeteria and she was also a long-time volunteer at the Red Cross.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Mulik; son, John Mulik; daughter, Elizabeth Sears; grandson, Johnnie Mulik; granddaughter, Rachel Lind; her parents, two sisters and a brother.
Rachel is survived by daughters, Mary A. Dail and Shirley Hatchett; three brothers; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of James River Convalescent Center for their wonderful care, especially Tenesha Massenburg and Nicole Saunders.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 19 at 12:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, with interment following at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Maxine Grepiotis, age 91, went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2020. She was born to Alma and Thomas Christenberry in North Carolina on July 20, 1928. She grew up as an active farm girl and also participated in her high school plays. After graduating from business college, she worked at Camp Patrick Henry in Virginia where she met her lifelong love, Arthur Grepiotis.
She and her husband, Arthur, were long-time residents in the Tidewater area. They were members of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church where Maxine joined The Golden Hearts and Daughters of Penelope.
Maxine enjoyed working outside in her garden, loved her flowers and bird watching. One of her greatest loves were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It gave her great joy to hear from her family daily. She was much loved by them.
The Lord Jesus Christ was the anchor of her life. She knew her Lord provided for her and saw her glass as half full – never half empty. She loved life. This spunky, feisty woman with such a loving spirit will be missed by her many friends and family. She was a ray of sunshine to all she touched.
Maxine was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arthur Grepiotis, her son, John Grepiotis, and five sisters, Wanda Vanlandingham, Iris McCarthy, Eloise Kruse, Edith Dowling, and Lina Devore.
She is survived by her children: James Grepiotis (Brenda); Jacqueline Henderson (Larry); Joan Blanton (Lacy); Thomas Grepiotis (Libby); Joseph Grepiotis; Nancy Grepiotis (Steve); and Ola Jane Bowman (Robert). She is also survived by her brother, Thomas Christenberry (Ann); and her three sisters: Janet Thomas (Ed), Patricia McIntyre, and Nancy Rosen; 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 18, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, officiated by Reverend George Chioros, with burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Flowers or donations may be sent to Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Rd. Newport News, VA 23606, or donations to The 700 Club, https://www.cbn.com/
Erleen Wheeling passed away on May 10, 2020. She was born in Winston-Salem in 1920 to the late Laurelston Dodson Lawson and Julia Francis Westmoreland Lawson.
Erleen was a graduate of Salem College and a career teacher in public schools. She believed in the value of education and inspired countless students. She was a dedicated and active member of First United Methodist Church since moving to the Peninsula in 1958. She served as a Sunday School teacher and as United Methodist Women president. She found joy in serving on the mission committee, worship committee, the church board, and organizing the annual craft shows. James and Erleen also served as representatives to the Annual Conference and attended the School of Christian Missions for many years. It was through the Bithynia Sunday School Class that she met lifelong friends and made a loving Newport News family.
She was always involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren, loving and supporting each as a constant source of faith, wisdom and guidance. Her presence was unmistakable and she commanded an audience with grace and charisma. She loved her family boundlessly and was our matriarch and guide.
In addition to her parents, Erleen was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, James; daughters, Julia Dawn and Lynn Leslie; and her siblings, Uella and Rosco. She is survived by daughters, Susan Lee Kahl and Karen Jamie Cromer; sons-in-law, Bob Kahl and David Agee; grandchildren, Geoff and Jeremy Kahl, Valerie Cromer Ryan, Anna McLaughlin, and Rachel Hall; five great-grandchildren; and nephew, J.R. Lawson.
The family will hold a small graveside gathering at Salem Cemetery in Winston Salem, NC on May 16th. Because we are restricted to a limited number of guests, we ask that you support us with your prayers. A memorial service will be planned at a later date at First United Methodist in Hilton Village, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center or the First United Methodist Church in Newport News.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, therapists and assisting personnel of Warwick Forest, Riverside Hospice and Visiting Angels for their compassionate and loving care of our Erleen.
Yong H. So
Yong H. So passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the age of 87. She was a native of South Korea and had been a resident of Newport News since 1986. Yong was a member of the Peninsula Korean Baptist Church.
Yong is survived by her children: son, Andy So and wife Grace; daughter, Sunny Yates and husband William; daughter, Joung S. Cho and husband Kyudon; son, Hoon Seo and wife Young Ja; and daughter, Jenny McBroom and husband Roc; her grandchildren: Yoomi So, Dana Choi, Eugene Koo, Lawerence Yates, Steven Yates, Grace Cho, Sylvia Seo, Daniel Seo, Jimmy Hobbs, Angie Stogdill; and seven great grandchildren.
A private family graveside service will be held in the Garden of Eden Cemetery.
Kyrie Josiah Tyree’
Kyrie Josiah Tyree´ Foreman, 20 months and two weeks, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020. Although he had suffered from Acute Leukemia and had numerous medical procedures, he was a happy baby with a beautiful smile. He loved his stuffed animals that he called his “babies” and his Baby Sharp, loved music and he loved to dance. His smile lit up at the sight of his family, especially his baby sister whom he loved so much.
Kyrie was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Joan Anna Fulwood and Freddie Rudolph Fulwood.
He is survived by his mother, Shelayar Fulwood, his father, Dequan Foreman, maternal grandparents, Tiara and Phgero Bernard, paternal grandmother, Natasha Foreman and his sister, Ka´layah Foreman.
A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 9 at Hampton Memorial Gardens.
Adora Lou Williams
Adora Lou Williams passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020, at the age of 79. She was a native and life-long resident of Newport News. Adora was a life-time member of Northside Christian Church, Piece Makers Quilt Guild, and numerous other quilting bees.
She was an amazing woman who never met a stranger; she was outgoing and vibrant; she was a life-long friend, a second mother to her children’s friends, a beloved wife, homemaker, incredible mother, amazing Nana, and many other special relationships.
She was preceded in death by her father, Henry French, mother, Mary Magdalene French, brother, Thomas Wells, and sister, Ann Brendle.
Adora is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Charles Williams; daughter, Karen Cunningham; sons, Dennis McCaskill (Laurie), Gene Williams (Anne) and Donald Williams (Beneline); five grandchildren Bryan, Alden, Evan, Madilyn and Kelly; and two great-grandchildren, Jaycee and Layla.
A family service was held at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Mom and Nana, we love you to the moon and back, forever and always.
Eleanor Updike Lucento
Eleanor Updike Lucento, 85, passed away on May 1, 2020. She was born on March 27, 1935 in Harrisonburg, VA. Eleanor was the last born of six children to the late Luther Samuel Updike of Bentonville, VA and Vergi Elizabeth Thompson of VA. She graduated from Mullens High in Mullens, WV, where she was a cheerleader. Eleanor later married her husband, Willie Lucento of Bud, WV, in Newport News on March 8, 1955. She was an active member of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church. She enjoyed arts and crafts, and opened and operated a flower shop during the 1980s. Eleanor was preceded in death by her sister, Louise White, and her brothers, Luther S. Updike, Jr. and Benjamin Updike. She is survived by her loving husband, Willie; daughter, Tanya Badgett; son, Timothy Lucento; grandchildren, Mandelo and wife Niami Lowery, Brittany, Nikki, Juliana and Evan; great-grandchildren, Audie and Millie; and sisters, Betty Williamson and Barbara Pritchard; along with several nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Judy Worthington. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. The service will be live-streamed beginning at 11:30 a.m. at www.peninsulafuneralhome.
Yolanda Maria Ulisse Oakley
Yolanda Maria Ulisse Oakley, 75, of Newport News, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020. She was the daughter of Carmine and Maria Bucci Ulisse and was first generation Italian. She loved gathering with family and cooking. Her favorite trips included travelling to Hawaii and visiting with her family in Rome, Lanciano, and Castel Frentano, Italy.
Yolanda was a graduate of Hampton High School, Class of 1962, and started a career in accounting. She later went on to be founder and owner of Business Aid Associates and just recently retired. She adored working with her clients and built many lasting relationships over the 30 years she was in business. Yolanda was a member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, past member of the Kiwanis Club of Poquoson, and an Enrolled Agent, one of the highest credentials awarded by the Internal Revenue Service.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Gene and Nick Ulisse. leaves behind a loving family including her husband of 56 years, Wayne Oakley; daughter, Tina Oakley Duvall and son-in-law Michael Duvall; daughter, Alissa Oakley Nadolski and son-in-law Jonathan Nadolski; grandchildren, Nicholas (and May) Duvall, James (and Maria) Duvall, Ava Nadolski, and Abigail Nadolski; great grandchild, Mia Duvall; two brothers, Jimmy and Tony Ulisse; and many beautiful nieces and nephews.
She was an amazing woman, loving wife, and wonderful mother. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and church family. Due to social distancing, the family will hold a private service at Peninsula Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 6. A celebration of life will be planned at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church at a later date.