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Jack Paden

Jack Paden died peacefully August 11, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He served in the Air Force. Jack loved traveling the world, flying small planes and sailing the mighty seas.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lauris, his child, Meridyth Martin, son-in-law, Jim Darling and great-grandchild, Shannon Drummond Wachal.  Jack is survived by one child, Robert Day Jr. (Shirley); nephew, Les Hetrick; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Moses (Randy), Kathy Drummond, Karen Darling, Jason Day (Katharine), and Ryan Day (Tracey); ten great-grandchildren, Rachel Drummond (Marissa), Laura Moses (Chris), Annabelle Moses (Logan), Adeline Day, Rebekah Kohl (Kit), Joshua Day, Nathaniel Day, Susanna Day, Andrew Day and Abigail Day; and one great-great grandchild, Abbi Wachal.

The family will gather later in the year to bury Lauris and Jack together in Ohio.

Jack was loved by everyone who knew him.  This poem is in memory of our beloved Jack.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

                                                                             By John Gillespie Mcgee Jr.    

Jerry W. Scarsdale

Jerry W. Scarsdale, 76, passed away on August 9, 2020. Surrounded by the ones that loved him and that he loved, Jerry left his pain behind and is headed to a better place where golf is free and he can play 365 days a year! Born on September 15, 1943 in Lake City, Arkansas, he proudly served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and retired in 1981.

He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Karen; sons, Brian (Michelle) of York County and Keith (Jodi) of Culpeper; granddaughters, Kristen and Jessica Scarsdale; brothers, Bob (Louene) of Tahlequah, OK, and Harriel (Shirley) of Broken Arrow, OK; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Those of you who knew him won’t be surprised that there will be no services – he just didn’t want the fuss. In his memory, please pay forward a kindness. The family extends their thanks to Dr. Kaplan and his team at VCU and Dr. Kruger and his team at VOA.

Janice Head

Janice Head, 83, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at home on August 8, 2020 with her family by her side. She always put others first and had a heart of gold. Janice touched the hearts of everyone she met. As a child, Janice worked at her parents’ grocery store, “Harcums Grocery”. For the majority of her adult life she worked in Civil Service at Fort Eustis, finally retiring after more than 30 years.

Janice is survived by her children, Pamela Edwards and husband Cliff of Smithfield (with whom she lived the past 20 years), Cynthia Bousquet and husband Mike of Gloucester, Donna Bousquet and husband Ken of Williamsburg, and Rommie “Skip” Head and wife Chris of Hampton; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Joe Hunt. Masks and social distancing are required.

Jane Hope Watson

Jane Hope Watson, 90, passed away on August 8, 2020. She was born in Portsmouth, VA on June 17, 1930 to the late William M. and Marjorie B. Hope. Jane was a 1947 graduate of Newport News High School, and a 1951 graduate of Randolph Macon Women’s College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a member of Abingdon Episcopal Church, Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, Past President of Hilton Village Junior Women’s Club, and a member of the Middle Peninsula Fine Arts Association.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Watson; mother, Marjorie B. Marable; and father, William Meridith Hope. She is survived by her sons, William M. Watson and wife Ginnie of Toano and Charles C. Watson, Sr. and his wife Lisa of Woods Crossroads; grandchildren, Charles C. Watson, Jr. and wife Shannon, Misty Colleen Watson, Tonya Boone, and Shane Boone; and great-grandchildren, Christopher and Kaetlyn Erickson, and Jordan Boone.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, Jane requested donations in her memory to the Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, the Abingdon Volunteer Rescue Squad, or the Abingdon Episcopal Church.

Lt. Col. Paul Voss

Lt Col Paul Voss, 46, assigned as the Exercise Branch Chief, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base Virginia, died January 27, 2020. Paul was the pilot and aircraft commander of the Bombardier E-11A that crashed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan while bravely serving his country on a voluntary deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, on 20 May 1973, he was the son of Edwin and Therese (Terri) Voss and older brother to Simone Voss and Sharon Wyatt (Ian Wyatt brother-in-law) and uncle to Alice Wyatt.

He grew up in the Seychelles until the age of 14, then he moved to his hometown of Yigo, Guam at the age of 15 where he completed high school and enlisted in the Air Force.

Paul’s enlisted Air Force career began in March of 1995 a KC-10 communication and navigation maintenance Journeyman. During his Communication/Navigation technical training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, he met and married Shannon (Greer) on November 3, 1995. Following their graduation, Paul and Shannon were both stationed at Travis AFB, CA. During that time Paul was a Communication/Navigation Journeyman with the 660th Aircraft Generation Squadron where his love grew for learning and understanding everything that could be known about the KC-10 air refueling aircraft. Pursuing his passion, he became a Communication/Navigation Maintenance Qualification Training Instructor, at the 60th Logistics Support Squadron. He finished his enlisted career in that role, as a respected member of his team.

While enlisted, he pursued higher education, earning his BS degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University. Later, he completed his MA in Aviation Education in 2011 from Trident University.

He was accepted into Officer Training School as an Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) student and was commissioned on the 15th of November, 2001.

In 2001, Paul and Shannon moved to Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma for pilot training.

He graduated UPT in 2003 and was assigned as a KC-10 Pilot at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. As a KC-10 pilot, he flew 84 Combat, 19 Combat support, and 308 sorties for a total of 633.4 Combat, 141.4 Combat support, and 1870.8 hours in the KC-10. In 2008, he was assigned to Columbus AFB as an Instructor Pilot where he flew 597.7 hours teaching future Air Force aviators the art and science of military aviation. In 2010, he volunteered to Deploy to Bagram AB, Afghanistan to fly the MC-12W. In the MC-12W he flew 117 Combat sorties resulting in 576.8 Combat hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2012, he was assigned to Beale AFB to fly the RQ-4B as Evaluator Pilot amassing 94.7 Combat Support hours and 38 Combat Support sorties with a total of 312.1 remote pilot hours. In 2014, he was selected as the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron’s Director of Operations where he oversaw 314 missions, 6000 flight hours, collecting 2000 hours of signals intelligence, and 100,000 images across 55,000 targets. He also earned his call sign “TABS” during this assignment. He felt so honored to receive a call sign of endearment by his fellow aviators and especially as a tanker pilot. In 2017, Paul volunteered for deployment on the E-11A and again volunteered for a second tour in August 2019. Across both deployments, Paul flew 108 combat sorties, 1022.6 combat hours, with a total time of 1053.3 hours flying the E-11A. In his Air Force career, Paul flew 309 combat sorties, 2232.8 combat hours, 4736.9 total hours.

Lt Col Voss deployed multiple times in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, PHOENIX SCORPION I & II, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. Earning the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, and the Aerial Achievement Medal.

Paul had a quiet faith, a man who followed his principles. He knew life without faith was without purpose. He loved his family beyond words; Paul and Shannon celebrated 24 years of marriage and have three daughters and a son-in-law:  MeKensi Lopez (Ryan), Madison, and Morgan. A compassionate heart and a passion for life itself, Paul would take time to teach, show, instruct and pass any knowledge on to those who wanted to learn. He had a love of all music, and playlists to prove it. By far, his greatest joy was being at home with his family and friends, spending time doing life, and always striving to be better.

Paul was a beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend to many. Paul was an inspiration to all who knew him and would always take time to help those who desired to be better. He started his career as a proud enlisted airman, never questioning that through dedication and hard work, he would achieve his dream of becoming a pilot, and he did so while remaining humble and helping others accomplish their goals along the way.

He was preceded in rest by his grandfather, Paul Henry Voss, and grandmother, Esther Wilhemina Wilkening Voss, grandfather, Harry Lewis Berlouis, and grandmother, Armande Celliska Durand Berlouis.

A private interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on August 19, 2020, to celebrate his life with family and friends; a reception to be held at Embassy Suites Crystal City.  Masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Air Warrior Courage Foundation (AWCF)

and will support the family of Lt Col Paul Voss in any way needed. To donate go to the AWCF donations page at:  http://www.airwarriorcourage.org/donations.html.  Use the Give Direct button.  Please check “I would like to dedicate my donation to someone special”, Select “In Memory of” button and type Lt Col Paul K. Voss in the same block.

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

Michelle F. Carlsgaard

Michelle F. Carlsgaard, 35, of Newport News Va died unexpectedly on June 10, 2020 at Riverside Hospital.

Michelle was born at Mary Immaculate Hospital on October 19, 1984. A Newport News native, she graduated from Woodside High School, attended Virginia Tech, received her AS Degree in Nursing from TNCC and her BSN degree from Stratford University.

Michelle was the epitome of a nurturer and spent her short life taking care of others in the healthcare field. In Richmond, she trained at St. Francis Medical Center and became designated as a Certified Nurse of the Operating Room, CNOR. She then advanced to Perioperative Educator at St. Marys Hospital, training future OR nurses. Michelle worked the NICU at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Rady’s Childrens Hospital in San Diego, Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News and DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk. Her most recent employment was as a training specialist with TrackCore. Michelle was very proud of the “Golden Standard” title she earned as: Michelle Frances Carlsgaard, Perioperative Educator, BSN, RN, CNOR.

Those who knew Michelle considered her a unique spirit – she was fiercely loyal, naturally charismatic and unapologetically honest. She had a keen sense of smell and taste. She could name all ingredients in foods and drinks in one or two bites or sips. Michelle somehow knew every word to every song she ever heard, even those she didn’t like. She loved food, loved to travel and spend time with dear friends. She was a loving daughter to her parents, Henry and Linda Morris; a steady rock to her sister and brother-in-law, Kristina and Ryan Neuhart; and a devoted friend, granddaughter, cousin and niece to countless others.

Of all the roles she excelled in, the one she was proudest of was mother to her son, Drew, and wife to her husband, Keith Carlsgaard, USN. She often said that her life really began when she became a mother and it is through Drew that her joyful spirit will live on.

In lieu of flowers we ask that you visit the Michelle Carlsgaard Memorial Bench, which will be placed at the Hilton Pier, Newport News this fall.

Nancy Neill Fairfield

Nancy Neill Fairfield passed away on August 5, 2020.  Nancy was born in Sandston, VA, and was raised in Newport News.  She graduated from Newport News High School and married the love of her life, Robert “Ham” Fairfield in 1948.  She attended Charles Beauty School.   Although she never worked professionally as a hairdresser, her family certainly benefitted from her expertise over the years.   Nancy began her career as a Teacher’s Aide at Denbigh Presbyterian Church now DUPC in 1966.  She also was employed by York County School System as a Teacher’s Aide for the Hearing Impaired and Kindergarten before retiring in 1986.

Nancy was predeceased by her loving husband, Ham; daughter, Janet Roseberry; grandson, Ryan Lanford; son-in-law, Charlie Hughes; parents Edward Albert Neill and Georgia Apsley Neill; and siblings, Dot Yess, Kennedy Neill, Charlie Neill, Martha O’Berry, and Jerry Neill.  She is survived by her daughters, Diana (Jimmy) Weisflog and Jenny Lou Hughes; granddaughters, Dr. Chaffin Roseberry, Beth Roseberry, and Amanda (Derek) Roberts; and great-grandchildren, Audrey Roseberry and Henry Roberts.

Nancy was a member of Denbigh United Presbyterian Church.  She also enjoyed her memberships with Chi Alpha Sorority, Virginia Peninsula Rose Society, Kingsmill Yacht Club, and Kingsmill Garden Club.

During her early retirement Nancy enjoyed many boat trips with Ham to include Manteo, NC, Elizabeth City, NC, St. Michael’s, and Solomon’s Island.  She also enjoyed her trips to Hawaii and St. Croix.

Nancy was no stranger to hard work.  She was always there to help Ham and her daughters with childcare, lawn work, painting, and clean up.  Nancy will be forever remembered by her family for her special “Nanny Rolls”.  Her daughters have attempted to replicate these, but they are never as good as hers.  Those who knew Nancy will remember her for her beautiful contagious smile, her hugs and kisses, laughter, and positivity.

Her family, especially Jenny Lou, would like to express their appreciation for their care of Nancy in recent years.  A special thank you to Barbara, Cheryl, Belinda, and Respite Care at United Methodist Church along with the facilities, Warwick Forest and Edgeworth Park.

A graveside service will be conducted Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 11:00 am at Peninsula Memorial Park Mausoleum, 12750 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA  23606.  Please use the back entrance of cemetery off of Nettles Drive to be directed to the Mausoleum.  Masks and social distancing will be required.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Denbigh United Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations may be sent in memory of Nancy Fairfield to Denbigh United Presbyterian Church, 302 Denbigh Blvd., Newport News, VA  23608.

Kelly Renee Coltrane

Kelly Renee Coltrane, 61, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 1, 2020.  She was born on October 11, 1958, in Pulaski, Va. and she had been a Peninsula resident since 1959.

Kelly was preceded in death by her parents, Donald L. Coltrane and Barbara W. Coltrane.  She is survived by her sisters, Susan Brown (Mike) of Colorado and Sharon Coltrane of Saluda, Amy Belote (Robert) of Newport News; nieces, Sarah Topic (Leo), Jessica Coltrane, Olivia Tietjens-Duncan (Taylor), Savanna Carson; nephews, Justino Coltrane (Jeannette), Joseph Whiting and Gavin Carson; great-nieces and nephews, Ayla, Roman, Giovanni, Luca, Sophia, Justin, Jr., Natalie, Ava, Noah, and Baelfire.

Kelly was loved by many aunts and uncles, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  Masks and social distancing will be required.

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

 

William (Gus) Moore

William (Gus) Moore, passed away on July 29, 2020, at the age of 86. He was born on September 28, 1933, in New York City.
Gus served in the Korean War.

After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he worked for the City of New York as an Insurance Administrator until he retired. After retiring, he relocated to Hampton Virginia with his wife of 40 years, Mildred Moore.

Gus was an active grandfather helping to raise his grandkids and always assisting his children with various needs. He loved to bowl, sing, dance, and travel. Gus, as a child, did commercials with his mother and sister and was creative in his own right, singing in the Air Force Band and as part of a Doo-Wop group, even recording an album professionally. He was 86 years young and was the most caring father and grandfather anyone could ask for. Gus often took vacations with his daughter and grandchildren who lived in another state, just so he could see them.
He was the patriarch of the Moore family and he, along with his son, Jerry, would always make sure they attended every graduation, every wedding, and every barbeque to keep the family together. His children, grandchildren, siblings, friends, and former co-workers will miss his physical presence.

Gus was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Moore, and son, Jerry Cedric Moore.
He is survived by his children, Lavora Moore and Gary Moore; and his sister, Clotee Georges. He is also survived by his family consisting of grandchildren: Yoniqua (Niqua) Coleman, Earl Moore, Dontae Edwards, Tynishea Edwards, Justin Moore, Jeremy Moore, Jerry Moore, Jason Moore, Jaquana Moore, Jasmine Moore and, Joel Moore along with their children and wives; and his many cherished nieces and nephews. A special appreciation goes to Tazahna Holmes and Yazmine Holmes, his dearly loved nieces, who helped take care of him to the end of his life and who he considered to be his daughters.

As we lay Dad, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, Uncle, and Friend to rest we say to you: William Moore, there is no one like you. William Moore, no one could ever replace you. William Moore, you are my dream come true, William Moore, we were blessed to love you. William Moore, we were blessed to know you. William Moore, we are happy you are at peace, but it is selfish of us at least, not to see you and hold your hand, not to see you and hear your laugh. William Moore, we will see you again, William Moore, you are our life, our confidant and our friend.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. Social distancing will be required.

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

Nancy Evans

Nancy Evans of Newport News, Virginia, 79, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2020, at The James River Convalescent Center. She was born on January 25, 1941, in Brooklyn, NY.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ruby (Rao) Delia, and a brother who passed away as an infant. She is survived by her daughter, Terry; sons, Scott and James; grandson, Andrew; brothers, Cono (Janet), Ralph (Doreen), and Jimmy; as well as many nieces and nephews and her many lifelong friends.

Nancy was always there to lend a helping hand in any way she could. She never met a stranger. She was well known for her wonderful cooking, especially her sauce and meatballs, Easter Pie, a family tradition. Her love of the holidays was second to none! Nancy was a second Mom to many of her children’s friends.

A Memorial Service will be held in October.

In Nancy’s Memory, please do A Random Act of Kindness for someone or donate to a charity of your choice.

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

Martha Ann Thames Wineman

Beloved and cherished, in the presence of God and loved ones, MARTHA ANN THAMES WINEMAN entered into God’s eternal glory on July 30, 2020, from her new home in Houston, Texas at the perfect age of 94 years.

Born, December 22, 1925, in Columbia, South Carolina Martha grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and Indian Head, Maryland with her parents, Anna Pauline Rogers Thames Stancil and Francis Cecil Thames. A graduate of George Washington University, Martha married Andrew Rugh Wineman III in 1945. Happily married for over 54 years (at his passing in 1999), they lived in Atlanta, Georgia; Hampton and Newport News, Virginia. Martha’s love for her family and teaching lead her to a second degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in Early Childhood Education. Martha taught for many years in both private and public schools. Her love of church and community allowed her the privilege of serving with Hidenwood Presbyterian Church as a kindergarten teacher, Stephens Minister and a Presbyterian Woman participant and Church Librarian. She was a trained and active Docent for The Mariners Museum for over 25 years and trained to serve for many years with Contact Peninsula Crisis Center. Her love of exploration, travel, nature, and the beach added many memories and adventures in her life.

As Godly parents, Martha and Andy valued God’s blessings of four children each as unique individuals. Their legacy includes Miriam Patricia Wineman Hiza (deceased) and Husband Jerome Hiza of Gloucester, Virginia; John Paul Wineman and partner Nancy Peterson of Port Orange, Florida; Denise Suzanne Wineman Day and husband J. Robert Day of Houston, Texas and Andrew Rugh Wineman IV (deceased).

Martha cherished her grandchildren Benjamin Stuart Hiza and wife, Blanca Cabello of Richmond, Texas; Karen Elizabeth Hiza and husband, Tracey Pitt of Malabar, Florida; and Michelle Christen Day of College Station, Texas; and her two great-grandchildren Derek Umberto Hiza and Valentina Elizabeth Hiza of Richmond, Texas. Martha leaves behind to cherish her memories, valued nieces, nephews, family, friends, and church members.

She was preceded in death by her family: parents, Francis Cecil Thames and Anna Pauline Rogers Thames Stancil; husband, Andrew Rugh Wineman III; daughter, Miriam Patricia Wineman; son Andrew Rugh Wineman IV; and brother, Francis Cecil Thames, Jr. and his wife, Catherine Prendable Thames.

Martha will be long remembered for her generous steadfast love, kindness, and encouragement. She is counted as a Gift and Blessing to all.

The family will celebrate the life of Martha with a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church at 414 Hiden Blvd, Newport News, Virginia. Masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Martha’s memory to the American Heart Associationdonatenow.heart.org< or the American Diabetes Association, Norfolk Virginia Office, 870 Greenbrier Circle, Greenbrier Tower II, Suite 404, Chesapeake, VA 23320.

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

Cecelia Ann Clemons

Cecelia Ann Clemons passed away Monday, August 3, 2020. She was a native of Pittsburgh and lived in Newport News for the last 43 years. Cecelia was a fourth grade elementary school teacher at Sanford Elementary School for over twenty years.

She was a faithful servant of the Northside Christian Church family and the Women’s Educators Professional Society Kappa Delta Gamma. Cecelia was nominated as the Sanford Elementary School Teacher of the year. She taught first grade Sunday school for twenty-four years, facilitated cancer support groups, led Women’s bible study and served as a mentor to many.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Madison Clemons and parents Martha Mervosh and Samuel Mervosh.

Cecelia is survived by two sons, Jeffrey W. Clemons (Caroline) and Scott S. Clemons (Jennifer); her mother; and her four grandchildren, Caitlin Gary (Ryan), Madison Clemons, Joshua Clemons, and Rachel Clemons.

There will be a visitation Sunday, August 9, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be Monday, August 10, at 2:30 p.m. in Northside Christian Church led by Pastor Larry Jones. Masks and social distancing will be required. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Children’s Ministry. Arrangements under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Winifred H. Fair

Winifred H. Fair, 90, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020. He was a native of Elizabethton, TN and had been a resident of Hampton for 62 years. Winifred was the founder of Fair Distributing Co., Inc. where he was active for 62 years. He was a member of Peninsula Church of Christ.

Winifred was preceded in death by his wife, Delores and daughter-in-law, Denise W. Fair. He is survived by his daughter, Jennie Breeden (Mark); sons, Bruce A. Fair and Bryan Fair; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Milt Fair; and sister-in-law, Ruth Steiner.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 12 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Masks and social distancing will be required. Interment will be private.

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

Gloria Knight Tolbert

Gloria Knight Tolbert, 70, passed away on August 3, 2020. Gloria retired from Wells Fargo Bank after 42 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Bobby Tolbert; daughter, Shelley Tolbert (Jason); son, Jeffrey Tolbert (Robin); great-grandson, Cash Tolbert; brother, Larry Knight (Tinna); and sister, Lynne Carey (G.B.)

A private graveside service will be held Friday, August 7, at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Neva Parker

Neva was born Sept 6, 1927 in Skipwith, Virginia and went to be with the Lord on June 29, 2020. She was the daughter of Henry Lynn and Estelle McCargo Brankley and is survived by her son Stephen E Parker, his wife, Michelle Munden Parker, her daughter Mary Parker Patton and her husband Jeffrey F. Patton.

Neva was the proud grandmother to four grandchildren, Mason B. Parker, Ashley P. Patton, Collin R. Parker and Evan P. Patton and two great grandchildren, Walter R. Parker, and Henry Lynn Parker. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Virgil Eugene Parker and siblings, Margaret Burton, Betty Barnes, Francis Whitaker, Henry D. Brankley, Floyd M. Brankley, Joseph R. Brankley, Charles M. Brankley and Eunice Currin. She is survived by sibling Shirley B Vaughn and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

She enjoyed memberships in Grace United Methodist Church and was employed by the Newport News School Board as a Chemistry teacher and Guidance Counselor for 35 years. In her retirement she participated in the Newport News Village Women’s Club and served as state president in Alpha Iota chapter of the Delta Cappa Gamma Educators’ Sorority and the Alice Applewhite Garden Club. The Parker family would also like to send a heartfelt thanks to Amy Mason who was Neva’s aid and friend the last years of her life. For those who wish to honor Neva, the family asks that contributions be made to the Delta Kappa Gamma VA State Organization (Memo Line: Scholarship Fund) and mailed to Irene Thornburg, Treasurer, 15409 Union Church Rd., Beaverdam, VA 23015.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wclfh.com. The family is being served by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home, 703 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville, VA.

Warren Edward Stewart

Warren Edward Stewart (85) of Newport News, VA, was reunited with his loved ones and friends on August 5, 2020, as he entered Heaven’s glory. Warren was born in Greenwood, Arkansas, on August 14, 1934. He retired from the Navy, after 20 years of service and from Newport News Shipyard, as a machinist, after 23 years of service.

Warren was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Roy Stewart, mother, Mattie Ella McConnell Stewart Guss, stepfather, Marshall Guss, and daughter-in-law, Dawn Stewart. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 60 years, Beatrice; sons, Daniel (Bonnie) and Robert; daughter, Karen (Brian); brother, David (Kay); and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. His Home-going Service will be held on Friday, August 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery in Suffolk. Masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church’s mission fund of your choice or the American Heart Association.

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

Emmett C. Alley, Jr.

Emmett C. Alley, Jr., 78, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 2, 2020. He was born on March 26, 1942, in Newport News, Virginia to the late Teresa and Emmett C. Alley, Sr.

Emmett was an active member of Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church. He was a very strong, caring, and loving father. He served in the National Guard; he was an avid collector of sports memorabilia and stamps. Emmett retired from Newport News Shipyard, a very dedicated employee to the X42 department, with 40 plus years and many fond memories.

He was preceded in death by his loving mother and father; his sisters, Eva Mulligan Waller, Mary Mulligan Huggett, Camille Alley Hopkins, Florence Alley Crandall, Kathy Alley Lancaster and his brothers, Jack Mulligan and Bill Mulligan.

Emmett is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara Ann Alley; children, Gerardine Alley Berry (Bobby), Cynthia Alley, Christopher Alley, and Charles J. Caton; 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 2 expected great-grandchildren; sisters, Teresa Alley Hall and Thelma Alley Dease; brother, William “Bubba” Alley; 54 nieces and nephews; 54 great-nieces and nephews; and many Christian friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the building fund of Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church. A special thanks to Riverside Hospice for their dedicated and loving support. Debbie Boyd and Shelia Beacham, we will always be grateful to you.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 8, at Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church, Smithfield. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will follow the service at Peninsula Memorial Park. Masks and social distancing will be required.

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

Winifred H. Fair

Winifred H. Fair, 90, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020.  He was a native of Elizabethton, TN and had been a resident of Hampton for 62 years.  Winifred was the founder of Fair Distributing Co., Inc. where he was active for 62 years.  He was a member of Peninsula Church of Christ.

Winifred was preceded in death by his wife, Delores and daughter-in-law, Denise W. Fair.  He is survived by his daughter, Jennie Breeden (Mark); sons, Bruce A. Fair and Bryan Fair; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Milt Fair; and sister-in-law, Ruth Steiner.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 12 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Masks and social distancing will be required.  Interment will be private.

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

James Bradberry

Jim Bradberry passed away July 25, 2020, having triumphantly attained the age of 80. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and a 1965 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. Following law school, he served in the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps in New York and Germany, and later as a prosecutor in the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney’s office. He then worked in private practice on the Peninsula until 1991, when he was appointed as a Magistrate Judge to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. After his retirement in 2010, he made several wonderful trips to Ireland with friends and family. He was an avid reader.

Jim was a long-serving member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newport News, where he served as Lay Reader and on the Vestry, including several terms as Warden. He was active in many ministries at the parish, diocesan and national church levels. He helped organize and support Camp Chanco in Surry, and was one of the founders of Camp Wakonda, a summer camp for kids and families infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. His work with Camp Wakonda continued for 14 years until 2009.

He was predeceased by Elaine, his wife of 53 years. He is survived by his two children and their families: son Sean, Darlene, Ben and Catherine; and daughter Casey, Joey, Austin and Hannah, as well as a host of friends, locally and across the country. The Bradberry family extends their sincere thanks to Monique, Tomas, and Sheila, whose care and dedication allowed Jim to continue to lead life as he desired after he was unable to do so on his own. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and appreciated people. Jim will be missed for his generosity, words of wisdom, and legendary quick wit.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Clyde J. May

Clyde J. May, 88, passed away on July 27, 2020.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Social distancing is required.

Hudson Isaac Moore, Jr.

Hudson Isaac Moore Jr. was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1949 to Hudson and Lithiel Moore.  They were thankful when the delayed birth was over and they had a baby boy to join their five year old daughter Mary Anna.  Even though many expected his life to be short, it was July 23, 2020 when the Lord was ready to take him to heaven.

Each and every “can” brought hope and thankfulness.

Hudson can sit up, make sounds, stand up, and walk by himself.

(When he started running, that never became part of the thankful list.)

Hudson can stay with Lilly Roane and Lilly even helps with household chores.

Hudson can spend time with Granddaddy and Grandmother Dale.

Hudson spends long periods of time with his collection of Match Box cars.

Hudson will sit for hours at Aunt Olive’s picture window watching the cars go by on busy West Queen Street. He even says “aumobile” and “stop”.

Hudson can ride his three wheel adult tricycle.

Hudson sits quietly when Daddy reads the Bible to him each evening while Mother gets supper ready.

Hudson loves to go for a ride and see all the cars.

Any time with extended family is very special.  It’s a nice car ride, good food and lots of hugs.

Hudson will sit quietly between Mother and Daddy at church to listen to the hymns and learn “Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For the Bible Tells ME So”!

After church Hudson goes quickly to find the people who talk to him and give him hugs.

It’s fun to have Hudson show the guys at church where their cars are parked in the church parking lot or point where we should turn to go to church or to Grandparents house.

The Day Program at Sarah Bonwell Hudgins provides time away from home and a new “school” experience.

The opening of the Southeastern Virginia Training Center’s residential program in Chesapeake, VA was a blessing from the Lord at just the right time and in June 1980 became Hudson’s home until July 2017.  It is impossible to list all of the wonderful and amazing people who tirelessly and patiently provided for all of his needs and became like Huddie Buddie’s extended family.  A special thank you to each of you who knew Hudson and had a part in his care and wellbeing.

In July of 2017, the Lord again provided for Hudson and he went to live in a residential home in Newport News, with three other individuals under the care of Edith Arandela of Five Star Residential Living, LLC.  The combination of a nurse, as one of the caregivers, along with the other qualified staff was ideal as Hudson’s physical needs became more complicated.  When Hudson was discharged from the hospital with hospice care, he spent his last hour with their familiar care.  A huge and sincere thank you to each of you who didn’t know Hudson when he was active and more responsive and yet patiently took excellent care of him these last three years.

Hudson was preceded in death by his parents Hudson and Lithiel Moore.  He is survived by his sister Mary Anna Steffen and brother-in-law Wes of Wheaton, IL, niece Anita McKenna (Kevin) of Yorkville, IL, nephews Philip Steffen (Jen) of Oswego, IL and Mark Steffen (Jen) of Brookfield, WI, great nieces Rhyana, Ashley, and Janelle, and great nephew Ryan Steffen.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 3 pm EDT at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, VA (Nettles Drive Entrance) with Chaplin Gary Stewart officiating.

Hudson’s grave marker announces to everyone his greatest joy “Yes … Jesus loves ME”.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Five Star Residential Living, LLC, 121 Linda Drive, Newport News, VA 23608.

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Jo Anne Williams

Jo Anne Williams, 62, passed away on July 27, 2020. She was a native of Newport News and lifelong resident. Jo retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as a designer with over 30 years of service.

Services will be private.

William “Bill” F. Small

William “Bill” F. Small, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2020 in the presence of family. Bill was raised in High Point, NC, and joined the Navy at the age of 18. After four years in the Navy, he joined the Air Force, reaching the rank of Technical Sergeant before retiring from the military after 20 years of service. While stationed in Germany, he met his wife.

The family moved to Hampton, Virginia, in the early 1970s, where Bill worked as a quality assurance inspector for the Supervisor of Shipyards (SUPSHIP) department of the Navy at the Newport News Shipyard until his full retirement in 1993. He was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church and enjoyed woodworking and golf. He was also a former member of the Northampton Lions Club.

Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Small; his father and stepmother, John and Iva Rae Small; his brother, Jim Small (Frances); his sister, Jackie Lane; and his niece, Susan Small. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Hannelore Small; his daughter, Helen Small; his brother Dean Small (Ann); his brothers and sisters-in-law; and his nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Pastor Todd Krenzer. Social distancing is required.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hope Lutheran Church at 1112 Todds Lane, Hampton, Virginia, 23666, or a gift to the Alzheimer’s Association in Bill’s name. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

William “Bill” Paffrath

William “Bill” J. Paffrath, 70, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Bill was a longtime resident of Newport News, VA. He started his employment as a Teacher and Coach, later working at Advex Corp. and Newport News Shipbuilding for many years. Bill was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, the Knights of Columbus, and Warwick Moose Lodge. He had a love of sports, mainly the Pittsburgh Steelers and Clarion Eagles, and he was a fan of the daily crossword puzzle.

Bill was preceded in rest by his parents, Lawrence H. and Dorothy R. Paffrath and is survived by his wife of 42 years, Teri L. Paffrath; son, Will (Cassandra) daughter, Casey Jenkins (Scott); his dearly loved grandchildren, Matthew, Bryson, Harper, Madelyn, and Hayden; sisters, Cathy Canterna (Don), SR Lisa; brother, Larry (Nora); and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 27 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The family is encouraging all visitors to show their ‘Steeler Spirit’ by wearing black and gold. The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m.at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 100 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601, followed by a graveside burial 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.

Ingrid E. Kirschmann

Ingrid E. Kirschmann, 89, of Hampton VA, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.  Ingrid was born in Tübingen, Germany to Kurt and Elly Stoelzel on May 25, 1931.  She married U.S. Army Sergeant Herbert J. Kirschmann on April 12, 1954, and became a proud US citizen on April 28, 1958.  She was an Executive Assistant at Lockjoint Pipe Co. in East Orange, NJ until she became a devoted, loving, and caring Mom to her three children. Ingrid lived for over 40 years in Bridgewater, NJ where she was an Administrative Assistant at Colorado Prime Foods Co. and a Sales Associate for Macy’s. She moved to Hampton, VA upon her retirement in 2011.  From 2015 until her death, she served as a board member with the Hampton Senior Citizens Advisory Committee.  She was an avid crafter, Farmville gamer, and known for her love of pigs.  Ingrid loved to travel and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She was truly loved by all who knew her.
Ingrid was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert, and son, Dwight.   She is survived by her children, Dawn and Dean; her daughters-in-law, Melanie and Dolly; and her grandchildren, Luke, Jada, and Kaylee.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Mary Ann McCaughan

Mary Ann McCaughan passed from this life on Sunday, July 19, 2020. She was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was educated at Dominican College Fortwilliam in Belfast and graduated from St. Mary’s University College. She received her Master’s in Education from William and Mary. She emigrated to the United States in 1960, and she and her husband, Stanley were married in Hampton, Virginia that same year. Marie, as she was known by most, was a lifelong learner and educator who began her career at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School. She retired from the Newport News School System where she was a reading specialist for many years. Marie faithfully served her parish and community and shared her love of reading with all.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Stanley McCaughan; her parents, John and Mary Cox; her brothers, Jim, John, and Robert Cox; her sister-in-law, May Cox. Marie is survived by her daughter, Patricia Woodson (Tom), her sons, Brian (Sherry), Kevin (Terri), and Mark; her sisters, Catherine (Tom), Elizabeth (Calvin), brother, Paul (Patricia), her sisters-in-law, Margaret and Joyce. She was a loving grandma (Maimeò) and leaves behind her nine grandchildren, Ian, Shane, Kaileigh, Caitlin, Darren, Jared, Jake, Adam and Molly May; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a gift to all of us and in the words of Marie herself “Thank you, God”.

The family will receive friends Sunday, July 26, 2020, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. The Mass of Resurrection will be held on Monday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, followed by the funeral procession for burial in Peninsula Memorial Park. Masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marie’s honor to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 100 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

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

 

Matthew “Matt” Ryan Lewis

Matthew “Matt” Ryan Lewis passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 16, 2020.  He was born on April 28, 1981 in Newport News and was a 1999 graduate of Warwick High School.  An avid sports lover, his favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys, Florida State Seminoles, and Washington Nationals.  Matt loved to bowl, having scored a perfect 300 game on February 27, 2005.  He also played on dart leagues at Lil’s Restaurant and played Little League at Deer Park.  Matt enjoyed cooking and creating dishes for his family.

He is survived by his mother, Sheila Lewis Gerst; father, Regis R. Gerst; brothers, Patrick and Alex Gerst; and grandmother, Mary A. Lewis.  In addition, he is survived by his aunt, Rebecca Lewis, of Maryland; uncle, David Lewis, of Newport News; cousin, Mary Rigsby (Eric); niece, Amelya; nephew, Abel; and his beloved furbaby, Rosie.

The family will receive friends and family from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at Peninsula Memorial Park, with Rev. Chris Gourley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Matt’s memory be made to the Animal Aid Society, 80 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666.

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

Barbara “Bobby” Updike Pritchard

Barbara “Bobby” Updike Pritchard, 96, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Born March 6, 1924 in Strasburg, Virginia, she was the second of six children to the late Luther Updike and Vergie Thompson Updike of Virginia. Bobby was a member of the Eastern Star and was involved in the local and national Home Demonstration Club.  She volunteered extensively alongside her husband Roy (Ted) F. Pritchard Jr. at the polling stations and Francis Mallory School. She was also a Cub and Girl Scout leader. Bobby and Ted worked together at Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center, traveling and organizing programs through the Boy Scouts/Explorer Post 140. He started and developed it to the recreational program it is today. Bobby also taught ceramics to the adults there and in the community.

Bobby was preceded in death by her husband, Roy (Ted) F. Pritchard Jr.; sisters, Louise White and Eleanor Lucento; and brothers, Luther S. Updike and Benjamin Updike. She is survived by her son, Daniel Pritchard and wife Susan Brooks; daughter, Patty and husband, Jimmy Truitt; grandsons, Eric Truitt, Matthew and wife, Jessica Truitt, and Austin Truitt; sister, Betty Williamson; along with several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Peninsula Memorial Park, entrance off of Nettles Drive, officiated by Pastor Jeffrey Cannon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Explorer Post 140 c/o Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation, 1 Singleton Drive, Hampton, VA 23666.

Charlotte Copenhaver Ryan

Charlotte Copenhaver Ryan, 80, of Yorktown, VA, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020. She was a history major and graduate of Christopher Newport College in Newport News.  Charlotte, much like her brother and sister, never met a stranger, loved interacting with people, and was an avid storyteller.  Holidays, birthdays, and family gatherings will not be the same without her.

She was preceded in death by her father, James H. Copenhaver, her mother, Margaret Payne Radler, sister, Sallie Payne Copenhaver, and brother, James “Jim” Copenhaver, Jr.  She is survived by her son, Joseph B. Robertson, Jr. (Wendy), daughter, Cynthia Robertson Counts (Jeff), and son, William Dallas Robertson; grandchildren, Clinton, Zack and Alex Robertson, Amanda, Amber and Brandon Goding, and Elizabeth and Ethan Robertson; and great-grandson, Cameron Robertson.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.  Social distancing will be required.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlotte’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (www.donate3.cancer.org/)

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

John N. Krouth

John N. Krouth, 81, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  He retired, after 45 years, in 2006 from the Newport News Shipyard as a mechanical engineer.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet; one son, John; two daughters, Sheila and Deborah; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A family service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park.

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

John B. Perez

John B. Perez, 91, passed away on July 14, 2020.  He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding and was a member of West Hampton Baptist Church.  John served three years in the United States Air Force.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Joan Perez.  He is survived by two sons, Tony Perez, Benjie Perez; two daughters, Elizabeth Perez and Teresa Lesher; brother, Tony Perez; four grandchildren, Anthony Perez and Nick Perez and Aubrey Kranz and Brandon Kranz; and two great-grandchildren, Ethan Perez and Jacob Perez.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in the Peninsula Memorial Park.  Social distancing will be required.

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

“Don’t take any wooden nickels!”

Bettye A. Collett

Bettye A. Collett, 91, died at home, surrounded by family, on July 17, 2020.  She was born in Rockwood, TN, and grew up working on the family farm.  Bettye got married and traveled the world as a military wife, before settling in Virginia following the untimely death of her husband, CWO4 Benson M. Collett.  Her interests included pulling a big camper all over the country and spending time with her family.  The Collett family has lost their matriarch and many more people have lost a friend.

Bettye was preceded in death by parents, Hugh M. Center and Bessie Beeson Center; her sisters, Alice Center and Jane Capps; her husband, Benson M. Collett; and her companion of many years, Ivan D. Williams.  She leaves to cherish her memories, sons, Benson M. Collett Jr. (Anne), John C. Collett (Cornelia); and daughter, Alice M. Williams; grandchildren, Rhonda Collett, Scott Collett, Jeremy Collett, Lori Crawfoot; 10 great-grandchildren; and her niece, Elizabeth Davenport.

A graveside service, conducted by Reverend Ben Collett, will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park on Thursday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m.  Social distancing will be required.   In lieu of flowers, consider donations to your favorite charity.

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

Stephen Kerry Riddle

Stephen Kerry Riddle, beloved brother, and uncle left our world and found eternal rest in the arms of his Savior on July 13, 2020. He was born on January 6, 1942, to Hershel E. and Nora Marie Riddle in Bristol, TN. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Newport News, VA where he was a lifelong resident. Steve is a graduate of Lenoir College in NC and moved back to the Peninsula in 1973 to become a nuclear power designer for Newport News Shipbuilding. He spent the last decade of his working career as the head chef at the Italian Village in Busch Gardens, a career he described as “doing what I love most: feeding people good food and having good fun.”

Steve was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Judith Merle DeGraaf, and they are now reunited in love and the Lord. Steve and Judy were faithful members of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Yorktown. He is survived by his lifelong best friend and brother, Michael Riddle, and his wife Susan. Steve and Judy had no children, but they fiercely loved their six nieces and nephews: Blair Thomas Riddle, Meredith Virginia Lee Riddle, Sarah Elisabeth Riddle, Rebecca De Graaf, Susan De Graaf, and Larry De Graaf.

A private service is pending. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601 (https://peninsulaspca.org/) or Calvin University, 3201 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (https://calvin.edu/).

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

Emmanuel Pierre

Emmanuel Pierre born Duvier, Pétion-ville, died peacefully on July 7, 2020 with his family by his side at Riverside Regional Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

Emmanuel was born on March 22, 1950 to Monville and Lucienne Pierre. He will be forever and sadly missed by his wife Lifette of 40 years, two sons: Gaétan (Marielle), Elysee (Vanessa) and his four daughters Nathan (Luberus), Michèle (Gracius), Sherlie (Laurentus), Azenue Pierre, nine grandchildren, Kaitlin, Taliyah, Dophka, Neïma, Valéria, Atah El Roy, Wensley, Aaron, Hadley, his two sisters, Ermance Martial, Gislaine Pierre, his in-laws Pastor Ileus Pierre and Marie Thérèse Cazeau, his brothers in-law, his sisters in-law, as well as many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends affected by his passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Monville Pierre, Lucienne St-Bonheur, his two sisters; Potocol Pierre, Mariela Pierre, his brother; Montelon Pierre, also his two nephews, and one niece.

Mr. Pierre was a devoted father, a husband, a servant of God, a businessman, and friend you could always count on. He graduated middle school at Don Bosco of Petion-ville, soon he lost his hearing, because of the lack of health care and treatment, he spent the rest of his childhood deaf. He never let that handicap restrict him. He worked for Pastor Wallace Turnbull at Mission Baptist of Fermate for many years.  Mr. Turbull’s son blessed him with his first hearing-aid.  His brother in-law  Pastor Guito Pierre invited him to help out in a small store at Peguy-ville , my dad, the genius Emmanuel Pierre took that opportunity and turned it to a MEGA STORE, then he went back to his community at Duvier to help his villages by providing foods for them and their pets at a reasonable price. He loved his community and was an integral part of the villages. He was known as “Machan sondeble” bon gason!

In 2006, he achieved his life-long goal of moving to the United States. He sought better opportunities for his family and his future.  He obtained a certification from Warwick Peninsula ESOL. He made lot of friends here in Newport News.

He was a member of the Korean Peninsula Seventh Day Adventist church; he had a family there that was with him at his last breath. Thank you so much Pastor Lee and all members.

Dad we love you so much!

A time of gathering will be held on Saturday July 18, 2020 via zoom (https://zoom.us/j/5949859748) from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601, with interment following at Hampton Memorial Gardens.  Masks and social distancing will be required.   The service will be live-streamed at www.peninsulafuneralhome.com/video .  Flower tributes may made through Jeff’s Flowers (www.jeffsflowers.com).

Russell “Red Bird” G. Marshall, Sr.

Russell “Red Bird” G. Marshall, Sr., 80, passed away at home on July 12, 2020 with family and friends by his side. He was born October 20, 1939 in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Russell retired as a mechanic at Rusty’s Towing and was a member of West Hampton Baptist Church.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia A. Marshall and son, Scott Marshall. He is survived by his companion of many years, Brenda Walker; sons, Rusty (Phyllis) and Troy, who stayed by his side and took special care of Russell for the past two years; daughter, Kelly Marshall (Rob); grandchildren, Troy Scott, Tristen Harrell, Stacey Strader, and Paul Spencer (Angie); great-grandchildren, Haley Duke and Ryley Oates; close family, Diane Hedgepeth, and Kenny and Charlotte Hayes; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank everyone who stood by our side and helped us through these difficult times.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Masks and social distancing are required. The family encourages anyone interested to join them at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 at Peninsula Funeral Home for a procession to Peninsula Memorial Park. A graveside service will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Russell Allen Asby

Russell Allen Asby, 57, saw Jesus face-to-face Friday, July 10, 2020. Allen suffered with mental illness all his life and battled breast cancer the past few years. He was kind, loving and wouldn’t hesitate to give you the shirt off his back. He loved Jesus and all of his family. Allen always wore a cross and often would wear more than just one. His wrists were covered with bracelets displaying bible verses and faith messages. Allen would talk to anyone about the Lord who had saved his soul. Everyone loved Allen, that’s for sure. Allen made daily calls to his family, including his aunt Sybil Cutler, who he called early every morning.

Allen’s mom, Joyce Asby, passed away several years ago.  He is survived by his father, William Asby, sister Donna Waltrip and her husband David, as well as his brother John Asby and his wife Mary. Allen loved and was proud of his nieces, nephews, and grand nephews.

His service will be held Thursday, July 16, at Liberty Baptist Church, 12 p.m., where he was a member. Social distancing will be required.  The family will be receiving one hour prior to the service and one hour after at the church. There will be no public graveside service. In lieu of flowers please send all donations to Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton VA.

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

Elizabeth Green Fisher

Elizabeth Green Fisher, better known to everyone as Betty, a lifelong resident of the Peninsula, left us on July 9, 2020, at a very youthful 95 years of age. She was born to Dorothea Richardson Green and Clarence Orville Green on April 23, 1925.  She didn’t speak until the age of 5 but after that, she never stopped and was known at Hampton High School as “Chatterbox Green”. Betty always had a kind comment, a funny joke, or a good story for everyone she met and no one was ever a stranger to her. Her life was a whirlwind of fun, no matter how bad things got she always maintained a positive attitude and a smile on her face.

At various times, she was employed by Dow Badasche, NASA-Langley, a civilian at Ft. Eustis, and volunteered at Riverside Hospital. She created three exceptional daughters who she kept close tabs on her entire life, and she was the always hub of the family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandmother, Julia Woodward Green. Betty will leave a huge void in the hearts and lives of her daughters, Beverly Ensley Blanchard (Ray), Cynthia Ensley Allen, and Debra Fisher Rindfleisch (Jim), all of whom she loved fiercely and taught to be strong independent women. She also had two sons-in-law that were crazy about her, Jim Rindfleisch (who preceded her in 2016 and must already be welcoming her with open arms) and Ray Blanchard, who lovingly helped care for her. Betty leaves four grandchildren: Jennifer Blanchard Hon (Mun-Wai), Kelly Blanchard Miller (Chris), Jay and Bryan Allen; and three great-grandchildren: Alissa Damato, and Elizabeth and Henry Miller.

Betty was a force to be reckoned with, and usually in a good way. She kept her family close and always let us know how much she loved us, doing anything in the world for us. We can only try to carry that good attitude filled with love forward into our own futures in her honor and as our tribute to the exceptional woman that she was.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m., at Peninsula Memorial Park, officiated by Chaplain Klaire Jameson of Personal Touch Hospice.  Social distancing will be required. The family would like to thank her caregiver, Michelle Jones.

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

James A. Workman

James A. Workman, 80, of Newport News went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. He was born in Elkins, WV on December 19, 1939 to the late Fletcher and Freeda Workman. He graduated from Cowen High School in 1959 and started his career as a shipbuilder shortly thereafter. James married the love of his life, Rosalea Barnett on June 9, 1962. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and friend to all who knew him. He never met a stranger. One of his greatest pleasures was serving and working at his church, Tabernacle Baptist in Newport News. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, old cars and country music. James could build just about anything and spent time over the years building things not only at home, but also for neighbors and the church. James retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as an Electrical Foreman after 46 years of service in 2006.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters Beulah, Phyllis, Hilda and brother Eddie. James leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 58 years, Rosalea Workman of Newport News; one daughter, Connie Beth (Nathan) Bray of Chesapeake; three brothers, Tom Workman of Thomasville, GA, Jerry (Arlene) Workman of Yorktown, Sonny (Ann) Workman of Charles Town, WV; sister, Nancy (Ronnie) Collins of Ft. Meyers, FL; and many nieces, nephews, close friends and his very special dog, Murphy.

Special thanks to the nursing staff at Mary Immaculate Hospital who cared for James in his final days.

Memorial donations, in memory of James A. Workman, may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church, Newport News or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday July 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park. Social distancing at the graveside will be required.

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

Evelyn Neyra

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
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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.

William Edmundson

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.