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Misc Virginia and North Carolina obituaries from the Virginian Pilot

Posted By: Diane
Date: Monday, 21 January 2008, at 12:07 p.m.

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 23

W. Stuart Sale

BLACKSBURG - W. Stuart Sale passed away Jan. 18, 2008. He was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Norfolk and served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II, graduated with a degree in engineering from VPI in 1951, and raised four children with his wife, June S. Sale, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his children, Nancy Simko and husband Bob of Manchester, Ga., Richard S. Sale and wife Shelia of Sumerduck, Va., Courtney Roth and husband Nathan of Mena, Ark. and Patricia Harrison and husband Randy of Radford, Va. He is also survived by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ Episcopal Church, Church & Jackson Streets, Blacksburg. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions may be made to Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs, VA 22845. Online condolences may be sent by visiting The Sale family is being served by Horne Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Christiansburg.

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 23

Monteiro H. Nelson Jr.

MEDFORD LAKES, N.J. - Monteiro Harris Nelson Jr. died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice in Mt. Holly. He was 82.

Born in Portsmouth, Mr. Nelson was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he received a B.S. in chemistry. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines in Sheepshead Bay during World War II and attended the U.S. Maritime Service Officer School in 1945. Mr. Nelson worked for Virginia Smelting Co. He was chemist and assistant superintendent of Waste Water Treatment for the City of Portsmouth. He worked for Kentucky Color and Chemical and was in Technical Sales for Air Reduction Chemical and retired from Air Products. Mr. Nelson was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Shawnee Lodge, No. 830 F & AM, Louisville, Ky., Sons of the American Revolution, Norfolk Chapter, the American Merchant Marine Association, Dennis A. Roland Chapter, and VFW Post No. 6295, Marlton.

Mr. Nelson is the beloved husband of 52 years of Alma A. (nee Abell). He is the loving father of Monteiro Harris Nelson III (Robin), Richard Randolph Nelson (Mary Fran), and Margaret Elizabeth (George, III) Massey. He was the dear grandfather of Rand, Shivaun and Brienne Nelson, Randy and David Nelson, and Sara and Nicholas Massey. He is the brother of Margaret Nelson Harvey.

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

Betty Jane O’Brien

CHESAPEAKE - Betty Jane O’Brien, 84, of the 1200 block of Southwind Drive, passed away Jan. 18, 2008, in a Chesapeake hospital. She was a native of Topeka, Kan., and was the widow of Joseph

Leo O’Brien. She is honored in “The Women in the Military’s” historical yearbook for proudly serving her country as a Navy Wave during World War II. Bowling was her favorite sport and she actively participated as a proud member of the Women’s International Bowling Congress (WIBC) until the age of 82. She was the daughter of the late Jesse C. Crites and Catherine Reynolds Crites.

She is survived by a daughter, Betty Jane Bailey of Dallas; three sons, William Patrick O’Brien of Davie, Fla., Joseph Timothy Price-O’Brien of Blacksburg, Va., and Robert Michael O’Brien of Chesapeake. She is also survived by her brother, Raymond Crites of Denver and five grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

James M. Walton Sr.

CHESAPEAKE - James Madison Walton Sr., 81, of the 400 block of Fernwood Farms Road, died Jan. 15, 2008, in his residence. He was a retired circuit court judge, Cook County, Chicago; Commissioner in Chancery, Chesapeake; and a retired attorney for the City of Chesapeake after 22 years of service.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, 418 W. Bute St., Norfolk, where he served as church attorney, was former chairman of the trustee board, and member of the men’s chorus, Chancel Choir and Mamie E. Gordon Missionary Ministries.

He was an Army veteran of World War II; a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and 200 Plus Men; a life member of NAACP in Chesapeake; past president of Chesapeake Men for Progress; member of Booker T. Washington’s Alumni Choir and the Chesapeake Bar Association.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jean B. Walton; two daughters, Janet W. Dukes and Joan W. Hanks (Larry); two sons, James W. Walton Jr. (Cheryl) and Julian M. Walton (Erin); three sisters, Dollie Taylor (Frank), Lessie Gibson (Bill) and Clara Smith; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Tuesday in First Baptist Church, Bute St., Norfolk, by Dr. Robert G. Murray. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Viewing will begin Monday at noon. The family will be at Fisher Funeral Home, 1520 Effingham St., Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. The family will be the residence to receive friends. The body will be in church Tuesday at 11 a.m. Condolences may be offered at

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

Joseph Johnson

NORFOLK - The title of “Hero” has been used quite a bit, especially since 2001, sometimes accurately, other times not so much. The men and women who put themselves in harms way for the protection of others are true heroes, but there are many other people whose heroism goes largely unrecognized. My father, Joseph E. Johnson, is a true hero three times over - even though, upon meeting him and speaking with him, you might not realize it for he was not one for self-promotion.

First, he is an American Hero for his service to our country in World War II. Called from the very rural Isle of Wight County where he was born on Aug. 4, 1926, he served on the front lines with the U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, island-hopping across the Philippines in the Pacific Theater with General MacArthur. Imagine going from a quiet life with limited electricity, few phones, and no indoor plumbing where the most violent thing experienced was occasional squirrel hunting - to being involved in some of the most fierce fighting imaginable. However, very little was said about it upon his return, and the medals he was awarded was the best indicator of the action he saw in that conflict.

Secondly, he is a hero for being someone who always sought to bring light and happiness to others. He never failed to have a smile and a joke for everyone he met - and it seemed at times that he knew just about everyone. Where ever we went, there was always a shout: “Hey, Joe!” followed by a handshake and a lot of laughter. Our family excursions generally took much longer than those of other families because he was constantly meeting people who wanted to “hear the latest”. He showered his family with gifts, and always knew just what they would enjoy. Christmas and birthdays were filled with perfect presents and a great deal of laughter.

Thirdly, my father is a real hero because he did everything he could to keep his family safe, secure and happy. His dream had always been to be a railroad engineer or woodworking - but the first good job he found after the war was with The Old Dominion Paper Company, where he stayed for more than three decades working his way up from the warehouse to salesman. He was not particularly enamored of paper products, but his personal work ethic - forged during the height of the depression - was to get a job and stick with it. Simply put, he denied his own dreams to provide for his family - my mother, Myrna, whom he married on August 21, 1954; and myself, born four years later in April. The term “dedicated family man” was written to describe my father. I have always wished that every child born could experience the wonderful childhood provided to me by my father and mother. Those were the happiest years of my life.

A man who fights for his country, who strives to make others happy, and who makes his family his top priority in life - even at the expense of his long-held dreams - is truly a man who fully deserves the title of a “Hero”; and that is my father, my dad.

Please, in lieu of flowers, make donations to BBN (P.O. Box 7300, Charlotte, NC 28241-9943), or Odyssey Health Care (6363 Center Drive, No. 6, Lynnhaven Building, Suite 201, Norfolk VA 23502).

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

John E. Olney

NORFOLK - John Edward Olney, 77, passed away Jan. 15, 2008 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He spent much of his early life in Pittsburgh, where he graduated from Wilkinsburg High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He was a decorated Korean War veteran in the U.S. Army.

John was raised by his grandmother, Cora Olney, from an early age and later was “adopted” by the family of his best friend Joe Robbins, whose mother and father, Joseph and Ruth Robbins, then raised him through his teenage and young adult years.

John was by predeceased in death by his parents, John Olney and Frances Gibson; and sister, Lois Warvie of St. Clair, Mich.

John is survived by two daughters, Valerie Olney and husband Andy Toulon of Olympia, Wash., and Robin Bolt and husband Chuck Bolt of Virginia Beach and their mother, Lucille Olney of Norfolk; three grandchildren, Lyra Toulon of Olympia and Jeremy and Alexis Bolt of Virginia Beach.

A private memorial service and burial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.

Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater is in charge.

John E. “Johnny O” Olney will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

Sultan Davis

VIRGINIA BEACH - Sultan Davis, 90, passed away on Jan. 18, 2008, in a local hospital after a long illness. He was a former member of the Portsmouth Moose Lodge and a member of the Bayside Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Irene Davis; two daughters, Nancy Gillespie and her husband Patrick and Marie Markel and her husband Paul; a son, James Davis; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Army during World War II with tours taking him to the Ascension Islands; he toured throughout Africa including Morocco, Algeria and Nigeria; he participated in the Normandy Invasion landing at Utah Beach; and also served in France and Belgium. After his military career, he later worked as a carpenter for 55 years with his own company as well as with Gravely Construction Co. and Shirley Brothers Construction Co.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel. A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, and will be conducted by Bishop Tommy Maynard. Burial will follow the service in the Rosewood Memorial Park.

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

Beulah Ferrara

VIRGINIA BEACH - Beulah Ferrara, 80, passed away Jan. 17, 2008, at Sentara Bayside Hospital. Beulah was born Feb. 6, 1927, to the late William H. and Anna M. Riser in Cherry Run, W.Va. She was employed with food service at Kempsville Jr. High School for 15 years until her retirement.

She was predeceased by her husband Sam Ferrara and 10 brothers and sisters. She is survived by one daughter, Deborah Buschert and husband Clarence of Virginia Beach; one son, Daniel Hassett and wife Maryanne of New York; four grandchildren, Matthew Buschert and wife Kristi of Chesapeake, Rachel Buschert, Daniel Hassett and Thomas Hassett of New York; two great-grandchildren, Riley and Xander Buschert. Beulah is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence Presbyterian Church Music Fund.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in Providence Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey S. Bell.

Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Greenwich Road Chapel. Please visit this memorial at

Mildred B. Filer

VIRGINIA BEACH - Mildred B. Filer, 91, passed away Jan. 19, 2008 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Mildred was born in Norfolk, April 3, 1916, the daughter of the late Coral C. Barnes and Ethel H. Barnes. She was a member of the Westminster Chapter (formerly the Elizabeth Chapter) Eastern Star and was a past worthy matron of Elizabeth Chapter OES. She was a longtime member of the Colonial Place Methodist Church. She loved animals, especially dogs and the cardinal, but loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother even more.

Mildred was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 50 years, Marcy K. Filer; her sister, Ruth Thompson; and brothers, Clyde Barnes, Travis Barnes, and her twin Ralph Barnes.

Mildred is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Martha Filer of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren, Sherry Goldsborough and husband Steve of Virginia Beach, Scott Carroll and wife Theresa, of Rufin, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Ian Goldsborough and Carly Goldsborough of Virginia Beach.

Visitation will be held Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, Virginia Beach. A graveside service to celebrate Mildred’s life will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, with an Eastern Star memorial service. The Rev. John Dean will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in Mildred’s name to the the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451; or Sentara Hospice, 535 Independence Pkwy., Suite 200, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Condolences may be offered to the family at

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 25

Earl W. Garbett

VIRGINIA BEACH - Earl W. Garbett, 78, passed away Jan. 17, 2008, in Sentara Bayside Hospital.

A native of Corine, W.Va., he was the son of the late Robert Garbett. He retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years of service having served in Korea and Vietnam. He also retired as an insulator. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancie Garbett; his mother, Nina Garbett; three daughters, Cathy L. Bullock and husband Jeff of Pinson, Ala., Teresa Mihelcic and Janice Hall and husband Chester both of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren, Chris, Andy, Jimmi, Chuck and Kristen; three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Cody and Caitlin; three sisters, Ramona, Sharon and Patricia and a brother, Terry.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel. The burial with full Army honors will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6 to 8 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 25

Marion White

VIRGINIA BEACH - Marion “Pint” White, 83, died Jan. 18, 2008 at Sentara Leigh Hospital. He was born Nov. 29, 1924 in Elizabeth City, N.C., and was the son of the late Mod and Baynie Cartwright White.

Mr. White was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and served as a fighter pilot (P51) in World War II. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1951 with a degree in civil engineering. He retired from the Department of Defense as head of the Civil Engineering Division of the Public Works Center, U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk.

Pint was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his time with his many hunting and fishing companions. Pint was a master woodworker having built many boats. He was skilled in the craft of reproducing antique furniture.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 61 years, Ann Gregory White of the home; a brother, David M. White; a nephew, Stephen B. White and wife Barbara; a niece, Melissa and husband David Cartwright; and two great-nephews, Dylan and Drake Cartwright, and many cousins, all of Elizabeth City. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Lloyd White.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 25

David John Linsky

PORTSMOUTH – David John Linsky, 57, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008. He was a native of Pennsylvania and a Catholic.

David is survived by his wife, Colleen Linsky; daughter, Kimberly Linsky; two stepdaughters, Ashley Bailey and Reba Bailey; three grandchildren, P.J., Maleah and Quaid; three sisters, Mary Ann Cidor of Ohio, Helen Bearer of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Loncar of Indiana; four brothers, Stephen Linsky, William Linsky, both of Ohio, James Linsky of Chesapeake and John Linsky of Pennsylvania. David was predeceased by his parents, Anna and Joseph Linsky; three brothers, Joseph Linsky, Edward Linsky and Richard Linsky; and a stepson, Christopher Bailey.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by the Rev. Curtis Williams. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. and they suggest memorial contributions to the Greenbrier Church, 1101 Volvo Pkwy., Chesapeake, VA 23320. Online condolences may be made at

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 20, 2008; Hampton Roads; 25

Lewis P. Turner Sr.

PORTSMOUTH - Lewis Preston Turner Sr., 84, went to be with the Lord, Jan. 18, 2008. He was a native of Norfolk and was a World War II veteran. He retired from NAS Public Works Center as

a general foreman, was a member of Norview Masonic Lodge 113, Norfolk Scottish Rite, Chesapeake Shrine Club, and an honorary member of Khedive Temple Director’s Staff.

Mr. Turner was the son of the late James S. and Lillian B. Turner. He is survived by his loving wife, Kay B. Turner; three children, Lewis P. Turner Jr., J. Michelle Turner, Tracy T. Fasciocco and her husband Angelo; three grandchildren, Krista Fasciocco and Jordan and Jake Turner. He is also survived by sister, Dorothy Winslow and her husband Bill and sisters-in-law, Janet and Sylvia Turneras well as a host of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Lewis’ life will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the chapel in Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service. Interment will follow the service with military honors accorded Mr. Turner. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Online condolences and Lewis’ guestbook may be signed at

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 21, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

Robert N. Grandy Sr.

NORFOLK - Robert Newton “Rob” Grandy Sr., 86, passed away Jan. 19, 2008, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Rob was a native and lifelong resident of Norfolk and was the son of the late William and Helen Grandy. He was a graduate of Maury High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army/8th Air Force. He was a gunner and bombardier with the 860th Squadron during World War II. Mr. Grandy was a lifelong member of Larchmont United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. He enjoyed his daily breakfast club meetings with the R.O.M.E.O.’s “Retired Old Men Eating Out” at the Baker’s Crust. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Bell Grandy.

Survivors include two daughters, Lee Grandy Gantz and her husband Norman of Lake Forest, Ill., and Betsy Grandy Elling and her husband Randy of Norfolk; one son, Robert N. Grandy Jr. and his wife Shari of Suffolk; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel. A memorial service will be held in Larchmont United Methodist Church Tuesday at 1 p.m. Burial will be private. A reception will follow in the church social hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 or to the Larchmont United Methodist Church, 1105 Jamestown Crescent, Norfolk. Online condolences may be made at

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 21, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

Tommie F. Parker Jr.

VIRGINIA BEACH - Tommie Fred Parker Jr., a loving husband, father, brother and father-in-law whose entire life was dedicated to the enjoyment and enrichment of his family, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at the age of 83 in Virginia Beach.

Tommie was born in Aulander, N.C., to Caudell and Tommie Fred Parker in 1925. As a member of the Navy he fought in World War II aboard the USS Leedstown and the Korean War aboard the USS Capricornus AKA-57 before moving to Norfolk where he worked at the Naval Air station as a production controller until he retired. After retirement he enjoyed working with Woodrow Wilson (Pop) at his auto body shop and most recently extremely enjoyed the days he volunteered above the USS Wisconsin battleship in downtown Norfolk where he had the opportunity to share his many stories with thousands of people.

In addition to his beloved wife of 53 years, Barbara, he is survived by his children, Sandra Hogge and her husband Preston of Portsmouth, Anita Gambardella of Norfolk, Alecia Parker of New York City and Stephanie Parker of Atlanta; six grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; his loving sister, Hazel White; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and supportive friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rothel.

Tommie and Barbara are members of the Faith Wesleyan Church in Norfolk.

A funeral will be held at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, Wednesday at 2 p.m. The family will be accepting visitors Tuesday at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home from 7 until 8 p.m. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park with full military honors.

The family has requested any memorial donations in Tommie’s name be made to Faith Wesleyan Church, 745 Pecan Point Road, Norfolk, VA 23502.

You may offer your condolences to the family at

The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 21, 2008; Hampton Roads; 24

Charles B. Lancaster

VANCEBORO - Charles Brantley Lancaster, 82, died Jan. 19, 2008, while surrounded by his family at home in New Bern, after a long and valiant fight with many medical issues.

He was a member of the Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church in Blount’s Creek, N.C., and also attended the Epworth United Methodist Church in the Epworth Community of Vanceboro, N.C.

Mr. Lancaster was born Sept. 18, 1925, and was reared by the late Tobe and Susie Brantley, his uncle and aunt, in Aurora, N.C. He worked at many jobs throughout his life supporting his growing family, but in the end considered himself to be a professional truck driver. He was proud to have continued to work well into his 79th year and it was only when he could no longer climb into his rig that he saw the necessity to park his truck. In 1947, shortly after his discharge from the U.S. Navy, he met and married his soul mate for life, the late Lois Elizabeth White, who was from Elizabeth City, N.C. They were married 58 years and reared their six children in Chesapeake, with three of them following him into military service. In 1981, Charles and Lois relocated to Vanceboro shortly after their last child finished school.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Smyrna FWB Church with the Rev. Joel Cannon officiating. Interment will follow later in the day at 3 p.m. at the Epworth Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Price officiating at the graveside service.

He is survived by the pride and joys of his life, his four daughters and two sons, retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Donna Purk and husband retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kenneth Purk of New Bern, Susan Hanson and husband Thomas of Wilmington, Mary Ann Van Voorhees and husband Jeffrey of Vanceboro and retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ellen Orr and husband retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robin Orr of Jacksonville. He is also survived by two “foster” daughters, his daughters-in-law, Deborah Lynn Lancaster and Kathy Ratliff Lancaster. Also surviving are his two sons, retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Charles Lancaster of New Bern and John Lancaster of Chesapeake, along with 10 grandchildren, Todd Bailey, Laura LaFrance, Charles “Brantley” Lancaster II, U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Julia Faustman, Lois Hendrix, Katie VanVoorhees, Zach VanVoorhees, Karrie Orr, Jennifer Orr and John F. Lancaster Jr.; and four great-grandchildren. Additionally, Mr. Lancaster is survived by six sisters, Myrtle Brown of Pensacola, Fla., Henrietta Lancaster of Vanceboro, Myra Dudley of Winterville, Marie Thomas and Nora Lilly, both of New Bern and Georgia Mae Hardy of Aurora, along with four brothers, Clifton Lancaster of Vanceboro, Alvis Lancaster and Ted Lancaster, both of Durham, and Louis Taylor Brantley of Jefferson City, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Mary Ellen Brantley.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church, Blount’s Creek, N.C., or to the Epworth Methodist Church General Fund. Anyone wishing to send a condolence or sign the guest book online may do so by visiting

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The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 21, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :24

Eleanor S. Nester

MOUNT AIRY - Eleanor Simmons Nester, 97, of the 600 block of Lovers Lane, widow of Dexter Nester passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2008, at Northern Hospital of Surry County. She was born June 6, 1910, in Surry County to the late Robert Franklin “Bud” and Mary Simmons Simmons. She was a member of Bannertown Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Sandy Nester, Jerry and Shirley Nester, all of Mount Airy; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Jackie Nester of Westfield, N.C.; a step-son-in-law, Don Moler of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; eight grandchildren and spouses, Nancy Bell, Lisa and Lee Hurst, Laura Boyd, Matthew Anderson and Joel Anderson, all of Chesapeake, Melanie and John Arnall of Kernersville, Mike and Retha Nester of Roanoke Rapids and Natalie Nester of Atlanta; two step-grandchildren and spouses, Susan and Donnie Inman of Mount Airy, Paige and Matt Lynch of North Wilkesboro; 10 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Zola Chilton of Pilot Mountain, N.C.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Nester was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Sarah Nester and Joe Bill Anderson; a stepdaughter, June Nester Moler; two grandsons, Jeffrey Anderson and Michael Nester; four sisters, Lela O’Neal, Willie McGee, Ruth Edinger and Jessie Allred; and a brother, Garnet Simmons.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Moody Funeral Home Chapel of Mount Airy conducted by the Rev. Milton Sewell and the Rev. Rickey Rogers. Burial will follow in Skyline Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Moody Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bannertown Baptist Church, 1834 Westfield Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030. The family would like to express special thanks to Marie Hiatt, Carol Baker, Betty Atkins and the staff of Central Continuing Care for their loving care during Mrs. Nester’s illness. Online condolences may be sent to

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