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Misc obituaries from the Virginian Pilot

Posted By: Diane
Date: Sunday, 3 February 2008, at 9:49 p.m.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 31, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Roger J. Cavin

CHESAPEAKE - Roger Jean Cavin, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away Jan. 29, 2008. Born in Kentucky, he was retired from the U.S. Navy.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughter, Carroll McKee; and his two grandchildren, Joshua McKee and Louise McKee.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Rosewood Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered to the family at
:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 31, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :17

Gilbert W. Ronco

PORTSMOUTH - Gilbert William Ronco, 87, passed away Jan. 30, 2008, at the Naval Medical Center. He was a native of Masontown, Pa., a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and the son of the late Frank and Genieve Ronco. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Florence Ronco and his sister, Alyce Patterson.

Survivors include his son, Gilbert Victor Ronco and wife Susan of Greensboro, N.C.; and granddaughter, Brittany of Raleigh, N.C.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. Gene Primm. Burial will follow in Roxobel Kelford Cemetery at 4 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany Baptist Church Portsmouth.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 31, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :17

John Luciano Favre

VIRGINIA BEACH - Sir John Luciano Favre, retired U.S. Army major, died at his home Jan. 5, 2008. Born in Turin, Italy, he came to the United States in 1939 as an exchange student. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and attended Army special training at Yale University and the University of Michigan. During his 48-year career he served in Japan, Korea, Austria, Germany, Italy and several of the United States. In 1985, he was awarded The Order of Knight of the Italian Republic by the Italian government. In June 1997, he was nominated to the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame.

His beloved wife of 58 years, Rose, passed away in 2004. Burial will be in the Fort Snelling Military Cemetery in Minnesota.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 31, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :17

Robert L. Kodya

VIRGINIA BEACH - Robert L. “Bob” Kodya of the 2500 block of South Adventure Trail,

died Jan. 29,

2008. Born in

Tresckow, Pa.,

he was the son

of the late

Joseph and

Helen Kodya.

He was was preceded in death by his wife, Sally; a sister, Marie Margovich; and a brother, Joseph Kodya.

Left to cherish his memory are his six daughters, Tammy Womack and her husband Martin, Marla Miller and her husband Jacob, Robin Lacaze and her husband Tony, Debi Thomas and her longtime companion Scott, Sharon Taylor and Linda Munn; his three sons, Mark Kodya and his wife Kathy, Michael Kodya and his wife Jeanann and Robert Kodya Jr. and his wife Jane. He is also survived by his sister, Lorraine of Hazellton, Pa.; 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bob, affectionately referred to by many as “Big Bob” or “Big Daddy,” was a giving man, always helping those in need. After his distinguished 20-year career with the U.S. Navy, he headed and managed USN B-60 for many years and was the past president of FSEA. He, along with his loving wife Sally, opened the Blue Maxe Cafe in 1975. The Blue Maxe was Bob’s pride and joy and he had many cherished friendships from the Blue Maxe. Although he fought a hard battle the last two months of his life, he never lost his sense of humor. Bob was an avid Redskins fan and would never hesitate to tell anyone “Dallas Sucks!” He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at noon in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, by Chaplain Jim Fedor. Friends are invited to the Blue Maxe following the service to celebrate Bob’s life.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 1, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :22

Nema D. Gordon

CHESAPEAKE - Nema D. Gordon, 87, a resident of Chesapeake Health Care, went to be with our Lord Jan. 31, 2008.

A native of Big Stone Gap, Va., she was the daughter of the late Hobert and Nancy Dorton and the widow of Charles Alexander Gordon. She attended Great Bridge Church of God.

She is survived by her three daughters, Barbara Scott and husband Roger, Rita Spence and husband Frank and Nancy Bradshaw and husband Al, all of Chesapeake; a son, Glenn Gordon and wife Sue of Virginia Beach; nine grandchildren, Teresa Hare, Charles Scott, Mike Scott, Glenn Scott, Kelly Martin, Wendy Galland, Angela Slade, Lee Edwards and Christy Espinoza; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel, 524 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, with Pastor Randy Wooden officiating. The burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 1, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :23

Rachel Betty Hill

ASHEBORO - Rachel Elizabeth “Betty” Grauer Hill, 79, of 945 S. Church St., died Jan. 30, 2008, in her home.

Mrs. Hill was a native of Philadelphia. She later moved to Norfolk, where she was retired from Missions to Military and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, serving as organist and in various other positions. Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dorset Hill.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Williams of Asheboro; and son, the Rev. Robert D. Hill Jr. of Water Valley, Miss.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. in Snellings Funeral Home Chapel, 1144 George Washington Hwy. N, Chesapeake, where the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Robert D. Hill Jr., Dr. Richard Crider and the Rev. Vance Smith officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake.

Memorials may be made to Missions to Military, P.O. Box 6, Norfolk, VA 23501 or Faith Baptist Church, 1300 Eckford St., Water Valley, MS 38965.

Arrangements by Pugh Funeral Home, Asheboro.

Online condolences may be at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 1, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :23

Samuel W. Farr

RICHMOND - Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Wistar Farr, 93, passed away Jan. 26, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jean Kreidler Farr.

He is survived by his daughter, Bailey Seale and husband Daniel of Richmond; son, Jonathan Farr and his wife Linda of San Antonio, Texas; his granddaughters Megan Williams and husband Ellis of Richmond, Jeannie Yancey and husband Christopher of Atlanta and Whitney D’Allaird and husband Kevin of Charlotte, N.C.; grandson, Bradley Farr of Savannah, Ga.; and nine great-grandchildren.

Lt. Cmdr. Farr was born in Tunkhannock, Pa., Dec. 12, 1914, to Sara Morris and Judge Edward B. Farr. He was the youngest of five children. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College in 1938. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and was commissioned in 1942 and served on the USS Delta in the Mediterranean theater from 1943 until the Axis surrendered in 1945. After his retirement from the Navy in 1963, he and his wife opened an interior design business in Portsmouth.

Sam claimed to be a player of all sports and a master of none. He was a volunteer for many years in the pharmacy at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and also taught a Sunday school class while living in Massapequa, N.Y. He was a longtime member of Monumental United Methodist Church, Portsmouth.

There will be a private burial this spring in Portsmouth and a family memorial at Lake Carey, Pa., this summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, Portsmouth.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 2, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Norman A. Hughey

CHESAPEAKE - Norman A. Hughey died Jan. 31, 2008, in Chesapeake.

A native of McComb, Miss. , he was the son of the late Audry and Tilley Hughey. He was predeceased by his wife, Audrey F. Hughey.

Mr. Hughey was a Navy veteran of both World War II and Korea. He served with the U.S. Navy for 21 years before moving to a civil service career that lasted more than 25 years. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.

Mr. Hughey is survived by his two sons, George T. Hughey and his wife Kerri of Virginia Beach and Norman E. Hughey and his wife Janet of Norfolk; two daughters, Diana H. Ewell and her husband Donnie of Chesapeake and Jane E. Hughey of Chesapeake; and three grandchildren, Christopher Hatchell and his wife Kristin of Smithfield, Va., Jennifer Wenzel and her husband Sean of Farmville, Va. and David Hughey of Virginia Beach. He is also survived by his only great-grandchild, Alexander Hatchell who was born the same day Mr. Hughey died.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Anthony Baker officiating.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 2, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Joan C. Cull

VIRGINIA BEACH - Joan Carroll Cull, 65, of the 1100 block of Loveland Lane, passed away Jan. 31, 2008, in Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

A native of Logan County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Gladys Meadows and the widow of Ace Ray Cull. She was a certified nursing assistant for 16 years having worked for Camelot Hall and Riverpointe Nursing Home. She was a member of Bethel Christian Fellowship.

She is survived by two daughters, Joanie L. Cull and Jolene F. Cull both of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren, Steven D. Cull of Fredericksburg, Va., and Matthew R. Cull of High Point, N.C.; three aunts, Glenna Varney of Lancaster, Ohio, Violet Curry and husband Ira Jr. of Delbarton, W.Va., and Hattie Duncan and husband Jim of Detroit; and numerous “adopted” children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Matthew Cull and James Cull.

A funeral will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel, with the Rev. Roger Gauthier and the Rev. Jerry Hannah officiating. The burial will follow in Colonial Grove Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 2, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :21

Lloyd E. Rice Jr.

FRANKLIN - Lloyd Emerson Rice Jr., 81, a resident of the Village at Woods Edge for the last one and a half years, died Jan. 31, 2008. He was born in Huntington, W.Va., a son of the late Lloyd Emerson and Beatrice O’Dell Rice and moved to Norfolk when he was 11 years old. He was predeceased by his first wife of 56 years, Ruth Elizabeth Harris Rice; a baby brother, John; brother, Charles; sister, Beatrice Andreon; and a son, Lloyd Emerson Rice III.

Lloyd was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific as a signalman aboard the USS Colorado. He was retired from the Army Corps of Engineers and served as Chief of Real Estate for many years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 4809, and a member of American Legion Post 113 in Virginia Beach and attended High Street United Methodist Church in Franklin. He enjoyed traveling and deer hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine L’Heureux Rice; one daughter, Ruth Ann Johnson and husband Leon of Jennings, Fla.; two sons, Ronald Lee Rice and wife Shannon Lea of Springfield and John Adreon Rice of Norfolk; a sister, Marcia Lindemann of Norfolk; a brother, Louis Rice of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Ryan and Matt Rice of Springfield and Adreon Willing ham and husband Jeffrey of Anniston, Ala.; one great-grand daughter, Aubrey Turley of Birmingham, Ala.; three step children, Nancy Long, Marcia Fisher, Rebecca Weyant; seven stepgrandchildren, Melissa Strickland, Aubrey Garner, Erica Fisher, Patrick Fisher, Angela Weyant, Allison Kowal ski and Sossity Hervey; and four stepgreat-grandchildren, Nadine Booth, Colby and Haley Garner, and Krystin Kowalski.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at High Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Susan Reaves officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk. Memorials may be made to the Celiac Spru Asso ciation, CSA / USA Inc., P.O. Box 31700, Omaha, NE 68131-0700. Wright Funeral Home is assisting the family.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 3, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :21

Lisa M. Carroll

PORTSMOUTH - Lisa Marie “Shot Lady” Carroll, 39, of the 1800 block of South St., died Jan. 28, 2008, in her home.

Lisa was born Oct. 2, 1968, to Lillian and Larry Blanchard in Harrisburg, Pa., but later made Portsmouth her permanent home. She was a wife to Derrick Carroll and a mother to four sons, Lee “Butt”, Derrick “Poodee”, Derreqwuan “Dukey” and De’Angelo “Coont” and three daughters, Lisa “She-She”, Derrichiona “Mook”, Jeremeisha “Minnie”. She was also a grandmother of five, De’Andre “Shoont”, Heaven, Aaliyah “Liyah” and two unborn children.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Mount Sinai Church, Portsmouth, by Pastor Richie Sessoms. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at noon Monday.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 3, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :21

John H. Clements Jr.

PORTSMOUTH - John H. Clements Jr., 81, of Pinehurst (Churchland), passed away Feb. 2, 2008. Born in Savannah, Ga., to Mary Lou and John H. Clements Sr., he was a retired shop planner in Shop 56 Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II with the 42nd Rainbow Division in France, Germany and Austria.

John is survived by his wife, Nancy D. Clements; a daughter, Susan Helene Curnutte and husband Troy; three sons, John H. Clements III and wife Pam, Keith Clements, Barry Clements and wife Robin; a stepson, Jonathan Cobb and wife Dana; a stepdaughter, Susan Bonney and husband Steve; a sister, Mary Spattifor and husband Pat of Chesapeake; a brother, George Clements of Savannah; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by the Rev. Ron Greiser, with burial at Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to the organ fund at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St., Portsmouth, VA 23704. Condolences may be made to

The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 3, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :22

Johnnie W. Beachem

CHESAPEAKE - Johnnie W. Beachem Sr., died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 31, 2008, after a brief illness. Born Dec. 15, 1923, in Berkley, he was the son of Willis E. and Elvina Emery Beachem.

A 1942 graduate of Maury High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 609th Engineer Light Equipment Company in the European Theater in World War II. One of his principal assignments was to rebuild bridges that the retreating German army had blown up in order to slow Gen. George Patton’s advance to Berlin. This placed him literally on the battle front line, shielded only by his small crane.

He returned home to Tidewater after the war and eventually joined his brother and best friend, Eugene C. Beachem, in what would become a thriving accounting and bookkeeping business on Poindexter Street in South Norfolk. The two brothers were partners in that enterprise for 48 years, beginning in 1960.

Johnnie was a devoted member of the Southside Lions Club since 1960, serving for many years as the club’s treasurer. For his love and devotion to Lions International, he was honored with a life membership in the club in 2007, in addition to being named the club’s Lion of the Year in 1973. He reached the pinnacle of success within the international charitable organization in 1990, when he was named a Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest honor in Lionism.

Johnnie was predeceased by his wife, Judith C. Beachem; and by his sisters, Marie, Virginia and Elvina; his brother, Waverly; and his parents. He is survived by three children, John W. Beachem Jr. and his wife Terry of Goldsboro, N.C., L. Steven Emmert and his wife Sondra of Virginia Beach and Toni E. Burnham and her husband Mark of Joplin, Mont. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Tyler, Megan and Zachary Beachem and Caroline Emmert; and by his sister, Catherine; and his brothers, Willis, Eugene and Vernon.

Whether he consciously sets out to do so or not, each man crafts a legacy for himself by his acts, by his words and by his interaction with others. Johnnie Beachem’s principal legacy was his unquestioned personal integrity and he passed that trait on to his children by example, instead of by lecture. His friends will recall his easy demeanor and his reluctance to accept any accolades for himself. He earned an outstanding reputation as an accountant, as a provider of charitable work and as a man.

A remembrance of Johnnie’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Southside Lions Club’s Eye Bank, P.O. Box 5067, Chesapeake, VA 23324, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 3, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :23

Henry H. Merritt Jr.

VIRGINIA BEACH - Henry Hugh Merritt Jr., 89, until recently of Virginia Beach and residing in Fairfax, Va., died Feb. 1, 2008. Mr. Merritt was married for more than 60 years to the late Evelyn Gordon Merritt. Mr. Merritt was born in Norfolk, the son of the late Henry Hugh Merritt and Erma Lee Jones Merritt. He was predeceased by two sisters, Hazel Lee Merritt and Edythe Merritt James; and one brother, Harry M. Merritt.

He entered the Navy in 1935. At the outbreak of the World War II he was aboard the USS Canopus, AS-9. He fought as a member of the Naval Battalion on Bataan and Corregidor. He was captured on Corregidor. Subsequently, he was in Bilibid and Cabanatuan 1 and 3 prison camps. Approximately 14 months before the war ended he was sent to Japan aboard the “Taikoku Maru.” There he performed slave labor in two different copper mines in Hitachi and Ashio until he and the others were liberated. He remained in the Navy retiring as a chief warrant officer four, upon completion of 30 years’ service in 1966. He created the Bataan and Corregidor Memorial at the Little Creek Amphibious Base, doing all of the work himself, except the marble monument and he maintained the memorial for several years until health constraints intervened.

He is survived by his son, Gordon Merritt and wife Alice of Fairfax Station, Va.; his sister, Willie Mae Merritt Pritchard of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren, Christopher Merritt and wife Pam of Lafayette, Calif., and Lynne Merritt Kain and husband Bill of Midway, Ky.; and two great-grandchildren, Graham and Lee Kain.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, March 17, 2008, at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be made to the family at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 3, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :23

Louis F. ReDavid

VIRGINIA BEACH - Louis F. ReDavid passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by

family, at the

age of 90 on

Feb. 1, 2008. He

was preceded in

death by his

beloved wife,

Nancy Virginia


ReDavid, and he was a longtime member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Born in Norfolk, he attended Maury High School, where he was an honor student and was captain of the basketball team. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in commerce from the University of Virginia, where he lettered in baseball, football and basketball for the Cavaliers. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy as a Reserve Midshipman (a “90-day Wonder”) and served on the USS Monterey in the Pacific Fleet during World War II, where he became lifelong friends with President Gerald R. Ford.

After the war, he attended the Naval Supply Corps School and began a naval career as a supply officer that included positions as chief executive officer of the Navy Aviation Supply Office in Philadelphia, the Navy Regional Finance Center in Norfolk and Aviation Supply Depots in Norfolk and Pearl Harbor. Among his numerous awards and citations, he was most gratified by the Legion of Merit Medal for his achievements as supply officer for Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.

He is survived by his children, Diane ReDavid King and her husband Gary, Louis ReDavid Jr. and his wife Carol, Michelle ReDavid Rack and her husband Kevin; four grandchildren, Courtney King Wedmer and her husband Mike, Danielle ReDavid Porter, Peyton Rack and Emily Rack; and one great-grandchild, Madison Porter; and by his sister, Rosemary Cooke. He also had many beloved nieces, nephews and their children who adored him as the loving patriarch of the family.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in St. Nicholas Catholic Church. A visitation, also at St. Nicholas, will be held Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Donations may be made to St. Nicholas Catholic Church Chapel Fund. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 30, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :17

Burton J. Matteson III

VIRGINIA BEACH - Burton J. Matteson III, 67, of the 1500 block of Coolspring Way, passed

away Jan. 28,

2008, at Sentara

Leigh Memorial

Hospital. He

was born in

Houston, Texas,

to the late Cleo

and Burton J. Matteson Jr. He graduated from Clarkson College in Potsdam, N.Y. with a degree in Industrial Distribution. He honorably served his country in the Army Reserves. He continued to serve his country instilling values and excellence in young men as a dedicated Boy Scout leader to Troop 407. He was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42 years, Anita Matteson; a son, Burton J. Matteson IV and his wife LeeAnne of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Elizabeth M. Davis and her husband Derek of Fairfax, Va.; his grandchildren, Rebecca, Sarah and Emma Davis and Makaila Matteson; a brother, David Matteson and his wife Debbie from the Seattle area; three sisters, Kathy Holmer from the Detroit area, Meredith Mercer and her husband Thomas of Albany, N.Y. and Deborah Solano from the Tulsa area; three nieces, Carly, Cindy and Margot; and three nephews, Alex, Curt and Michael. Also missing him are his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hackworth and husband Charles, Christine Ussery and husband Joe and their children, his three nieces and three nephews.

A special thanks to the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff of Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Providence Presbyterian Church, 5497 Providence Road, by the Rev. Dr. Jeff Bell. Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts, Tidewater Area Council, 1032 Heatherwood Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5511 Staples Mill Road, Suite 202B, Richmond, VA 23228. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 30, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :17

David A. Easter

VIRGINIA BEACH - David A. Easter, 88, died Jan. 26, 2008, in a local hospital.

He was born in Norfolk and was the son of the late Jerry W. Easter and Helen Bright Easter. David was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy W. Easter. He retired from the Henry Walke Company as a vice president. David was a devoted member of Ocean View Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was an avid golfer after his retirement and was a member of Ocean View Golf Association.

David is survived by his wife, Antoinette Jenkins Easter; two stepdaughters, Dorothy Smith of Parksley and Susan J. Bentivegna of San Diego; two stepsons, John B. Jenkins IV of Norfolk and David W. Jenkins and wife Jill of Virginia Beach; seven grandchildren, Brian, Kevin and wife Amy, Dana and husband Don, Mark, Savannah, Tristan and Tanner; and six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kevin Jr., Gabe, Gavin, Allison and Erica; his niece, Judy Reasor and husband Roy; nephew, Jerry Walsh and his wife Lorraine; and his daughter-in-law, Judy Easter. He was predeceased by his son, David A. Easter Jr.; two sisters, Alice E. Walsh and Helen H. Horne; and a brother, Walter W. Easter.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, by the Rev. Jim McLendon. The burial will take place at a later date in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ocean View Baptist Church, 9504 Selby Place, Norfolk, VA 23503. Condolences may be offered to the family at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 30, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Robert D. Donaghy

VIRGINIA BEACH - Robert David Donaghy, 60, passed away Jan. 28, 2008. Mr. Donaghy was a native of Philadelphia, a former resident of Pennsville, N.J., and had lived in the Tidewater area for most of his life. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 27 years of service. He was a motorcycle safety instructor at the Little Creek Amphibious Base.

Survivors include his loving wife of 32 years, Kathleen P. Donaghy; one daughter, Kelly Anderson of Virginia Beach; two sons, David and Robert Donaghy of New Jersey; mother-in-law, Peggy Morelli; father-in-law, Carl Brown; three grandchildren; and several extended family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018 Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.
:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 30, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Billy D. Shepard

SUFFOLK - Billy Donald Shepard, 70, died Jan. 28, 2008. Born in Paint Rock, Ala., he was the son of the late Robert Shepard and Virgie Thompson. Billy was a retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer and a member of Burdette Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kaye Turner Shepard; three daughters, Donna Spivey and husband Ed, Kathy Huggins and husband J. C., and Melissa Turner and husband Tim; three sons, Bill and Bob Smith and Otis Shepard; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Scott and Sherry Clark; eight grandchildren, Alex Smith, Zackery Shepard, Shyanne Spivey, Kayla Shepard, Jacob Turner, Kelsie Shepard, Jackson Spivey and Wyatt Huggins.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Wright Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Cribb officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Southampton Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and suggests memorials be made to Burdette Baptist Church.

Charles E. Schuldt

VIRGINIA BEACH - Charles Edward Schuldt, 84, a resident of Virginia Beach since 1963, passed away at home Jan. 29, 2008. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1966, then worked at and retired from the Naval Air Rework Facility in 1985. He enjoyed traveling and his hobby of woodcarving.

Charles was predeceased by his wife, Helen Wanda Schuldt in 1989, and four brothers and four sisters. Survivors include three children: son Joseph DiBella and wife Heidi, son Kirt Schuldt and wife Gayle and daughter Gale Kennedy and husband Chris; four grandchildren, Robin Wrighton, Chris DiBella and Chris and Helen Kennedy. Additional survivors include sisters, Phyllis Jensen of Missouri, Dottie Weiss of Kansas and Esther Merry of Minnesota.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Interment will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 30, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

Jay Colver Bramon

SUFFOLK - Jay Colver Bramon, 88, died Jan. 28, 2008, at Sentara Obici Hospital.

Born Dec. 3, 1919, in Sioux Falls, S.D., he was the son of the late Ada Bell and Clem C. Bramon and widower of Florence Russell Bramon. Mr. Bramon was a member of Church of God on Kilby Avenue and was retired from the Ford Assembly Plant after 30 years of service. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Ricks of Suffolk; son, Eugene William Bramon of Palma, La.; grandson and wife, Jason and Amber Ricks of Suffolk; great-grandsons, Jonathan Ricks and Brennan Ricks; and brother, Dean R. Bramon of Gresham, Ore.

A funeral will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home & Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., by the Rev. James R.

with burial in Meadow brook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in the funeral home today from 7 to 8 p.m. Condolences may be registered at

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Jan 30, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :16

David Thibodeau Jr.

PORTSMOUTH - In loving memory of David L. Thibodeau Jr., of the 3600 block of Carter

Road, who died

Jan. 28, 2008

among family

and friends at

his home after a

year long battle

with cancer. Mr

Thibodeau was born in Walthem, Mass. and served 27 years in the U.S. Navy and retired from Yorktown Naval Weapons Station as mas ter chief. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After his retirement, he became a master jeweler and was the former owner of D & M Jewelry. He also owned MRT’s Pawn Shop in South Norfolk where he was well-liked by customers and employees.

He was a lifetime member of VFW, Fleet Reserve Associa tion No. 60 and Portsmouth Moose Lodge No. 898.

He was preceded in death by his father, David L. Thibodeau Sr.; his mother, Ann Furillo Thi bodeau; a brother, Arthur Pelli tier; and his beloved sister Deanne Gereids.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, May; three daughters Tiffany, Renee and Jacqueline a son, David; stepchildren Daniel Mills and Elaine Davis numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Joan Barrile; godchild, Cathy Barreto; brothers, Kenny Pelle tier and wife Susan and Ronnie Pelletier and wife Elaine; sister Jacqueline Thibodeau; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m Friday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd Chapel, by Father Frederic F Elkin. Burial will follow in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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