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Various VA and NC obituaries from the Virginian Pilot, VA

Posted By: Diane
Date: Wednesday, 13 February 2008, at 9:31 p.m.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 7, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :17

Aubrey E. Jones

VIRGINIA BEACH - Aubrey E. Jones, born in Newport News Aug. 11, 1915, died Feb. 4, 2008, in Virginia Beach. Mr. Jones served in the Eighth Air Force 367th Bomber Squadron flying 35 missions on a B-17 during World War II earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He retired from the Civil Service after working 30 years ending his career at Naval Air Station at Oceana.

He is survived by three sons, F. Calvin Jones of Virginia Beach, A. Earl Jones Jr. of Fenton, Mo. and David Jones of Kingston, Tenn.; a daughter, Barbara Maki of Lake Wales, Fla.; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, 100 W. Queens Way, Hampton. Friends may join the family from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the home of Calvin Jones. Altmeyer Funeral Home Maestas Chapel, 1801 Baltic Ave, Virginia Beach. Memorial donations may be made to Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. Condolences may be shared with the family at

www.altmeyer.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 7, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :17

Ruth A. Roberts

VIRGINIA BEACH - Ruth Anna Roberts went peacefully to be with her lord Feb. 5, 2008.

She was the

daughter of

Oliver and Floy

Crouse and was

born in Freedom, Pa. in

1918. She was a

country girl, a coal miner’s wife, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved gardening and her family. Although a private person, she lovingly touched many lives with her sense of humor and thoughtfulness.

She was predeceased by her husband, Forest M. “Frosty” Roberts; grandson, Freddy Ray Roberts Jr. and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by brothers, Fred and wife Donna Crouse of Clearwater, Fla., Frank Crouse and Wallace Crouse and wife Gwen of Dayton, Ohio; sister, Hazel Wright of Bluefield, Va.; children, David L. Roberts and wife Cathie of Northern Virginia, William “Boots” Roberts and wife Hugette of Colonial Heights, Va., Freddy Ray Roberts Sr. and wife Connie of Western, Va., and Gloria J. Lally of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Domenic Roberts, Michael Lally and wife Diana, Pam A. Bailey and husband Bill, David Sean Roberts and wife Nicole, Brian K. Roberts and Shannon R. Roberts; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Savannah and Marina and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to pay special tribute to Phyllis Williams, caregiver, for loving and caring attention in the final days of “Ruthie’s” life.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Princess Anne Memorial Park on Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach with the Rev. Charles Wood presiding. Keeping with her wishes, no flowers or charitable contributions are necessary, “just take care of the ones you love.” Services are being handled by Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home Lynnhaven Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 7, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Dixie L. Smith

VIRGINIA BEACH - Dixie Lou Smith, 73, passed away Feb. 5, 2008. Mrs. Smith was born in West Virginia and moved to the Tidewater area in 1969. She was a woman who loved the Lord, her family and friends. She had a heart of service with helping hands who will be remembered by all she touched. She gave love unlimited.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Loretta Willis, Phyllis Phillips and Clara Redman and two brothers, Clifford and Freddie Boggess.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charles “Gene” Smith; one son, Brian Smith and his wife Gina of Steinhatchee, Fla. and four brothers, Boyd and Earl Boggess of West Virginia, Troy Boggess of Ohio and Joe Boggess of Florida.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts ., Laskin Road Chapel. A funeral will be held in London Bridge Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday with interment to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com.

Memorial donations may be made to Outreach for Christ or to the London Bridge Baptist Church Building Fund.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 7, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Miracle M. Walter

VIRGINIA BEACH - Miracle Jerrel Macon Walter, 21, of the 600 block of Arvida Lane, departed this life Feb. 2, 2008. Miracle was born in Philadelphia. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, John Macon, Shari and Joseph Robinson; daughter, Mikylah Walter; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be held from 2:30 until 7:30 p.m. Friday at J.T. Fisher Funeral Services, 1080 N. George Washington Hwy., Chesapeake. A life celebration service will be held at noon Saturday in Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1340 Gust Lane, Chesapeake.

Condolences can be offered to the family at www.jtfisherfuneralservices.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 7, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Williamson P. Joyner

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Williamson Paul Joyner, 92, died Feb. 5, 2008, in Clearwater.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the 34th Infantry Division in the South Pacific and Hawaiian Islands. He retired as comptroller of ITT Rayonier after 35 years of service and enjoyed golfing during his retirement.

He is survived by three daughters, Barbara Joyner and fiancé Tom Dell’Arena, Linda Roberson and husband Rob and Susan Lenaburg; three grandchildren, Ryan Lenaburg, Angela Roberson and Roxanne Wilder; a sister, Evelyn J. Stilley; a niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Roberts Joyner; a sister, Cora Mae Copeland; and his parents, Russell Paul and Mary Irene Joyner of Portsmouth.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to The American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Boulevard Chapel, is handling arrangements.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 8, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Augustus E. Scott Jr.

VIRGINIA BEACH - Retired Lt. Cmdr. Augustus E. Scott Jr. passed away in Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital Feb. 5, 2008, after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife Florence in January 2005.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved daughter, Jorie Scott Boyce and her husband Bill; his devoted grandsons and their families, Billy, Lyndsey, and KJ Boyce and Scott Boyce and Rosalynn Petrie. Most recently, “Pop Pop’s” greatgranddaughter, KJ, brought him great joy.

Lt. Cmdr. Scott was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 18, 1924. He joined the Coast Guard at age 17 and spent three years serving on a variety of vessels during World War II. Later, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was a Mustang, an enlisted man chosen to attend OCS in 1955. After he received his commission, he was stationed aboard several U.S. Navy ships. He attended the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., and he was part of COMCRUDESLANT in Newport, R.I. He served aboard the USS Northampton from 1967-1969 and retired from active duty in 1969.

Until recently, Mr. Scott was an active member of VFW Post 392 where he held a series of local and state offices including post commander and grand commander of Virginia. He was also a proud member of the Military Order of the Cooties where he became “Seam Squirrel.”

A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday in Princess Anne Memorial Park with the Rev. John L. Wolford III officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Princess Anne Rescue Squad.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 8, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Ralph E. Frost Sr.

GLOUCESTER - Retired Master Sgt. Ralph E. Frost Sr. passed away peacefully Feb. 5,

2008. At the age

of 17, he began

his service to

his country in

World War II.

From 1944-1946,

he served on the

USS Gen. M. C. Meigs. After completing two years of college in Oklahoma, he joined the U.S. Army where he served in Korea with company 25th Infantry Division. In 1962, he served on the U.S. Advisory Team 75 in Vietnam. After two tours of duty in Vietnam, he returned to Fort Monroe, Va. He retired in 1967 and relocated to Farmville, Va., after which Ralph moved to Gloucester to be with his family. We love and miss you and know you are now at peace.

His wife, Helga Frost and son, Max L. Frost preceded him in death.

He is survived by three daughters, Nancy Lambert and her husband Chris, Ursula Jones and her husband Roger, Robin Frost and her husband Dan; one son, Ralph E. Frost Jr.; one sister, Nancy Morris; two granddaughters, Marie Frost and Rebecca Pratt; three grandsons, Michael Sproston, Justin Sproston and William Brock; and two great-granddaughters

The funeral, officiated by the Rev. Donald Marsh, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Inurnment will be private. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In Ralph’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, VA 23061.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 8, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Ellyce L. Shepherd

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Ellyce Lorine Shepherd, 84, passed away Feb. 7, 2008, at The Towne House Health Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Oxford, Iowa, she was an assistant head of Civilian Personnel at Little Creek Amphibious Base, retiring in 1985. She honorably served our country in the military and as a civilian. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a chief petty officer yeoman. She was a professional working woman who was ahead of her time.

Survivors include son, Dale Shepherd of Lexington, Va.; grandson, Adam Shepherd of Pittsburgh; brother, Donald G. Klenk of Amana, Iowa; and loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Shepherd formerly of Yancey County, North Carolina.

U.S. Navy to provide military honors at sea. No services. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 9, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Frank H. Hall

CHESAPEAKE - Frank Holton Hall, 90, passed away peacefully Feb. 7, 2008, at home.

Born April 24, 1917, Holton was the son of the late Frank Winton and Minnie Louise Hall of South Norfolk. He was a World War II Army veteran and member of the First Presbyterian Church in South Norfolk.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of South Norfolk followed by visitation in the church fellowship hall.

Mr. Hall is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gladys Tripp Hall; sons, David and wife Jennifer Hall of Erwin, N.C. and Kenneth and Kathy of Virginia Beach; daughter, Robin Bowden and husband Don of Chesapeake; four grandchildren, Richard Hall, Jennifer Pencis, Star Merritt and Lindy Tipton; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hall was predeceased by his three sisters, Evelyn Todd, Dorothy Grimes and Lois White.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church of South Norfolk in Chesapeake.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 9, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Bertha M. Jackson

CHESAPEAKE - On Feb. 4, 2008, our family was broken with the loss of our beloved mother, Bertha M. Jackson, 80, of the 700 block of Potter Road, who was called home to be with the Lord.

A native of Covington, Va., she was the daughter of the late John B. Reid and Camilla Jones Reid. Her husband of 60 years, Harry E. Jackson Jr.; sons, Harry E. Jackson III and Andre’ Mark Jackson; brother, John Reid; and sisters, Dorothy and Bessie preceded her in death.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Lynne Boykin of Maryland and Robin Dawson (Darrell) of Oklahoma; four sons, Edward “Chick-a-Dee”, John “Fuzzy” (Carolyn), Stephen “Turk” (Pamela) and Eric, all of Chesapeake; one brother, Gregory Jones of Richmond; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in First Baptist Church Campostella. Interment will follow at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk. Viewing will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake. We invite you to send a condolence message in the family’s guestbook at www.pretlowandsons.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 9, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Charlie H. Kestner

CHESAPEAKE - Charlie H. Kestner, 79, of the 300 block of Old Drive, passed away Feb. 7, 2008.

Born in Washington County, Virginia, he was the son of the late Charlie H. Sr. and Carrie Mae Kestner. He was predeceased by three brothers, Nelson Kestner, Hasque Kestner and Dale Kestner and his first wife, Martha E. Kestner. Charlie was formerly the owner of Delmar Propane Gas Company, Charlie’s Truck Pavillion and later owned and operated RJR Elite Trucking and Char-Mar Trucking Inc. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and stepfather.

Survivors include his loving wife of 17 years, Mary Temple Kestner of Chesapeake; a daughter, Karen Basanta and husband Jeff of Chesapeake; a son, Rodney Kestner and wife Beverly of Virginia Beach; stepdaughters, Wanda Murden of Virginia Beach and Leigh Murden of Richmond; grandchildren, Michelle Burke, Jeffrey Basanta and Ricky Kestner; a great-granddaughter, Aiyanna; a brother, George Kestner; a sister, Ruby Wynegar; as well as several loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Pastor Earl Sutton will officiate. The interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.

The viewing will begin Sunday with the family receiving friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to offer their sincere gratitude to the Pallative Care Team at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

www.omanfh.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 9, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Mildred R. Lankford

SUFFOLK - Mildred Reed Lankford, 83, passed away Feb. 7, 2008, at Sentara Obici Hospital. Born in Gate City, Va., she was the daughter of the late Hoge and Cassie Reed and the widow of the Rev. Joseph Peebles and Joseph Jesse Lankford.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Peebles Pearce and husband Burt of Suffolk; sons, Charles and Marilyn Peebles and David Peebles all of Suffolk; sister, Trudy Butler of Kingsport, Tenn.; grandchildren, Amy King, Lisa Cale and Brandon Peebles; five greatgrandchildren; and stepdaughter, Martha Rogers of Gaithersburg, Md.

She was a bookkeeper for Griffin Oil and a member of Whaleyville United Methodist Church.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Cedar Hill Cemetery by Pastor Burt Pearce. The family will receive friends in the R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home & Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. and other times at the home of Charles and Marilyn Peebles. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Nansemond-Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1515, Suffolk, VA, 23439. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 9, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Maurice Ernest Coats

VIRGINIA BEACH - Lt. Col. Maurice Ernest Coats, 93, of the 700 block of Oriole Drive, passed away Feb. 7, 2008, in Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

A native of Doland, S.D., he retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. He was called into the service in 1941 and was discharged in 1945. He was called back into service in 1950 and retired from the Army April 1, 1967. He then went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers and retired in 1976. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Esther Coats; two sons, John B. Coats and wife Carol of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Max M. Coats and wife Leslie of Richmond; a brother, Frances Coats of Doland, S.D.; and seven grandchildren, Gayle Coats, Lauren Coats, Kelly Coats and Katie Coats of Richmond and Karen Coats, Kim Coats and John Coats, all of Colorado Springs. He was predeceased by a sister, Norma and brothers, Leslie, Bill, Howard and Merlie.

A funeral with military honors will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Princess Anne Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Albert G. Butzer III officiating. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 9, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Randolph W. Shotwell

VIRGINIA BEACH - Randolph Wayland Shotwell, 66, passed into eternity Feb. 6, 2008.

He was born July 4, 1941, to the late Stonewall and Virginia Shotwell of Madison, Va. He was a graduate of Madison High School, the University of Richmond and acquired his master’s degree in public health administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a proud alumni of SAE Fraternity, a past member of the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C., the American of Public Health Association and a member of Linn Banks Masonic Lodge No. 126, AF&AM of Madison, Va. He was awarded the National Defense Medal for his service in the Vietnam conflict by the Madison Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy.

He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and served a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-1970, receiving the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. After discharge, he started his health care consulting career in Washington, D.C., and later formed Shotwell-Anderson Inc., where he planned and managed projects for more than 200 hospitals and medical centers; RWS International Inc. and Modulae. In addition, he continued his professional career with architectural engineering firms and health care facilities. After moving to Virginia Beach, he entered the property management field.

He will be loved and remembered by his wife of 44 years, Diane Proctor Shotwell; daughter, Samantha Shotwell-Wright; son, Randolph Wayland Shotwell II; grandsons, William and James Wright and Josef Levi Shotwell; sisters, Ann Ripley and husband Phil, Judy Reed and husband Don and brother Henry Laurence Shotwell and wife Peggy; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, neighbor, colleague and friend and he never met a stranger. To know him was to love him. He will be missed by all.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. A funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1109 Aylor Road, Madison, VA 22727 with interment following in the Oak Grove Church Cemetery. Following the service, a time for fellowship will be held at the church.

Randy was a member of the Bayside Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, where he contributed his time and talents. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bayside Baptist Church Building Fund, 1920 Pleasure House Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyer.com.

The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 10, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :29

Robert O. Sykes Sr.

VIRGINIA BEACH - Robert Oliver Sykes Sr. passed away Feb. 9, 2008, in Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk. Mr. Sykes was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Norfolk to the late Kenneth Wesley Sykes Sr. and Otealia Prior Sykes.

Mr. Sykes served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and in the U.S. Marine Corps as a staff sergeant during the Korean War. He worked with the Norfolk Fire Dept. as a battalion chief and retired after 35 years of service. He was a longtime member of Heritage United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach and a 50-year member of the Kempsville Chapter of the Masonic Lodge. He loved to be with friends and family and spent many hours enjoying outside activities, which included many visits to his home in Bedford County, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by a beloved brother, K.W. Sykes Jr. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Gibson Sykes and children, Robert Jr. of the Outer Banks, N.C., and his children Ashbee, Jeff and Sam; James M. Sykes and wife Jenny of Virginia Beach and their children Jimmy, Will and John; Thomas A. Sykes and wife Jamie of Plano, Texas, and their children Katie and Ashley.

The family will receive friends in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. A church service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Heritage Methodist Church, 815 Baker Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 by the Rev. Chuck Wiest. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made to the family at

www.hdoliver.com.
:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 10, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :29

Robert H. Puckett Sr.

WINSTON-SALEM - Robert Henry Puckett Sr., 81, passed away Feb. 8, 2008. He was born Dec. 6, 1926, in Patrick County, Virginia, to Everette G. and Cora Bowman Puckett.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from the military after 30 years of service. Mr. Puckett wrote orders for astronaut James A. Lovell and he helped Dr. Joe Kerwin, the first doctor on the moon to submit his papers to become an astronaut. The last five years of his military service, he was called by the Chief of Naval Training/Officer Personnel to write and teach a course for officer personnel for which he received an outstanding achievement award. During World War II as a member of Naval Intelligence, he was instrumental in breaking a Japanese code.

Mr. Puckett was preceded in death by two sisters, Valeria Griffin and Mabel Gibson; one brother, Winfred Puckett; two sons, Stephen and Ronald Puckett; a stepson, Michael Broadway; and a grandson, Michael Broadway Jr. Surviving are his wife, Exie Helms Puckett; one daughter, Dianne P. Ellison (husband Gary) of Yadkinville; four sons, Robert H. Puckett Jr. (wife Robin) of Kernersville, David F. Puckett (wife Luann) of Lexington, Richard E. “Ricky” Puckett (wife Tisha) of Mount Airy and E. Gary Puckett of Galax, Va.; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; stepson, Jerry W. Broadway (wife Linda) of Huntersville, N.C.; six sisters, Nellie Easter of Ararat, Va., Eunice Puckett of West End, N.C., Inez Hall of Biscoe, N.C., Allie Mae Smith of Monroe, N.C., Lucille Britt (husband Parker) of Star, N.C., and Louisa Freeman (husband Reed) of Eagle Springs, N.C.; five brothers, James Oliver Puckett of Hamlet, N.C., Charlie Puckett of West End, N.C., Ken Puckett of Georgia, Sammy Puckett (wife Shirley) of Eagle Springs and James Quesinberry of Mount Airy.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Grace Baptist Temple with Pastor Ed Sears officiating. Burial will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Center of Forsyth County or to Grace Baptist Temple, 3305 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem,

NC 27127.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 10, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :29

Leslie B. Derby Jr.

COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Leslie B. Derby Jr. died Feb. 5, 2008, in his residence. He was born in Norfolk and was the son of the late Leslie Brinson Sr. and Eulaurie Frances Bland Derby.

Mr. Derby was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Dominion Virginia Power. He was a former member of the Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Thornton Derby and his sister, Bland Auxer.

He is survived by his daughter, Bland Derby Campbell and husband Scott W. of Richmond; a son, Leslie B. Derby III of Colonial Heights; a brother-inlaw, William Auxer of Lewistown, Pa.; one goddaughter, Leslie Auxer; and a niece, Cam Auxer.

Services are private. Arrangements by the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 11, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Ruth M. Jordan

PORTSMOUTH - Ruth Miller Jordan, 96, went to be with the Lord Jan. 20, 2008. The youngest of nine children, Ruth was

born in Minden,

W.Va., Jan. 19,

1912, to John

and Kathleen

Miller. Ruth is

survived by her two daughters, Carolyn Avis Braithwaite (Jimmy) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mary Avis Whitney (Allan) of Portsmouth; four grandchildren, Bob Braithwaite (Paige), Terry Dorn (Sue), Becky Ladiser (Shann) and Greg Braithwaite (Annette); nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, all siblings and her husband, William E. Jordan.

After marrying Mr. Jordan in 1945, Ruth moved to Portsmouth where she resided for 57 years. She was surrounded by many friends and family while in Virginia and was an active member of Cradock Baptist Church. She was employed by Mary Perkins Gift Shop for more than 40 years, retiring when she was 80. In 2002, she moved to Jacksonville, Fla., to live with her daughter.

The family wishes to thank Virginia Moro, caretaker and dear friend, for her dedication and compassion.

A memorial service and celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Olde Town, Portsmouth. The Rev. Howard Hanchey will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Portsmouth Humane Society, 2704 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23704 or Portsmouth Museums Foundation, 420 High St., Portsmouth, VA 23704.

Private interment was held in Jacksonville.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 11, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Rosemary S. Ailstock

VIRGINIA BEACH - Rosemary S. Ailstock, 77, passed away Feb. 9, 2008, in her home. Born July 6, 1930, in Louisville, Ky., to the late Henry and Mary Taylor Saam, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Lynn Ailstock.

Rosemary is survived by her husband of 50 years, Hobert F. Ailstock; daughter, Linda A. Rowe and her husband Michael F. of Bon Air, Va.; brothers, Vernon Saam of Kentucky and H.J. Saam Jr. of Florida.

A celebration of Rosemary’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church with interment to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. A rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. today in Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 11, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Harriett M. Flannery

VIRGINIA BEACH - Harriett Martha Flannery, 82, passed away Feb. 9, 2008. She was born in Scranton, Pa., to the late Vincent and Carmina Angrisano Testa. She was the supervisor of the Lighthouse Restaurant and retired in 1990. Mrs. Flannery was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Francis Testa; brothers, Carl A. Testa, Peter W. Testa and Michael Testa; sisters, Anita Wire and Julie Testa.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Mohen of Cherry Hill, N.J., Helen Duggan of Stanford, Conn., and Elizabeth O. Black of Virginia Beach; and her dear friends, Chris Talley and Charlene Katz and husband Robert.

All services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.altmeyer.com.

Guy A. Smithson

FRISCO - Guy Aubrey Smithson, 69, passed away Feb. 9, 2008, of an unexpected illness.

Guy was born in Virginia Beach and resided in Frisco. He was a retired jockey and also retired from the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation. His passions were fishing, spending time with family and friends and his English bulldogs, Abbott, Gobbie, Molson and grand-dog, Kendal Jackson.

Guy was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Elizabeth Ward Smithson; father, Joshua Julian Smithson Jr.; and brothers, Joseph Murden Hogshire and Joshua Julian “Junie” Smithson III.

Guy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy Dale Rankins Smithson; daughters, Cheryl Ann Smithson Parker and Sandra Jean Smithson; granddaughter, Ashely Morgan Parker; brothers, Wallace Jay Smithson, Harry Roland Smithson, Karl Lorin Smithson; and sisters, Laurel Hope Smithson Holmes and Donna Jean Smithson Cook. Guy is also survived by seven sisters-in-law, three brothers- in-law, nine nieces, 11 nephews and 25 great-nieces and -nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 930B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834, or the SPCA, P.O. Box 1000, Manteo, NC 27954.

A memorial service will be held in Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras, Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The family would like to thank all of our wonderful family and friends for your love and support during this difficult time.

Visit www.twifordfh.com to sign the online register.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 11, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :18

Vera B. Rhudy

VIRGINIA BEACH - Vera B. Keener Rhudy, 93, passed away peacefully in Sentara Nursing

Care-Windermere Feb. 9, 2008.

She was born in

Rowan County,

North Carolina,

July 20, 1914, to

the late John F.

Keener and Nellie Elsie Star. While attending high school in Hopewell, Va., she met her predeceased husband of 55 years, Lt. Cmdr. George D. Rhudy, a World War II veteran and a member of the submarine service. She later attended Columbia School of Nursing in New York.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, George F. Rhudy and his wife JoAnne of Virginia Beach; two nieces, Jean Gardner of Florida and Mary Ann Steuck, who resides in New Mexico.

Vera was an avid reader, traveler, golfer and gardener. After her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Navy, they traveled often to Europe and the Middle East. She was a member of the Shore Park Garden Club, the Red Hat Society and Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church in Newport News.

The family extends a most sincere thanks to the staff of SNC-Windermere for their expert care.

A private graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Steve Plymale of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, 38 Hoopes Road, Newport News, VA 23602.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 11, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Roy A. Griffin

COURTLAND - Roy Anderson Griffin, 89, died Feb. 9, 2008. He was born in Chowan County, North Carolina, and was reared in Nansemond County by his late parents, A.I. and Dodie Forehand Griffin.

Mr. Griffin was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Golden Outland Griffin who passed away Nov. 15, 2007; a granddaughter, T. Brooke Powell Michels; three sisters, Viola Johnson, Mary Belle Corbitt and Beulah Jones; and one brother, Joe Griffin. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater and was a member of the Church of God. He was retired from Franklin Concrete Products and the Tidewater News and was an avid fisherman and gardener.

Survivors include two daughters, Teressa Holt and husband Charles of Courtland and Anita Ballard and husband, J.W. of Ivor; one son, Roy Anderson Griffin Jr. and wife Sandy of Chesapeake; one sister, Eula Johnson of Suffolk; seven grandchildren, Jay Ballard, Roy A. Griffin III and wife Cindy, Robbie Ballard, James “Bo” Powell, Lisa Lance, Derrick Holt and wife Beth and Lynn Blythe and husband John; seven great-grandsons; four great-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Wright Funeral Home with the Rev. Ernest Cary and the Rev. Matthew Kidd officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Southampton Memorial Park. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and other times at the residence, 25536 New Market Road, Courtland. www.wrightfuneralhome.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 12, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Ray M. Middleton Sr.

NORFOLK - Ray Marshall Middleton Sr., 82, husband of the late Ruth Middleton and a resident of Norfolk, passed away at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox, Va., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. He had recently moved to Heritage Hall, also located in Nassawadox.

Born Dec. 20, 1925 in Lee County, Virginia, he was the son of the late Sillis Middleton and Carrie Wallen Davenport. Mr. Middleton served his country in the U.S. Navy, where he had retired as a senior chief petty officer having served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a former FAA pilot and flight examiner; member of Azalea Baptist Church in Norfolk; member of the Norview Masonic Lodge No. 113 A.F. & A.M.; and the Khedive Temple.

Survivors include a son, Ray M. Middleton Jr. and his wife Betty of Onancock; a daughter, Anita L. Middleton of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren, Jeff, Laurie, Mike, Jeremy and Alicia Middleton, and Sarah Kempler; eight great-grandchildren with one more expected in June; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Jack Middleton.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Azalea Baptist Church, 3314 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, No. 20 Koger Center, Suite 233, Norfolk VA 23502.

Memory tributes may be sent to the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 12, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Albert Cilumbrello

PORTSMOUTH - Albert “Beano” Cilumbrello, 83, a World War II Army veteran, passed away Feb. 7, 2008, in Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. He was a longtime member of the Catholic Club, where he enjoyed playing cards, and was a past member of the Chesapeake-Portsmouth Fraternal order of Elks, Lodge No. 82.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dawn; faithful companion, Rosie; and numerous relatives and friends near and far.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Olive Branch Cemetery by the Rev. Richard Laslo. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 12, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

William D. Krick Sr.

PORTSMOUTH - William “Bill” D. Krick Sr., 86, of the 600 block of Nottingham Road, passed away Feb. 9, 2008 in Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center.

A native of Ida Grove, Iowa, he was the son of the late William L. and Hazel D. Krick. He retired from U. S. Gypsum as an office supervisor after 39 ½ years of service and also retired from Snellings Funeral Home after 18 years of service. He was a member of Green Lakes Baptist Church and was a Naval veteran of World War II. He was an avid golfer and bowler.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara P. Krick; his son, W. Dillon Krick Jr. of Portsmouth; two sisters, Wilma L. Cramer of Illinois and Dorothy A. Jensen of Iowa and many loving nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in Green Lakes Baptist Church with Dr. Dwight Buchholz officiating. The burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Snellings Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Green Lakes Baptist Church, 1610 Hodges Ferry Road, Portsmouth, VA 23701. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.snellingsfuneralhome.com .

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 12, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :21

Elizabeth W.M. Beckett

EDENTON - Elizabeth Warner Morris Beckett, 90, of the 100 block of Country Club Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 in the Skilled Nursing Facility of Chowan Hospital, Edenton.

Mrs. Beckett was born in Philadelphia and was the daughter of the late John C. and Elizabeth Strong Morris. A homemaker and seamstress, she worked part-time with J.C. Penney and was an accomplished oil on canvas artist. She was active in the First United Methodist Church in Haddon Heights, N.J., and the Woman’s Club also in Haddon Heights. Other interests included foreign travel with her husband of 67 years, the late Donald Dall Beckett, boating along Long Beach Island, N.J., and vacationing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Predeceasing Mrs. Beckett other than her parents and her husband were brothers, John C. Morris Jr. and Richard Morris; and a sister, Judith Morris Turner.

Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen B. Quinn and husband Neal of Virginia Beach; a son, Donald D. Beckett Jr. and wife Shirley of Tabernacle, N.J.; a sister, Jane Morris Kareha of Haddon Township, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Elinor Beckett Baird of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; a brother-in-law, Albert R. Beckett Jr. of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren, Tammy Beckett, Patricia Gerber, Erin Wells, Eileen Dunn, Neal Quinn III and Patrick Quinn; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, by the Rev. Charles Moseley. Burial will follow in Beaver Hill Cemetery, Edenton. Friends may join the family in the funeral home following services.

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