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Posted By: Diane
Date: Sunday, 17 February 2008, at 2:11 p.m.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 13, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Sidney R. Johnson

CHESAPEAKE - Sidney R. “Billy” Johnson, 87, of the 2900 block of South Military Highway, passed away Feb. 11, 2008, in Deep Creek.

Born in the Gilmerton section of Deep Creek, he was one of 21 children of the late Thomas and Mamie Johnson. He was owner and operator of Billy Johnson’s Well Service for 45 years. He was a U.S. Naval veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Mary R. Johnson; two sons, Brian Elswick and wife Judy and James R. Elswick, both of Chesapeake; a sister, Mary R. Patterson of Chesapeake; two brothers, Frederick M. Johnson and wife Shirley of Chesapeake and Richard T. Johnson and wife Isabell of Suffolk; six grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

A funeral will be conducted Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Snellings Funeral Home, George Washington Highway Chapel. Burial will be private at a later date. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.snellingsfuneralhome.com.

The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 13, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Irving P. Farber

NORFOLK - Irving Paul Farber, longtime resident of the Tidewater area of Virginia, died Feb. 11, 2008, in a Palm Beach Hospital. He was 90. Mr. Farber was extraordinarily healthy and robust until his recent illness. A native of New York, Mr. Farber was the son of the late Joseph and Esther Farber. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Pearl Farber.

Mr. Farber was an Army veteran of World War II and taught electricity and physics. A successful and prosperous businessman, Mr. Farber retired as an owner of Neptune Fisheries, an international import/export and shrimp processing business. Irving had the ability to be a consummate businessman by seeing long range potentials in international business deals. He successfully helped many entrepreneurs start businesses by funding the venture and helping in the organization of the upstart business.

Mr. Farber is survived by his daughters, Robin West-Lehman and her husband Dr. Robert Lehman of Virginia Beach and Joanne Candella and her husband Joseph of Sherborn, Mass. He will be missed by his six grandchildren, Matthew and Keith West, Michael Lehman, Jared and Aaron Candella and Jody Candella French. He was proud of his two great-grandsons, William and Josh Candella.

Irving and Pearl had the unique ability to immediately make and keep friends. He had numerous cherished friends and business associates in the Tidewater area, New York and Palm Beach, as well as international friends. Irving was a member of High Ridge Country Club in Lantana, Fla., and enjoyed golfing, dancing, traveling and dining at the finest restaurants.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. with Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, Rabbi Susan Tendler and Cantor Gordan Piltch officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will observe Shiva at 7 p.m. Thursday and again at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 783 Bishopsgate Lane in Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 13, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :19

Ann P. Sedlacko

PORTSMOUTH - Ann Pinchot Sedlacko of Stanley Road died Feb. 11, 2008, in her home.

Mrs. Sedlacko was born in Treveskyn, Pa., the daughter of the late Stephen Pinchot and Kathryn Dunay Pinchot. She was a founding member of the Church of St. Therese, a volunteer at Oasis of Portsmouth and Chesapeake for 20 years and a member of the Fleet Reserve Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Michael J. Sedlacko; three children, Judith S. Facenda, Micki S. Campbell and husband Tommy and Kenneth M. Sedlacko and wife Sheree; two sisters, Margaret Candella and Eleanor Miklos; three grandchildren, Bridget Facenda Waddell and husband Earl, Vanessa Facenda Dodson and husband Timothy and Kyle Sedlacko; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Friday in Church of St. Therese, 4137 Portsmouth Blvd., by the Rev. Robert Cummins. Friends may join the family one hour prior to the Mass and at a reception in the church social hall following the Mass. Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Special thanks to Laurie, Kim, Theresa, Ahna, Jennifer and Paulette for the loving and tender care giving during her illness. Foster Funeral Home, Portsmouth, is handling arrangements.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 13, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Ann W. Dabbs

VIRGINIA BEACH - Ann Walters Dabbs, 86, of the 1800 block of Calash Way, passed away Feb. 12, 2008, in a local nursing facility.

Born in Kentucky, she was the widow of Denton Street Dabbs. She was a former resident of First Colonial Inn.

Mrs. Dabbs is survived by two daughters, Deanne Dabbs of Virginia Beach and Denise Whitman and husband Bill of Vero Beach, Fla.; two grandsons, Jason Whitman and wife Katie and Josh Whitman and wife Misha, all of Montgomery, Ala.; two great-granddaughters, Autumn and Lindsay Whitman; one brother, Charles Walters of Bordertown, N.J.; and her “chosen” daughters, Pat Sykes and Brenda Riley. She was predeceased by a son, Scott Dabbs.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, today from 4 to 6 p.m. Mrs. Dabbs will be taken to Turner Funeral Home for a graveside service to be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday in National Veterans Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sentara Hospice, 535 Independence Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 13, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Joshua L. Ellis Jr.

VIRGINIA BEACH - Joshua L. “Buster” Ellis Jr., 87, passed away Feb. 11, 2008, in his home.

Born Sept. 29,

1920, to the late

Joshua L. and

Mary Watkins

Ellis Sr., he

graduated from

Norview High

School, Class of 1937, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was dealer-owner of Cottage Toll Exxon in Norfolk for 12 years. He married Jackie Ellen Chester Oct. 15, 1944, and she predeceased him Feb. 1, 1998. Buster was a member of the Norfolk Moose and Elk Clubs and Cornerstone Baptist Church. He loved to garden and golf in his spare time.

He is survived by his children, Randall L. Ellis and his wife Susan of Gloucester, Glenn C. Ellis and his wife Jerrie of Suffolk, Sandra L. Ledbetter and her husband David of Virginia Beach and Janet L. Robertson and her husband Jeffrey of Fredrick, Md.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his cat, Riley.

A celebration of Buster’s life will be held at noon Friday in Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. Interment with honors provided by the U.S. Air Force will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorials are welcome in the form of floral tributes or donations to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.woodlawngroup.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 14, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

John C. Brown III

VIRGINIA BEACH - John Callaway Brown III, of 709 San Remo Court, Atlantic Shores Retirement Community, died Feb. 12, 2008, after a long illness. Born June 2, 1928, in Bedford, Va., he was the only child of John Callaway Brown Jr. and Margaret McCutcheon Brown.

After graduating from Bedford High School in 1945, he served in the United States Army from 1946-1948, spending most of that time with the occupation forces in Japan. Employed at Peoples National Bank, Bedford, and the Bank of Big Island, Va., he later joined the first National Bank of Gate City, Va. In 1961, he joined Raleigh County National Bank, Beckley, W.Va., and served as president of RCNB from 1972 until his retirement in 1993. He was a graduate of Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University.

Throughout his life, Cal Brown was an active citizen of his community. He was a founding member and director of Bedford Country Club, Bedford. In Beckley, he was vice president and director of Black Knight Country Club, president of Raleigh County Development Corporation, president of the Community Action Committee of Raleigh County and an active member of the Jaycees, the Chamber of Commerce, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the local Civitan, Rotary and Elks clubs.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Julia F. Brown and is survived by his wife Elizabeth L. Francis-Brown and his cherished daughter, Anne Callaway Brown of Reston, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the local American Red Cross, the Employee’s Gift Fund of Atlantic Shores Retirement Community or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Cremation Society of Virginia.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 14, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Lonnie R. Weaver

VIRGINIA BEACH - Lonnie R. Weaver, 54, passed away Feb. 7, 2008, in his home after a long illness. He was a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., and resided most of his adult life in Virginia Beach. Mr. Weaver was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Weaver and Christine Willoughby.

He is survived by his sons, Raymond and Curtis Weaver; his sister and husband, Donna and Sam Webb; and a host of nephews, nieces and other extended family members.

Mr. Weaver was a retired salesman and a member of Faith Wesleyan Church. He was a devoted father to his two sons and avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers.

A celebration of Lonnie’s life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in Faith Wesleyan Church, 745 Pecan Point Road, Norfolk. A reception will follow at the church. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.woodlawngroup.com.

Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., is assisting the family.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 14, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :20

Paul M. Murtha

MOYOCK - Paul Michael Murtha, 77, of Poyners Road, died Feb. 11, 2008, at his residence. He had lived there for the past three years. Previously, he had resided in Wilmington, Del., and Norwood, Pa.

Born in Parkesburg, Chester County, Pa., he was the son of the late John Murtha Jr. and Florence McDonnell Murtha. He was a retired machinist for Westinghouse Corp. in Lester, Pa., and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Maple, N.C.

Mr. Murtha was a devoted husband and father who especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Gallagher Murtha of Moyock; six daughters, Sheila Murtha and special friend, Frank Flutter of Ridley Park, Pa., Debbie Pitt and her husband Dennis of Boothwyn, Pa., Master Sgt. Diane Michalek (U.S. Air Force) and her husband David of Milton, Fla., Master Sgt. Joanne Lauderman Adams (U.S. Marine Corps retired) and her husband Harry of Moyock, Carol Violette and husband Walt of Downington, Pa., and Teresa DiSalvatore and husband Paul of Philadelphia; two sons, Michael Murtha and wife Patty of Monroe, N.J., and Paul Murtha and his fiancee Dede Eramo of Dillsburg, Pa. He was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, John Murtha of LaPlata, Md., and a sister, Eileen Savinski of Pittston, Pa. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ann “Nan” Cylc, and his brother, Donald Murtha.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at The Church of The Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Road, Wilmington, Del. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 to 9 a.m. Monday at The White-Luttrell Funeral Home, 3551 Concord Road, Aston, Pa. Interment will be at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Pa. Memorial gifts may be made to Albemarle Hospice, P.O. Box 89, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or to Kanner Learning Center, 390 E. Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380. Condolences may be left at www.whiteluttrell.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 14, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :21

Charles Moore Jr.

CHESAPEAKE - Charles Moore Jr., 76, of the 2300 block of St. Brides Road West, died Feb. 12, 2008, in his home. A native of Goody, Ky., he retired from Lone Star Cement Co. and was a member of Living Waters Church of God.

Survivors include his loving wife and caregiver of 57 years, Lillie Mae Moore; five daughters, Edna Miller and husband Gary of Virginia Beach, Kathy Smith and husband David of Portsmouth, Ann Jones and companion Raymond Adkins of Rappahannock, Va., Angie Lynch and husband Duane of Chesapeake and Rhonda Dixon and husband Baron of Midlothian, Va.; two sons, Charles Moore III and companion Angie Kanipe of Chesapeake and Jonathan Moore of Chesapeake; one brother, Eugene Moore and wife Betty of Winfield, W.Va.; a sister-in-law, Marie Moore of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Greenlawn Mausoleum Chapel by the Rev. Jack D. Sawyer. The family will receive friends at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 14, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :21

Anne M. Reilly

CHESAPEAKE - Anne Elizabeth McGee Reilly, 73, of the 600 block of Windmill Point, passed away Feb. 13, 2008 at her home.

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Reilly was a claims adjuster for the State of New York. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and she made contributions to many charitable organizations.

She was the widow of Matthew Joseph Reilly. Mrs. Reilly is survived by her mother, Anna McGee; and seven children, Nancy Reilly, Cathy Reilly, Matt Reilly and wife Colleen, Patricia Reilly, Eileen Coyle and husband John, Veronica Reilly and Rosemary Ayres and husband Rich. She was the devoted grandmother of 14; great-grandmother of two; and sister of Helen Savona, John McGee and Rose Pogozelski. She was predeceased by her father, Paul McGee; sister, Kathleen Regan; and son, Kevin Patrick Reilly.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in Prince of Peace Catholic Church with Fr. Romeo Jasmin officiating. Burial will be private in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 14, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :22

Dora E. Hills

NORFOLK - Dora E. Hills, 93, of the 6400 block of Granby St., passed away Jan. 18, 2008, in Lake Taylor Hospital.

A native of Mowery, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Norman and Tillie Stitzer. She retired from the Norfolk public school system as a principal at E. Ocean View Elementary, Pretty Lake Elementary and Pine Ridge Elementary. She also taught at Ingleside and Laramore Elementary schools. She belonged to the Virginia Education Association and the National Education Association. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her grandson, James T. Haverty; a brother, John L. Stitzer and wife Beryl; two nieces, Michele Kirwan and Jacqueline Babb; a nephew, Norman Stitzer; two great-grandchildren, Kayelee and Alyssa Haverty; and extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her daughter, Marsha Haverty.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor James O’Connor officiating. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at

www.hollomon-brown.com

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 14, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :22

Judith Ann Roesen

PORTSMOUTH - Judith Ann Roesen, 61, passed away Feb. 12, 2008. She was a native of Clarksburg, W.Va., a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a retailer for Rose’s.

Mrs. Roesen is survived by her daughter, Angela Weaver; son, George “Buck” Weaver; sister, Sue Blackmon and her niece, Shelly Helms, both of Bladenboro, N.C.; three grandsons; three great-grandsons; and very close friends, Dee and Don Carlsen of Portsmouth.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by Bishop J. Patrick Fly, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in the funeral home one hour prior to the service and suggest memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be made to

www.lovingfuneralhome.com

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 16, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :29

George Bakaysa

CHESAPEAKE - George Bakaysa, 81, passed away Feb. 15, 2008, after a short illness.

In 1963, George retired from the military after having served in World War II in the U.S. Navy. He served for more than 20 years achieving the rank of senior chief machinist mate and retired from the Office of Engraving and Printing following a civilian career with that organization. He suffered a severe heart attack in 1976 which contributed greatly to his retirement. All together, he had a total of more than 31 years of governmental service. Upon his military retirement in 1963, he moved from Panama City, Fla., to Woodbridge, Va., and worked at the Office of E & P in Washington, D.C., until his heart attack in 1976 which forced his final retirement. He then moved to Chesapeake, in 1978, and remained there until his untimely death. He surely will be missed by his loving family and many, many friends.

George is survived by his devoted wife of more than 61 years, Winifred; her mother, Helen, 95 years of age; two loving children, son, Robin Bakaysa and his wife Diane of Chesapeake and daughter, Linda Hamilton of Portsmouth; three grandchildren, Jinger and her husband Landon Caldwell of Dillon, Colo., Amy and Chris Waltz of Front Royal, Va., and Stephen Bakaysa of Virginia Beach; one great-grandchild, Zoie Caldwell of Dillon, Colo.; and numerous brothers and sisters who reside in Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Terry who passed away in 1991.

A private ceremony will be conducted in Snellings Funeral Home, 1144 N. George Washington Highway, Chesapeake, by Minister Doyle Wells. A private intermenty will take place in the Old Leeds Cemetery in Markham, Va. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.snellingsfuneralhome.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 16, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :29

Ruth Vanden

VIRGINIA BEACH - Ruth Vanden, 85, of the 5800 block of East Hastings Arch, passed away Feb. 12, 2008, in Sentara Leigh Hospital.

She was a native of Raleigh County, West Virginia. Ruth was predeceased by her mother, Zola Johns and her father, Purcell Johns.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Zola Rogers of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Brenda Jamison of Cleveland, Ohio; four sons, James Rogers (Patricia) of King George, Va ., Milton Rogers of Virginia Beach, Leonard Rogers (Mary Suzanne) of San Diego, Calif. and James Jamison (Angela) of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Beatrice Scott of Virginia Beach; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at noon Monday at New Hope Baptist Church, 395 Old Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. Pastor John and Willeatta Freeman will officiate. Interment will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. The family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to service at the church.

You may offer condolences to the family online at www.beachfuneralservices.com.

Beach Funeral Services Inc., 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach, is in charge. Kevin A. Sanderlin, funeral director.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 17, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :33

Leo Liberman

CHESAPEAKE - Leo Liberman, 93, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. A very special man, he

was remembered by everyone who met

him. His outgoing personality

and sometimes

outlandish wit

made instant friends out of admirals, doctors, bank tellers, nurses, people at the grocery store, and anyone who came to the door. A man of strong convictions, he always did what he thought was right, undeterred by popular opinion.

Leo was born in 1914 in New York City where he graduated from Stuyvesant High School and City College (CCNY) receiving his master’s in civil engineering. In 1940 he married Norma Rothman of Newark, N.J. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy to serve in World War II and at Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska. He stayed in the Navy and was subsequently stationed in Arizona, Washington, D.C., the Philippines, California, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, and Yokohama, Japan. In 1989, he and Norma moved to Virginia to join their sons and families.

He is survived by Norma Liberman, his wife of 67 years; sons, Steven and his wife Judith, Robert and his wife JJ, and Richard, all of Virginia Beach; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jay Liberman and his wife Jessica and daughter, Irie of Las Vegas, Nev., Jeff Liberman of Hawaii, Jane Clifford and her husband Mark and their three daughters, Kayla, Jennifer and Emily of Sidney, Ohio and Richard Remillard and his wife Charonna and son, Joseph of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Military honors will be rendered and the family will share special memories on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Graham Funeral Home, Greenbrier Chapel. The family will receive friends until 8 p.m. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086. Please share a memory with the family and view the service online via live webcam at www.grahamfuneralhome.com.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 17, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :33

Emmet L. Langston

PORTSMOUTH - Our Heavenly Father has removed from our Christian Fellowship Emmet L. Langston, 94, of the 300 block of Carver Circle. Our hearts are heavy and have emptiness, yet we rejoice in his home going.

He departed this life Feb. 10, 2008. Emmet L. Langston, the widower of Mary S. Langston, was born Holland, Va., on Oct. 10, 1913. He was the son of the late Hardy Langston and Blanche Moore Langston. He was retired from the Naval Shipyard and was a World War II veteran. He was a member of the Noble Street Baptist Church for more than 40 years. During a portion of these years, he served on the usher board.

Survivors include one son, Melvin Langston (Jennifer) of Carrollton, Texas; three sisters, Ledora Everett (Phillip) of Suffolk, Nancy Holland of Suffolk and Lillian Haywood (Ben) of Denville, N.J.; one brother, Arthur Langston (Dorothy) of Dover, Del.; two granddaughters, Melva Martin (Kenneth) of Houston, Texas and Melissa Hickman (Arthur) of Columbus, Ohio; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Noble Street Baptist Church. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Corprew Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 17, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :33

Moses S. Cocke

VIRGINIA BEACH - Moses Shelton Cocke, 78, of Clear Springs Road, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 16, 2008, with his family by his side. A native of Gretna, Va., he was born on the 7th day of the 7th month in 1929 and was the 7th son of the late Thomas G. and Grace Shelton Cocke. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice and Ruth and five brothers, Carroll, Marshall, Henry, Harry and Claude.

During the Korean Conflict, he served in the United States Army with the 45th Division Infantry after which he married his loving wife of 55 years, Jeanette J. Cocke. They moved to South Norfolk and he was employed at the Ford Motor Company, retiring as a supervisor after 33 years of service. He was a member of New Life Center, past master of the South Norfolk Masonic Lodge No. 339, and a member of the Khedive Temple and the American Legion.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Patricia Lynn Cocke of Virginia Beach and Paula Merritt and her husband Jody of Chesapeake; two grandsons, Travis Merritt and Christian Merritt; a sister, Ethel Welborn of Sanford, Fla., and a brother, Paul Cocke and his wife Doris of Hurt, Va.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Graham Funeral Home, Chesapeake, with Pastor Roger Pettay. Entombment will follow at Princess Anne Memorial Park, Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to a charity of one’s choice or to ComfortCare Hospice, 667 Kingsborough Square, Suite 202, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Please share a memory with the family and view the service online via live webcam at www. grahamfu-

:The Virginian-Pilot; :Feb 17, 2008; :Hampton Roads; :34

Aubrey M. Williams

RICHMOND - Aubrey Melton “Chunie” Williams, 81, died Feb. 15, 2008.

Survivors include his wife of 55 1/2 years, Jackie G. Williams; three nieces; three nephews (one predeceased him); three great-nieces; six great-nephews and his adopted family, Inez S. Lassiter, Kay Lassiter Joyner and her husband Clint. Hassell Lassiter and Linda Lassiter Babb predeceased him.

There are innumerable, wonderful friends who have been helpful and attentive during his illness and subsequent death, especially Jane and Carroll Trice and Pastor Brenda Halbrooks.

He served in the Merchant Marines and the 11th Airborne during World War II and the 101st Airborne during the Korean conflict. Upon graduation from University of Richmond in 1953, he was employed at Emrick Chevrolet Sales Corporation (now Royal Chevrolet) in Richmond as office manager. He later became business manager and subsequently general manager. He retired after 45 years in 1997.

He was past president of Richmond Country Club and Sales and Marketing Executives (SME). He was a member of Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club, Hermitage Country Club, and Three Chopt Presbyterian Church in Richmond where he served as deacon. He also served on the Board of Richmond Home for Ladies/Covenant Woods.

The family will receive friends at the Parham Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. A celebration of his life will be held at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church, Richmond, 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will be at Holly Memorial Gardens, Rt. 29 North, Charlottesville, Va., 3 p.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23085, Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad, 1101 Horsepen Road, Richmond, VA 23229, Greene County Rescue Squad, Box 302, Stanardsville, VA 22973 or the charity of your choice.

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