Miscellaneous Chesapeake County, Virginia Obituaries

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Delia B. Hewitt
CHESAPEAKE -- Delia Brinkley Hewitt, 76, of the 900 block of Mount Pleasant Road, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, in a Chesapeake hospital.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, by the Rev. Joseph Amory Jr. and the Rev. Dave Crawford. Interment will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.

William E. Spencer
CHESAPEAKE -- William Elmo Spencer, 74, of the 1900 block of Chesapeake Ave., died Jan. 7, 2000.

Born in Norfolk County, he was a retired warehouseman from Noland Co. with 36 years of service. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Rosemont Christian Church in Chesapeake.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Long Spencer of the home; three daughters and their husbands, Linda and Bob Boyette of Chesapeake, Sandra and Keith Womack of Shawboro, N.C., and Cindy and Rick Wellons of Chesapeake; a son and his wife, Joseph R. Long Jr. and Tammy Long of Chesapeake; a sister, Dottie Harris of North, Va.; a brother, Roy Spencer of Chesapeake; eight grandchildren, Rick, Wendy, Mike, Chris, Kelly, Celene, Ray and Stacie; a great-grandchild, Tripp; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rosemont Christian Church by the Rev. Jim Dunn. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Francis A. Gay Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mary L. Supper

CHESAPEAKE -- Mary L. Supper, 70, a native of Norfolk, died Jan. 7, 2000, in a local hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor H. Supper Jr. Mrs. Supper is survived by a son, Victor Supper III and his wife, Debbie, of Norfolk; a daughter, Victoria S. Daniels and her husband, Ralph, of Norfolk; and three grandchildren, David Supper, Robbin Farless, Timothy Daniels and his wife, Holly.

A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Altmeyer Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim Thomas.

Joyce H. Wallace
CHESAPEAKE -- Joyce H.Wallace, 70, of the 1100 block of Hazel Ave., died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at her home.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Oaklette United Methodist Church by the Rev. Sebert W. Rorrer. Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, is in charge.

Donald H. Adams
NORFOLK -- Donald H. Adams, 66, of the 500 block of Woodford St., died Jan. 8, 2000.

Mr. Adams was born in Tom Creek, Va., and was a member of Ocean View Baptist Church in Norfolk. He was a member of Owens Masonic Lodge No. 164, and an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was associated for many years with Shirley Construction Co., was retired co-owner of Adams Brothers Construction Co. and retired from Armada Hoffler Construction Co.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Strickland Adams; two sons, William E. Adams and his wife, Norma, of Parrott, Va., and Curtis Lee Adams and his wife, Lesley, of Norfolk; a sister, Phyllis Lee Jones and her husband, Richard, of Sanford, N.C.; four brothers, Bill Adams and his wife, Anne, of Suffolk, E. Gerald Adams and J. Ronald Adams and his wife, Lois, all of Raleigh, N.C., and Ralph E. Adams and his wife, Jo Lynn, of Indianapolis, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Sam, John, Bryan and Leigh-Anne.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Graham Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel, by Dr. David Clay and the Rev. Louis Venable. Burial will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, and at the residence at all other times. Memorial contributions should be made to Ocean View Baptist Church Music Ministry or to Brentwood Baptist Church Music Ministry.

Winfield S. Beaman
NORFOLK -- Winfield Scott ``Mac'' Beaman, 79, of the 1700 block of While Lane, passed away in his residence Jan. 8, 2000, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Born in South Hill, Va., Mr. Beaman was a retired businessman and was the widower of Margaret Anne Sawyer Beaman. He was a lifelong member of McKendree United Methodist Church, the historian for more than 30 years and was a member of United Methodist Men. He also was a former member of the Lions Club.

A devoted father and grandfather, he will be sadly missed by two sons, Winfield Scott Beaman Jr. of Harker Heights, Texas, and Paul H. Beaman and his wife, Theresa, of Norfolk; a brother, Thomas G. ``Boots'' Beaman of Salem, Va.; four sisters, Elizabeth Saunders and Ellen Beamon, both of Norfolk, Sarah Lee White of Ennis, Texas, and Jessie Fischer of Chesapeake; four loving grandchildren, Jennifer R. Beaman, Anne-Marie F. Beaman, Winfield Scott Beaman III and Paul Joseph H. Beaman.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in McKendree United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bruce Carper. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk.

Friends may join the family from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the McKendree United Methodist Church building fund.

Paul W. Benton
NORFOLK -- Paul William Benton, 39, of the 300 block of Woodview Ave., died Jan. 8, 2000.

He was born in Norfolk and was a truck driver for Doughtie's Foods.

Survivors include a daughter, Cattie Benton of Norfolk; his father, James T. Benton of Norfolk; a sister, Kimberley Chapman of Norfolk; a brother, James Benton Jr. of Virginia Beach; two nieces, Ashley Benton and Cheyenne Benton; and two nephews, Ronald Chapman and Thomas Raiford.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Colonial Grove Memorial Park by the Rev. Paul D. Moore. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel, from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Effie L. Conley

NORFOLK -- Effie L. Conley, 85, of the 1300 block of Conoga St., died Jan. 8, 2000, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

She was born in Nansemond County and was a member of Holy Trinity Church No. 1, Portsmouth.

Survivors include a godson, Ferman Covington of Chesapeake; a sister, Maria Vaughan and brother-in-law, Horace Vaughan, of Hopewell, Va.; a brother, Mayor Curtis Harris and sister-in-law, Ruth Harris, of Hopewell; a niece, Catherine Yarborough; cousins, Ethel Covington, Ira Stringfield and Lois Roberts of Norfolk, Beatrice Canty of Washington, D.C.; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Thelma Harris, and father, Sandy Harris.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Wednesday in Holy Trinity Church No. 1 by Elder Wilford Scott. Interment will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. The family will receive friends for remembrance and visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. P.G. Thomasson Funeral Services is handling arrangements.

Dolores S. Ferris
NORFOLK -- Dolores Sheffield Ferris, 71, died Jan. 9, 2000, in her residence.

She was born in Dinwiddie, Va. She was a member of Coleman Place Presbyterian Church, Easton Place Civic League and PETA. She was a lifelong supporter of animal rights.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth H. Ferris; two daughters, Cheryl W. and husband, Ronald R. McLean, of Virginia Beach, Kendra F. and husband, Jamie M. Woodard, of Moyock, N.C.; a son, Kenneth D. and wife, Jamie Ferris, of Virginia Beach; a sister, Mrs. Billie Moyer of Lynchburg, Va.; two brothers, Walter R. Sheffield of Lynchburg and Andrew H. Sheffield of Petersburg; and five grandchildren, Zachary, Adam and Jason McLean, Lauren Ferris and Alden Woodard.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, by the Rev. Billy Willerson. Burial will be at a later date. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to PETA.

Charles R. Floyd
NORFOLK -- Charles R. ``Bobby'' Floyd, 46, of the 1800 block of St. Denis Ave., died Jan. 7, 2000. He was born in Norfolk and was self-employed. Mr. Floyd had a lifelong interest in music and in sports. He also played in several local bands.

He is survived by a daughter, Christa K. Floyd of Norfolk; his father, William F. Floyd Sr.; a brother William F. Floyd Jr. and his wife, Shirley Floyd, of Virginia Beach; and two nieces, Melissa Floyd of Virginia Beach and Carla Ringquist of Omaha, Neb. He was predeceased by his mother, Marjorie C. Floyd.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, by the Rev. Dr. Sidney K. Nelson. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Timothy Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in Norfolk.

Barbara J. Hare
NORFOLK -- Barbara J. Hare passed away after a long illness on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1939. Mrs. Hare had been a Norfolk resident for over 23 years and worked as an insurance sales associate and office manager for The Carlson Agency.

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Hannah Grice; brothers, William Jr., Ronnie and Jerry; her sister, Joanne; and brothers-in-law, Harold and Howard Schmidt, all from upstate New York, her birthplace.

She is survived by her children: son, Phillip and his wife, Dawn, from Lynchburg; son, Mark; and daughter, Trudy and her husband, Steven; and her much loved grandchildren, Tara Wuttke and Tyler Howe, all from Norfolk. She is also survived by her sisters, Catherine and Dolores Schmidt, and Ann Wilson; sister-in-law, May Grice; and many nieces, nephews and cousins from New York.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Louis Jacobson
NORFOLK -- Louis ``Gyp'' Jacobson died Jan. 8, 2000.

Mr. Jacobson, a native of Norfolk, was a member of B'Nai Israel Synagogue in Norfolk and a longtime active member of the Norfolk Civitan Club.

Survivors include his two sisters, Rosa J. Garson and Miriam J. Lubin, both of Norfolk; three brothers, Julius Jacobson and his wife, Beth, of Richmond, Rueben Jacobson and his wife, Aileen, of Shawnee Mission, Kan., Irvine Jacobson of El Paso, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia or B'Nai Israel Synagogue. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements. 

Marlene Robbins
NORFOLK -- Marlene Robbins of Princess Anne Road passed away in a local hospital Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000.

She was the daughter of the late Rose and Abraham Robbins. Ms. Robbins was a lifelong resident of Norfolk, where she graduated from Maury High School and attended RPI (Virginia Commonwealth University). She was a member of Beth El Temple and the Beth El Sisterhood, along with many other charitable organizations. Marlene was an involved family member and all who knew her loved her. She was a caring and determined individual who always involved herself with the well-being of her family and friends.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Hannah and Arthur Konikoff; her brother and sister-in-law, Buddy and Martha Robbins; and many loving nieces and nephews who loved her more as a sister than an aunt.

A graveside service will be conducted at noon Tuesday at Forest Lawn Cemetery by Rabbi Arthur Ruberg and Cantor Jacob Tessler. The family will be sitting at 7330 Ruthven Road, Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beth El Temple or the Jewish Community Center of Norfolk. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements. 

Aaron L. Hilliard Sr.

PORTSMOUTH -- Aaron L. ``Pops'' Hilliard Sr. of the 800 block of Liston Lane, died Jan. 7, 2000, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Mr. Hilliard was born in Palmyra, N.C., and had retired as a machine operator from Hampton Roads Packaging Company after 11 years.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce A. Hilliard; four daughters, Angela Boyce and her husband, Dr. Darrell Boyce, of Chesapeake, Debra Hilliard, Sharon Hilliard and Yanna Hilliard, all of Portsmouth; a son, Aaron L. Hilliard Jr. and his wife, Kathy Hilliard, of Portsmouth; a sister, Annie Hilliard of Hassell, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk, by the Rev. Vernon S. Lee. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth.

Emily V. Daubar

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Emily Veronica Daubar, 88, died Jan. 8, 2000, in Sentara Nursing Center.

Mrs. Daubar was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Julia Dengler Puk and John Puk. She was the widow of Vincent F. Daubar. She was a member of Church of The Holy Family in Virginia Beach.

Survivors include her two daughters, Christine D. Gerloff and her husband, Edgar J. Gerloff III, of Virginia Beach and Elizabeth D. Mastrangelo and her husband, Ralph Mastrangelo, of New Jersey; her son, Justin Daubar and his wife, Joyce Daubar, of East Lyme, Conn.; four sisters, Helen P. Rusiecki of Brooklyn, Stilla P. Harubin of Huntington Station, N.Y., Victoria P. Castaldi of Alpharetta, Ga., and Julia P. Toth of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; her six grandchildren, Robin, Ingrid, Andrew, Marissa, Cristina, Gabriela; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and her great-granddaughter, Taylor.

A Mass of Resurrection will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of The Holy Family by Father Richard Mooney. Burial will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery, New York. Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads, 4855 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is handling arrangements.

John W. Newlon
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer John William Newlon, 81, died Jan. 8, 2000, in a local hospital.

He was born in Luke, Md., and had retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 1/2 years. He also retired from the U.S. government at the Naval Exchange. Mr. Newlon was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, the Methodist Men and Norfolk Moose Lodge No. 39. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Newlon; a daughter, Linda Gross of PawPaw, W.Va.; a stepdaughter, Judy Faison of Clinton Township, N.J.; three sons, John Wayne Newlon of PawPaw, John William Newlon Jr. of Virginia and Tommy Newlon of Wisconsin; a stepson, Glenn Lowe of Athens, Tenn.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, by the Rev. David Wade. Burial will be at a later date in Westlawn Memorial Park, Gretna, La. The family asks that flowers be omitted and memorials be sent to St. John's United Methodist Church, 2709 Glendale Ave., Norfolk, 23518, and/or a charity of one's choice. The family will be at the funeral home at 1 p.m. today to greet friends.

James Vernon Powell Jr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- JamesVernon ``J.V.'' Powell Jr., 77, of 55th Street, died Jan. 7, 2000, in a local hospital.

A native of Suffolk, Mr. Powell was the son of the late James V. Powell and Myrtle H. Powell. He had been a resident of Virginia Beach for 46 years.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ware Powell of Virginia Beach; his son, Lawrence N. Powell and his wife, Tammie Powell, and his granddaughter, Laura Powell, all of Columbia, S.C.

Mr. Powell graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. His education had been interrupted by a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain during World War II.

After employment in the field of safety engineering during 1947 and 1948, he joined Cox-Frank Corp., mechanical contractors of Norfolk, in 1948 as a junior mechanical engineer. Becoming registered as a professional engineer, he was responsible for many of the firm's larger and more difficult projects, many of which were design-build, or ``turn-key.'' He was subsequently made vice president of the firm, by then located in Virginia Beach. Active in business affairs, he served as president of the Builders and Contractors Exchange and chairman of its insurance trust. In recognition of his many contributions, the firm was renamed Cox-Powell Corp. He continued with the firm until 1984.

During the above service, Mr. Powell also maintained a part-time consulting engineering practice domiciled in Virginia Beach -- his practice has continued -- emphasizing forensic engineering. He also found time for activity in the Civitan Club, becoming president; to coach youth sports; to sail with the Broad Bay Sailing Association, of which he was co-founder; and to serve on the Board of Plumbing Appeals of the city of Virginia Beach.

A member of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, he was an active participant in its professional affairs, serving as president of its Tidewater chapter and chairman of the legislative committee of the State Society. He served as a national director of the National Society of Professional Engineers and, in recent years, a member of its ethics committee. A charter member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, he attained membership in grade of fellow, served as its president and continued to serve as a member of its board of directors. He was also an active member, in grade of fellow, of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. He was a member of the construction industry panel of the American Arbitration Association, and also held memberships in a number of technical societies.

His honors include: named Engineer of the Year of the Tidewater Chapter, and again by the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers. The Virginia Society established the James V. Powell Jr. Legislative Award in his honor for recognition of outstanding legislative service to the society by other members.

Mr. Powell had maintained close ties to Virginia Tech, his alma mater. He had treasured having the opportunity to afford long service on the Committee of 100 of the College of Engineering. He enjoyed supporting the athletic program with membership in the Hokie Club, regularly attending many home football games. He was also a supportive member of the Alumni Association, The Corps of Cadets Alumni Association, and the German Club and its work. Mr. Powell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, having served on its Board of Deacons.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Laskin Road Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be to the Arthritis Foundation, 900 Commonwealth Place, Suite 101, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Maxine S. Watkins
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Maxine Sherman Watkins, 62, of the 1700 block of Joplin Lane, died Jan. 7, 2000.

She was born in Dallas, Texas, and was an alcoholism counselor for VOA. She was a member of Living Sacrifice Ministries in Virginia Beach.

Survivors include James Watkins; four daughters, Lynetta Watkins, Pamela Watkins Bishop, Janice Watkins and Tina Watkins; a son, Michael Watkins; three sisters; four brothers; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Sylvester Bishop Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends, among them one special friend, Nita Young.

A funeral will be held at 5 p.m. today in Metropolitan Funeral Service Chapel, Granby Street. Burial will be in San Diego, Calif. Family and friends are asked to assemble at 4:30 p.m. today at the chapel.

Frances A. Bratton
SUFFOLK -- Frances A. ``Jean'' Bratton, 73, of Cedar Point, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, in Maryview Medical Center.

Mrs. Bratton was a native of Hamden, Ohio, and was retired from the Virginia Employment Commission. She had also worked for Sears for more than 20 years. She was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Suffolk, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond E. Bratton; her mother, Freda Newman Arbaugh of Chesapeake; a daughter, Beth Anne Blythe and her husband, Dr. Philip Blythe, of Virginia Beach; a son, Dr. Del Ray Bratton and his wife, Dee, of Houston, Texas; a sister, Monna Seibert of Chesapeake; four grandchildren, Neil and Brian Blythe and Jason and Amy Bratton; and a great-grandchild, Olivia Bratton.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel, by the Rev. Keith M. Curran and the Rev. Jack Ettershank. Entombment will follow at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today. Contributions may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Suffolk. ``How blessed Jean was to have lived a lifetime surrounded by her many caring friends and loved ones. We, too, were blessed by her presence in our lives.'' This sentiment mirrors the message in Proverbs 31:28.

Jesse J. Gay
WINDSOR -- Jesse Junior Gay, 53, of the 10000 block of W. Windsor Blvd., died Jan. 9, 2000. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Western Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. Harrell Funeral Home is in charge.

Grace G. Belangia
POINT HARBOR -- Grace Virginia Gallop Belangia, 77, of the 9000 block of Caratoke Road, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Belangia was a native of Currituck, N.C., and was the former owner and operator of Belangia's Drive-In Restaurant. She was a member of Powell's Point Christian Church. She was the widow of William Sylvester Belangia and the daughter of the late Isaac Merrell Gallop Jr. and Virginia Adlia Moore Gallop.

Mrs. Belangia is survived by two sons, Donnie Sylvester Belangia and Lannie Dolan Belangia, both of Point Harbor; a sister, Addie Iona Beals of Harbinger, N.C.; two brothers, David Pernell Gallop of Columbia, N.C., and Edmund Dental Gallop of Harbinger; and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Powell's Point Christian Church Cemetery with Minister Cecil Styons officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Twiford's Memorial Chapel, and at other times at the residence.

Pennie G. Evans
MURFREESBORO -- Pennie Glover Evans, 87, formerly of the 400 block of E. Vance Street, died Jan. 8, 2000. A funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Murfreesboro United Methodist Church. Garrett Funeral Home is in charge.

James D. Glass Sr.
NAGS HEAD -- James D. Glass Sr. died Jan. 8, 2000 following a short illness.

Mr. Glass retired as vice president of Platers and Coaters Inc., Lansdowne, Pa., after 34 years. He was born to John and Jane Glass in Atlantic City, N.J., on June 6, 1924. He served as a lifeguard on the Longport Beach Patrol prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Glass served aboard the Light Attack Aircraft Carrier USS Langley, CVL-27, in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of Marple Presbyterian Church in Broomall, Pa.

Mr. Glass is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara G. Glass; grandson, Kyle Parker who is the son of his predeceased daughter Carter Lynn Glass; son, James D. Glass Jr. and daughter-in-law, Yvonne G. Glass.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Cornerstone Baptist Church at the corner of Princess Anne and Sewells Point roads, Norfolk, by the Rev. Fred Braswell. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

R. Wilfred Hopkins
ELIZABETH CITY -- Rufus Wilfred Hopkins, 90, of the 900 block of W. Main St., died Jan. 7, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Twiford's Memorial Chapel.

Virginia S. Hurst
MOYOCK -- Virginia Marie Salmon Hurst, 35, of the 100 block of Dogwood Drive, died Jan. 8, 2000. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Laurel Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Elizabeth City, is in charge.

Irene B. McCullen
DUNN -- Irene Bass McCullen, 87, of Timothy Road, died Jan. 8, 2000, at her home after a recent illness.

She was a native of Nash County, a daughter of the late Bob and Rose Bass, and widow of Percy H. McCullen. She was preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Nell McCullen, and a daughter, Sue McCullen.

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Diane M. West and her husband, Ted West, of Roseboro, and Frankie Patterson and her husband, J.C. Patterson, of Dunn; her grandchildren, Pam Boyette and Robert McCullen, who were raised by their grandmother, Tammy Denning, Belinda Howell, Simone Johnson, Glyn Patterson, Lyn Patterson and Tracy Honeycutt; her great-grandchildren, Tiffany and April Denning, Jared and Cullen Boyette, Trevor Johnson and Tyler Honeycutt; and a sister, Rebecca Lee of Rocky Mount.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Mount Carmel P.F.W.B. Church by the Rev. Randy Barker, the Rev. Michael Boyette and the Rev. Phillip Boykin. Burial will be in the Godwin Cemetery. The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Skinner Funeral Home, and will receive friends at other times at the home of Frankie and J.C. Patterson, 5512 Timothy Road, Dunn.

Earl C. Taylor
SUNBURY -- Earl Chypus Taylor, 80, of the 300 block of Folly Road, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, in Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City.

Mr. Taylor was born in Gates County, the son of the late George W. and Euna Mary Ellis Taylor. He had retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Oak Grove Christian Church, and had served in the Army during World War II.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Willie Small ``Baby'' Taylor; a daughter, Patricia Taylor Lilley of Corapeake; two sons, Robert Earl Taylor of Sunbury and Roland Carl Taylor of King William, Va.; three sisters, Bertha Joyner of Suffolk, Margaret Lloyd of Edenton and Barbara English of Chesapeake; nine grandchildren, Carl Taylor Jr., Kyle Taylor, Tara Taylor, Angela Land, Natalie Gregs, Yvonne Taylor, Hollis Bracey Lilley III, Kristi Steiner and Chad Lilley; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, by the Rev. Cameron Currin. Burial will follow in Damascus Christian Church Cemetery, Sunbury. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the funeral home, and all other times at the residence.

Bessie T. Vandegrift
NEWPORT NEWS -- Bessie Tyler Vandegrift, 67, passed away Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000.

Born on the Eastern Shore, Craddockville, Va., she had been a Peninsula resident since 1976. She worked with the Newport News public school system in the cafeteria at Riverside Elementary School and retired after 22 years of service. She was also a member of North Riverside Baptist Church, the Lydia Bible Class, and a life member of Eastern Star Hillcrest Lodge No. 397, Dalzell, S.C.

Mrs. Vandegrift was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Cecil K. Vandegrift Sr. She is survived by two sons, Cecil K. Vandegrift Jr. and his wife, Tena E., of South Carolina, and Arthur T. Vandegrift Sr. and his wife, Kimberly A., of Yorktown; a daughter, Kathy A. Scarberry and her husband, Mike, of Smithfield; her grandchildren include Jonathan W., Jennifer L., Mark A. and Christopher A. Vandegrift, A. Tyler Jr., Jeremy H., Amanda L. and Christi N. Vandegrift, and Shaun M. and Ryan L. Scarberry; and one great-granddaughter, Karli A. Vandegrift.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Weymouth Funeral Home. A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. John Carpenter and the Rev. Quentin Madden officiating. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News.

Mae B. Wilson
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Mae B. Wilson, 81, budget director for Charleston United Way for 30 years, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, in a Mount Pleasant nursing home.

Ms. Wilson was born in Mount Pleasant and was a member of St. Phillips Episcopal Church.

Surviving are a son, Thomas W. Wilson of Portsmouth; two granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

A funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home, Greenridge Road Chapel. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens.


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